Potter magic seals victory at Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth & Caister professional Gary Potter led the way in the club's latest winter alliance meeting with a two-under par 68.

Potter finished four shots ahead of his closest professional challenger and paired up with Caister amateur, Steve Bullent, to also win the pro-am prize.

The event was played in strong winds, but they did little to deter Potter, who had only one bogey on his card, incurred after he drove into a bush on the 10th.

He teed off his round on the 14th and made a quick start with birdies on the 15th and 16th. He picked up another on the sixth, a short par four, where he drove to the foot of the green and two-putted for his three.

But equally impressive were a couple of his par scores. The fourth was played into the wind and Potter couldn't reach in two, but he holed a good 10-footer for a par. On the ninth, he drove into the face of a fairway bunker and, again playing into the wind, could only advance the ball about 40 yards. But, he hit an eight-iron to four foot and again holed the putt.

He finished strongly, with birdie chances on each of the last three holes and, although all refused to drop, he scored solid pars.

Second place in the professionals' medal was taken by Keith Capindale-Scott of Richmond Park on 72, while Kyle Kensall of Sussex was third on 74.

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The am-am section produced a three-way tie for first place on 38 points which was decided on countback. D Blake and M Oakley were followed by M Durrant and M Kimber while the home club's father and daughter combination of David and Dawn Futter were third.

The condition of the course, despite the long, hard winter, won many compliments for head greenkeeper Simon Clark and his staff.

The next meeting of the Caister Alliance takes place on Wednesday, March 2. Entries are being accepted on 01493 720421 or 01493 728699.