Video: Barnham Broom’s Nick Barrett makes flying start in race to Turnberry

Barnham Broom's Nick Barrett leads the Norwich-based Golf Days UK Race to Turnberry Order of Merit after his first place in the opening event of the season-long series.

The local 'tour' curtain-raiser – for players with and without handicaps – took place at Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club and Barrett won the event with 37 points, playing off a 3/4 handicap of 7.

Second place went to Nick Flett, who finished last year's event at Great Yarmouth and Caister on 36 points. There was a count-back for third spot as both Kevin Goude and Adam Saunders finished on 35 points. Scratch golfer Goude clinched it with his impressive one under back nine which netted him 19 points. There were several other golfers who made good starts to the tour including Great Yarmouth and Caister members Cain Esherwood and Josh Brooks who both finished with 34 points.

Also included was a nearest the pin and longest drive competition. The longest drive was held on the tricky ninth hole with Paul Emmington taking the prize with an effort of 232 yards. A stunning approach to the par three 12th saw Paul Chilvers claim the nearest the pin prize with his ball finishing six inches from the hole.

Players who enter five of the 10 events over the year will be in with a chance of being crowned Norfolk Tour Champion 2012 and winning a trip to Turnberry Resort, Scotland. They will receive a night's stay at the five-star resort and a round of golf on the Ailsa and Kintyre courses. The runner-up on the tour will receive a set of custom-fit irons provided by Chris Potter at Norfolk Premier Golf, Blofield.

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The next event is at Weston Park on Sunday, March 25. For more information call 01603 505533 or go to

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