Will Harrold claims top six finish in Europro Tour event

Andrew marshall (right) with his winning team at the Norfolk pro-am at Bawburgh, left to right, Trev

Andrew marshall (right) with his winning team at the Norfolk pro-am at Bawburgh, left to right, Trevor Carver, Tony English and Robert Barnard. - Credit: Archant

Will Harrold made a rare start on the Europro Tour last weekend - and made it count by finishing tied sixth.

The Sheringham professional was the model of consistency at the Grand National Hotels Irish Masters at Ballykisteen, with rounds of 69, 69 and 68 seeing him finish on 10 under par. Harrold was always up with the leaders, and had a chance of victory going into the final day, but he needed to go lower than 69 to stand a chance and ended up three shots adrift of winner Sam Robertshawe.

Fellow Norfolk player Luke Johnson missed the cut by some distance after rounds of 73 and 75.

Back in Norfolk the second PGA pro-am of the week was held at Bawburgh's Glen Lodge course. One of the early starters was Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) who returned a level par 72 which was quickly matched by Bawburgh's in-form Andrew Marshall.

However, both were beaten by joint winners Chase Davis (Marriott Sprowston), a day after losing his first round knock-out match, and host professional and this year's captain Mark Spooner.


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Three players finished on 74, Caroline Grady (Bawburgh), Will Farley (Rushmere) and Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range).

Gardner's points propelled him to the top of the Order of Merit. All the members present expressed their sadness over Ian Ellis's absence due to the death of his father the previous day.

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Marshall took the team prize alongside Trevor Carver, Tony English and Robert Barnard with a total of 127. The top three was completed by Mark Allen (Eaton) with Mike Ambridge, Stephen Lambert and Sharon Allen (131) and Matthew Gardner with Aaron Seekings, Les Gardner and Richard Phillips (132).

Meanwhile the Eastern Region Final of the Ladies' Bridgestone Chase Your Dream Medal was held at Rookery Park.

The top 10 went forward to the Grand Final at Woodhall Spa in August and Dawn Futter from Great Yarmouth & Caister booked her place. She returned a good score of 73, one under par, to finish eighth, four behind winner Paul Wendleken from Abridge who had a hole-in-one at the ninth. Susan Boast of Costessey Park, Bet Howson of Mundesley and Phon Green of Bawburgh all finished in the top 20.

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