Trilby Tour is heading to Bawburgh Golf Club
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The focus will be on the headwear as well as the golf next week when another Trilby Tour campaign gets under way at Bawburgh.
The Glen Lodge course will be the venue for the opening regional qualifier of the popular national competition which is the brainchild of Savile Row tailor William Hunt.
A full field of 140 will be teeing off on Thursday, with play getting under way at 6.45am, and all the players should look the part as they go about their business in Hunt trilbies and golfing gear.
There will be plenty of Norfolk amateurs in the field, including 12 from the host club, but golfers are coming from all over the country to bid for a place in the grand final on August 31.
The top 10 will progress to Hull Golf Club - but the main target for players on Thursday will be to finish in the top four and earn a place in a shoot-out for the Norfolk title.
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The leading quartet will feature in sudden-death showdown at the end of the day and a chance to feature prominently in the Sky Sports coverage of the event.
'Everyone is really excited that the Trilby Tour is coming to Bawburgh,' said manager Danny Chapman. 'It's massive for the club, a chance to show we can put on an event like this in front of the television cameras. I am sure it will be a day to remember and people are more than welcome to come along and watch.'
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Chapman has attracted some sponsors for the event, namely MKM Building Supplies, Alan Boswell, Holden Group, Heat Different, Heineken, Peter Field Golf Shop, Kings Head Bawburgh and Park Farm Hethersett
Meanwhile Norfolk's Luke Johnson turned his best performance of the season on the Europro Tour to claim a top 10 finish.
The King's Lynn professional found some form at the IFX Championship at Frilford Heath, an event that was cut to two rounds because of heavy rain on the opening day. Johnson finished on four under par after following a 70 with an excellent 68 and is now 31st in the rankings.
Ben Rawsthorne also had a decent tournament, marking his first start of the year by finishing tied 29th after rounds of 73 and 68. Bawburgh colleague Andrew Marshall (72, 75) finished just outside the top 100.