Toby Briggs and Ellie Brown are top of golfing class at Norfolk Schools’ Golf Championships

Champions Ellie Brown and Toby Briggs with Norfolk County Golf Union president Doug Gilchrist. Pict

Champions Ellie Brown and Toby Briggs with Norfolk County Golf Union president Doug Gilchrist. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

Toby Briggs and Ellie Brown turned on the style on a wet and windy day to claim the top titles at the Norfolk Schools' Championships at Swaffham Golf Club.

Despite the weather there was excellent scoring in the 21st staging of the event, especially from the winners.

Toby Briggs, representing Thorpe St Andrew School, and Ellie Brown, of Easton and Otley College, were this year's individual champions.

England international Toby successfully defended his title with a 66 – five under par, which included six birdies and 11 pars – while Ellie was also a worthy champion following an excellent 75.

Toby had eight shots in hand on second placed Tom Carding from Easton and Otley College while Ellie won on countback from Aylsham High School's Jasmine Campbell.

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The handicap champions were Elliott Daniells of Litcham High with a 66 and Hope Neild of Thorpe St Andrew with a 64.

The U-14 boys' championship was won by Ben Cowles of Wymondham High with a nett 70 off 28 handicap while Eve Neild kept it in the family by winning the U-14 girls' championship with a nett 62 off 34 handicap.

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Thorpe St Andrew successfully defended their title in the team title with an amazing 133, six shots better than last year and only one more than the 2010 record of Taverham High.

They will go forward to defend their title in the National Final at Woodhall Spa Golf Club in July, despite their third team member being unavailable as with two out of three to count he wasn't missed and he will be available for the final.

The trophies were presented jointly by Doug Gilchrist, president of the Norfolk County Golf Union, Jo Ashmore, president of the Norfolk Ladies' County Golf Association and the ladies' captain of Swaffham Golf Club Ann Curtis.

Again Norfolk definitely went against the national trend by having 19 girls taking part. The NLCGA is to be highly commended for all the work they do with emerging players.

The teams to represent Norfolk in the South East of England Schools' Championships, to be held at Eaton Golf Club on June 2 and 3, will be announced shortly. There will also be some individual entries as a result of the high standard of play.

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