Young amateurs rewarded for their efforts

Norfolk's top amateur golfers were honoured when the presentation of the county's order of merit trophies followed the playing of the Clymer Bowl at Caldecott Hall.

John Simpson, of sponsors Smith & Pinching, presented the scratch order of merit trophy to Matt Bacon of Costessey Park and the handicap trophy to George Morris of Eaton.

Earlier, both had taken part in the Clymer Bowl, an annual invitational event which this year was contested by teams representing the county first and second team squads and a President's Select, playing 27-holes of stableford foursomes.

The first team were the clear winners with a total of 208 points. The second team scored 178 and the President's Select 174.

Bacon teamed up with Aaron Bullock (Caldecott Hall) to return the best individual score. They played under their handicaps – plus-one and one respectively – both morning and afternoon to amass a total of 58 points (19, 39).

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Second were Tom Clements (Royal Norwich) and Dan Russell (Ryston Park), also from the first team, with 54 points (18, 36). Third, from the President's Select, were Peter Ogden (Caldecott Hall) and Daniel Thurston (Swaffham) with 53 (14, 39).

Other players were – First team: Jamie Smith (Royal Norwich) and Kris Coop (Royal Cromer); Ian Hardy (King's Lynn) and Charlie Bright (Royal Cromer). Second team: Matt Alden (Barnham Broom) and George Morris (Eaton); Paul Reade (King's Lynn) and Anton Neal (Hunstanton); Tom Nudd (Royal Norwich) and Nick Paling (Eaton) and Iain Yule (Middleton Hall); Steve Tidy (Costessey Park) and Jack Yule (Middleton Hall).

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President's Select: Sean Brady (Royal Norwich) and Frankie Plume (Sprowston Manor), David Hood (Hunstanton) and John Eayres (Hunstanton); county president Geoff Higgins (King's Lynn) and John Simpson (Costessey Park).

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