Norfolk PGA - Results



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.


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. 


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) 


N.P.G.A. Pro Am Thetford Golf Club Thursday 1st December 2011

A year ago the event was snowed off, so what a difference a year makes, because today’s weather was excellent although a stiff wind made scoring difficult. For the last event of the year it was probably appropriate that two of the county’s top professionals could not be separated at the head of the leader board. Both Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) and Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) settled for a share of first place with level par 72’s and it was enough to win by one shot from Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range). Ian’s points gave him a 26 points advantage over Neil in the Dingles Toyota Order of Merit competition and last year’s winner Neil made the presentation to Ian and also the Norfolk Professional Golfers Association would like to say a “big thank you” to Dingles Toyota for supporting us in what has been their last year of sponsorship. The association’s secretary, John Paling, invites any future sponsors of this prestigious event to contact him for more details and John’s mobile is 07778577596 and NPGA website is:- Ian also led in the winning team on 9 under par supported by his amateurs: - Bernie Vaughn, Colin Norris and former footballer Dean Ashton. The day was completed by all the members participating the AGM and next year’s fixtures were circulated.

Nearest the pin was Mark Taylor and longest drive was Laurence Osborne. 


1st 135 Ian Ellis with Bernie Vaughn, Colin Norris and Dean Ashton.

137 Tom Robinson (Middlesex PGA) with Gary Robinson, Colin Yates & David Newstead.

139 Neil Mitchell with Stan Lee, Neville Howes & Les Collins.





N.P.G.A. Pro Am Kings Lynn Golf Club Thursday 24th November 2011

Twelve months ago this event was cancelled because of snow on the course, so what a pleasure to have 10 C and a very sunny day on a course that was looking in good condition. A number of 74’s were setting the early pace, but all were overtaken by the eventual winner, Ian Ellis (Costessey Park), who shot 69 and with this win Ian confirmed himself as this year’s Dingles Toyota O.O.M. winner. Three players shared second place:- Craig Graver (Marriott Sprowston), Laurence Dodd from Bury Driving Range and playing in his first NPGA Pro Am and finally Tony Varney representing The Norfolk for the last time and it was fitting that he had his regular team with him, including dad Les. The team competition was won by host pro Mike Timson and at the prize presentation the club captain, Tim Arthur, said that the whole team were indebted to 17 handicapper Derek Stringer who single putted the first five greens and contributed on 12 of the holes.

Nearest the pin was Lewis Bates and longest drive Lawrence Osborne.


1st 129 Mike Timson with Tim Arthur, Paul Godfrey & Derek Stringer.

131 Laurence Dodd with Mark Rea, Ralph Evans & Ben Luke.

131 Tony Varney with Neil Newton, Jeff Smith & Les Varney. 


1st 69 Ian Ellis.

73 Laurence Dodd, Tony Varney & Craig Graver.

Ian Ellis whilst making his speech said that he and all his fellow professionals wish Tony Varney well in his future. 



N.P.G.A. Pro Am Eaton Golf Club 11.11.11 

It was commendable that on today’s poignant date all the golfers for this latest round of N.P.G.A. Pro Ams acknowledge the club’s klaxon horn at 11.00 and stood in silence as a respect to our fallen heroes. 

Host pro, Mark Allen, posted a 69 and was trying to repeat last week’s success and capture back to back wins at his home course, but he was soon overtaken and the early leader was Steven Chick, the Dunston De Vere trainee with a 67. That proved the winning score, but sadly for Steven not outright and he was joined on the winners board by Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer), returning to form Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth & Caister) and Sam Cubitt (Lowestoft Driving Range). It was a happy ending for Sam, because just before he was due to start he lost a contact lense and had revert back to his spectacles, so 67 was a good achievement, although he likes Eaton where he won last year with a 65. 

It was tight for the team competition with only 3 shots between the top five teams and it was Denver Golf Centre pro, Jason Groat, who led in the winning team on 129. 

There were no points for Ian Ellis, who hosted a team provided by our sponsor John Dingle, but he still commands a 19 points lead at the top of the Dingles Toyota Order of Merit and could secure the title next week at Royal Cromer. 

Nearest the Pin. Rusty Smith. Longest Drive. Paul Izzard. 


1st 129 Jason Groat with Nigel Wagg, Mark Powell & Kevin Bishop. 

130 Lee Patterson with Phil Pegg, Alec Stibbons & Terry Davies. 

131 Ryan Pudney (Mundesly) with Mick Millard, Tony Lake & Dave Crosby. 


1st. 67 Steven Chick, Lee Patterson, Gary Potter & Sam Cubitt. 

69 Mark Allen & Ryan Pudney. 

70 Jason Groat, Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) & David Woolley (Middleton Hall). 


N.P.G.A. Pro Am  - Marriott Sprowston ManorN.P.G.A. Pro Am 


N.P.G.A. Pro Am 


Friday 28th October 2011 

What a brilliant day for the latest round of our Autumn Pro Ams and with the event sponsored by Insight Financial Associates there were good prizes to battle for. The first score that the secretary recorded was the winning return and O.O.M. leader Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) came in on 3 under par 68. Next best were Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) and fighting for the girls Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunston Hall). It was déjà vu for Ian Ellis, because he completed a clean sweep by leading in the winning team and last year he also completed the double at the same venue. 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. Laurence Osbourne and Longest Drive. Matt Wabe. 

Teams. 1st 132 Ian Ellis with Laurence Osbourne, Brad Smith & Mitch Smith. 135 Gary Potter (Caister & Great Yarmouth) with Terry Norman, Josh Brooks & John Symon. 136 Caroline Grady with Steve Smith, Jack Norton & Richard Phillips. Olly Barnes (De Vere Dunston Hall) with Jason Howard, Brian Cox & Max Mace. 

Best Trainee Joe Lambert (Sheringham). 

Professionals 1st 68 Ian Ellis. 70 Neil Lythgoe & Caroline Grady. 71 Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre). 72 Olly Barnes & Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer). 

In the Dingles Toyota Order of Merit after 12 events the leading group are:- 67 Ian Ellis, 47 Ryan Pudney, 40½ Neil Lythgoe, 31 Jason Groat, 30 Lee Patterson, 24½ Mike Jubb & 22 Oliver Barnes. 







 - The Norfolk - NPGA Pro Am - Friday 21st October

Splendid weather for our return to The Norfolk and the course was in excellent shape. Three players shared second place on level par 72; Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich), Tony Varney (The Norfolk) and Olly Barnes (De Vere Dunston Hall).

Maybe recent fatherhood for Ian Ellis has had an effect on his recent form, because his round today left him looking over his shoulder for the chasing pack attacking his lead in the Dingles Toyota O.O.M. Ryan Pudney (Mundesley) was 20 points behind Ian before the start of today, but Ryan is in sparkling form and a superb 5 under par 67 has brought him to within one more win to level with the O.O.M. leader. 

Ex Bawburgh pro, Tom Robinson, brought in the winning team with a 15 under par 129 and beating Ryan Pudney’s team by 2 shots.

Nearest the Pin. Randy Reynolds. Longest Drive Tarro Skipper.


1st 129 Tom Robinson with Tarro Skipper, Shaun Larkins & Elliot Patterson.

131 Ryan Pudney with Matt Craske, Stuart Craske & Dave Crosby.

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

Best Trainee 73 Steven Chick (De Vere Dunston Hall)

Professionals 1st 67 Ryan Pudney

72 Tony Varney, Neil Lythgoe & Olly Barnes 





36 Holes ChampionshipEntries & Score Sheet


AM Score 

PM Score

36 Holes Total

OOM Points

Alex Beckett  
Steven Chick  
Tim Lond-Caulke  
Steven Barnes  
Joe Lambert 
Olly Barnes 
Alan Hemsley 
Sam Cubitt  
Ryan Pudney  
William Woodrow  
Neil Lythgoe  
David Woolley  
Ian Ellis  
Steve White  
Michael Few  
Lee Patterson 
Jason Groat 
Gary Potter 









N.P.G.A. Pro Am Royal Cromer 18.10.11 

It is strange how history repeats itself, because last year Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer & first off) set down a marker, but was overtaken by the winner and on this occasion he shot one under 71 and again it was Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) who partly spoilt Lee’s day by also shooting a 71. Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) would have wished he could have picked up a birdie on one of the three par fives, but he played them all to regulation and finished on 72. The team competition was won by David Woolley’s team (Middleton Hall), who shot a 16 under par 128 and pipped Neil Lythgoe’s team by one shot. 
Nearest the pin. Michael Skipper and longest drive Brad Smith. 

Teams. 1st. 128 David Woolley with Roger Garrod, Charles Gough & Michelle Jones. 129 Neil Lythgoe with Chris Aulert, Brew Craig & Charlie Chapman. 134 Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth & Caister) with Chris Kemp, John Tickle & Sue Barker. 



It is strange how history repeats itself, because last year Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer & first off) set down a marker, but was overtaken by the winner and on this occasion he shot one under 71 and again it was Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) who partly spoilt Lee’s day by also shooting a 71. Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) would have wished he could have picked up a birdie on one of the three par fives, but he played them all to regulation and finished on 72. The team competition was won by David Woolley’s team (Middleton Hall), who shot a 16 under par 128 and pipped Neil Lythgoe’s team by one shot. Nearest the pin. Michael Skipper and longest drive Brad Smith. Teams. 1st. 128 David Woolley with Roger Garrod, Charles Gough & Michelle Jones. 129 Neil Lythgoe with Chris Aulert, Brew Craig & Charlie Chapman. 134 Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth & Caister) with Chris Kemp, John Tickle & Sue Barker.


It is strange how history repeats itself, because last year Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer & first off) set down a marker, but was overtaken by the winner and on this occasion he shot one under 71 and again it was Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) who partly spoilt Lee’s day by also shooting a 71. Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) would have wished he could have picked up a birdie on one of the three par fives, but he played them all to regulation and finished on 72. The team competition was won by David Woolley’s team (Middleton Hall), who shot a 16 under par 128 and pipped Neil Lythgoe’s team by one shot. Nearest the pin. Michael Skipper and longest drive Brad Smith. Teams. 1st. 128 David Woolley with Roger Garrod, Charles Gough & Michelle Jones. 129 Neil Lythgoe with Chris Aulert, Brew Craig & Charlie Chapman. 134 Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth & Caister) with Chris Kemp, John Tickle & Sue Barker.



Fakenham Golf Club Pro Am

Main Sponsors - Imperial Care Homes





The clubs bi annual pro-am attracted an excellent field of professionals from the Norfolk Professional Golfers Association. Following torrential rain the previous evening the course was described by the participants as being in an excellent playing condition. Despite this it was necessary to have placement on two fairways which unfortunately denied Ian Ellis the eventual winner carding a new course record. 

The club extends its thanks to the main sponsors Imperial Care Home, Larking Gowen Ltd and others and especially to John Paling Secretary of the NPGA for his excellent organisation.

Professional. Score 
1st IAN ELLIS Costessey Park GC 65 
2nd NEIL MITCHELL Bury Driving Range 66 
3rd MATHEW GREEN Barnham Broom GC 68 
4th RYAN PUDNEY Mundesley GC 69 
5th COLIN WILLIAMS Fakenham GC 70 
SAM CUBITT Eagles GC 70 
JASON GROAT Denver Driving Range 70





Nearest pin 4th hole John Martin 
Straightest drive 10th hole Steve Hughes 
Nearest pin 18th hole Mitch Smith

Picture above: L-R Neil Lythgoe Royal Norwich GC, John Martin (Drifters Fish & Chips, Chris Kemp & Dean Futter















N.P.G.A. Pro Am Royal Norwich 12th May 2011 

A nagging wind and hard bounces had to be coped with, but still there were some good scores returned for the second of the N.P.G.A’s County Week competitions. Host professional, Simon Youd, was very successful with gaining sponsorship from;- Adidas, Ashworth, Wilson Golf, Titleist, Footjoy, Masters Golf Equipment, Duff Morgan and Innate Family Chiropractic Centre. Second one out, Ian Ellis (Costessey Park, lead the way with a 71, but it was second from last starter, Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer), who stole the honours with a splendid two under par 70. On level par was Gary Kitley (Thetford) making a very welcome, but long overdue visit to the N. P.G.A. Pro Am arena and coming away with O.O.M. points. There was only single shots between the top three teams and it was Mike Jubb (Sheringham) making another visit to the prize table, but on this occasion as the professional leading the winning team. After five events earning points in the Dingles Toyota O.O.M. it is Ian Ellis who is making a determine effort to stop Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) winning for a fourth consecutive time, Ian won in 2007. 
Longest Drive. Ed Doe. Nearest the Pin. 1st Adam Leweiner. 9th Dave Fitchett. 12th (Professionals) Kyle Kelsall (Carswell Golf & Country Club).

Team 1st. 132 Mike Jubb with John Little, Josh Hall & Mark Simmonds. 133 Kyle Kelsall with Phil Jonas, Graham Baker & Chrissie Kemsley. 134 Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) with Nigel Wagg, Mark Powell & Alison Bellars. 135 Simon Youd with Shawn Terrington, Roger Woods & John Wheeler. 


 70 Lee Patterson, 1st

 71 Ian Ellis,

 72 Gary Kitley,

 73 Kyle Kelsall

 74 Caroline Grady.

N.P.G.A. Pro Am Weston Park Golf Club. Monday 9th May. 

A super day for golf and Weston Park was looking in prime condition despite the lack of recent rainfall. Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) was one of the early starters and came in with a level par 72. However history was about to repeat itself when last year’s winner, Mike Jubb (Sheringham), came in with a 70 and could have been much lower after a front nine of 32. The team competition was close with 2 shots separating the top four and it was host pro Michael Few contributing with three birdies who brought in the winning team.






















Nearest the Pin. Jim Adams. Longest Drive. Kelly Carter.

Teams. 1st. 137 Michael Few with Shaun Brady, Les Grayston and club captain Keith Bowyer. 138 David Woolley (Middleton Hall) with Mike Thompson, Roger Garrod & Charles Gough. 138 Steven Barnes with James Hazel, Kelly Hicks & Luke Clements. 139 Mark Allen (Eaton) with Ken Allen, Vic Holman & Terry Hewitt.


 70 Mike Jubb,  - 1st

72 Ian Ellis,

 73 Mark Allen & Alan Hemsley (Barnham Broom)

 74 Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) 



Great Yarmouth & Caister NPGA Pro Am. Friday 25th March 2011


Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre) was playing in his first NPGA pro am of the year, but took maximum OOM points with his winning score of one over par 71. Jason also triumphed in the team competition with a winning score of 15 under par.

Nearest the pin Nigel Wagg. Longest drive Robert Setchell.


1st 125 Jason Groat with Nigel Wagg, Mark Powell & Bill Kenrick.

129 c/b Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) with Hamish Flemming, Bob Mitchell & Paul Izzard. 129 Andy Cotton (Ufford) with Robert Setchell, Steve Bullent & Mark Taylor. 130 c/b Alan Hemsley (Barnham Broom) with Ian Macrae, Neil Ferguson & Bryan Gunn.



1st 71 Jason Groat,

72 Mike Jubb (Sheringham), Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich), Gary Potter (Host Club) & Kyle Kelsall (Bristol).

Dingles Toyota O.O.M. (After 3 Events)

16½ Gary Potter, 14½ Mike Jubb, 12 Oliver Barnes (DeVere Dunston), 11½ Neil Lythgoe & 11 Ian Ellis (Costessey Park).

The draw for this year’s Match Play Knock out was made at Great Yarmouth and there are three first round matches :- Match 1 Sam Cubitt v Ian Ellis. Match 2 Ryan Pudney v Oliver Barnes. Match 3 Henry Potter v Steven Chick. Second Round:- Match 3 Winner v Mike Timson. Steven Barnes v Lee Patterson. Match 2 Winner v Match 1 Winner. Michael Few v Mike Jubb. Neil Lythgoe v Alan Hemsley. Mark Allen v Jason Groat. Tony Varney v James O’Doherty. David Woolley v G.Potter















Norfolk P.G.A. Pro Am Sheringham  Monday 14th March 2011

After early frost & fog the day turned into a glorious one and 22 teams took to the course. Oliver Barnes (DeVere Dunston Hall) was in early with a level par 70, but it was Ian Ellis (Costessey Park), who in spoke of his old form returning in his speech, presented a winning card of 66 and it contained 5 birdies and one bogey. Fighting for the girls was Caroline Grady (DeVere Dunston Hall) who returned a 69 and also followed Ian Ellis’ team to the team table. John Dingle from our OOM sponsors Dingles Toyota brought a team that played with Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich), but Neil was nursing a sore neck and could not repeat last week’s success when he had several wins.

Nearest the pin Gary Stuttard. Longest drive. Matt Halliday and both players were in Craig Graver’s team.

Team 1st 129 Ian Ellis with Randy Reynolds, Gary Field & Dave Eldridge. 131 Caroline Grady with Simon Nelson, Jack Norton & Norman Angus. 131 Guy Ireson (Marriott Sprowston Manor) with Neal Spence, Laurence Osbourne & Steven Bonner.

Professionals 1st 66 Ian Ellis, 69 Caroline Grady, 70 Oliver Barnes & Ryan Pudney (Mundesley), 71 Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) & Tony Varney (The Norfolk) 




Norfolk PGA PRO AM Hunstanton 1st March 2011 

First event of the year and probably the first time that NPGA have been to Hunstanton, so it wasn’t any surprise that 24 teams were playing and everyone was so complimentary to the host club who presented a superb course and excellent meal. The weather could have been kinder, because there was a strong and cold easterly wind that made starting difficult, but helped the inward half. Early on Mike Jubb (Sheringham) returned a one under par 71 and with Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) and Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) failing to match Mike’s figure it was looking as if the winner was coming from a north Norfolk club. However Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth & Caister) then returned with a 70 which included a birdie and eagle on the two back to back par fives, but he still only finished second. The winner of the first Pro Am was Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) who with 5 birdies and one eagle shot a 69 and also brought in the winning team with a 15 under par 129. Young Charlie Bright from Royal Cromer won the longest drive and Rhys Nightingale, a member of Duncan Abbotts team (West Suffolk), won nearest the pin. 

Teams. 1st 129 Neil Mitchell with Mike Tulley, Paul Izzard & Chris Page. 131 Mike Jubb with Josh Hall, Ian Taylor & John Toyn. 133 Ryan Pudney (Mundsley) with Charlie Bright, Jeremy Attherton & Dave Crosby. 

Professionals. 1st 69 Neil Mitchell 70 Gary Potter 71 Mike Jubb 73 Neil Lythgoe & Oliver Barnes (De Vere Dunstan Hall) 




N.P.G.A. Pro Am - Eaton Golf Club 12th November 2010
Sam Cubitt wins at Eaton

Consider the battering that the weather had thrown at us, the course was in good autumn condition and the putting service was delivering a true line. The excitement for this year’s O.O.M. positions is very in much in the minds of the leading contenders and Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) continued his current good form with an early score of level par 70. However most of the best scores came at the end and it was Sam Cubitt (The Eagles), who has also been showing some recent good form, shooting a 65 that won the professional prize by some margin. Unfortunately for Ian Ellis he was also sitting in the clubhouse with winning team score of 129, but the final team in lead by Southwold professional Robin Mann shot 13 under par to win by two shots. We were delighted to have the centenary club’s captain, Colin Brown, deliver the formal welcome to all the competitors.

Nearest the pin - Ben Hornigold. 

Longest drive - Paul Booth. 


1st - 127 - Robin Mann with Gary Seaman, Alan Scovell & Paul Booth 

129 Ian Ellis with Colin Norris, Neil Augustine & Graham Moss. 
130 Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer) with Ivan Ransome, Nigel Norton & Antony Gravestock. 

Best Trainee - 75 - Stephen Chick (De Vere Dunston Hall).


1st - 65 - Sam Cubitt

70 - Ian Ellis, 
71 - Tony Varney (The Norfolk), 
72 - Lee Patterson, 
73 - David Woolley (Middleton Hall) & Jason Groat (Denver Golf Centre)

Norfolk PGA - Sprowston Manor 29th October 2010
Norfolk PGA  Winners at Sprowston

Good conditions for today’s Pro Am and the final round in the Insight Financial Services 54 holes championship. Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth & Caister) held a three shot lead going into the competition and it was hard to see him being caught and so it turned out with his lead being maintained, although it was from Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) who, with a level par 71, moved up a place from a starting third position. However the round of the day came from Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) who shot a 69, winning the Pro prize, but his score was not enough to get into the Insight winnings. Tony Varney (The Norfolk) had a timely return of form, shooting a 71 and leading “the Sheppards into the team second position, but there was no stopping Ellis who lead in a team from the sponsors on 12 under par.

Nearest the pin - Jack Norton. 

Longest drive - Muriel Wincup.


1st - 130 - Ian Ellis with Craig Scott, Daniel Mumford & Craig McClurg.

132 - Tony Varney with Linda Sheppard, Jenny Sheppard & Jane Sheppard. 

134 - Tim Lond-Caulk (Diss Driving Centre) with Mark Farrow, Scott Gordon & Grahame Humphrey. Best Trainee. Stephen Chick (De Vere Dunston Hall)

Professional Prize.

1st - 69 - Ian Ellis. 

71 - Neil Lythgoe & Tony Varney. 

4th - 72 -Gary Potter & Stephen Chick.

Insight Financial Associates 54 Holes Championship. 

1st - 217 - Gary Potter. 

220 - Neil Lythgoe. 

223 - Tony Varney. 

=4th - 224 - Stephen Chick & Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunston Hall) 

Please note: Insight will no longer sponsoring the 54 holes competition.

N.P.G.A. Pro Am. - Bawburgh Golf Club. - Friday 22nd October 2010
Winners at Bawbugh
The four winners at Bawburgh from left to right; Caroline Grady, Neil Lythgoe, Lee Patterson & Gary Potter.

It was a mad rush to the winner’s table ‘cause the win was shared by four players all shooting 74’s which is two over par on the longer 

Bawburgh course. Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer), Gary Potter (Yarmouth & Caister) and Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunston) all had mixed nines of 36 & 38. Neil Lythgoe had a 40 front nine, but recaptured his form with a 34 coming home and Lee had to make a birdie on the last for his 74. 

This was the second round of the Insight Financial Associates 54 holes championship and Potter (145) has a three shot lead over Grady, with Lythgoe a further shot behind and then comes Craig Graver (Marriott Sprowston) on 150, so it builds up for an exciting final round at Marriott Sprowston. The Pro Am competition was won by the team lead by professional Tim Lond-Caulk (Diss Driving Range). The top three in the Dingles Toyota O.O.M all shared the winning points putting more daylight between themselves and fourth position. 

1st Lee Patterson 41 points, 
Neil Lythgoe 39½, 
Gary Potter 35½ & Tony Varney (The Norfolk) 20½.

Longest Drive Kevin Jefferies. 

Nearest the Pin Alastair Buttolph.

1st Tim Lond-Caulk with Mark Farrow, Brad Hunt & Graham Humphrey with a 10 under 134. 

136 Guy Ireson (Marriott Sprowston with Terry Smith, Lawrence Osbourne & Lee Harvey.

136 Caroline Grady with David Osbourne, Peter George & Shirley Lacey. 

Winners at Royal Cromer

At this cliff top course it is normally the wind from the North Sea that will blow competitors away, but on this occasion it was the name of Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) that did the damage and by some margin. 

Host pro Lee Patterson was first out and returned a very creditable 70 (2 bogeys and 4 birdies), Alan Hemsley (Barnham Broom) shot a level par 72, but then Lythgoe quietly strolled into the clubhouse and handed in his card for a 8 under par 64! (8 birdies). Patterson has now leapt to the top of the Dingles Toyota O.O.M. with 33 points, but Neil is only 1½ points behind, with Gary Potter (Great Yarmouth & Caister) now in third position. 

Neither of the two leading pro’s could bring in the winning team and again there was a large winning margin with Sam Cubitt’s team (The Eagles) returning an 18 under card for a score of 126.

Nearest the Pin. Adam Bailey. 

Longest drive. Josh Leswell. 


1st 126 Sam Cubitt with Matt Willetts, Leigh Howard & Adam Bailey. 

131 Lee Patterson with Alan Malin (club captain ), Joe Thwaites & Simon Fuller. 

132 Guy Ireson (Marriott Sprowston) with Terry Smith, Neal Spence & Lawrence Osbourne. 

133 Neil Lythgoe with Bryce Collishaw, Dennis Grady & Brew Craig.

Best Trainee 73 Stephen Chick (De Vere Dunston Hall).


1st 64 Neil Lythgoe,

70 Lee Patterson, 
72 Alan Hemsley, 
73 Ian Ellis (Costessey Park) Stephen Chick & Sam Cubitt.

Millennium Trophy 2010 13th May 2010

Tony Varney of the Norfolk Golf and Country Club won the Millennium Trophy and £1000 first prize at Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club on a dry day with a slight breeze.

It was Varney’s third success in this biennial event which started in 2000 for the PGA professionals of Norfolk and Suffolk.

The dry links course, with plenty of unpredictable bounce, tested the players. Varney was one shot off the pace after 18 holes at two over par. His level par second round saw him finish one shot ahead of Andrew Collison of Bungay and Waveney Valley Golf Club who won £600.

Varney had nine birdies on the day but a triple on the par four sixth in his first round. Collison had one eagle and four birdies but also had a triple bogey on the par four eighth on his first round.

Varney started his professional career as assistant to Martin Elsworthy at Rookery Park.

Third place was shared by Andy Cotton (Ufford Park), Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom), a first year assistant, and Danny Barton of Seckford who won the title in a play-off with Michael Few (Weston Park) at Hintlesham in 2008 two shots behind the winner.

Ollie Rush of Haverhill needed to par the last hole of his second round to share third place but found the gorse and finished with a quadruple bogey.

There was a field of 43 players. Suffolk PGA won the champagne in the team competition in which was settled on the aggregate of the top eight players from each county.


142: Tony Varney (The Norfolk) 72 70 (£1000).

143: Andrew Collison (Bungay) 71 72 (£600).

144: M Gardner (Barnham Broom) 73 71, A Cotton (Ufford Park) 71 73, D Barton (Seckford) 73 71.

145: W Shaw (Aldeburgh) 74 71, L Patterson (Royal Cromer) 72 73.

146: R Beadles (Royal Worlington) 72 74.

147: R Pudney (Royal Cromer) 71 76, J Groat (Denver Golf Centre) 71 76, A Robinson (Felixstowe Ferry) 74 73.

148: C Smith (Fynn Valley) 75 73, N Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) 77 71, O Rush (Haverhill) 74 74, K Earp (Bury Golf Range) 76 72, M Jubb (Sheringham) 75 73.

149: I Ellis (Costessey Park) 72 77, N Mitchell (Bury Golf Range) 78 71.

150: A Hemsley (Barnham Broom) 74 76, M Allen (Eaton) 74 76.

151: T Cooper (Newton Green) 74 77, M Few (Weston Park) 79 72, S Robertson (Ufford Park) 78 73, S Cubitt (Eagles) 73 78.

152: A Lucas (Waldringfield) 75 77.

153: D Woolley (Middleton Hall) 76 77.

154: P Wilby (Haverhill) 74 80.

155: Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunston Hall) 76 79.

156: P Kent (unattached) 76 80.

157: R Mann (Felixstowe Golf Centre) 81 76, J Maskall (Ipswich Golf Range) 79 78.

159: S White (Middleton Hall) 81 78.

161: T Huffer (Bury Golf Range) 80 81, P Connell (Hintlesham) 81 80.

162: M Ransome (Seckford) 79 83.

163: K Vince (Rushmere) 82 81, T Dobson (Stonham Barns) 87 76.

165: J O’Doherty (Thetford) 88 77.

170: S Byford (The Suffolk) 88 82.

No return: A Goodridge (Bury Golf Range) nr 81, S Chick (De Vere Dunston Hall) 76 nr

Disq: O Barnes (De Vere Dunston Hall) 79 dq.

N.P.G.A. Pro Am - Royal Norwich Golf Club - 10th May 2010 

Nearest the pin

1st Neil Jary.
9th Andy Stebbings. 
12th Jack Norton. 

Longest drive 

Ryan Ashdown.


1st 130 Gary Potter with Bryan Gunn, Mark Woods & Ryan O’Connor. 

131 Steven Barnes (Marriott Sprowston) with Louis Plume, Sam Leswell & Luke Clements. 

131 Matthew Gardner with Markin Tinsey, Les Gardner & Ben Walshe.

Best Trainee 

Matthew Gardner. 


1st 71 Gary Potter (The Links). 

72 Craig Graver (Marriott Sprowston).

74. David Woolley (Middleton Hall), Ian Ellis (Costessey Park), Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom), Mike Timson (Kings Lynn) & Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunston)

N.P.G.A. Pro Am Weston Park Golf Club. Friday 26th March 

One of the better days that golfers have enjoyed this year, but Weston Park was still a challenge for all, including the professionals. Some of the county’s more mature professionals seemed to cope with the course best with par 72’s from Gary Potter (The Links) and Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) who likes Weston Park, having won last year with a 71. However it was left to the N.P.G.A. committee chairman, Mike Jubb (Sheringham) to take the maximum 10 O.O.M. points with his 71 to conquer the course. Jubb also led the strong winning team on 14 under par and all the amateurs won or tied at least nine holes each to bring them home 3 shots ahead of their nearest rivals 

Nearest the pin…. Julien Watson. 

Longest drive….. Chris Page.

Team 1st.

130 Mike Jubb with Frank Tyce, Kelly Carter & Derek Foreman. 
133 Steven Barnes (Marriott Sprowston Manor) with Louis Plume, Paul Ellingham & Peter Allen. 
133 Neil Mitchell with Mike Tulley, Paul Izzard & Chris Page.

Best Trainee 

75 Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom) & Steven Chick (De Vere Dunston Hall) 


1st 71 Mike Jubb.

72 Neil Mitchell & Gary Potter. 
73 Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich). Joint 5th Steven Chick, Matthew Gardner, Mark Allen (Eaton) Mike Timson (Kings Lynn) & Andy Cotton (Ufford Park).

Dingles Toyota O.O.M. 

1st 17 points Gary Potter, 12½ Mark Allen, 11½ Mike Jubb, 10½ Matthew Gardner & 9½ Neil Lythgoe.

The next event will be the first of this year’s Insight sponsored events at Royal Norwich on Monday 10th May and it is also the closing date for the match-play knockout. On Thursday 13th May the county’s professionals will be playing their Suffolk counterparts for the Millennium trophy at Great Yarmouth & Caister Golf Club and entries have to be made by 30th April to the N.P.G.A. secretary.


N.P.G.A. Pro Am - Barnham Broom - Friday 12th 2010 

Cold, windy, but thankfully it kept dry for the teams playing the first N.P.G.A. at Barnham Broom for four years and the players were treated to a course looking very good for early March. From a prize position in the recent Alliance competition Gary Potter (The Links) continued his form with a two under 70, but had to shared the winnings with this year’s captain, Ryan Pudney (Royal Cromer), who had three birdies to Gary’s four and The Links player one more bogey than Ryan.

In the team competition there was welcome return to the prize table by Chris Potter (Norfolk Premier Golf) who is planning to play more Pro Am events this year and his team shot eleven under par for 133. Two shots back was the team led by Mark Allen (Eaton) and Mark had a solid round to finish joint 3rd in the professionals’ competition.

Nearest the pin. - Edie Varney. 

Longest drive. - Neal Spence.

Team 1st.

133 Chris Potter with Shaun Larkins, Chris Aulert & Nigel Turner. 135 Mark Allen with Roger Finney, David Thomas & Mark Taylor. 138 Guy Ireson (Sprowston Marriott) with Neal Spence, Lawrence Osborne & Steve Bonner.


1st. 70 Ryan Pudney & Gary Potter. 74 Mark Allen, Alan Hemsley (Barnham Broom) & Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range).

Dingles Toyota O.O.M

1st. 11points Mark Allen. 9 Lee Patterson (Royal Cromer), Matthew Gardner (Barnham Broom), Ryan Pudney & Gary Potter. 5 Alan Hemsley.


N.P.G.A. Pro Am - Sheringham Golf Club Friday 26th February 2010

After last week’s postponement at Royal Cromer this became our first event for 2010, however the weather wasn’t much kinder to the players and as good as the course was it was very difficult to handle wind gusts of over 50 mph. One of the professionals commented that they had never played a 346 yards “par five”, but then one of the amateurs was only a few feet short, with his drive, at the par four 343 yards 16th with the following wind.
Matthew Gardner, who has just completed his first year as a PGA trainee at Barnham Broom, has continued to show the form that he finished with last year and despite being thoroughly frozen, shot a magnificent 75, five over par. With half the professional field scoring over 80 it was left to another in-form pro’ Royal Cromer’s Lee Patterson to benefit from the experience of strong winds at his home course to share the top prize with another 75. Only a shot behind was Mark Allen (Eaton) and 77’s were recorded by Neil Mitchell (Bury Driving Range) and a first event participation from Andrew Marshall.

The team competition was equally close with only count back separating the winning team of host pro’ Mike Jubb and the team led in by Caroline Grady (De Vere Dunston Hall), both returning excellent scores of 3 over par. The new county vice-captain, Neil Lythgoe (Royal Norwich) after thanking the club gave a very special thank-you to all the amateurs who, in the face of a gale, supported the Pro Am.
Nearest the pin. Stefan Dimic. Longest drive. Andy Harvey.
Team. 1st 143 Mike Jubb with club captain Moss Taylor, Stuart Ecroyd & Kevin Kibblewaite. 143 Caroline Grady with Jock Norton, Norman Angus & Brian Lincoln. 144 Tom Robinson (Bawburgh Glen Lodge) with Tarro Skipper, Gary Robinson & Brian Belshaw. 145 Craig Craver (Marriott Sprowston Manor) with Josh Halliday, Kevin Jefferies & Richard Halliday.

Professionals. 1st 75 Lee Patterson & Matthew Gardiner (Also best trainee). 76 Mark Allen. 77 Neil Mitchell & Andrew Marshall (Unattached).