Royal Cromer have cream of the kids
Lyndsey HewisonRoyal Cromer is celebrating a double triumph after teenage members Amber Ratcliffe and Charlie Bright won both scratch titles in the Norfolk Schools' Championship at Royal Norwich.Lyndsey Hewison
Royal Cromer is celebrating a double triumph after teenage members Amber Ratcliffe and Charlie Bright won both scratch titles in the Norfolk Schools' Championship at Royal Norwich.
For Amber, 14, it was a successful defence of the title she won last year. For Charlie, 18, it was his last chance to capture the trophy.
Charlie, who plays off scratch, has been competing in the event for years - and on his first appearance he won the novices' cup. This time he grabbed his last opportunity to become champion with a steady two-over par 74.
'I struck the ball really well but I couldn't hole many putts,' he said. 'But I thought everyone would struggle with the putting and so I was really patient with my game and I was steady all the way.'
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This was only his second competitive outing of the year. The first was the day before the championship in the midweek medal when he went round Royal Cromer in two-under 70.
'I've been working really hard on my swing and with a sports psychologist and it's done a lot for me. I've changed the way I approach the game and hopefully it's going to take me to a different level,' he said.
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Amber, who plays off two, was also fresh from a low scoring spree. She shot three-under in a Scottish tournament and two-under on her own course in a recent competition.
On this occasion she shot three-over par 76 and was less than pleased with a spell in the middle of her round. 'I was level par for my first nine holes but then we had a really long wait and I went double bogey, bogey, bogey,' she said. 'But I had a birdie on my last hole.'
However she was delighted to retain the championship. 'I came here to keep it! I felt as though I struck it well and holed out well.'
The championship also produced some superb handicap scores, notably a net 63 from Mac Gee of Costessey Park which won the boys' handicap championship.
Close behind was Aiden Tanner of Costessey Park whose 64 won the U14 championship and helped his school, Taverham High, to victory in the team event.
They now go forward to represent Norfolk in the national schools team championship. His fellow members were Aaron Tillett (Barnham Broom) who shot net 68 and Royal Norwich's Rohan Myhill, 73.
The girls' handicap champion is Gabriella Masding of Royal Norwich, who continued a rapid fall in her handicap with a net 68. The novices' champion is Max Jacobs of Dereham with net 69.