PGA Norfolk Pro Am

Kings Lynn Golf Club   

Friday10th November 2017

 

This year’s Kings Lynn ProAm was played into a very strong northerly wind and the chill factor discouraged slow play and fortunately most of the professionals chivied their teams along.   What is hotting up though is this year’s Order of Merit and the secretary can’t remember a situation in his eleven years where going into the last two events there are still three players in contention.   Nic Cains (Swaffham) looked to have returned the winning score with a two under 70, but Chase Davis (Sprowston Manor), despite 2 bogeys returned with a 68 and helped by an eagle and four birdies.  Nic Cains has now jumped into the lead in the O.O.M. with 65 points followed by Chase on 61 and then the defending champion, Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) on 59.

The team competition was déjá vu for Will Farley’s ( Rushmere) team and with two of last year’s winning team amateurs they came home in 126 and 5 ahead of Ian Ellis’s team.

Nearest the pin on the 5th was Paul Taylor and on the 16th it was Graham Hart.

Teams.  

1st 126 Will Farley with Steve Howe, Joe Byrne & Tom Byrne. 

131 Ian Ellis with Dean Ashton, Mervyn King & Colin Norris. 

132 Chase Davis with Aaron Stuttard, Mat King & John Hinton.

Professional. 

1st 68 Chase Davis. 

70 Nic Cains. 

73 Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) & Andy Cotton (Ufford Park)

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2017   After 12 Events ( Kings Lynn)

Professional

Golf Club

Points

Nic Cains

Swaffham

65

Chase Davis

Marriott Sprowston

61

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

59

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

40

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am

Marriott Sprowston Manor   

Friday 27th October 2017

 

The weather was ideal and the green staff had worked hard to set the course up perfectly for today’s annual visit from the members of the PGA in Norfolk. It was good seeing Caroline Grady (Bawburgh) sharing the prizes and she finished second alongside Nic Cains (Swaffham) and both shot one over pars 72’s.   However the winner, Jason Groat (Denver) had an interesting day for travelling to the event the car driven by team member Nigel Wagg was showered with concrete from a delivery lorry, smashing several windows.   However the quick setting cement energised Jason and he came home with a winning score of one under par 70.   In the team competition the team of Joe Lambert (Mundesley), blew away the competition by 5 shots and shooting a combined score of 128 which is 14 under par.

 

Team.   1st.   128  Joe Lambert with Terry Radcliffe, Ashley Horne & Andy Horne.   133  Nic Cains with Dave Mead, Mike Byrne & Sandy Byrne.   133  Sean Brady (Sprowston) with Anna Devlin, Tom Payne & Chris Phillips.

Nearest the pin.  Les Grayston.   Nearest the pin.  Jon Hinton

 

Professionals.  1st 70 Jason Groat.  72  Caroline Grady & Nic Cains.  74  Joe Lambert & Duncan Abbott (Gorleston).

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2017   After 11 Events ( Sprowston)

Professional

Golf Club

Points

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

59

Nic Cains

Swaffham

57

Chase Davis

Marriott Sprowston

51

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

37

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

28½

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh Family Golf

26

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am   

Eaton Golf Club

Friday 13th October 2017 

 

The black tees added another 300 yards over the whites and it could have been why nobody broke par although a stiff wind was probably another factor.   Host pro, Mark Allen, won last year but had to settle for a share of fifth position this time out and it was Order of Merit contender, Chase Davis of Sprowston Manor who picked up first prize with a level par 70 and one shot ahead of Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister). Jason Groat playing with his regular group from Denver Golf Centre won the team competition with a 12 under par score of 128.

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 20167            After 10 Events

 

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

57

Chase Davis

Marriott Sprowston

51

Nic Cains

Swaffham

49

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

35

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh Family Golf

26

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

18½

Mark Allen

Eaton

14

 

Nearest the pins were Aaron Stuttard and father Gary.

Team.   1st 128 Jason Groat (Denver) with Nigel Wagg, Mark Powell & Cass Singleton.  131 Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) with John Hinton, Les Gardner & Richard Phillips.   131 Mark Allen (Eaton) with Rob Newman, Mike Ambridge & Mark Taylor.

Professionals.   1st   70 Chase Davis.   71 Ian Ellis.  72 Jason Groat Mark Spooner (Bawburgh. 73 Mark Allen & Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer).
 

PGA in Norfolk

2017 Knock Out Finals

Eaton Golf Club

 

 

The two semi finals were won convincingly by Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) beating Charlie Bright (Sheringham) 6/5 and the defending champion Nic Cains (Swaffham) winning 6/5 against Michael Few (Bawburgh).   Both of the afternoon matches were close affairs with each match coming to the 16th tee with only one hole the difference.   Michael Few birdied the long par 5 16th and another birdie at the 17th secured third place for him.   In the top match Nic was one ahead playing the 17th and secured victory on that green, retaining the trophy he won last year.  It has been a remarkable few months for Nic Cains, winning this years’ stroke-play championship and second place in the Norfolk Open plus several successes in regional events.

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2017   After 9 Events ( K/O)

Professional

Golf Club

Points

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

49

Nic Cains

Swaffham

49

Chase Davis

Marriott Sprowston

41

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

35

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh Family Golf

21

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

13½

Mark Allen

Eaton

13

Nick Lucas

Dunston

10

PGA Norfolk Pro Am

Bawburgh Golf Club

Friday 12th May 2017

The second ProAm of the week was held on the well-prepared Bawburgh Glen Lodge course and off the white tees it threw up some good scores.   One of the early starters was Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) who with two bogeys and two birdies returned a lever 72 which was quickly matched by Andrew Marshall (Bawburgh) who was showing this season’s fine form.   However both were beaten by the joint winners of Chase Davis (Marriott Sprowston), a day after losing his first round knock out match and host professional, and this year’s captain, Mark Spooner.  Matthew’s points propels him to the top of the leader board and he with Chase and Ian Ellis will represent the county in the regional qualifier for the national cup.   All the members present expressed their sadness for Ian’s absence due to the death of his father the previous day.

Nearest the pins were on the 4th hole Mike Lewarne and 16th hole Trevor Carver.

 

Team. 1st 127.  Andrew Marshall with Trevor Carver, Tony English & Robert Barnard.  131 Mark Allen (Eaton) with Mike Ambridge, Stephen Lambert and Sharon Allen.  132 Matthew Gardner with Aaron Seekings, Les Gardner & Richard Phillips.

 

Professionals.  1st 71 Mark Spooner & Chase Davis 72 Matthew Gardner & Andrew Marshall. 74 Caroline Grady (Bawburgh), Will Farley (Rushmere) & Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range).
 

PGA in Norfolk ProAm

9th May 2017

Wensum Valley

 

Our very first event at Wensum Valley and it was played on the new layout for the long Wensum Course, which meant the tricky water hazards were not in play until the back nine.   Our county captain complimented the club on the improvements to the course and all the prizewinners echoed these views.   We had joint winners for the professional prize with both Nick Lucas (Dunston) and Andrew Marshall (Bawburgh) shooting one over 73’s, the highlight of Andrew’s round being an eagle on the last and a hole in one on the blind second 165 yards par 3.   One shot behind the winners was Matthew Gardener (Barnham Broom) whose score put him at level position with Ian Ellis for this year’s O.O.M.  It was double celebration for Nick Lucas because he also led in the wining team at eleven under par 133,comfortably beating the teams of Will Farley (Rushmere) and Andrew Marshall.

Nearest the pin 10th hole Chris Stearman and 13th hole Mark Powell.

Team. 1st 133 Nick Lucas with Stuart Goddard, Mark Lambert & Steve Kearns.   136 Will Farley with David Hews, Steve Howlett & Les Grayston.  137 Andrew Marshall with Mel Harbour, Gorge Pledger & Chris Stearman.

Professionals.  1st 73 Nick Lucas & Andrew Marshall. 74 Matthew Gardner.

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2017             After 5 Events

Professional

Golf Club

Points

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

29

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

29

Chase Davis

Marriott Sprowston

21

Nic Cains

Swaffham

19

Nick Lucas

Dunston

10

Mike Jubb

Sheringham

6

Mark Allen

Eaton

5

Ross Hudson

Wensum Valley

5

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

5

Adam Lewarne

Middleton Hall

5

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh Family Golf

5

 

PGA Norfolk Pro Am

Swaffham Golf Club

24th March 2017

 

20 teams competed in our 4th Pro Am of the year, which was held at Swaffham golf club.   Everyone had worked hard to get the course ready, but the strong wind didn’t help with none of the professionals making par.  If today’s results are a indication of this year’s Order of Merit awards then it will be quite a challenge, for after four events we have a group of four players within five points of each other.   The results today brought two of the members into contention with joint winners, Chase Davis  (Marriott Sprowston Manor) and Nic Cains (Swaffham) both shooting one over pars 72.  Two shots back in joint third position were Mark Allen (Eaton) and Ross Hudson (Wensum Valley).   Nic Cains led his team home to win on 10 under par two ahead of Will Woodrow’s (Royal Cromer) team.

Nearest the pins were Sharon Allen on the 3rd and Phil Patience on the 16th.

Team.  1st132 Nic Cains with Phil Patience, Tony Martin & Paul Cains.  134 Will Woodrow with Cally Piggot, Pete Stott & Steve Bacon.  135 Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) with Hamish Fleming, Chris Page & Paul Izzard.

Professionals.  1st 72 Nic Cains & Chase Davis. 74 Mark Allen & Ross Hudson.  75 Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) & Alan Wright (Swaffham).

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2017             After 4 Events

Professional

Golf Club

Points

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

24

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

21

Chase Davis

Marriott Sprowston

21

Nic Cains

Swaffham

19

 

Great Yarmouth & Caister NPGA Pro Am.

Thursday 9th March 2017

A strong westerly wind meant most of the players struggled to keep their scores down, although the winner, Matthew Garner (Barnham Broom), did manage a par round. Matthew has started the new season quite strongly after his joint second place at Hunstanton last week and the first event as past captain receiving his prize from the new captain, Mark Spooner (Bawburgh). Host professional, Ian Ellis, was second on 72 and three ahead of four sharing third position, Mark Spooner, Neil Mitchell (Bury Range), Alex Beckett (Bawburgh) & James Yemc (Hunstanton). Matthew left Great Yarmouth a very “happy chappie” for he also led in the winning team, just pipping Alex Beckett’s team on count-back at 10 under par.

Nearest the pins. 7th Chris Page. 12th Lee Whiley. 14th Jill Gooch. 17th John Ireland.

Teams. 1st 130 Matthew Gardner with Lloyd Douglas, Paul Dunning & Les Gardner. 130 Alex Beckett with Gareth Motterham, Scott Grear-Hardy & Rafiq Turnbull. 135 Mark Spooner with Mike Payne, Steve Mitchell & Graham Tuddenham.

Professionals. 1st 70 Matthew Gardner. 72 Ian Ellis. 75 Mark Spooner, James Yemc, Neil Mitchell & Alex Beckett.

 

PGA Norfolk Pro Am Hunstanton - Tuesday 27th February 2017

 

A tough westerly wind made some holes easily reachable but coming home was more difficult.   The condition of the course was superb after all the improvements of the last twelve months and Hunstanton’s greens were again a joy to putt on.   This event announces the start of our season with eleven more ProAms to follow plus other competitions.   Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) handed over the captain’s baton after the event and could have done it in real style for with two holes to go he was two under par but ruined his card on the 17th.   Matthew finished with a 74 to join Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth) & Will Farley (Rushmere).   The winner with a level par 72 was the trainee from Swaffham, Nic Cains who just pipped Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) who had a late surge to finish on 73.

In the team competition it was double celebration for Nic Cains for his team pipped the teams of Mike Jubb (Sheringham) and Chase Davis (Sprowston Manor) by one shot with Mitchell’s team a further shot back.

The AGM followed the event and this year’s captain will be Mark Spooner (Bawburgh & Norwich Family Golf)

Nearest the Pin.   Dean Ashton & Neil Milton.

Team 

1st.   133  Nic Cains with Stacey Weeks, Phil Patience & Arlo Smith.  134c/b Mike Jubb with Neil Milton, Mark O’Brien & Martin Buckingham.  134  Chase Davis with Aaron Saddleton, Luke Clements & Correy Knoop.  135  Neil Mitchell with Hamish Fleming, Chris Page & Paul Izzard.

 

Our events up to May are as listed below and your club professional can give you all the information that you need.

CLUB

Date

Comments

 

 

 

Great Yarmouth

Thu 9th Mar

Confirmed

 

 

 

Sheringham

Thu 16th Mar

Confirmed

 

 

 

Swaffham

Fri  24th Mar

Confirmed

 

 

 

Wensum Valley

Tue 9th May

Confirmed

 

 

 

Bawburgh

Fri 12th May

Confirmed

 
 

2016 Order of Merit for Ian

2016 Order of Merit winner Ian Ellis receives the trophy from 2016 Captain Mattew Gardner from Barnham Broom

NPGA Pro Am.

Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club

Friday 2nd December 2016

The final ProAm for the PGA in Norfolk season was once again at the east coast links of Great Yarmouth & Caister and the golfers were treated to fine weather on a testing course with no one achieving par.  However it was almost déjá vu with as last year the host pro Ian Ellis at the top of the leader board but on this occasion he had to share the winner’s spot with Chase Davis (Sprowston Manor) and trainee Nick Cains (Swaffham), all shooting two over pars.  Having won the team event last year Ian again brought in the winning group and two members, Brad Smith & former Norwich City footballer Dean Ashton played on both occasions.  It was a close call for the winners with only a better back nine giving them “count-back” victory over the team led by Gorleston trainee professional Olly Cribb.   Prize giving culminating with the prizes for the leading three in this year’s Order of Merit and out of 21 entries on the trophy Ian Ellis added his name for the 11th time which is a record that may stand for a long time.  The support from the staff at Yarmouth, especially Mark Sumner & the catering staff was absolutely splendid.

Teams.  1st 72 Ian Ellis, Chase Davis & Nick Cains. 73 Morgan Thompson (Royal Norwich) 74 Andy Cotton (Ufford Park), Will Cross (Dereham), Olly Cribb & Neil Mitchell (Bury Range).

Professionals.  1st 129 c/b Ian Ellis with Brad Smith, Dean Ashton & Mark Jackson.  129 c/b Olly Cribb with Andy Browne, Rob Allen & Ray Pope.  131 Andy Cotton with John Banks, Robert Scholls & Paul Taylor.

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2016             After 15 Events

Professional

Golf Club

Points

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

92

 

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

57

 

Chase Davis

Marriott Sprowston

39½

 

Nic Cains

Swaffham

37

 

Tom Clements

Eaton

35½

 

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh Family Golf

35

 

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

24

 

 

Our first event in 2017 will be at Hunstanton so if any amateur golfer wishes to play in a professional’s team then please contact the secretary, John Paling 07778577596 or e-mail jandjpaling@uwclub.net

N.P.G.A. Pro Am

Royal Cromer Golf Club  

Friday 18th November 2016

 

A strong field of 23 teams played in the annual ProAm at Royal Cromer and on top of the challenges of the course the golfers had to contend with a very strong wind but at this time of the year that is normal for Cromer.   Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth) and Chase Davis (Sprowston Manor) both returned 73’s but today’s clear winner was Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) who was three under par shooting a 69, which included four birdies and just one bogey.   Mark had a right royal day at Cromer because he also led in the winning team and celebrated his first ever team success.   Mark had great support from his team and on the par five fifth two of his team, Mike & Steve, shot gross birdie fours whereas Mark came in with a regulation par.

 

Longest drive was James Fiesher and nearest the pin was Josh Halliday.

Team.

1st 133 Mark Spooner with Mike Payne, Steve Mitchell & Graham Tuddenham.

134 c/b Mike Jubb (Sheringham) with Moss Taylor, Mark Buckingham, Martin O’Brien. 

134 c/b Crag Graver (Sprowston Manor) with Josh Halliday, Josh Craske & Kevin Jefferies. 

134 c/b Sean Brady (Dunston all) with Richard Brown, James Fiesher & Mat Campbell

N.P.G.A. Pro Am

Kings Lynn Golf Club  

Friday 11th November 2016

 

Kings Lynn at this time of the year always proves a strong test and the professional’s commented that it was playing very long and it was shown in the scores.   Equal third on three over par 75 were Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth), Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) & Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre).   Three ahead of this group and playing in his first Pro Am was PGA trainee, Will Farley, from the Rushmere club in Suffolk, although he was brought up in Norfolk for his junior golf.  However the winner who has been playing his best golf for a long time, is this year’s captain, Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) shooting a one under par 71.   Will Farley made almost the perfect start to his professional career when on the back of his second position brought in the winning team with a combined score of 9 under par, two ahead of Morgan Thompson (Royal Norwich) with Caroline Grady’s (Dunston Hall) team a further shot back.

What was tremendous on a non-golfing issue was that both inside Kings Lynn Golf Club and out on the course everyone, at eleven o’clock, took a moment to reflect on the sacrifices of so many a long time ago.

Nearest the pin was Andy Banks and longest drive winner was James Walker.

 

Teams.  

1st 135 Will Farley with James Rosewell, Joe Byrne & Tom Byrne. 

137 Morgan Thompson with Steve Kin, Harry Kent & Mark Greengrass. 

138 Caroline Grady with John Rix, Jon Gaskin & Graham Baker.

Professional. 

1st 71 Matthew Gardner,

72 Will Farley,

75 Ian Ellis, Jason Groat & Neil Mitchell.

N.P.G.A. Pro Am

Marriott Sprowston Manor  

Friday 28th October 2016

The weather was ideal and the green staff had worked hard to set the course up perfectly for today’s annual visit from the members of the PGA in Norfolk.  Ian Ellis is getting closer to another O.O.M. title and with three events remaining he now has a 20 points advantage over second place Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre).   However Ian didn’t have it his own way today and had to share first place with three other professionals; Chase Davis (Sprowston), Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) and Nic Cains (Swaffham).   In the team competition it was a repeat of last year’s win for Matthew Gardner’s team from Barnham Broom and carried on from his team’s success at the previous Eaton ProAm.

Team.   1st.   129c/b Matthew Gardner with Richard Phillips, John Hinton & Les Gardner.   129 c/b Morgan Thompson  (Royal Norwich) with Paul Miles, Mark Shepstone & Mahesh Patel.   129c/b Nic Cains with David Meade, Mike Byrne & Sand Byrne

Nearest the pin.  Mitchell Smith.   Longest drive.   Richard Wilson.

 

Professionals.  1st 70 Ian Ellis, Chase Davis, Nic Cains & Mark Spooner. 71 Jason Groat.

 N.P.G.A. Pro Am   

Eaton Golf Club

Friday 14th October 2016  

This was Norfolk PGA’s first visit back to Eaton after last winter’s extensive course work and the improvements were clear for everyone to see and it was all enjoyed by a large field of 23 teams.   The host club’s trainee, Tom Clements, was trying to continue his success from the previous day’s Alliance meeting at Eaton but his final shot to the 18th green went O.O.B’s and he had to settle for a bogey five.  The 18th hole proved a tough one all day with only a handful of players making par, including Caroline Grady.  Three player shot level par 70’s; Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister), Will Cross (Dereham) and Jason Groat (Denver), but it was host professional, Mark Allen who scooped the winnings with a two under par 68 and appearing at the top of the leader-board for the first time in many years for a PGA pro am.

With four events remaining Ian Ellis still holds a 15 points advantage over Jason Groat in the race to the O.O.M. title, so nothing can be decided yet.

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2016             After 11 Events

Professional

Golf Club

Points

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

63

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

48

Tom Clements

Eaton

35½

Nic Cains

Swaffham

22

Will Cross

Dereham

16

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh Family Golf

16

 

Nearest the pin Steve Palmer and longest drive was Rob Newman.

Team.   1st 125 Matthew Gardner with John Hinton, Les Gardner & Richard Phillips.   125 Mark Allen with David Thomas, Rob Newman & Stephen Limbert.   125 Ian Ellis with Paul Hoffman, Peter Bridgeham & Graham Johnson.

Professionals.   1st   68 Mark Allen. 70 Ian Ellis, Will Cross & Jason Groat.  71 Tom Clements & Mark Spooner (Bawburgh).

 

 

P G A Norfolk

2016 Knock Out Finals

Weston Park 4th October 2016

 

None of the 2015 finalist made it through to this year’s finals, so Ian Ellis’ three successive wins came to an end.   The first semi final was a tight affair with Tom Clements (Eaton) beating Chase Davis (Sprowston Manor) 2 & 1 and Tom was to play Nic Cains (Swaffham) who in the second semi final beat Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) 3 & 1.  For the first time in at least ten years there were two trainee PGA members contesting the final with Nic in his second year and Tom in his final third year and also the first time for 10 years did the final have to go to an extra play-off hole.

The first extra hole was the first and it proved lucky to Nic who had twice during the day birdied it and again a superb second shot led to him birding the hole for a third time, after Tom’s tee shot was blocked out by one of Weston Park’s huge oak trees and then found the sand with his second shot.  Nic was a worthy winner and the two finalists represent a healthy number of young golfers training at the moment in the county to secure their full PGA membership.   Chase Davis beat Ryan to take third position.

PGA in Norfolk ProAm

Middleton Hall Golf Club

Thursday 25th August 2016

A thunderstorm caused a delayed start but then the sun blazed down, with the golfers enjoying the hospitality of Middleton Hall golf club who provided a free drinks station at the half way position.   Last year’s winner shot a level par 71 but on this occasion three players beat that figure with joint runners up, Jason Groat (Denver golf centre) and Colin Williams (Fakenham) shooting one under par 70’s but achieving a season’s first county win was this year’s captain Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) and winning by one shot.   If the individual winners beat the 2015 results then the team winners, Sam Cubitt (Dunston Hall) were hugely successful by bettering last year’s score with a team score of 20 under par!

Nearest the pin was Terry Hegarty and longest drive was won by Brad Smith.

Teams.

122 Sam Cubitt with Scott Nunn, Andy Horne & Ashley Horne.  

125   Mat Gardner with Haydn Leeds, Les Gardner & Richard Phillips.  

128   Jason Groat with Nigel Wagg, Mark Powell & Cass Singleton.

Professionals.  

69 Matthew Gardner, 

70  Colin Williams & Jason Groat. 

71  Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) &  Tom Clements (Eaton) 

 

Norfolk P.G.A. Pro Am  

Fakenham Golf Club      

Sunday 10th July 2016

 

Once again Fakenham Golf Club showed their support for Norfolk PGA with another memorable day’s golf and this biennial event is always popular with the county members.   Through their secretary, Graham Cocker, the club obtains tremendous sponsorship support from Thain Wildbur, Jack Richards, Butcher Andrews and both Fakenham Garden Centre and the local Rotary club.

Two years ago Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) was trying to retain his title but was beaten by Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) and once again Ryan returned a good 3 under par 68 only to be followed in by Ian with a 66 and again another successor from 2014, Tom Clements (Eaton) shot 2 under par for third position.  The winners all came from the morning starters who probably had the better of the weather with the afternoon competitors experiencing a short sharp shower.  However all the players had good comments to make about the course and the individual winner, Ian, said that the greens were as good as the ones he recently played on at South Herts.   In the team competition the tables were turned with Ryan bringing in the winning team ahead of Ian with Joe Lambert (Wensum Valley) leading the third placed team in.

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Nearest the Pin.   4th Peter List and 18th Stephen Bett.

Team.   122 Ryan Pudney with Nigel Elmar, Robin Peel.   126 Ian Ellis with Shane Tuck, Ricky Gould & Steve Parker. 129 Joe Lambert with Max Martin, Peter List and Graham Lumsden.

Professionals.  66 Ian Ellis, 68 Ryan Pudney, 69 Tom Clements (Eaton) 72 Gary Potter,

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2016             After 7 Events

Professional

Golf Club

Points

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

47

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

27

Tom Clements

Eaton

23

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh Family Golf

12

Will Cross

Dereham

10

Alex Beckett

Bawburgh Family Golf

10

Chase Davis

Marriott Sprowston

9

James Yemc

Hunstanton

9

Nic Cains

Swaffham

8

Ryan Pudney

Mundesley

8

Colin Williams

Fakenham

8

 

PGA in Norfolk

Stroke-play Championship 2016 

Bawburgh 

 

A stiff wind and chillier conditions faced the competitors the day after playing the ProAm on the same course but once again the course was set to a high standard.  Tom Clements (Eaton) showed his class by leading the morning competition with a level par 72 closely followed by Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth) on 73.   The next nearest challengers were Sam Cubitt (Dunston) and Will Cross (Dereham) on 75 and both would remain steady in the afternoon to feature on the leader-board.   However Ian repeated another 73 to win the championship for a third year running with a total score of 146 that put him two ahead of Tom and Will.   Sam came in joint 4th with Tony Varney (Bawburgh), but for two golfers it was a case of “if only.”   Adam Lewarne (Middleton Hall) came in with the best afternoon score of 72 and one shot behind was Jason Groat (Denver) after both had 80’s in the morning. The result means that the three members leading at the end of May in the Order of Merit will represent the county in the inter-counties championship later in the year.

Leading Scores. 1st 73/73 Ian Ellis, Tom Clements 72/76, Will Cross 75/73, Sam Cubitt 75/76, Tony Varney 77/74, Adam Lewarne 80/72, Joe Lambert (Wensum Valley 76/76, Mark Allen (Eaton) 76/76,Jason Groat 80/73, Charlie Bright (Sheringham) 76/79 & Alex Beckett (Bawburgh) 77/79.

 

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2016             After 6 Events

 

Professional

 

Golf Club

 

Points

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

37

 

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

27

 

Tom Clements

Eaton

17

 

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh Family Golf

12

 

Will Cross

Dereham

10

 

Alex Beckett

Bawburgh Family Golf

10

 

Chase Davis

Marriott Sprowston

9

 

James Yemc

Hunstanton

9

 

Nic Cains

Swaffham

8

 

Joe Lambert

Wensum Valley

7

 

 

PGA in Norfolk Pro Am

Swaffham Golf Club

1st April 2016

 

The very first ProAm by the county’s professional association was held at Swaffham golf club and it was an excellent day with 22 teams of four competing.   The course has shown great improvements over the past few years and it is a little gem worth the visit.   The men’s par is 71 and only one golfer achieved that so it demonstrated that the course has to be taken seriously, because some of the stars in our county struggled on some of the testing holes.   Even the host trainee (Nic Cains) had problems on the front nine but did come back in three under par for a score of 73 which gave him second place and he pipped Caroline Grady (Dunston Hall) and Colin Williams (Fakenham) by one shot.   However the winner and establishing himself as an early order of merit leader was Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) who returned a level par 71.  The winning team was brought in by Tom Clements (Eaton) with a score of 13 under par.

Nearest the pin was Darren Masters and longest drive was Harry Bailey.

Team. 

1st 129 Tom Clements with David Thomas, Phil Sayers & Mark Taylor. 

131 Alex Beckett (Bawburgh) with Harry Bradfield, Scott Grev-Hardy & Darren Reeve. 

134 Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) with Paul Ellis, Donald Stuart & Dave Crosby. 

134 Sam Cubitt (Dunston Hall) with Scott Seally, John Pearce & Ashley Hornt.

Professionals

1st 71 Jason Groat. 

73 Nic Cains.

74 Caroline Grady & Colin Williams. 

75 Mark Spooner (Bawburgh), Duncan Abbott (Gorleston) & Tom Clements (Eaton).

 

Sheringham PGA in Norfolk.

Pro Am   Friday 18th March 2016

 

There was a stiff wind as the competitors set out on the annual visit from the counties PGA teams on what is always a challenging course.   One of the early starters was Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) and he thought that his round of 73 would be beaten and one other player tied his score but it was Bawburgh Golf Club’s Alex Beckett who came in winning by some score with a level par 70.  Ian did achieve a winning position with his team with a score of 130 which is 10 under par and pipping Tim Lond-Caulke’s (Diss Driving Range) score by one shot.  Third team in was James Yemc (Hunstanton) and James was the professional who tied for second place with Ian.

Nearest the pin was Neil Jary and the longest drive was won by Thain Hacon.

Teams.  1st 131 Ian Ellis with Thain Hacon, Colin Norris and Dean Ashton.  132 Tim Lond-Caulke with James Wright, Guy Baker & Ross Bailey.  134 James Yemc with Neil Jary, Paul Godfrey & Edward Peggs.   135 Matthew Gardner with Shaun Friend, Andy Banks & Steve Lamb.

Professional.  1st 70 Alex Beckett.  73 Ian Ellis & James Yemc.  74 Matthew Gardner.  75 Tim Lond-Caulke & Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer).

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2016             After 3 Events

 

Professional

 

Golf Club

 

Points

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

17

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

17

Alex Beckett

Bawburgh Family Golf

10

Chase Davis

Marriott Sprowston

9

James Yemc

Hunstanton

9

James Weight

Kings Lynn

6

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh Family Golf

6

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

4

Lee Patterson

Royal Cromer

3

Mike Jubb

Sheringham

2

Alan Hemsley

Barnham Broom

2

Michael Few

Weston Park

2

Mark Allen

Eaton

2

Rob Wilkinson

Bawburgh Family Golf

2

Tim Lond-Caulke

Diss Golf Centre

1

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am 

Weston Park Golf Club

Thursday 10th March 2016

 

The course at Weston Park looked in excellent condition after all the recent rain and the professionals were highly delighted with the way the course had been presented by the green keeping staff.   This was our final ProAm at this excellent parkland course before it closes for course and name changes and it was apt that one of the county’s outstanding golfers, Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth) should take the final title with the only sub-par round of 71.   Ian was two shots ahead of Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) who pipped Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) by just one shot.   Ian almost completed the double but was beaten by Tim Lond-Caulke’s (Diss Driving Range) team with an 8 under par of 136.  We have always received a warm welcome at Weston Park in the historic clubhouse and wish everyone the very best for the future.

 

Nearest Pin was Aaron Seekings.   Longest drive was Dylan Green.

 

Team.  

1st 136 Tim Lond-Caulke with James Biggs, Chris Weller & Kevin McNally.  

137 Ian Ellis with Dylan Green Dean Ashton & Luke Caswell.  

139 Mark Allen (Eaton) with Mike Ambridge, Mark Harvey & Stephen Limbeat.

 

 Professionals. 

1st 71 Ian Ellis. 

73 Jason Groat. 

74 Mark Spooner. 

76 Mark Allen, Michael Few (Host Club), Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) & Rob Wilkinson (Bawburgh)

 PGA Norfolk Pro Am

Hunstanton Golf Club

Tuesday 23rd February 2016

 

The superb location of Hunstanton Golf Club “kicks off” the Norfolk professional season and once again a big field of 29 teams battled against a strong northerly wind, which increased the chill factor.    With work on the course reducing the par to 70 it was still going to be a challenge to make that score and indeed only the two winners, Jason Groat (Denver) & Chase Davis (Marriott Sprowston) beat par.  It was a very timely performance for Jason because this was his last event as county captain and that title has now been handed on to Matthew Gardener (Barnham Broom)  The winning team was brought in by Chase with an aggregate score of 16 under par 124, one shot better than Tim Lon-Caulke (Diss Driving Range).

Team. 

1st.  124 Chase Davis with Shaun Larkins, Paul Hunter & Nick Sperrin. 

125 Tim Lond-Caulke with James Wright, Tom Fitchew & Guy Baker. 

127  Jason Groat with Nigel Wagg, Mark Powell & Nicholas Denny.

 

Professionals.  

1st 69 Chase Davis & Jason Groat. 

71 Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range)& James Weight (Kings Lynn). 

72 Mike Jubb (Sheringham), James Yemc Hunstanton), Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) & Alan Hemsley (Barnham Broom).

The PGA in Norfolk Professionals had their A.G.M. following prize giving.

Anyone wishing to play in any of this year’s ProAms should contact the secretary

John Paling (07778577596 or jandjpaling@uwclub.net

 

 

 

Great Yarmouth & Caister NPGA Pro Am.   

Friday 4th December 2015

 

 

Ian Ellis storms to another Order of Merit win for 2015 receiving the trophy fromGreat Yarmouth & Caister Club Captain Bruce Stuurrock

 

At 133 years old the course looked in good condition although the strong wind attempted to ruin everyone’s card but a couple of pro’s did managed level par 70’s, Chase Davis (Sprowston Manor) and Caroline Grady (Dunston Hall).   However once again coming in under par was the host professional, Ian Ellis with a 69, so rounding off the season as Order of Merit winner for a record 10th time.   This domination of local golf must make Ian a strong candidate for the title of county sportsman of the year and this year’s success as extended beyond the county boundaries.

Not resting on his individual laurels Ian led in the team to retain the title his team won last year and their score of 14 under par succeeded last year’s total by three shots.   Mind you it was a strong team playing of a total team handicap of 10 with former Canary star, Dean Ashton, birdying (net eagles) on the long par fours 10th & 11th.    Nearest the pin prizes were donated by club professional Mark Sumner and the winners were 7th John Barker.  12th Paul Hunter.  14th Paul Mile.  17th Ian Yule.  The longest drive winner was Mitch Smith.

 

The winning ProAm team at Great Yarmouth   Left to right.  Dylan Green, Mitch Smith, Ian Ellis, Bruce Sturrock (Yarmouth captain) and ex Canary star Dean Ashton.  They are receiving the Shaun Terrington Trophy in memory of Shaun.

 

Teams

1st 126 Ian Ellis with Dylan Green, Mitch Smith & Dean Ashton.  

131 Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) with Mike Payne, Steve Mitchell & Graham Tuddenham.  

132 Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) with Dave Wyatt, Chris Page & Paul Lizzard.

 

Professionals

1st 69 Ian Ellis. 

70 Caroline Grady & Chase Davis.

71 Alex Beckett (Bawburgh), Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) & Tom Clements (Eaton).

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2015             After 15 Events

 

Professional

 

Golf Club

 

Points

 

Ian Ellis

 

Great Yarmouth & Caister

 

106

 

Tom Clements

 

Eaton

 

52

 

Mark Spooner

 

Bawburgh

 

42

 

Alex Beckett

 

Bawburgh

 

37½

 

Mark Allen

 

Eaton

 

28½

 

Lee Patterson

 

Royal Cromer

 

27

 

Will Cross

 

Thetford

 

23½

 

Gary Potter

 

Richmond Park

 

                              21

 

Sam Cubitt

 

Dunston Hall

 

15

 

Matthew Gardner

 

Barnham Broom

 

14

 

Neil Lythgoe

 

Royal Norwich

 

10

 

Adam Lewarne

 

Middleton Hall

 

9

 

Jason Groat

 

Denver

 

8

 

Charlie Bright

 

Sheringham

 

8

 

Chase Davis

 

Sprowston Manor

 

8

 

David Woolley

 

Middleton Hall

 

6

 

Tony Varney

 

Bawburgh

 

6

 

Nic Cains

 

Swaffham

 

6

 

Ryan Pudney

 

Mundesley

 

5

Our first event in 2016 will be at Hunstanton so if any amateur golfer wishes to play in a professional’s team then please contact the secretary, John Paling 07778577596 or e-mail jandjpaling@uwclub.net

 

PGA Norfolk ProAm

King's Lynn Golf Club -  20th November 2015

Strong winds had an effect on the scores at Kings Lynn, although the three leaders showed that good scores could be achieved.   Typical for this year Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth) won again with a two under par 70 just ahead of Alex Beckett (Bawburgh) who himself pipped his club colleague, Mark Spooner also by one shot.   This trio was well ahead of the pack with three players sharing 4th position on 77.    Some of the leading trio also led in the winning teams with Alex Beckett turning the table on Ian Ellis with Sam Cubitt (Dunston Hall) bringing home the 3rd team.

Nearest the pin was Mark Powell and longest drive winner was Ben Aldous.

Teams.

1st 132 Alex Beckett with Ben Aldous, Harry Bradfield & Jason Allen.  

134 Ian Ellis with Jack Yule, Mitch Smith & Guy Baker.  

140 Sam Cubitt with Scott Seally, Andy Horne & Ashley Horne.

Professional. 

1st 70 Ian Ellis. 

71 Alex Beckett. 

72 Mark Spooner. 

77 Mark Allen (Eaton), Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) & Michael Few (Weston Park) 

 

.P.G.A.  Pro Am   

Royal Cromer

06.11.2015

 

Strong winds, driving rain and Royal Cromer means high scores and there were many but two of the professionals managed to break par.   The first was Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) although his 71 was only good enough for second place but had the consolation of securing his winning of this year’s Order of Merit award.   However shooting a 70, despite going out of bounds on the 4th and ending up with a six, was Richmond Park professional Gary Potter and in his winner’s speech did remind all his fellow professionals that there was still life in the “old boy”   Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) was best of the rest with a 73.   The team prize was won by Ian Ellis on 6 under par 138.

 

Longest Drive was Gary Hubbard and nearest to the pin was Mark O’Brien.

Team.  1st 138 Ian Ellis with Mitch Smith, Mark Jackson & Dean Ashton.   139 c/b  Sam Cubitt (Dunston Hall) with Andy Horne, Scott Seally & Steven Limbert.   139 Duncan Abbott (Gorleston) with Angus Smith, Stuart Bizley & Mark Everard.   140 c/b Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) with Adrian Dawes, Andy Banks & Corey Mose.

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2015             After 12 Events

 

Professional

 

Golf Club

 

Points

 

Ian Ellis

 

Great Yarmouth & Caister

 

86

 

Tom Clements

 

Eaton

 

44

 

Mark Spooner

 

Bawburgh

 

32

 

Mark Allen

 

Eaton

 

26½

 

Will Cross

 

Thetford

 

23½

 

Gary Potter

 

Richmond Park

 

                          21

 

Lee Patterson

 

Royal Cromer

 

19

 

Alex Beckett

 

Bawburgh

 

16½

 

Matthew Gardner

 

Barnham Broom

 

12

 

Neil Lythgoe

 

Royal Norwich

 

10

 

Adam Lewarne

 

Middleton Hall

 

9

 

Jason Groat

 

Denver

 

8

 

Charlie Bright

 

Sheringham

 

8


 
 

Pro Am
Marriott Sprowston Manor
Friday 23rd October 2015

Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) is charging forward to another Order of Merit title and today’s win puts him 34 points ahead of his only challenger, Tom Clements (Eaton) with just four events remaining.   Ian was one of two players breaking par and the other was Alex Beckett who now represents Bawburgh Golf Club.  Just one shot behind and on level par, representing the ladies was Caroline Grady (Dunston Hall) and it put a smile on Caroline’s face after a last minute withdrawal at the previous event when a late evening dash to a specialist Newmarket vet was needed to save her pet dog.

Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) was the first team in and their score of 14 under 128 won the team competition on count back from Chase Davis’ who’s team were 11 under after 9.  For the first time in over 9 years we had joint winners of the longest drive competition with the course marshall measuring both Mitch Smith & Shaun Larkins’ drives at 180 yards from the pin on the 11th which made them drives of 295 yards. 

Team.   1st.   128 Matthew Gardner with Giles Evans, Andy Banks & Les Gardner.   128 Chase Davis with Will Farley, Shaun Larkins & Paul Hunter.   130 Ian Ellis with Mitch Smith, Dean Ashton & Randy Reynolds.

Nearest the pin.  Guy Baker.

Professionals.  1st 67 Ian Ellis.  70 Alex Beckett.  71 Caroline Grady.  72  Tom Clements.  73 Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) & Adam Lewarne (Middleton Hall).   

 

PGA in Norfolk ProAm

Middleton Hall Golf Club

Thursday 15th October 2015

 

The play today was punctuated by several heavy showers so to get close to par would be an achievement but that is what the two-shared winners achieved.     Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) set the early target but ruing his final two holes played at two over par and finally joined at the top of the leader-board by last year’s champion, Will Cross (Thetford).    Finishing one shot behind was the host club’s assistant, Adam Lewarne and in the team competition Ian Ellis completed a double with his team being 13 under par and one shot ahead of Alex Beckett’s (Bawburgh) team.

 

Team

1st 129 Ian Ellis with Dyland Green, Mitch Smith & Randy Reynolds. 

130 Alex Beckett with Ian Yule, Darren Reeve & Joe Secari. 

133 Adam Lewarne with Mike Lewarne, Tim Hoare & Pete Singfield.

 

Professionals

1st 71 Ian Ellis & Will Cross.

72 Adam Lewarne. 

75 Alex Beckett & Gary Potter (Richmond Park).  

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am     

Royal Norwich Golf Club -  9th  October 2015

On a splendid day for golf the first to tee off was Matthew Gardner, (Barnham Broom) and his return of level par 72 held the lead with main contenders dropping away.   However making a long overdue return to the county scene was host professional, Neil Lythgoe and winning the event with a one under par 71.   Two shots behind Matthew in joint third place were Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) and this year’s captain Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre.   Despite shooting a 64 on this same Royal Norwich course on his way to being crowned champion, Tom Clements (Eaton) didn’t feature in the professional prizes but did lead in the winning team.

Nearest the Pin was Conor Murray and Nigel Wagg won the Longest Drive.

Team.  

1st 133 Tom Clements with Graham Edwards, Phil Sayers & David Bussey. 

136 Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) with Stan Nixon, Stan Lee & Les Collins. 

136 Alex Beckett with Spencer Thorpe, Jason Allen & Gareth Matterham.

Professionals.

1st 71 Neil Lythgoe,

72 Matthew Gardner,

74 Jason Groat & Lee Patterson.

 

After 9 events the current leaders in the Order of Merit is :-

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2015

After 9 Events

 

Professional

 

Golf Club

 

Points

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

59

Tom Clements

Eaton

38

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh

32

Mark Allen

Eaton

22½

Lee Patterson

Royal Cromer

19

Will Cross

Thetford

14½

Neil Lythgoe

Royal Norwich

10

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

8

Jason Groat

Denver

8

Charlie Bright

Sheringham

8

Gary Potter

Richmond Park

8

 

 

PGA Norfolk v Norfolk Ladies 1st Team

 

For the first time in over a dozen years a match between the professional golfers and Norfolk ladies took place at Weston Park.   Ladies team captain, Tracey Williamson, saw it as an opportunity to give her team some practice before next week’s inter counties competition in Essex and PGA Norfolk were keen to support the ladies in their build up to the inter-counties.  This competition had been a regular fixture and with the fun and success of this year’s event the PGA secretary, John Paling, has already pencilled in a date for the match to be played next year.

 

The ladies won the match by 2½ to 1½ points playing to a 4BBB format with the scores being: - Amelia Williamson & Tiffany Mills beating Tony Varney & Ryan Pudney 2 & 1.  Karen Young & Jo Herd lost to Michael Few & Adam Lewarne 3 & 2.  Shelley Pleasance & Jasmine Campbell beat Tim Lond-Caulke & Michael Skipper 6 & 5.   Amy Taylor & Ellie Brown halved with Gary Potter & Caroline Grady.

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am

Weston Park Golf Club

Friday 15th May 2015

 

The course at Weston Park looked in excellent condition but the challenge for the players was the hard bounce and it looked as if any one got near to par then they could pick up the winners prize.   As it was Mark Spooner’s (Bawburgh) 73 looked to be heading for the winner’s cheques but at the end of the field Caroline Grady (Dunston Hall) came in with a level par 72.    The team competition was also a very tight affair with only two points between the three leading teams and Caroline came close to making it a remarkable double but was pipped by her fellow Dunston Professional, Sam Cubitt, with Alex Beckett (Barnham Broom) coming in third.

 

Nearest Pin was Simon Garrod.   Longest drive was Neil Featherstone.

 

Team

1st 136 Sam Cubitt with Andy Horne, Scott Seally & Nigel Kimber.

137 Caroline Grady with Graham Baker, Neil Featherstone & John Gaskin.

138 Alex Beckett with Peter Whitbread, Spencer Thorpe & Mark Flawn.

 

Professionals

1st 72 Caroline Grady.

73 Mark Spooner & Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer).

74 Sam Cubitt.

75 Mark Allen (Eaton).

 

The Norfolk team for the National Counties Cup will be

Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister), Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) & Tom Clements (Eaton).

 

 

Barnham Broom Pro Am

Monday 11th May 2015

 

Last year our regular visitor from Suffolk, Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range), finished as joint second but by two clear shots he won this year’s PGA Norfolk Barnham Broom Pro/Am.  Neil expected stiff competition from Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) and Ian duly obliged but his level par 72 was two shots short of Neil’s score and also sharing second spot was Tom Clements the first year professional trainee from Eaton Golf Club.   Ian did retain the team title with two of the same team who came in first last year and they were comfortably ahead by three shots.   All the winners commented on the splendid condition that the course was in.

Nearest the pin was Steve Locke.   Longest drive was Will Somerville.

 

Team

1st 132 Ian Ellis with Simon Hobbs, Mark Jackson & Richard Bateman.

135 Lee Patterson with Sean Kelly, Nigel Ripley & Kevin Abbs.

136 Tom Clements with Nic Sperrin, Dennis Grady & Graham Edwards.

 

Professionals

1st 70 Neil Mitchell.

72 Tom Clements & Ian Ellis.

73 Mark Allen (Eaton), Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) & Caroline Grady (Dunston Hall).

 

36 Holes Stroke-play Championship

 

Weston Park Golf Club  - 30th March 2015

Pictured above this year's captain, Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) handing over the trophy to Ian Ellis (left in picture)

The event took place earlier in the season than previous years and the strong winds played havoc with the scores.   The reigning champion, Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) led at lunchtime with a one over par 73 and two ahead of Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) who at one stage was 4 under par but again lost the battle with the very strong north westerly wind.   In the afternoon the gross average for the field fell by over three shots a player and none more notably than the eventual winner, Ian Ellis, who enjoyed a round of 4 under par to give him a winning score of three under par 141.   Mark Spooner held on to second place with 151 and joint third was Tony Varney (Bawburgh) and Alex Beckett (Barnham Broom).   Holding third position until he dropped two shots at the last was Tom Clements (Eaton) and his misfortune meant that Mark Allen (Eaton) shared fifth position with his trainee.

The whole day benefited from the support of Golf Days who ran live scoring to the clubhouse and it updated the scoreboard for each of the players on the course.   The players were briefed on the benefits the system could offer at corporate events etc at their own golf clubs.

 

 

Sheringham PGA in Norfolk. Pro Am
Friday 20th March 2015

 

It was a former England amateur international who took the honours this year and it was a visitor from across the border in Laurence Dodd of Bury Driving Range.    Laurence had a round of four birdies and just one bogey to give him a three under par total of 67 and a two shot margin over Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister), with Mark Allen (Eaton) one further back on 70.    The top five teams came in on equal 130 (10 under par), so there was a lot of counting back and winning with a superior back nine was the team led in by Mark Allen.   The course was in excellent condition and they were the words used by the winners at the presentation table.


Longest drive was Mitch Smith and nearest the pin was Sheringham club secretary Neal Milton.


Teams.   1st 130 Mark Allen with David Pike, Mike Ambridge & Mark Taylor.   130 Will Cross (Thetford) with Dan Traher, Kevin Cooke & Paul Waters.   130   Tom Clements (Eaton) with Ian Yule, Phil Sayers & Graham Edwards.
Professionals.    1st   67 Laurence Dodd, 69    Ian Ellis, 70 Mark Allen, 71 Will Cross & Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunston)

 

Thetford Golf Club

P.G.A. Norfolk  Pro Am

Thursday 5th  March 2015

 

The course came in for some special praise for it’s condition in early March, although most of the field were challenged by the slick greens, they were up to summer speed.

Only one golfer beat par and that was last year’s Order of Merit runner-up, Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) with a 71.   For the second week running we had two trainees in the top five and returning a level par 72 for second position  was Thetford’s Will Cross who also led in the winning team with a C/B winning score over Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister).

 

Nearest the pin was Ted Evans and Longest Drive was Brad Smith.

Team.

1st 138 Will Cross with Harry Brister, Anthony Stannard & Norrie Dickson.

138 Ian Ellis with Brad Smith, Mitch Smith & Dean Ashton.

139 Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) with Rudy Holtz, Spencer Thrope & Olly Clarke.

 

Professionals.

1st  71 Mark Spooner,

72  Will Cross,

73  Ian Ellis, Mark Allen  and Tom Clements (both Eaton)

 

After two events the O.O.M. table is shown below.

 

P.G.A. Norfolk Order of Merit 2015

Professional

Golf Club

 Points

Tom Clements

Eaton

14

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

12

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh

10

Will Cross

Thetford

8

David Woolley

Middleton Hall

6

Mark Allen

Eaton

4

Jason Groat

Denver

3

James Yemc

Hunstanton

3

 

 PGA Norfolk Pro Am

Hunstanton Golf Club - Tuesday 24th February 2015

 

The superb location of Hunstanton Golf Club “kicks off” the Norfolk professional season and once again a big field of 26 teams battled against a strong northerly wind, which increased the chill factor.    With work on the course reducing the par to 69 it was still going to be a challenge to make that score and indeed only the winner matched par.  Tom Clements is in his first year as a trainee professional under the tutorage of Mark Allen at Eaton golf club and he brings a good record from his amateur days with his score proving that today.  Two shots further back were last years O.O.M. winner Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) and visitor from Peterborough Stuart Brown.   Stuart also featured in the team competition being squeezed into third place on count back to Tim Lond-Caulke’s team (Diss Driving Range).   Very satisfying to have another trainee feature in the prizes because the team winners were led home by Sheringham Trainee professional Charlie Bright with a score of 7 under par 131.   Today was a good day for the trainees and in the county we now have 8 trainees, which is very healthy for the PGA and golf in general.

 

Anyone wishing to play in any of this year’s Pro Ams should contact the secretary, John Paling (07778577596 or jandjpaling@uwclub.net)

 

Team.

1st 131 Charlie Bright with Colin Clark, Chris Leswell & Alex Winstanley 

133 C/B Tim Lond-Caulke (Diss Golf Centre) with Tom Fitchew, Guy Baker & Ross Bailey Green.

133 Stuart Brown with Neil Jary, Edwards Peggs & Paul Godfrey.

 

Professionals

1st 69 Tom Clements,

71 Ian Ellis & Stuart Brown,

74 Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) & David Woolley (Middleton Hall).

 

The PGA in Norfolk Professionals had their A.G.M. following prize giving and elected to the office of this year’s captain was Jason Groat (Denver Golf Club)

 

Great Yarmouth & Caister NPGA Pro Am

Friday 5th December 2014

 

Royal Cromer's captain, Ray Howes, presenting the 2014 Order of Merit Trophy to Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister)

with Secretary, John Paling, in attendance.

There was no repeat of last year’s howling gale when the best professional score was four over par and this week we had five players either matching or beating par.   First professional out was Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) and he posted the winning figure of 2 under par 68 and last year’s winner, Michael Few (Weston Park) just couldn’t match with his 69, although he did his best on the back nine with a 31.   Also on 69 was the trainee from Sheringham, Charlie Bright, playing his first PGA Norfolk ProAm.  The team competition was close with only 2 shots separating the top three teams, but it was the host pro, Ian Ellis, bringing in the winning team with a score of 11 under par.   At the end of proceedings the host club’s captain, Ray Howes, presented the Order of Merit trophy to Ian Ellis who has now won this competition nine times.   Top of the all time list of winners are: - Ian Ellis 9 times, Neil Lythgoe 5 & Tony Varney 4.

Longest Drive.  Nic Sperrin.   Nearest the pin.  Nigel Wagg.

Team

1st 129 Ian Ellis with Dylan Green, Mitch Smith & Alec Sargent.

130 Charlie Bright with John Little, Colin Clark & Stephen Neethling.

131 Tim Lond-Caulke (Diss Driving Range) with Tom Fitchew, Guy Baker & Ross Bailey.

N.P.G.A.   2014  ORDER of MERIT

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth

93

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh

70

Jason Groat

Denver

44

Mark Allen

Eaton

27

Michael Few

Weston Park

27

Ryan Pudney

Mundesley

26½

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

21

Alex Beckett

Barnham Broom

20

Tom Clements

Eaton

17

Will Cross

Thetford

15

David Woolley

Middleton Hall

13

Gary Potter

Richmond Park

13

 

Our first event in 2015 will be at Hunstanton so if any amateur golfer wishes to play in a professional’s team then please contact the secretary, John Paling 07778577596 or e-mail jandjpaling@uwclub.net

 

N.P.G.A.  Pro Am   Royal Cromer 21.11.2014

 

FEW HAS GOOD DAY BESIDE THE SEA

 

Michael Few (Weston Park) has been absent from recent ProAms but made his return at Royal Cromer in grand fashion and by some margin.  Starting with birdies on each of his opening four holes he was seven under after thirteen holes but then had a couple of blips although there still were further birdies and he ended his round on six under par 66.   Six shots behind and sharing second place were Ryan Pudney (Mundesley), Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) & Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) and these were followed by Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) and Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) and their points secured their first and second position in the Order of Merit.  The team prize was won by the team of Matthew Gardner and Matthew is also celebrating the end of his training period with the PGA and will move on to becoming a fully qualified PGA professional.

 

Nearest the pin.   Lou Caswell.           Longest drive.   Nicholas Sperrin.

 

Team.  

1st.  135  Matthew Gardner with Harry Bradfield, Tony Palmer & Olly Clarke.

135 c/b.   Michael Few with Eddie Page, Mel Bosher & Keith Harrison.

136  Tim Lond-Caulke (Diss Driving Centre) with Terry Mills, Guy Baker & Ross Bailey.

136 c/b Simon Byford (The Suffolk) with M Lee, J Donner & A Pitts.

 

Professionals.

1st  66  Michael Few.

72  Ryan Pudney, Neil Mitchell & Matthew Gardner.

73  Ian Ellis.

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am

KING'S LYNN GOLF CLUB

Friday 14th November 2014  

 

Very testing conditions at Kings Lynn and shortly after the first groups teed off rainstorms swept the course, with the par 3 fifth hole suffering badly.   However after a brief pause for the team on that hole and with the magnificent support of the green-keeping staff who cleared the water the event continued, albeit with a few tricky moments until the rain stopped after a couple of hours.   Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) returned an early par 72 but again the Norfolk pros were undone by Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) who returned an excellent 69.   Despite the elements over half the field returned 75’s or less and it is testament to the unsung heroes at many golf clubs and that is the green staff who not only prepare courses but, as in this case, are able to respond to situations that require their skills to resolve.   The winning team of host pro Mike Timson, captain & vice captain plus new general manager Richard Jessop came in on 14 under par 130 and 13 teams in total returned sub par rounds so most negotiated the inclement weather conditions.

 

Nearest the pin was Nigel Wagg and longest drive was unsurprisingly Jack Yule.

 

Team

1st 130 Mike Timson with Dennis Barton, David Lawman & Richard Jessop.

132 Tom Clements (Eaton) with Dennis Grady, Tim Cave & Terry Cowan.

135 David Woolley (Middleton Hall) with Jack Yule, Nick Cains & Roger Garrod.

136   Neil Mitchell with John Youngs, Stan Lee & Les Collens.

 

Professionals

1st 69 Neil Mitchell,

72 Jason Groat,

73 Mike Timson, Marl Allen (Eaton) & Caroline Grady (DeVere Dunston Hall).

 

O.O.M. after 13 events.

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth

85

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh

58

Jason Groat

Denver

44

Mark Allen

Eaton

27

Alex Beckett

Barnham Broom

20

Ryan Pudney

Mundesley

17½

Tom Clements

Eaton

17

Will Cross

Thetford

15

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

14

Colin Williams

Fakenham

11

Michael Few

Weston Park

10

David Woolley

Middleton Hall

9

Neil Lythgoe

Royal Norwich

8

Mike Timson

Kings Lynn

7

Gary Potter

Richmond Park

7

Tony Varney

Bawburgh

Mike Jubb

Sheringham

6

Sean Brady

Kings Lynn

6

Sam Cubitt

Dunston

Adam Lewarne

Middleton Hall

4

Lee Patterson

Royal Cromer

Tim Lond-Caulke

Diss

1

Michael Skipper

Eaton

½

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am

Eaton Golf Club  -  7th November 201414

Once again the professional title was shared with Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) and this year’s PGA in Norfolk captain, David Woolley (Middleton Hall) both shooting level par rounds of 70.   One shot back & consolidating his second position in the Order of Merit table was Mark Spooner (Bawburgh).   David Woolley enjoyed success in the ProAm competition with a team score of 10 under par 130, two ahead of Mike Timson’s (Kings Lynn) team.

Nearest the pin was Jack Yule & longest drive by Nick Gursky, both playing in David Woolley’s team.

Team. 

1st   130  David Woolley with Ben Hornigold, Malcolm Hardingham & David Baker.

132 Mike Timson with Peggs, Barnett & Godfray.

132  Sean Brady  (Kings Lynn) with Grayston, Brown & Bowyer.

133  Jason Groat with Nigel Wagg, Mike Brown & Cass Singleton.

 

Professionals

1st 70  Jason Groat & David Woolley.

71   Mark Spooner.

72  Colin Williams (Fakenham) & Gary Potter (Richmond)

 

O.O.M. after 12 events.

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth & Caister

85

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh

57

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

34

Alex Beckett

Barnham Broom

20

Mark Allen

 Eaton

 20

 

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am

Marriott Sprowston Manor   Friday 24th October 2014

 

Last October Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) jointly won our annual event on the Manor course with Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) and leaving Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) trailing in third position.   However not only did Neil triumph this year but also went a shot better with a three under 68 and Ian had to settle for second position with a level par round.   Ian did enjoy success with the ProAm competition with his team going around in 13 under par, seven ahead of their nearest challengers.

 

Team. 

1st.   129 Ian Ellis with James Hazell, Aaron Stuttard & Sean McClune.

136 Adam Lewarne (Middleton Hall) with Ian Yule, John Rose & Mike Lewarne.

136 Caroline Grady (DeVere Dunston Hall) with Chris Kemp, Jilly Gibling & Stephen Gibling.

Nearest the pin.  James Hazell.   Longest Drive.  Helen Bensley.

 

Professionals.

1st 68 Neil Mitchell.

71 Ian Ellis.

73 Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre).

74  Will Cross (Thetford),

Sean Brady (Kings Lynn) & Caroline Grady

 

PGA in Norfolk ProAm

 

Middleton Hall Golf Club -Thursday 16th October 2014

 

It was the very first time that the PGA had visited this delightful parkland course and all the golfers were impressed with what they experienced, from the course to the clubhouse and the food was excellent.

It was a lovely autumn day with only a light wind, so the par of 71 was going to be threatened and very soon Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) carded a par equalling round.   However Paul Mayoh (ex Kings Lynn) matched that score, but both were blown away, first by Colin Williams (Fakenham) with a 68 and then trainee Will Cross (Thetford) came in at the end with a 67.    Will’s performance and matched by a strong amateur team meant they picked up the team prize after a count back against the team of Tom Clements (Eaton) on 14 under par 128.

 

Team

1st 128 Will Cross with Jack Yule, Luke Stannard & Alex Thaxton.

128 Tom Clements with Nic Sperrin, Ian Yule & Dyland Green.

129 Adam Lewarne (Middleton Hall) with Pete Sinfield, Mike Lewarne & Tim Hoare.

 

Professionals

1st 67 Will Cross.

68 Colin Williams

71 Matthew Gardner & Paul Mayoh (Un-attached).

72 Adam Lewarne.

 

PGA NORFOLK MATCHPLAY FINAL - A NEW WINNER IN 2014

 

 

 

The final of the PGA in Norfolk Matchplay was held today at Eaton Golf Club in Norwich.    A new name has appeared as the winner with Mark Spooner (Bawburgh G.C.) beating holder, OOM leader and favourite Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth& Caister G.C.) 4 and 3.

 

PGA in Norfolk Stroke-play Championship

2014 Royal Norwich

Despite all the plans for the redevelopment of the Hellesdon site there was nothing but compliments for the Royal Norwich course and luckily we were also blessed with fine autumn weather.

 

Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth) set the early pace but Caroline Grady (DeVere Dunston), playing off the ladies tees, matched Ian’s morning score of two under par.   Caroline is a great supporter of Norfolk events and her strong score could be a good omen for a forthcoming Ladies European qualification event and we wish her well.   The next nearest competitor, on level par, was home professional Neil Lythgoe and it has been a long time since Neil last played in a local PGA event so it showed that he hasn’t lost his playing ability and he played with his old boss from Royal Norwich in Gary Potter.

 

In the afternoon Caroline had to share second place with Neil, Caroline shooting 73 and Neil one under par 71, with Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) and Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) sharing fourth place on two over par total of 146.   However the winner and outstanding winner with a course equalling record for a professional of 65 was Ian Ellis with 7 birdies and only just missing his birdie putt on the last to break the record.  Ian now shares the record with Peter Whittle who achieved his score in 1997 in a NPGA ProAm.

 

Leading Results.  1st 135 Ian Ellis, 143 Neil Lythgoe & Caroline Grady.  146 Ryan Pudney & Mark Spooner.148 Tom Clements (Eaton).  149 Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre and defending champion).

 

N.P.G.A.   2014

ORDER of MERIT

After 8 Events

Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth

67

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh

40

Alex Beckett

Barnham Broom

20

Mark Allen

Eaton

19½

Jason Groat

Denver

17

Tom Clements

Eaton

16

Ryan Pudney

Mundesley

16

Michael Few

Weston Park

10

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

8

Neil Lythgoe

Royal Norwich

8

Tony Varney

Bawburgh

Mike Jubb

Sheringham

6

Sam Cubitt

Dunston

4

 

 

Norfolk P.G.A. Pro Am   Fakenham Golf Club - Sunday 6th July  2014

 

Ian Ellis (2nd left) with his winning team at Fakenham.   Guy Stratton, Tim Jarvis & Gary Whitehead.

On Sunday we had the 125 years anniversary pro am organised by Fakenham Golf Club with major sponsorship backing of Thain Wildbur, Hayes & Storr and other local companies.   17 of the leading local professionals competed with their nominated teams over the nine holes course that was described by Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) as being in excellent condition and he also paid compliment to the club secretary, Graham Cocker, who once again organized an excellent day’s golf.    All the winning scores came from the morning’s golf, although the weather dried out for the afternoon competitors they had to contend with a stronger wind.   Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) was the defending champion and shot a two under 69,  but he was immediately following the eventual winner, Ian Ellis, who broke Ryan’s record by one shot with a 6 under 65.   Ian completed a successful day by leading in the winning team with an amazing 22 under par score which was 9 better than last year’s winners.

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 Nearest the Pin.   Max Martin and Andrew Kirk.

Straightest drive.   Dave Williams..

Team.

120   Ian Ellis with  Guy Stratton, Tim Jarvis & Gary Whitehead.

129   Mark Allen (Eaton) with Shane Tuck, Ricky Gould & Robin Tuck.

129 Ryan Pudney with Brad Smith, Mitch Smith & Max Martin.

Professionals.

65 Ian Ellis,

67 Mark Spooner (Bawburgh),

69 Ryan Pudney & Tom Clements (Eaton)

71 Mark Allen

 

N.P.G.A.   2014

ORDER of MERIT

After 6 Events

 Ian Ellis

Great Yarmouth

 48

 Mark Spooner

Bawburgh

29

 Mark Allen

Eaton

19½

 Alex Beckett

Barnham Broom

18

Jason Groat

Denver

17

Ryan Pudney

Mundesley

 11

Matthew Gardner

 Barnham Broom

8

Tony Varney

Bawburgh

 6½

Michael Few

Weston Park

 6

Mike Jubb

Sheringham

 6

 Tom Clements

Eaton

 5

Sam Cubitt

Dunston

4

 

 

Millennium Trophy

 

Weston Park Golf Club - Thursday 15th May 2014 

The biennial competition between the top club pros of Norfolk and Suffolk took place on a glorious day and at a Weston Park where the course was brilliantly presented by the green staff with every attention to detail covered.   The defending champion was Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth) who had won at Hintlesham Hall after a play-off against Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) and again Ian was in contention finishing on level par 144.    However the winner and leader of both 18-hole sessions was Peter Latimer (Felixstowe Ferry) and with two 70’s he had a four shot margin over Ian.   Ben Kerr (West Suffolk) was third on 146 followed, two shots behind, by Mitchell.  Peter Latimer has come to Suffolk following a successful amateur career in his home country of Scotland and was part of the victorious Suffolk team, which, last year, won the inaugural annual counties event at The Belfry.

 

Barnham Broom Pro Am - Monday 12th May 2014

After an absence of four years we returned to Barnham Broom for a ProAm and was greeted with a stiff wind and a day that got wetter for the later starters.   For such a long time Alex Beckett (Barnham Broom) and Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) were jointly winning the competition on 73’s and it wasn’t until the penultimate player starting from the 10th, Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre), coming in on level par that we had an individual winner.   Jason achieved his score with a birdie 3 on his last hole, the tree lined 9th.    Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth) comfortably led in the winning team three shots ahead of trainee professional Matthew Gardner from the host club.
Nearest the pin was Malcolm Wilson.   Longest drive Chris Hills.

Team 1st 132 Ian Ellis with Simon Hobbs, Mark Jackson & Jason Howard.  135 Matthew Gardner with Les Gardner, Corey Knoop & Richard Phillips.   136 Alan Hemsley (Barnham Broom) with Avril Carey (Ladies Capn’), Andrew Thurston (Seniors Capn’) & Dan Jones (Club Capn’).

Professionals.  1st 72 Jason Groat, 73 Alex Beckett & Neil Mitchell, 74 Ian Ellis & 75 Mark Spooner (Bawburgh).

 

Sheringham PGA in Norfolk. Pro Am - Friday 21st March 2014

After last year’s abandonment, this time the ProAm was a huge success with one of the biggest number of teams playing on a Norfolk premier course.   A strong wind made clubbing a tricky task and no one managed to break par, although Ian Ellis (Great Yarmouth & Caister) the eventual winner did his best with a level 70.   There were seven players within four shots of the winner with Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) being pipped by one shot and Mark Spooner (Bawburgh) and Mark Allen (Eaton) another shot back.   Professional trainees are awarded a special prize if they are within six shots of the winner, but we had a clutch of four on 77:- Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) Joe Lambert (Norfolk Premier) Lewis Bates (Dereham) & Michael Skipper (Eaton). 
Ian Ellis capped a good day by leading in the winning team on 11 under, followed by Sam Cubitt’s (Dunston DeVere) team on 130.
Nearest the pin   Ian Yule and Longest drive Nick Cains.
Team 129 Ian Ellis with Dylan Green, Harry Leivers & Brad Smith. 130 Sam Cubitt with Sam Debenham, Simon Stevens & Graham Lay.   131 Tim Lond- Caulke (Diss Golf Centre) with Tom Fitchew, Guy Baker & Ross Bailey.
Professionals.   1st 70 Ian Ellis.  71 Neil Mitchell.  72 Mark Spooner & Mark Allen.  73  Sam Cubitt. 74 Tim Lond-Caulke, Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) & Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer).   After three events in the O.O.M. Ian Ellis has opened a 5 points lead over Mark Allen.

 

Thetford N.P.G.A. Pro Am - Thursday 6th  March 2014

 It was a change of timing for our latest Pro Am at Thetford, normally we play this course in December but for today the weather was “spring like” and the greens very fast.   The greens challenged most of the golfers but a regular winner came in with the best score of one over par 73 and the only change is that Ian Ellis is now attached to Caister & Great Yarmouth Golf Club.   Almost catching Ian was Mark Allen (Eaton) one shot behind on 74 and the team event was marvellous win for the team of Tim Lond-Caulke (Diss Golf Centre) who came in on nine under par 135.

 

Nearest the pin was Darryl Hazlehurst-Jeavons and longest drive was Philip Hall.

Team.

1st 135. Tim Lond-Caulke with Wendy Airey, Barry Day & Ross Bailey.

140. Ian Ellis with Randy Reynolds, Brad Smith & Thain Hacon.

143. Sam Cubitt (DeVere Dunston with Simon Stevens, John Rix & Tony Cowan.

142. Mark Spooner with Richard Hatch, John Anderton & Stuart Meale.

 

Professionals.

1st  73 Ian Ellis.

74 Mark Allen.

76 Caroline Grady (DeVere Dunston) & Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range)

78 Mike Jubb (Sheringham).

After two events the O.O.M. table is shown below.

 Ian Ellis

Caister & Great Yarmouth

 12

Mark Allen

Eaton

10

Alex Beckett

Barnham Broom

10

Matthew Gardner

Barnham Broom

8

Michael Few

Weston Park

6

Mike Jubb

Sheringham

6

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

4

Ryan Pudney

Mundesley

 2

Mark Spooner

Bawburgh

 2

 

 

PGA Norfolk Pro Am -  Hunstanton

 

Tuesday 25th February 2014

 

The superb location of Hunstanton Golf Club “kicks off” the Norfolk professional season and once again a big field of 24 teams battled against a strong southerly wind.   It became evident very early on that sub-pars were going to be the exception and so it proved with a one over par 73 being the winning score by Alex Beckett (Barnham Broom).  In-fact Barnham Broom proved the winning club because in second place on 75 was the club’s other trainee, Matthew Gardner.  One shot further back was last year’s winner, Michael Few (Weston Park) and once again Michael managed to lose two balls, I don’t think the term “lay-up” comes in his vocabulary!  A clutch of four players finished one shot further back and notably, although not challenging for the win, we had Frank Hills (Thorpeness) holing his tee shot on the par three 7th, that’s 6 or maybe more for Frank now.

Team

 

1st 137 Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) with Thain Hacon, Brad Smith & Dylan Green.

137 Will Cross (Thetford) with Andrew Horsburgh, Matt West & Matthew White.

138 Tim Lond-Caulke (Diss Golf Centre) with Tom Fitchew, Guy Baker & Ross Bailey.

 

Professionals

 

73 Alex Beckett,

75 Matthew Gardner,

76 Michael Few,

77 Ian Ellis, Mark Allen (Eaton), Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) & Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range)

 

The PGA in Norfolk Professionals had their A.G.M. following prize giving and elected to the office of this year’s captain was David Woolley (Middleton Hall Golf Club)

 

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Thetford N.P.G.A. Pro Am Thursday 5th  December 2013

 

Despite two of the last three ProAms at Thetford being cancelled due to weather problems we managed to complete this year’s but the wind was hurricane strength and bitterly cold for the players.    Mark Allen (Eaton) & Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) returned 74’s and for the conditions they were good scores, but Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) shot level par 72 which was a winning score two year’s ago.   However the runner-up in 2011, Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range), was the last starter and returned a wonderful 71 to take the winnings.

This ProAm concluded the O.O.M. for 2013 and for the third year running the winner is Ian Ellis and the one change today to the table was Ryan Pudney leaping ahead of Michael Few (Weston Park) into second position and qualifies Ryan for the county exemption card for next year’s regional events with Ian & Michael already qualified.

Ryan Pudney had a successful day because he led in the winning team with a 4 under par score.

Nearest the pin was Paul Pearce and longest drive was Jason Sewell.

Team.

1st 140. Ryan Pudney with Jeremy Atherton, James & Dave Crosby.

141. Ian Ellis with Randy Reynolds, Martin Newman & Ian Duncan.

142.   Mike Jubb (Sheringham) with Stefan Neething, Colin Clark & Fred Askew.

142.   Mark Allen with Dave Thomas, Rob Newman & Mark Taylor.

Best Trainee.  79  Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom).

 

Professionals.

1st  71 Neil Mitchell.

72 Ryan Pudney.

74 Ian Ellis, Mark Allen & Stuart Brown (Peterborough).

 

ORDER OF MERIT Final Places

Ian Ellis

Costessey Park

64

Ryan Pudney

Mundesley

51

Michael Few

Weston Park

50

Jason Groat

Denver Golf Centre

37

Mark Allen

 Eaton

29

Matthew Gardner

 Barnham Broom

24

Lee Patterson

Royal Cromer

21

Alex Beckett

Barnham Broom

20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday 21st November 2013   N.P.G.A. Pro Am KIngs Lynn

Again Kings Lynn offers up a strong challenge and the competitors faced stiff winds although it kept dry and even the sun popped out occasionally.   First to “tee off” was Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) and he laid down a marker of level par 72 and it was Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) who matched Matthew’s score and enhancing Ryan’s charge up the OOM table.   With only one event remaining, Ryan is now in striking distance of second place Michael Few (Weston Park) but Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) is lurking close behind.   Andy Cotton (Ufford) brought home the winning team on 12 under par and four shots ahead of David Woolley’s team.

Nearest the pin Peter Hicks and longest drive was Dawn Futter.

Team.  1st 132 Andy Cotton with Roger Nicholson, Gary Ward & Andy George.   136 David Woolley with Adam Lemarne, Darryl & Craig Hazelhurst-Jeavon.   139 Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) with Hamish Fleming, Dave Wyatt & Paul Izzard.   139 Ryan Pudney with Phil Pegg, Warren Smith & Terry Davies.

Professionals.  1st 72 Ryan Pudney & Matthew Gardner (also trainee prize winner) 3rd 73 Mark Allen (Eaton) 74 Andy Cotton 75 Jason Groat, Alex Beckett (Barnham Broom & Mike Jubb (Sheringham)

 

O.O.M. (After 12 events) 1st Ian Ellis 57 points, Michael Few 46, Ryan Pudney 41 & Jason Groat 37 points.   Ryan and Jason are fighting for the county’s one exemption place for next year’s regional Order of Merit competition with Ian and Michael already qualified.

 

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am Eaton Golf Club   - 08.11.12

 

The course was in excellent condition and playing off the “yellows” meant that there was some very close competition with five professionals on par or under although in the team competition one group were “head & shoulders” above the rest.   Host pro, Mark Allen, shot level par but this was chipped away, one shot at a time by Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) then Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) until eventually the joint winners, Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth & Caister) and Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) came in on 67.   The final results strengthen Ian’s position at the top of the O.O.M. and Ryan is making a dash for the vital third position.   Ian Ellis’ team were 17 under par and left them four shots ahead of their nearest challengers.  There is always a warm welcome at Eaton so it should be no surprise that we have to congratulate Steve Warren for winning the regional award in Fullers London Pride Steward of the year.   Steve goes forward to the national final later in the month.

Team. 

1st. 123 Ian Ellis with Tom Clements, Brad Smith & Randy Reynolds.

127 Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) with Stan Lee, Stan Nixon & Les Collins.

129 Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) with Mike Dolding, Richard Phillips & Les Gardner.

129 Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) with Mark Powell, Mike Brown & Eric Cowes.

Best Trainee.   73 Matthew Gardner and Alex Beckett (Barnham Broom).

 

Professionals 

1st 67 Ryan Pudney & Gary Potter.

68 Ian Ellis.

69  Lee Patterson.

70  Mark Allen.

 

Ian Ellis

 

Costessey Park

 

                    57

 

Michael Few

 

Weston Park

 

                    46

 

Jason Groat

 

Denver Golf Centre

 

                    35

 

Ryan Pudney

 

Mundesley

 

                    32

 

Lee Patterson

 

Royal Cromer

 

                    21

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am

Marriott Sprowston Manor  

Friday 25th October 2013

 

For late October the Manor championship course played well but long with slick greens.   It was a two horse race with both Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) & Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) finishing on two under par 69’s with their nearest challenger Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) on one over par.   Playing his last event before a major operation on his back, it was trainee Joe Lambert (Norfolk Premier Golf) who brought in the leading team on eleven under par and two ahead of the teams of Lee Patterson and host senior professional, Guy Ireson.   The longest drive and nearest the pin were both won by Giles Evans, a member of Alex Beckett’s (Barnham Broom) team.    A special thanks to Simon Marzell, Insight Financial Associates Director, for he confirmed that Insight will continue sponsoring N.P.G.A. next year.

Teams.  

1st 131 Joe Lambert with Tom Chapman, Sonney Williams & George Bradfield. .

133 Guy Ireson with Terry Smith, Steven Bonner & Julien Watson.

133  Lee Patterson with Antony Gravestock, Nigel Norton & Ivan Ransome.

135 Caroline Grady (Dunston DeVere) with David Harrison, Jack Norton & Graham Baker.

136 Alex Beckett with Giles Evans, Harris Bradfield & Joe Sicari.

 

Best Trainee 75 Joe Lambert & Alex Beckett

Professionals 

1st 69 Ian Ellis & Lee Patterson.

72 Neil Mitchell.

73  Craig Graver (Marriott Sprowston) & Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre).

36 Holes Stroke-play Championship

 Barnham Broom Thursday 17th October

 

What a difference a week makes, from the turbulent weather at Weston Park last Thursday to a most pleasant autumn day and both courses were in top condition.   The first round was on the Hill and the leading score was Michael Few (Weston Park) with a 69, followed one behind by Ian Ellis (Costessey Park).   There were three players on level par, Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) and both trainees from the host club Matthew Gardner and Alex Beckett.  In the afternoon Ian shot one better than Michael so they were tied on 142 but with a 69 Jason scored a total of 140, three under for the two rounds.   The names of Varney, Lythgoe and Ellis have dominated the trophy so it was good to see a new name featuring in this competition.

1st 140 Jason Groat,

142 Michael Few & Ian Ellis,

145 Alex Beckett & 148 Ryan Pudney (Mundesley).

 

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am  Weston Park Golf Club.  

Thursday 10th October 2013.

This was a day when the term “battling the elements” couldn’t have been more true because with short sharp showers, brought in on strong winds with gusts up to 40 mph meant that the course won the day.   Despite the turbulence of the weather trainee Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) got nearest to par with a two over 74, with only Craig Graver’s (Marriott Sprowston Manor) 76 being anywhere threatening.  Craig turned the tables in the team competition by returning an eight under par round compared to Matthew’s team score of two under.   Girl power showed to the fore on the longest drive with Kay Bailey pipping the men and Kay was part of Mark Allen’s (Eaton) team who finished in third position.

Longest drive   Kay Bailey.

Nearest the pin.   Josh Halliday.

Team

1st 136 Craig Graver with Josh Halliday, Gary Stuttard & Kevin Jefferies.

142 Matthew Gardner with Les Gardner, Richard Phillips & Gareth Motteram.

144 Mark Allen with Sharon Allen, Sue Morris & Kay Bailey.

 

Professionals.  

1st 74 Matthew Gardner

76 Craig Graver

79 Mark Allen.

 

Ian regains Norfolk Matchplay title

Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) won the final of PGA Norfolk Matchplay, regaining the title he lost to Michael Few (Weston Park)last year.   In the morning's semi final Ian beat Tony Varney (Bawburgh) in a close match and eventually winning "1 up".   Unfortunately the othe semi final was conceded by Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) to Mark Allen (Eaton) after Lee suffered the golfers' chronic back problem shortly before the finals.

In the afternoon Mark struggled with the speed of the greens, not having experienced them in the morning, and Ian finished with a matching birdie 4 on the 13th, making the green from 220 yards fairway bunker with a wood and then rolling dead.   The game was won at the par 3 14th when Ian landed two feet from the hole and Mark missed by inches from the the greenside bunker.   A special thankyou to Marriott Sprowston Manor for hosting the event and the course looked splendid and as already mentioned the greens were extremely quick.

 

Norfolk P.G.A. Pro Am  Fakenham Golf Club   -    Sunday 12th July

 On Sunday we had the biennial pro am organised by Fakenham Golf Club with major sponsorship backing of Thain Wildbur, Hayes & Storr and Bedfords.   17 of the leading local professionals competed with their nominated teams over the nine holes course that was described by Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) and Michael Few (Weston Park) as being in excellent condition.    Only four of the field shot under par and again Michael Few was setting the standard with a three under 68, although earlier in the week on the same course he had lost his match-play game against Mike Jubb (Sheringham).   The scores were higher in the afternoon with the exception of one player, Ryan Pudney (Mundesley), who two years ago shared the winner’s cheques with two other players, but this time won outright with a new course record of 5 under par 66.

The team event was won by Joe Lambert’s (Norfolk Premier Golf) group.

Nearest the Pin.   Denis Rowell and Bernie McKeon.   Straightest drive.   John Martin.

Team.

129   Joe Lambert, Jim McGrath, Bryn Playford & Andrew Kirk. .

130   Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom),  Brian Watson, Harry Grand & Martin Grocott..

131 Ryan Pudney,  Brad Smith, Mitch Smith & Steve Smith.

Professionals. 

66 Ryan Pudney,

68 Michael Few,

70 Matthew Gardner & Ian Ellis

71 Sam Cubitt (De Vere Dunston Hall)

72 Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer).

O.O.M.

37 Points Michael Few

21 Ryan Pudney

18 Jason Groat

16 David Woolley

15 Ian Ellis

8 Lee Patterson.

N.P.G.A. Pro Am Royal Norwich 16th May 2013


The course looked splendid and with favourable weather it was all set for a good day’s golf for this year’s ProAm. It is always amazing how there are swings in fortune for all golfers and particularly the professionals, because last years leading participants who grew up at Royal Norwich, Ian Ellis & Neil Lythgoe, both returned scores of three worse than last year and this year’s winner, Jason Groat, shot three better to return a two under par 70. Ian was joined in second position, on level par, by Michael Few (Weston Park) and David Woolley (Middleton Hall). After today’s competition the team for the new PGA national county team championship had to be selected and it was chosen from the three leading players from this year’s Order of Merit and they being Michael Few, Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) & David Woolley. A regional qualifier takes place in August at Nazeing Golf Club with regional winners going on to national finals at The Belfry in October.
Joe Lambert, trainee at Norfolk Premier golf, once again brought in a team to the prize table and on this occasion he went one better than Monday’s result at Royal Cromer, because his 14 under par score put his team 3 shots ahead of host pro, Neil Lythgoe’s, group.

Team

1st 130 Joe Lambert with Toby Briggs, Tom Chapman & Soney Williams. 133 Neil Lythgoe with Ady Myhill (club captain), Marcel Arrend & Dominic Arrend.

135 Steven Barnes (Marriott Sprowston) with Aaron Stuttard, Tony Mann & Ian Harvey.


Professionals.

 1st 70 Jason Groat.

72 Ian Ellis (Costessey Park), Michael Few & David Woolley.

73 Neil Lythgoe

 
N.P.G.A.  Pro Am   Royal Cromer 13.05.2013

 

 

 

 

 

We caught the course looking as best as any in the area and it showed in some good scores from a big field of 21 teams.   Former Royal Cromer assistant pro’ Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) headed the scores early on with a par 72, but it was David Woolley (Middleton Hall) coming in with the winning score of 2 under par 70.   It was a pleasure for David to be at the winner’s table, because for the past 12 months he has struggled with the habitual golfers’ back.   Joining Ryan on level par was Stuart Brown from Peterborough and trainee Joe Lambert (Norfolk Premier Golf) who hobbled the last three holes with a partially collapsed knee.

 

 

 

 

 

After falling short on the individual winner’s prize, Peterborough’s Stuart Brown brought in the winning team with a team score of 14 under par.   Joe Lambert was ably supported by his team finishing just one shot behind the winner’s score.

 

 

 

 

 

Team

1st 130  Stuart Brown with John Harris, Rob Warren & Mike Robinson.

131 Joe Lambert with Jason Elkins, Gavin Sargent & Dave Longdale.

134 Will Woodrow (Royal Cromer) with Keith Woodcock, Peter Hicks & Kevin Abbs.

 

 

 

 

 

Professionals.

 1st 70 David Woolley.

72 Joe Lambert, Ryan Pudney & Stuart Brown.

 73 Michael Few (Weston Park), Tony Varney (Bawburgh) & Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range).

 

 

 

 

NPGA Pro Am. Great Yarmouth & Caister Friday 22nd March 2013

It was a credit to the players in the 16 teams participating in today’s event, because it could not have been worse with a northeasterly gale making the temperature sub-zero.
No one mastered the course and several surrendered to it with both professional nil-returns and no scores from some of the teams. Still it was an old boy of the venue that did best today, because Michael Few (Weston Park) spent his junior golf days at Yarmouth & Caister and he returned a winning 4 over par score of 74. Close behind and second again for successive years was Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) with a 75. Best team, on 2 under par, was the Barnham Broom group led by their trainee Alex Beckett who also finished third in the individual competition. Lee Patterson and Michael Few also featured in the top team result bringing in the second and third teams respectively.

Longest drive was David Kerslake and the nearest the pin was Richard Garwood.

Teams

1st. 138 Alex Beckett with Matt Alden, Darren Reeve & Jon Baker-Odlin.

141 Lee Patterson with Ed Doe, John Doe & Chris Bartrum.

142 Michael Few with Richard Garwood, Doug Gilchrist & John Buckley.

143 Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) with Mick Munnery, Steven Phillips & Alan Waite.

Professionals

1st 74 Michael Few,

75 Lee Patterson,

78 Alex Beckett,

80 Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunston Hall) & Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich).

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am - Sheringham Golf Club

 Friday 8th March 2013

This year’s ProAm was disappointing for the big turnout, because shortly before lunchtime the tournament had to be abandoned due to very thick fog. Visibility wasn’t helped by the North Norfolk Steam weekend and a blanket of smoke continually blew across the course. After a short committee meeting the secretary announced that there would be no individual prizes, but with a two-tee start the team prizes would be split between the two sides of the start sheet.

1st Tee start. Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) with Trevor Cave, Tom Clements & Bryce Collishaw.

Mike Jubb (Sheringham) with Josh Hall, Neil Milton & Terry Harding.

Craig Graver (Marriott Sprowston) with Josh Halliday, Kevin Jefferies & Richard Halliday.

12th Tee Start. Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) with Nigel Wagg, Mark Powell & Eric Cowes.

 

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PGA Norfolk Pro Am - Hunstanton Golf Club 

Tuesday 26th February 2013

The superb location of Hunstanton Golf Club “kicks off” the Norfolk professional season and once again a big field of 24 teams battled against a strong easterly wind. It became evident very early on that sub-pars were going to be the exception and so it proved with a one over par 73 being the winning score by Michael Few (Weston Park). Michael had an interesting round, taking “3 off the tee” for the first hole, but then returning 2 under par for the back nine, but his card put a smile back on his face after discovering that in the car park his car had a puncture! One shot further back were Andy Cotton (Ufford) and Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) and it was good day for the only trainee in the field, Simon Byford (The Suffolk – Bury St Edmunds) who shot a 75. Andy Cotton’s team picked up the team prize on 9 under par and there was only 3 shots covering the next four teams, but on the day all agreed that the course was the winner.


Longest drive. Tom Fitchew. Nearest the pin. Guy Baker.

Team.

1st 135 Andy Cotton with Robert Setchell, John Banks & Steve Bullant.

136 James Dodds (Hunstanton) with Richard Oakes, David Davison & Richard Richardson.

137 Duncan Abbott (Dereham) with Lester Brown, Steve Clark & Charlie Clarricoates.

Professionals

1st 73 Michael Few,

74 Jason Groat & Andy Cotton,

75 Simon Byford,

76 Ian Ellis (Costessey Park), Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range), Ryan Pudney (Mundesley), Richard Beadles (Royal Worlington) & James Dodds (Hunstanton).

 

 

 

N.P.G.A Pro Am - Kings Lynn Golf Club

Thursday 22nd November 2012

Another year, but once again we had the same winner with Ian Ellis’ (Costessey Park) 73 winning by two shots from Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range). However the course wasn’t tamed and with a very stiff wind the majority of the field had to struggle to stay in the 70’s and the score of the winning team, Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer, was eight shots behind last year’s figure. Ian is Pictured above with Captain Gary Potter


Team.

 1st 137 Lee Patterson with John Batten, Will Howett & Ian Hogg.

137 David Woolley (Middleton Hall) with Kevin Woolley, Terry Kelly & Charles Gough.

141 Duncan Abbott (Dereham) with Lester Brown, Jim Brown & Charlie Clarigoaxc.


Professionals.

1st 73 Ian Ellis.

75 Neil Mitchell.

76 Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) & Sam Cubitt (Lowestoft Driving Range).

N.P.G.A. Pro Am Royal Cromer 16.10.12

For a mid November competition it would have been hard to beat the day at Royal Cromer, for not only was the course in splendid shape, but with the sponsorship of Footjoy we had the best prize table of the year and it was a pity that there were not more teams enjoying the experience. An early 71 by the host pro, Lee Patterson, was matched by Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) and Ryan’s round included the lowest inward nine of 33 shots. However it was the defending champion, Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich), beating last year’s score by two shots that once again won the competition with a 69. The team competition was won by Sam Cubitt’s (Lowestoft Driving Range) team with a two shot victory over Ryan Pudney’s team.
Neil Lythgoe hosted the third team, so he had a good day, but unfortunately for Neil he has seen the O.O.M. title won again by Ian Ellis and Neil still has Lee Patterson breathing down his neck for second place.

Nearest the pin and longest drive Lawrence Osbourne.

Teams.

1st. 132 Sam Cubitt with Leigh Howard, Ian Connell & Steve Tyrell.

134 Ryan Pudney with Phil Slapp, Pip Webster & Chris Mills.

135 Neil Lythgoe with Trevor Cave, Brian Belshaw & Joe O’Sullivan.

Best Trainee Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) 75.

Professionals

1st 69 Neil Lythgoe.

71 Ryan Pudney & Lee Patterson.

72 Ian Ellis & Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range)

N.P.G.A. Pro Am - Eaton Golf Club 09.11.12

There were favorable comments from the professionals on the excellent condition of the course at Eaton for this latest round of the NPGA ProAm circuit. O.O.M. leader, Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) posted an early 2 under par 68, but admitted that he expected that score to be beaten and indeed four players came in with lower scores, however Ian does carry a 27 points lead into the final three events. The host pro, Mark Allen, and despite an eye problem shot 67 and was joined on that score by Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) and Mike Jubb (Sheringham), but with one of the last scores it was Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) who shot a four under par 66 and won the event. The very last group in led by the Sheringham trainee Joe Lambert blew the opposition away in the team event with a score of 17 under par 123 and it was a battle of the trainees ‘cause in second place was the team led home by Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom). Joe, with a 72, also beat Matthew in the trainee competition by one shot.


Nearest the Pin. Lenny Hopkinson.

Longest Drive. Roger Garrood.


Team.

 1st 123 Joe Lambert with Derek Foreman, Frank Tyce & Martin Newman.

 128 Matthew Gardner with George Anthony, George Bradfield & Harry Bradfield.

 129 Andy Cotton (Ufford) with John Banks, Steve Bullent & Mark Taylor.

Best Trainee Joe Lambert 72


Professional.

1st. 66 Lee Patterson.

67 Mark Allen, Neil Lythgoe & Mike Jubb.

NORFOLK P.G.A. PRO AM - Marriott Sprowston Park

FRIDAY 26TH OCTOBER 2012

Sponsored by Insight Financial Associates 


Professional Winner Sam Cubitt with Sponsor Sharon Hollinger from Insight and Captain Gary Potter wh lead the winning team

Despite the course looking immaculate most of the professionals struggled to break par in the latest round of our Autumn Pro Ams and with the event sponsored by Insight Financial Associates there were good prizes to battle for. Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) had won the event at this venue for the past two years and with a 72 was hoping for a hat trick of wins, but it was the long overdue appearance by Sam Cubitt (Lowestoft Driving Range) who recorded the lowest score of two under par 69. This year’s NPGA captain Gary Potter (Caister & Great Yarmouth) with a 7 under score, the same score his team shot last year in finishing second, pipped Sam’s team by one shot. A special thanks to Jason Howard, M D Insight Financial Associates, for he confirmed that Insight will continue sponsoring N.P.G.A. next year.

Nearest the Pin. Paul Izzard and Longest Drive. Charlotte Presland.

Teams.

1st 135 Gary Potter with Graham Baker, Cain Esherwood & Alison Clarke .

136 Sam Cubitt with Darren Stannard, Steve Smith & Steve Tyrell.

138 Alex Beckett (Barnham Broom) with James Greatbanks, Giles Evans & Gareth Motteram.

139 Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunston) with Norman Angus, Richard Phillips & Mike Golding.

Best Trainee 74 Joe Lambert (Sheringham).

Professionals

1st 69 Sam Cubitt.

72 Ian Ellis & Caroline Grady.

73 Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich & Neil Mitchell (Suffolk Driving Range).

In the Order of Merit after 9 events the leading group are:- 73 Ian Ellis, 42 Neil Lythgoe, 30½ Lee Patterson, 25½ Michael Few, 20½ Tony Varney 10½ Ryan Pudney.

 

Its a 1,2,3 for Norfolk

at the Theatre Royal Pro Am at Stowmarket -18th October 2012

 

 

Ian Ellis won the inaugural Bury St Edmunds Theatre Royal Pro Am held at Stowmarket Golf Club on Thursday 18th of October 2012.

Ian had a 1 under par 68 and was closely followed by Alex Beckett with a level par 69. In third place Danny Chapman with a 73, Paul Connell fom Hintlesham was the best Suffolk Pro with a 74 followed by home Pro Jon Markham witha 75.

The Stowmarket Team won the team prize with 81 points followed by Alex Beckett's team from Halesworth with 80 points and the team from Accountants Baker Tilly lead by Ian Ellis were Third with 79 points.

Presentations were made by the Chief Executive of The Theatre Royal Simon Daykin and Ian Duncan from Club Noticeboard

The Event had 17 teams taking part and was supported with sponsorship from World Wide Theatrix Television Production Company, Robinsons Mercedes and Club Noticeboard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am

Weston Park Golf Club Friday 12th October 2012.

Weston Park was looking in prime condition and all the winners commented on this at the prize ceremony, although early weather conditions made scoring difficult. One of the early starters was Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) and for a long time he was the leading score with a one over 73 and this week’s match-play finalist, Michael Few (Weston Park) & Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) both surrendering to the course and entering N/R’s. However towards the end it was Ryan’s “old” boss Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) who managed to par the course and pip Ryan by one shot. Lee’s team tied with Ian Ellis’s for the team competition, but Ian’s team had a better inward half by one shot and won on count back. Tracey Williamson was a worthy winner of the longest drive and despite playing from an advanced tee all the men said it was a superb drive.

 
Nearest the Pin. Lawrence Osbourne.

 Longest Drive. Tracey Williamson.

 
Teams

1st c/b 138 Ian Ellis with Laurence Osbourne, Ian Yule & Peter Matthews.
138 Lee Patterson with Philip Webster, Alan Hill & Brian Cox,
139 Michael Few (Weston Park) with Paul Attoe, Gareth James & Philip Mallpeace.

Professionals.

1st 72 Lee Patterson,

73 Ryan Pudney,

75 David Woolley,

77 Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth)

79 Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich)

Best Trainee Alex Beckett 81 (Barnham Broom)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N.P.G.A. Match-Play Finals. Eaton Golf Club.

Wednesday 12th October.


With the course at Eaton looking superb we had the morning semi-finals with Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) beating Mike Jubb (Sheringham) by 3 & 1 and in the other semi final Michael Few (Weston Park) beat Tony Varney (Bawburgh) by 2 & 1 and in this match Michael was 3 down at one stage.
The final was a repeat of last years at Thetford, but with a different winner, because Michael Few beat Ian Ellis by 5 & 3, so we have seen different winners in the past three years with Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) winning in 2010.
A special thank-you has to be extended to Eaton Golf Club for once again hosting the event and the playing members being so accommodating.

 

 
 

 

 2012 Norfolk Open

Thursday 13th September Royal West Norfolk



On a windy, but dry day 45 golfers teed off for 36 holes to find the champion of Norfolk at the county’s prestigious course at Brancaster, which just looks like a course from years ago. Having not had a professional winner for the past two years it was very satisfactory to have so many of the NPGA members at the top of the leader board. However with a morning record round of 64 (par 71) by Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) it was really only for Ian to lose in the afternoon and with a second round of sub par 70 he won by 5 shots. Equal second were Michael Few (Weston Park) and Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) on aggregate 139, with two further back Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich). The win for Ian means that he has increased his lead over Neil in the O.O.M. by 6 points.

N.P.G.A. 2012 ORDER of MERIT    
Ian Ellis 
Neil Lythgoe 
Lee Patterson 
Tony Varney 
Michael Few
Costessey Park 
Royal Norwich
Royal Cromer 
Bawburgh 
Weston Park
57
34
20½
15½
15½
     

Pictured above: Ian Ellis being presented with the trophy for winning the Norfolk Open by County Union vice-president Alan Winstanley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N.P.G.A. Pro Am Royal Norwich 17th May 2012

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The strong run of form of Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) continues, because playing on a familiar course he returned the winning score of, three under par, 69. His nearest challenger in the Order of Merit is Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) and Neil managed to restrict “the damage” to only two points as he came in second on 70. Joint third on one under 71 were Gary Kitley (Thetford) and trainee Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom). Gary had a good day because he also led in the winning team on 14 under par and just pipping Ian Ellis on count back.


Longest Drive: Mitchell Britten.

Nearest the Pin: Matthew Strudwick.

 
Team

1st. 130 Gary Kitley with Steve Campbell, Bob Setchell & Sean Langham..

130 Ian Ellis with Lawrence Osbourne, Terry Hegarty & Peter Matthews..

131 Neil Lythgoe with Dean Ashton, Nick Barrett & Eddie Barrett..

132 Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) with Kevin Bishop, Mark Powell & Ali Bellend.


Professionals.

1st 69 Ian Ellis.

70 Neil Lythgoe.

71 Gary Kitley & Matthew Gardner.

73 Jason Groat.

 

Great Yarmouth & Caister NPGA Pro Am. Friday 30th March 2012

 


Cloud spilling in from the North sea and a stiff wind changed the course from the previous week’s Alliance competition and most shots were played with a cross wind. For the second time this year a Suffolk Raider won the professional event and it was Andy Cotton (Ufford Park) taking the honours with a two under 68. Just a shot back was Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) who took maximum O.O.M. points with his 69 and holding off Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) and Tony Varney (Bawburgh). For the second competition running Ian Ellis led in the winning team and again he was partnered by Dean Ashton and on this occasion supported by Brad & Mitch Smith. Their score of 121 was 19 under par and 4 shots ahead of Andy Cotton’s team.

Results:

Longest drive George Bradfield and Nearest the pin Les Collins.

Team

1st 121 Ian Ellis

125 Andy Cotton with Robert Setchell, Steve Bullent & Mark Taylor.

129 Tom Robinson (Middlesex PGA) with Gary Robinson, Tarro Skipper & Carl Jones.

Best Trainee Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom).

Professionals

1st 68 Andy Cotton,

69 Lee Patterson,

70 Ian Ellis & Tony Varney and

72 Matthew Gardner & Neil Lythgoe.

O.O.M. (After 3 Events)

Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) 27, Tony Varney (Bawburgh)15½ Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) 14, Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) 11½

The draw for this year’s Match Play Knock out was made at Great Yarmouth and there are six first round matches :- Mark Allen (Eaton) v Olly Barnes (Dunston), Gary Potter (Yarmouth) v Steven Chick (Dunston), Mike Jubb (Sheringham) v Joe Lambert (Sheringham), Alan Hemsley (Barnham Broom) v Jason Groat (Denver), Richard Gayton (Kings Lynn) v Mike Timson (Kings Lynn) & Mat Gardner ( Barnham Broom) v Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich). All matches to be played by 31st May.

Sheringham N.P.G.A. Pro Am Friday 16th March 2012


Once again at this Pro Am we had last year’s winner holding onto his title as the Sheringham professional champion and Ian Ellis (Costessey park) was the only one to break par with his round of 69. It also means that he has maximum O.O.M. points from the first two pro ams (last weeks winner doesn’t qualify) and is starting to open a gap over his challengers. It was pleasing to see Tony Varney (Bawburgh Golf Club) play steady golf for a level par round one shot ahead of Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) who is Ian’s nearest challenger in the O.O.M. table. With a strong amateur team Ian also won the team competition with a 10 under 130

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Nearest the pin. Stan Grayson. Longest drive. Mick Waterson.


Team.

1st 130 Ian Ellis with Lawrence Osbourne, Dean Ashton & Nick Barrett.

132 Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) with Tony Markless, John Berry & Barry Wickham.

133 Tony Varney with Neil Newton, Jeff Smith & Jane Sheppard.

133 Mike Timson (Kings Lynn) with Ian Yule, Jamie Greenfield & Neil Jary.

 
Professionals

1st 69 Ian Ellis,

70 Tony Varney,

71 Neil Lythgoe,

72 Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer), Mike Timson, Mike Jubb (Sheringham) & Michael Few (Weston Park).

 

 

 NPGA PRO AM Hunstanton Monday 6th March 2012 

First event of the year and it was dẻjả vu with Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) once again winning the professional competition with a score of two under par 70 (he shot 69 last year). It was very tight at the top because Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) returned a 71 and just one further shot back was Craig Graver (Marriott Sprowston Park). The club captain, Richard Richardson welcomed every one to the club and when collecting the team prize, Michael Few, one of the association’s senior pro’s, gave glowing praise to this prestigious course.


Teams.

1st 131 Michael Few (Weston Park) with Steve Mitchell, Nigel Bradley & Tony Gurney Read..

132 Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunstan Hall) with Randy Reynolds, Graham Baker & Tony Skeet.

133 Steven Barnes (Marriott Sprowston Park) with James Hazel, Kelly Hicks & Greg Jarvis.

133 Gary Kitley (Thetford) with Phil Beer, Mike Harley & Terry Stephenson.

133 Andy Cotton (Ufford Park) with Robert Setchell, Terry Ryan & John Baker.

Nearest the pin was Paul Allen and longest drive was Jon Baker-Odlin.

Professionals.

1st 70 Neil Mitchell

71 Ian Ellis

72 Craig Graver

73 Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich), Andy Cotton & Michael Few.

 Best Trainee 74 Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom)

 

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