Rawsthorne turns on the style in Norfolk Golfers’ Alliance opener

Jim McCarthy (left) receiving Harold Harman Trophy from seniors' captain Richard Franklin. Picture:

Jim McCarthy (left) receiving Harold Harman Trophy from seniors' captain Richard Franklin. Picture: Club - Credit: Archant

A new Norfolk Golfers' Alliance season got under way at Swaffham, with an entry of 76 making it a good start.

The format was betterball Stableford, with the professionals also playing a Stableford, and Europro Tour player Ben Rawsthorne from Bawburgh turned on the style to take top prize with 38 points.

Will Cross (Dereham) and Caroline Grady (Bawburgh) shared second with 32.

Rawsthorne also featured in a three-way tie for first position in the team competiton after notching 40 points in the company of Eaton's Steve Quick.

Keeping him company at the top of the leaderboard was Bernie Vaughan (Costessey Park) and Tony Matless (Royal Cromer) and Sean Brady (Marriott Sprowston) and Paul Arnold (King's Lynn).

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Four pairs – Steve Potter (Bungay & Waveney Valley) and Bryan Smy (Dunston Hall), Philip Jones and Rick Taylor (Royal Cromer), Keith Bagot (Rookery Park) and Neville Smith (Royal Cromer) and Mike Kirkham (Royal Norwich) and Paul Pritty (Eaton) – finished in a tie for fourth place on 39.

Meanwhile, around 80 golfers attended Dunston Hall Seniors' Charity Day which raised funds for Prostrate Cancer UK.

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On a fine day the winner of the Stableford competition for the Harold Harman Trophy and Motocaddy Golf bag was Jim McCarthy with an impressive 42 points.

Jim was a popular winner of an event, backed by Marston's Beer, as he has had to battle through some serious health issues over the past year but he has come through them well, and his golf has also improved.

Second with 40 points was Maurice Robinson, whose prize was a golf trolley, while third with 38 was Ian Percival, who won a golf shirt.

The best ladies' prize, an all-weather golf jumper, was won by Lynda Love with 36 points.

The lunch was followed by the seniors' auction run by former captain Stuart Mudie which contributed just over £700, to the fund.

A cheque for £3,000 was presented to Michael Gibbs, on behalf of Prostate Cancer UK, while the final donation should exceed £4,000.

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