Thetford pro-am raises money for former assistant pro’ Brad Smith

The three leading players at last week's pro-am at Thetford, from left to right, Steve Gibbs, Giles

The three leading players at last week's pro-am at Thetford, from left to right, Steve Gibbs, Giles Evans and David Ball. Picture: Thetford GC - Credit: Archant

A series of showers all day long could not dampen the enthusiasm of 80 golfers taking part in a charity pro-am at Thetford Golf Club.

A total in excess of £5,500 was raised for two charities, Breast Cancer Research and a special fund for Brad Smith, the former Thetford golf assistant, who has had his right leg amputated after being diagnosed with cancer.

The day was organised by Thetford's teaching professional Stuart Smith, who challenged the players to play from the ladies' red tees, reducing the yardage from 6,849 yards to 5,940 while par went up from 72 to 74.

The advantages of the shorter course were countered by difficult wet playing conditions and the winning score came from an amateur, Giles Evans, who went round in 69.

Giles donated his prize to the fund for Brad. Steve Gibbs and host club greenkeeper David Ball were joint second after going round in 72.

An auction of various golfing equipment and vouchers for four-balls at various courses helped swell the amount raised, along with a raffle.

The winning team score was 102 points by another former Thetford assistant, Will Cross, who is now at Dereham. His team-mates were 14-year-old Sam Devonport, who was recently crowned as the Norfolk U18 Handicap champion, and Steve Bazzoni and Debs Bryan from Heydon Grange.

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Runners-up were Epping's Harrison Mosley along with Stuart Allan, Bernard Tonner and Kevin Goodman, all from Thetford, with 95 points.

Meanwhile, Adam Sims won Barnham Broom's 36-hole scratch championship for the third year running. Sims, who plays off one, shot 150 (76 on the Hill Course and 74 on the Valley). Second place went to James Tinsey on 153 while Andrew Stebbings was third on 158.

The handicap 36-hole competition was won by Eric Harris, playing off 13, who scored a nett 134.

Dereham Ladies' Invitation Day attacted 24 pairs.

The winners of the competition were Glenda Langmead (Dereham) and Sue Sides (Costessey Park) with 48 points from Heather Clements (Dereham) and Patsy Palmer (Ryston Park) with 47 points.

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