Rebecca and Simon are top of the class
Teenagers Rebecca Heeles and Simon Stevens led a fantastic display of talent at the Norfolk Schools' Championship at Bawburgh.
Heeles, 18, from Royal Norwich and Stevens, 17, the Norfolk boys' captain from Dunston Hall, took the scratch honours at the championship.
It was a first win in this event for both players and for Heeles it was both her first competition of the season and her last chance to win this title.
'My aim was just to go out and play to my handicap and prove to myself I could still play decent golf — and I won. It was very nice,' said Heeles, a Norfolk first team regular and the county girls' champion.
She was actually two-over her two handicap but, in common with many in the field, found the putting difficult.
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Stevens scored one-over par 73 to win the boys' title by a shot, capturing his biggest win to date. The three-handicapper started steadily with six pars and finished birdie, par.
'Usually I never, ever make par on 18 but this time I managed to get up and down out of a bunker,' he said. 'I was hoping to win, but I didn't expect to! My dad has been joking for a while that it was about time I won something — and it was nice to repay them for their support.'
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Joining them at the prize table were a host of youngsters who shot remarkable scores under their handicap.
The youngest was 10-year-old Amelia Williamson of Royal Cromer who won the girls' handicap title with a net 64. She is following in illustrious family footsteps: her mother, Tracey, is a multiple winner of the Norfolk ladies' championship and her father, Mark, was for many years one of the county's finest players. Amelia, who broke 100 for the first time in this competition, is the first primary school pupil to win the trophy.
'She's as keen as mustard,' said Mark. 'We are really pleased — we had to produce one golfer, it's in the genes!' The Williamsons' other daughter, Victoria, is a highly-rated cyclist.
Following the schools' championship Amelia did well in a cup competition at Royal Cromer, pipped by her mother by a shot and by one other player on countback, and has cut her handicap a total of five shots to 27.
Tom Fox, 13, from the host club, led the way in the handicap stakes with a superb net 62 — 10 under par — to win the boys' handicap title by four shots. His handicap has also taken a hefty tumble, down four to 20.
He's only been a club member for 18 months but is a noted sportsman: he's the Norfolk number one U15 table tennis player and has held the same ranking at U11 and U13.
Costessey Park's Taylor Davis gave himself an early birthday present when he became the U14 champion, just days before he turned 14. He started with a birdie, shot net 65 and cut his handicap from 15 to 13. Taylor also comes from a noted golfing family: his older brother, Chase, was Norfolk's number one as an amateur and is now a professional; his father Garry has just made his debut for Norfolk seniors.
Eaton's Jordan Mann won the novices' championship, also with a net 65, in his case playing off 33 handicap. The 12-year-old has been a club member for about two years and also comes from a keen golfing family, alongside his sister, Megan.