Potter makes light of the wintry conditions
Lyndsey HewisonWintry weather calls for a special brand of golf - and professional Gary Potter has just given a master class in the technique. Temporary greens? No problem.Lyndsey Hewison
Wintry weather calls for a special brand of golf - and professional Gary Potter has just given a master class in the technique.
Temporary greens? No problem. Slowly thawing fairways? No problem. The Links Country Park pro showed off his skills at the latest Gt Yarmouth & Caister winter am-am/pro-am when he scored seven birdies in a four-under 66.
'We were playing to temporaries and the course was shorter than usual - but it was all about trying to gauge where to land the ball and working out how much frost was coming out of the ground. You need to pitch the ball closer and closer as the day goes on and it gets warmer.'
Potter's big secret, though, was to leave his putter in the bag all day. 'I always putt with a three-iron on temporaries because it gets the ball airborne and going forward. With a putter it can bump about.'
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His technique meant he cleaned up the prizes, winning both the professionals' medal and the team prize, with his Links amateur partner Bob Davies. Potter birdied their last hole, the eighth, for a betterball stableford total of 47 which beat three other pairs by a point. His other birdies were on the first, second, sixth, 10th, 14th and 15th. Potter has now won this event three times in succession.
'The course was wonderful and I think everyone was just pleased to get out and get some exercise. It started off freezing but it warmed up quickly and then it was a lovely bright, sunny day.'
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Nevertheless Potter is looking forward to getting some real sun on his back in a couple of week's time when he travels to Spain to play two Senior Challenge Tour events.
The competition attracted 48 hardy players and, said Gt Yarmouth & Caister professional Martyn Clarke: 'Everyone was really pleased to get out and they all enjoyed it.'
The next event takes place on Wednesday, March 3. Entry, including a meal, is �25 for non-members. Further details from the pro shop on 01493 720421.
Team results: 47 pts Gary Potter & Bob Davies (Links Country Park). 46 Terry Norman & Graham Carman (Gt Yarnouth & Caister); John Love & Robin Lincoln (Dunston Hall); Adam Flaxman & Kiel Copeland (Gt Yarmouth & Caister).
t The Jacks Golf Society has been celebrating 2009 successes with a presentation evening at Royal Cromer, where many of its members are based. Dave Pooley (Royal Cromer) won the Grand Prix on the final day, pipping Kevin Cullum (Bawburgh) in second place, while Ian Dennis (Royal Cromer) was third. Cullum also won the championship trophy and the summer bowl.
Steve Futter (Royal Cromer) won the Challenge Trophy while Matt Copeman (Royal Cromer) captured the on-tour trophy; both events were played at The Belfry.
The start of the society's 2010 season has been delayed due to the bad weather but it is hoped to get under way on Saturday, February 13 at Royal Cromer.
New members are always welcome and can obtain more information from organiser Mike Waterson by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 01263 821531.