Yule overcomes ‘brutal’ conditions at Royal West Norfolk to win County Championship
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Jack Yule had a smile back on his face yesterday after overcoming testing conditions to win the Norfolk Amateur Championship for the second time.
The 22-year-old from King's Lynn has struggled to make an impact since a superb victory in a big international event in France last July, but produced a solid performance at Royal West Norfolk to suggest better times might be just around the corner.
With a strong wind making life uncomfortable for all the players, Yule recorded a four round total of 297 to pip fellow England youth international and defending champion Toby Briggs to the title by a single shot.
There was a big scare for Yule on the last when his tee shot hit a path and bounced out of bounds, leading to a double bogey six. But a final round of 76 proved to be enough in the end as Briggs (Dunston Hall) saw a putt that would have earned a play-off lip out.
Ryston Park's Charlie Rains finished a further four shots back in third, thanks to a superb third round of 70, with Dylan Green of Costessey Park fourth on countback after also signing for a 302 total.
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Thetford's Giles Evans was well placed to mount a challenge for the title going into the final round, but a string of dropped shots saw him slip out of contention and he finished in fifth position on 304 after a disappointing 83.
Yule, who had set the foundations for his victory with two rounds of 73 on Sunday and a 76 yesterday morning, was delighted to get his hands on some silverware after a poor run of results on the national circuit.
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'I've been struggling for a while - it's probably the worse spell I have ever had as a golfer - so it feels really good to have won this,' he said.
'The conditions were really brutal and it was just a case of trying to battle your way through. I played okay in the conditions, and fortunately that unlucky bounce on the last didn't end up costing me.'
Yule, who showed what he is capable of last year when he won the Biarritz Cup in France with an 11-under-par total, will now be aiming to build on his county triumph when he takes part in the British Amateur Championship, which gets under way at Royal St George's and Prince's in Kent next Monday.