Young Norfolk golfers Amelia Williamson and Amy Taylor experience highs and lows during a hectic week

The squad that represented Norfolk Ladies at County Week line up for a picture at Hunstanton with c

The squad that represented Norfolk Ladies at County Week line up for a picture at Hunstanton with captain Sammy Martin (front, second left). Picture: Dave Ashmore - Credit: Archant

Norfolk youngsters Amelia Williamson and Amy Taylor had a testing week at two very different golf courses – and at the end of it were left to reflect on the highs and lows of the game.

The pair spent three hectic days at Hunstanton representing Norfolk at County Week, before heading off to Kent to play in the prestigious Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters at the Nizels Golf and Country Club.

Having helped their county to two wins and a draw on the testing links lay-out the teenagers then found it tough going in a parkland setting while Norfolk were being pipped to the Eastern Counties title in their absence.

Amelia, from Royal Cromer, found herself effectively out of contention in the elite junior event after an opening round 82, and narrowly missed the cut despite improving by five shots the following day. Amy, from Bawburgh, ended up alongside her Norfolk colleague in a tie for 13th place from 30 starters after following up a 77 with an 82.

A hectic week had started with both players lining up for Norfolk in their opening match of County Week against Hertfordshire, Amelia alongside her mother Tracey.

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The pair both played important roles as the hosts won 5-4 before following that up with another win against Essex (5½-3½) and a 4½-4½ draw with Suffolk.

After the youngsters had left for Kent on Wednesday evening Norfolk suffered a 5-4 defeat to Bedfordshire and although they bounced back with a 5½-3½ win over Cambs and Hunts on the final day it was not enough to pip Suffolk for the title.

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Norfolk skipper Sammy Martin was pleased with the efforts of her side, saying: 'There was some excellent golf played on a very tough golf course and everyone played their part. It was my first taste of captaincy and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though we didn't win this time.

'We got very close but in the end Suffolk came out on top and I would like to congratulate them and wish them all the best in the national finals.

'I would also like to thank everyone at Hunstanton for their great hospitality and, of course, my players. They all contributed to a great week and it was good to see two rookies (Immy Leeder and Abigail O'Riordan) come in and contribute some points.'

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