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R&A 9 Hole Stableford Q

Sunday 3rd June is the R & A 9 hole Stableford Q (entry sheet and conditions on the main notice board).  The first two in the competition could have the opportunity to play at Carnoustie before the Open.


For all those interested, we will also be doing a back 9 hole swindle after the competition.  I will put up a sheet to add your name to . 

Thank you
Gareth Hall


Links Open Am-Am

Just 7 points sepreated the nine teams in a closely fought Links Open Am-Am.   

First place on 95 points were The Bacon Rollers of Irving Newton, Hugh McCrory, Eddie Baker and Barrie Bensley.

Runners up and defending champions were the Pheasant Pluckers of
David Robinson, Dave Wright, Norma Neave and Ray Tegg with 94 points.

Third were Impact (established 2017) who were Ivor Collett, Paul Attenborough, Alick Mackenzie and Mike Eldred on 93 points.

Fourth were Los Links Banditos with 92 points, Evan Tuck, Mark Nelson Griffiths, Dave Parmenter and David Samuel - photo attached - just beating ‘The Sultans of Swing’ team on count back.

Nearest the Pin winners were Ian Howe (Royal Cromer), Kevin Abbs (Royal Cromer) and Margaret Carpenter.

Best team name was ‘Don’t tell them your Name Pike’ - Peter, Ian, Kevin and Ev.

The golf was enjoyed under sun and blue skies. After the golf, there was a meal and prize giving in the Hotel. 


Ladies Away Weekend

The ladies had a very mizzly (but far from miserable) weekend at Ufford Park.  They played for The Lady Captains's goblet over the two days and the winner was Alicia Goulty with a total of 65 points.  Jane Gomm was second with 62 points and Caroline Collett third with 51 points.

As well as the main prize there were winners of the Mr Blobby cup on both days – no guessing what that was for!  Also the bucket and spade for entering the most bunkers and a special prize for landing in the most water hazards.

All in all we had a great time – it could only have been improved by better weather but there are certain things which no amount of planning can ensure!








Millennium Trophy

Millennium Trophy was won by Alicia Goulty with a Stableford score of 38 points, which was just one point ahead of Sharon Page.  Ali Rix was third with 32 points.

This was the second time that Alicia has won this trophy, the previous occasion was in 2002!!








Centenary Trophy

Peter Hicks won the Centenary Trophy for the first time with a score of 40 Stableford points.

In conditions which were beginning to resemble Spring, Peter was just two over for the last 5 holes and won by two points from Ivor Collett.

Peter's handicap was cut by 0.6 to 17.7. 

A further two points back in third was Club Captain Gareth Hall on 36 points.





Ladies 9 hole Winter League 'Mean Golfer'

Barbara Shannon won the Ladies 9 hole Winter League. It was the first individual trophy Barbara has won since joining the club in 2016.

In second place was Helen Newton and third was Liz Hewett.

The winner of the ladies 18 hole Winter League was Ladies Captain Carole Davidson for the third successive year.

Jane Gomm was second and Caroline Collett third.

Carole is pictured presenting the 9 hole trophy to Barbara.




Phil Crump Shield

The first Eclectic qualifier of the year was won by Ivor Collett with a fantastic 41 stableford points.

The competition was postponed from its original date in late February to due bad weather. 

Simon Marr was second with 39 points and third place was decided on countback with Andrew Neave's scoring 36 points.

The club welcomed Phil's widow Sandra and her family and in accepting the trophy from Sandra, Ivor gave a heartfelt speech including his memories of Phil.

Sandra generously gave the club a donation for the Canine Partners charity and she was presented with an orchid. 





Club v Old LaGGS

The club welcomed the Old LaGGS back to the Links for their annual match. 

As usual the Old LAGGS took the challenge very seriously with a practice 9 holes in the morning, followed by lunch and beer before the afternoon competition.

Despite some close matches, the club once again won, this time by a margin of 13 holes.

Carole Davidson was presented with the Salver by Mike Greensmith of the Old LaGGS. The old LaGGS generously donated money to the Captain's Charity which is Canine Partners.



Easter Egg Stableford

The Easter Egg three clubs and a putter Stableford, was cut to 9 holes due to torrential rain.

On April Fools day it was the weather which had the last laugh.

Despite the conditions, three players came in with 18 points, with the winner on countback being David Samuel. In second was Evan Tuck and third was John Chilton.

David is pictured holding a amazing Easter cake made by Club Captain Gareth Hall. 

All of the other players went home with a Easter Egg.









Seniors Winter League

Eddie Baker won the Seniors Winter for the thrid year running.

However it was a close run competition with Eddie just one point ahead of Ivor Collett who was second. John Wells was third.

Eddie is pictured with the trophy and some suitably wintery weather conditions.




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Captain's Choice Trophy

The winners of the Captain's Choice Team Trophy were Vince Ryan, Helen Newton and Evan Tuck with 79points.

In second place were Ladies Captain Carole Davidson, Paul Attenborough and Margaret Carpenter with 74pts while in third place on count back were the team of David Bates, Kate Attenborough and John Chilton with 70pts.

Barbara Shannon scored the only two and the nearest the pins were won by Carole Davidson and David Bates. 

All three Captains would like to thank everyone who contributed to raising £182 on the day for their chosen charity, Canine Partners.


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Golfers have Returned

Golfers have returned to the course. The Ladies and Seniors played their Team Waltz after a week of the course being closed due to snow. 

There were still a few snow bunkers and the ditch across the 4th is definitely best avoided, but we look forward to seeing you out there now the weather has improved.

Course Update - 3rd-5th March

The course will remain Closed on Sunday 4th March.

Looking at the temperatures, we expect that the snow will have melted by the end of Sunday. 

However, the snow melt and the rain forecast for Sunday evening, may mean it is laying very wet.

Monday. We are unlikely to know whether the course is dry enough to open for the Ladies and Seniors Competition, until Monday morning.  


Course update - 27th February

The golf course will be closed all week. It is likely to still be closed on Sunday when we are due to play the next round of the Winter League. Updates will follow...

Message from Gareth and Dominic

apologies to members 

as club captain i am sorry for calling the Phill Crump shield off . Sunday morning i thought i had got it wrong so desided to take the dogs for a walk  at 7.50 the temp in car was reading -1 the first tee 9th green all still frozen  . On way back at 8.40 the 6th tee and 5th green still frozen and temp still only 0 . Hopefully that is the last time we will have to call a game off .

 thank you club captain 

  Gareth hall


Message from Dominic

The course did open later in the day on Sunday. However, with temperatures forecast to stay very low all day, it would not have been realistic to ask players in the competition who may have arrived for an 08:30 tee time, to wait around all morning in the hope of some play.

I checked the course at 8am on Sunday and the ground was very hard and there was also some surface frost.

Gareth and I were looking at the forecasts all week and decided on Saturday, that there was little prospect of running the competition as planned. It is very unusual to call off a competition a day before, but we felt that in this specific case, members would appreciate the early call.

The course is looking likely to stay closed all week (w/c 26th Feb). When the thaw comes, we will monitor how wet the conditions are before re-opening the course. 

We are sorry the course is closed, but we hope to enjoy the benefits once the weather improves.

Stay safe and warm.










Fixtures Update

An additional reserve date has been added to the Club Winter League fixtures. 

This date is 25th March.

This date will be used if either of the rounds on the 4th March or 18th March cannot take place.

The current forecast for 4th March is still very cold, so the course may be closed due to frost. 


If you are looking further ahead, please also note that the date for the Club Championship has moved to 1st July to avoid clashing with the Mens Wimbledon Final and football World Cup Final.


Please check the fixtures page regularly, to keep up with any changes.


Benjamin Foundation Presentation

Tony Ing, the Chief Executive of last years Captain's Charity the Benjamin Foundation, has been presented with a cheque of £4,660 from the club.

2017 Captain's Simon Marr, Jane Gomm and Dave Parmenter were joined by members and guests for the presentation.

Money was raised throughout the year at club events and through special fundraising activities such as Sarah and Jane's sleep out in November. 

Thank you to everyone who supported this very worthy cause and who gave so generously.





Course Work - Moles

We are currently carrying out work to try to control the moles. 

This initial stage has involved collapsing their runs and setting traps.

While earth has been used to try to level the ground above, please be careful as there may be uneven areas.

Also, please be aware of stones that have come up in the mole hills and of the mole traps. 

We aim to push the mole activity away from fairways and the main playing areas of the course.


Captain's Drive In

The 2018 Captain's Drive In in style.

Club Captain Gareth Hall led the way with a great drive up the first hole. Ladies Captain Carole Davidson followed with another long shot and Seniors Captain Brian Hannah completed the trio of fine shots in front of over 40 members and guests.

£114 was raised for Canine Partners ( the new Captain's Charity, from members placing lollipop sticks where they thought the drives would finish. 

Last years Ladies Captain Jane Gomm was closest to predicting where Gareth's drive would finish, while Norma Neave was closest to Carole's shot and David Samuel was closest to Brian's drive. 

The 9 hole team Stableford was won by just two points by members of Gareth's team. His team of 10 scored a total of 143 points, Carole's team scored 141 points and Brian's team were not far behind on 134 points.

The two best individual 9 hole stableford scores were Gareth Hall and Tony Medland with 20 points.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the Captain's Drive In and we wish Gareth, Brian and Carole a successful and enjoyable 2018.



Boxing Day Cup

Ivor Collett's Christmas celebrations were completed with a win in the Boxing Day Cup. 

Ivor shot nett 32 (1 under par) in this 9 hole competition and took the cup. 

In second was Ryan Neave with a nett 35. Ryan also scored the only 2. 

There was a tie for third place on nett 39 with John Chilton beating Ray Tegg on countback.

Club Captain Simon Marr made his last official presentation as Captain. Simon, thank you very much for all your time and hard work throughout the year.



Boswell Foursomes

David Bates and Tony Medland won the Boswell Foursomes with a nett 63.5. 

The foursomes competition acts as a qualifier for the Daily Mail Foursomes in 2018. The dynamic duo of David and Tony will represent the Links with style. We wait to see what their matching outfit will be. 

In second place were Barrie Bensley and Tim McCrohon on 68 and third were Dave Parmenter and Paul Attenborough on 69.5. 

The Ladies will be represented in the Daily Mail Foursomes by Caroline Collett and Jane Gomm who finished just ahead of Ali Rix and Helen Newton. 




Links v Golf Writers

The Links welcomed honorary member Michael McDonnell and the Golf Writers to the club for the annual match.

The Golf Writers had warmed up with a round at Brancaster the previous day.

However the Links team made the most of their home advantage and retained the cup. 

The last win for the Golf Writers was in 2015. 

Pictured are Ladies Captain Jane Gomm and Golf Writer Colin Callander with the cup.


Sarah and Jane's Rough Sleep Out!

Sarah and Jane played golf in the rain on Sat 4th November, then did their rough sleep out on the coldest night of the autumn so far. Thanks to the generosity of members, family and friends they hope to have raised in the region of £1,300 in sponsorship to go to the Benjamin Foundation to help in their efforts to house and assist young homeless people in our region.

A big thank you to all those who have contributed. If you have not yet handed in your sponsorship money please do so to Jane, Sarah, Joan or Dominic and tick your name off the list as having paid.

The before ..... and the after




Winter Rules

Preferred Lies and Winter Rules are now in operation for all competitions until further notice. 

For more details please see the notice board or the Rules of Golf p142-144.


Captain's Away Weekend

This year the Links went to Greetham Valley for the Captain's Away Weekend.

After three rounds of golf on the Lakes and Valley courses Dave Parmenter was crowned the winner.

In second place was next years captain Gareth Hall.

The guest winner was Mike Whyman, now of Sheringham Golf Club.





Hole in One for Michael Jones

Michael Jones scored a hole in one from the new 12th tee in the Seniors Winter League Qualifier.

The ace was the first on the 12th since the new tee was opened earlier this month. 

Michael hit a 6 iron and according to those watching,he had a little assistance from the flag stick as the ball hit it, before dropping straight into the hole.  

Michael scored a total on 36 stableford points to come third in the competition. The winner was Talbot Field with 39 points and he scored a Two on the 12th hole. In second was Vince Ryan on 37 points and in fourth on countback was Eddie Baker with 36 points. 



Links Open Medal Q

On a very cold, at times wet, and windy day, David Bates had a very tidy round of 67 nett to win the Links Open.

Barrie Bensley was runner up after a 72 and in third place was Ivor Collett on nett 76. 

The weather really affected the round and some groups failed to complete all 18 holes. The 4th hole was playing particularly difficult with the wind and lack of roll on the fairway due to the wet conditions.

Well done to everyone who took part.



Norfolk Senior 9's

RAF Marham won the Norfolk 9's Trophy for the first time, after supporting this event since it began. 

Their score of 5 best scores from their team of 6 was 177pts.  This was enough to hold off both the Links A and Links B teams by a single point. 

Vince Ryan was the individual winner with 43pts, while Tim McCrohon and Dave Wright won best back 9 and best front 9 prizes. 

Everyone joined together after play for a superb meal in the hotel.



Couples Cup and Pairs Competition

Tim and Kathryn McCrohon won the Couples Jug for the third time in a very close finish.

Their score of 40 stableford points was matched by Irving and Helen Newton, however Tim and Kathryn won on countback with 21 points on their back 9. 

The McCrohon's last win was in 2014.

In third place and just two points behind, where Paul and Kate Attenborough. 


Also taking place was the Pairs Competition and the winners were Dave Parmenter and Evan Tuck with 40 points.

Second place in the pairs competition were Craig Brown and Thomas Hall with 38 points on count back from Tony Medland and Hugh McCrory.

All the players were able to enjoy summer like conditions, with warm temperatures, sun and a light breeze.  


Past Captain's Trophy

Peter Hicks won the Past Captain's Trophy.

Current Captain Simon Marr welcomed back captains from the past for the annual competition and get together. 

This year the 2011 captain Peter Hicks won the trophy for the third time. 








Seniors October Medal

Seniors Captain Dave Parmenter presented last year's Club Captain Tim McCrohon with his October medal.  There was a countback for 3 players on nett 67, with Tim emerging the winner from Evan Tuck 2nd and Michael Jones 3rd.





Lady Past Captains Invitation

The winner of the 18 Hole Stableford competition for the Lady Past Captains Trophy was Liz Hewett with 31 points.
Members were joined for lunch afterwards by past lady captains Sue Clayton, Rita Battrick and Pat Simpson.






Nibari Trophy Q Ecl

Club Captain Simon Marr was presented with the trophy by one half of the sponsors, Jojo Nibari, after a stunning round of 46pts.  This resulted in a handicap cut for Simon of 2 shots.  Runner up with 39pts was David Bates, with Vice Captain Gareth Hall third on 37pts.




Vice Captain's Day

Gareth and Carole would like to say a huge thank you to all those that played golf, donated raffle prizes, baked and 'sold' cakes, bought and sold raffle tickets, or just came to support on Sunday.

Despite the weather, there was a really good turnout and on the day we raised £400 for Canine Partners.  A great start to our fundraising efforts!

In the competition itself, David Bates was the winner with 37 stableford points. No less than four players were just one point back on 36 points. Seniors Captain Dave Parmenter clinched 2nd place from John Wells in 3rd and Malcolm Munday also on 36 points in fourth.

The leading ladies score was 35 points from current Ladies Captain Jane Gomm. 



Seniors Eclectic Winner

In the Seniors Summer Eclectic, the scores were extremely close with Evan Tuck winning with a score of 54.50 from Dave Brooks with 55.125 and third equal were Tony Pashley and David Robinson.

The Seniors Eclectic Cup was won with an average score of 55.958 by Evan Tuck from last year's winner Ivor Collett with 57.125 and Dave Brooks 3rd with 59.125.





Ladies England Golf September Medal

Caroline Collet won the Ladies England Golf September Medal by 4 shots with a nett 70.

In second place was Carole Davidson on 74 and there were two players two shots further back on 76. Norma Neave just edged out Liz Hewett on count back for third place.






Bill Prince Trophy

Dave Arundel won his first Trophy Competition with victory in the Bill Prince Trophy. 

Dave scored a nett 65 in rainy conditions. He has been second many times over the past year but until now had not broken through to the winners circle.

In second place was Tony Pashley on 68 while third was taken by Eric Bailey who just edged out John Wells on countback with a 69.

Dave continued his good form by recording his second win in the September Medal. 





Hodds Salver v Hunstanton

The Links team beat Hunstanton in the first round of the Hodds Salver county competition. 

The team comprising Brian Hannah, Bill Murray, Alick Mackenzie, David Robinson, Tony Pashley, John Wells, Michael O'Connor and John Hackney all played incrediably well to beat a Hunstanton team full of low handicappers, by just one hole. 

The finish was particularly dramatic when on the final hole, Michael sank a long putt to clinch the match and avoid a play-off. Phew!

The match was played at the Links which can be an advantage, however the rules of the competition state that the away team get two holes head start. 

Well done to the team and good luck in the second round against Royal Cromer.


40's 3 Clubs and a Putter

Proving again that golf can be played with four clubs just as easily as it can with 14, were Simon Marr and Tony Medland. 

Both socred 39 stableford points in the three clubs and a putter competition and both also wore 1940's themed clothing. 

Simon just beat Tony on count back over the final 9 holes. In third place, and also in 1940's clothing, was Jane Gomm with 37 points.











Summer Pairs Knockout

David Robinson and Dave Wright are the winners of the 2017 Summer Pairs Knockout.

They battled through 5 rounds of tough competition throughout the summer. 

The final was played against Tim and Kathryn McCrohon who had enjoyed a great run themselves.

Thank you to all the pairs who took part and for getting the matches played in good time.




Peggy Francis Trophy

Carole Davidson used three clubs and a putter to win the Peggy Francis Trophy with 40 stableford points.

The restriction on the number of clubs that could be used, didn't seem to hinder many of the players with 38 stableford points being scored by second place Jane Gomm and Caroline Collett.

The ladies raised £60 for the Breast Cancer Now charity in memory of Peggy Francis who was a former ladies captain and whose family donated the trophy. 





Stanley Mansfield Trophy

Club Captain Simon Marr led his team of Sharon Page and Thomas Hall to victory in the Stanley Mansfield Texas Scramble on a gloriously sunny August Bank Holiday weekend.

The trio who shot an amazing nett total of 54.3. However they needed every shot because the team of Gareth Hall, Ali Rix and Talbot Field scored 54.6 to take second place.

Both teams were well under par even without handicaps being taken into account.

In third place with a 62.2 were the team of David Bates, Barbara Shannon and John Chilton.



Professional's Cup

Craig Brown laid waste to the rest of the field to win the Professional's Cup. 

His victory by 10 shots was reminiscent of Tiger Woods in his prime. 

The 27 handicapper shot a nett 55 in a round that included 5 pars and a birdie. 

Craig has been playing regularly since gaining his first handicap of 28 in 2014. His performance saw his handicap cut by four shots to 23.4. 

There was a close fight for second place with three players tied on nett 65. Vice Captain Gareth Hall claimed second on count back from Talbot Field and David Robinson. 



Links Athletics Day

Twenty-one of the finest athletes at the club, competed in the Links Athletics Day to mark the World Athletics Championships taking place in London.

Athletics themed tasks were added to the individual stableford competition to gain extra points.

These included the 9th hole 'long jump' where the score only counted if you went in the sand. The 3rd hole shot putt where the first shot had to be a throw. While the first hole had to be played as quickly as possible with the fastest time being an incredible 2 minutes 53 for a three ball to complete a par three. It is testament to the golfers fitness that there were no reports of torn hamstrings. 

The Gold Medal winner was Carole Davidson with a magnificent 48 points. She also scored the only two on any hole and won the ladies Longest Drive. In second place, winning the Silver Medal was David Bates with 46 points and Bronze was won by John Chilton on 45. Just outside the medals in 4th was Jane Gomm on count back with 44 points. A photo finish was needed as no less than 5 players were tied on that score. 

Tim McCrohon showed his strength by winning the mens Longest Drive competition.

Pictured are the three medalists on the podium while Vice Captain Gareth Hall relaxed with some refreshment after handing out the medals. 

Thank you to everyone who took part and everyone who helped prepare the day.


Gillieson Trophy 3rd Round v Middleton Hall

The Ladies Gillieson Team of Alicia Goulty and Jane Gomm, Carole Davidson and Caroline Collett and Ali Rix and Liz Hewett narrowly lost their 3rd round match and a place in the semi-final, away to Middleton Hall on Sunday August 6th in dramatic fashion in front of a large crowd of away supporters. 

Ali and Liz won on the 19th hole. The overall score was 2 to 1 with the other two matches being lost on the 17th and 19th holes!

Congratulations to the Links team for a great performance in all the matches. 


Last Man Standing

Gareth Hall was the Last Man Standing after a day of knock-out golf at the Links.

Gareth won in a very close final match against Malcolm Munday. They were all square with just the final 9th hole to play. Malcolm unfortunately found the pond and Gareth took the opportunity to win the competition in which he was runner up in 2015.

Paul Cuff played some great golf to clinch 3rd place after beating Tim McCrohon in the 3rd/4th playoff. 

In the plate contest for first round losers, Evan Tuck beat David Robinson in the final to be crowned the complete loser.





Swaffham Away Day

Eighteen members enjoyed an away day at Swafham Golf Club at the end of July.

The winners of the team waltz were the team of Malcolm Munday, Maggie Baker and former member Ian Kidger.

The winners of the Nearest the Pins were Tim McCrohon, Eric Bailey and the organiser of the day, Ladies Captain Jane Gomm.





Ladies Invitation Day

The Links welcomed ladies from Davenport GC and Delaware Forest GC both in Cheshire and from Royal Cromer and Sheringham golf clubs for this annual event.

The weather stayed fine up until the final two holes. 

The scoring was a 4BBB format and the scores were amazing. Alicia Goulty and her guest Elaine Field from Royal Cromer won with 46 points.

Runners up were ladies captain Jane Gomm and her partner Maddie Kingham from Davenport Golf Club with 42 points.

In third place were Caroline Collett and her partner Chrissie Whyman from Sheringham GC with 40 points.

The nearest the pin winners were Jane and Caroline.

After play, the golfers enjoyed lunch in the hotel before presentation of the prizes.


Seniors Championship

Paul Attenborough won the Seniors Scratch Championship for the 6th time with a round of 75.

His handicap was cut by one shot.

The winner of the Seniors Handicap Championship was David Samuel with a nett 63 and he also had his handicap cut by one shot.

The over 70's competition was won by Ivor Collett with a nett 65. 



Captains Day 2017

Captains Day saw close finishes in both the Captains Tankard and the Captains Rosebowl competitions.

David Bates successfully defended the Captains Tankard with a score of 40 stableford points.

Captain Simon Marr was second with 39 points beating last year's Captain Tim McCrohon on count back. 

The winner of the Rosebowl was Liz Hewett with 39 points and again second place was decided on countback with Ali Rix just beating Maggie Baker after they both scored 38 points.


Liz's day got even better when she won the 'Guess the Name of the Bear' competition with 'Benji'.

The golf was followed by a Cuban themed evening with a three course meal, a touch of Norfolk entertainment from the Sam Smith Singers and a disco.

The three captains, Simon, Jane and Dave would like to thank everyone involved in the day for their generosity and for helping to make the day a great success. A total of £415 was raised on the day and will help add to the total for the Benjamin Foundation who were represented by their CEO Tony Ing.





Club Championship

Irving Newton is the new Club Scratch Champion.

Irving set up his victory with an impressive 69 (3 over par) in the first round, repeating the score he shot in the recent Midsummer Trophy. His handicap has been cut again from 10 down to 8. Irving's winning 36 hole total was 150. 

There was a very close finish in the Handicap Competition with Eddie Baker winning by virture of his better second round, from Ivor Collett after they both scored a nett 132. Two shots back in third on 134 was Gareth Hall.




Ladies Gillieson Round 2 v Thetford

Our Ladies Team consisting of Jane Gomm (Captain) & Alicia Goulty, Caroline Collett & Carole Davidson, Liz Hewett & Ali Rix had a triumphant and convincing win in the second round away against Thetford.

Round 3 will be away again against Middleton Hall on August 6th.

Well done to the ladies as they continue to represent the club with distinction.



Ladies Breakfast Cup

Sarah Dewhurst made the most of the early start and won the Ladies Breakfast Cup with 39 stableford points.

Sarah is having a great run of form in 2017 with this being her third trophy of the year so far. 

Just one point back in 2nd place was Caroline Collett.

Three players were tied for 3rd place on 33 points, Liz Hewett, Norma Neave and Jane Gomm. Jane took the place thanks to playing the best back 9. 



Midsummer Trophy

Irving Newton set a new course record to win the Midsummer Trophy

Irving's round of 69 was just three over par and is the lowest round recorded in any competition since the new 2nd green was opened for play last spring. 

The round also led to his handicap being cut from 12 to 10.

In the runners up spot was Club Vice Captain Gareth Hall with an excellent nett 62 and third was David Bates with a nett 63. Hugh McCrory lost out on countback as he too had a great round for a nett 63. 


Charity Open at Wensum Valley

Success for the Links in the Charity Golf Waltz at Wensum Valley.

Three teams from the Links entered this popular event in aid of the Pricilla Bacon Centre and played on the Valley Course at Wensum Valley. 

The best 'Away' team was the Links team of Kate Attenborough, Alicia Goulty, Kathryn McCrohon and former links member Christine Tew with a magnificent 93 points.

Well played and thanks to everyone who represented the Links at this event.


Ladies Championship

Caroline Collett won the Ladies Scratch Championship for the 6th time with a 2 under par nett 66.

Winner of the Ladies Handicap Championship was Kathryn McCrohon with a nett 68. 

Also with a 68 was Kate Attenborough, but Kathryn had the better back nine to win on countback.

The perfomances of Caroline, Kathryn and Kate led to their playing handicaps being cut by 1 shot.

Congratulation to the winners and to all the ladies who played 18 holes in 30+ degree heat.



Breakfast Cup

Birthday boy brings home the bacon in the Breakfast Cup.

David Bates got his 50th Birthday celebrations off to a great start by helping his teammates Barbara Shannon and Ivor Collett to win the Breakfast Cup.

The team texas scramble competition started at 5:30 AM!

The golf was followed by a Full English Breakfast in the hotel which was most welcome and enjoyed by all. Breakfast was followed by Birthday cake.

David, Barbara and Ivor scored 58.8 to win the cup with the team of Tim McCrohon, Norma Neave and Mark Nelson-Griffiths the runners up with 61.7.

In third place was the team of Peter Hicks, Margaret Carpenter and David Robinson on 62.4.

Only 6.5 shots separated the whole field.

If you are going to get up to play golf at 5:30 in the morning, you would wish for a view like this.

Anniversary Cup

The Club Captain shot a nett 60 to win the Anniversary Cup.

Simon Marr played a sparkling round in near perfect conditions to win the oldest trophy at the club.

His performance saw his handicap reduced by 1 shot.

In second place was defending champion Dave Parmenter (pictured with Simon) who put up a sterling defence with an impressive 62. 

On a very low scoring day, Evan Tuck and David Robinson also scored 62. 



Jane Gomm County Winner

Jane Gomm is the Norfolk Ladies Golf Division 2 handicap champion!

Jane scored two under her handicap in the competition held at Kings Lynn Golf Club. 

Jane is pictured receiving the Cup, before giving a speech and then having her photograph taken with the team and other winners.

Well done to Jane on a fantastic performance and also to Ali Rix who achieved second place along with Jane in the team competition.


Amron Trophy

There was some increadible scoring in the Ladies Amron Trophy as Liz Hewett won the competition for a second time.

Liz scored 41 stableford points which, as well as the Trophy, earned her a handicap cut of 1 shot. 

Just one point behind on 40 points was Ali Rix.

In 3rd with 39 points was Alicia Goulty who is getting back into golf after a break.

The trophy is named after Norma Neave's dog and Norma joined Jane in presenting Liz with the prize.


Club Waltz

Ten teams danced their way around the course in beautiful sunshine in the Club Waltz competition.

The winners were the team of Caroline Collett, Barrie Bensley and Mark Nelson-Griffiths with 90 pts. 

The competition requires one player's score to count on the 1st hole, two on the 2nd, three on the 3rd hole then back to one on the 4th and so on.

In second place were the club captain's team of Sharon Page, Craig Brown and Simon Marr with 89 points.

Third on 85 pts was the team of Gareth Hall, Carole Davidson and Evan Tuck.



Links Friday Stableford

Barrie Bensley won the inaugural Friday Stableford competition with an excellent 42 pts.

The competition is open to all members with an active handicap and is played over 18 holes.

It takes place every Friday. There is no draw and you can play at any time during the day with whoever you like.

Entry is just £2 and there is a black post box for the entry money and the completed score cards.

The card will count towards your handicap.

We have not had a competition in this format and hope it will provide all members with an alternative way of playing in a competition.


Links Open Am-Am

In glorious sunshine, eleven teams of 4 teed off in the annual Links Open Am-Am.

The 'Defenders' team, who won the event last year, scored 103 points to retain the title. Pictured from left to right are Dave Wright, David Robinson, Norma Neave and Barry Cowell.

Runners up were Dave's Dynamos made up of Dave Brooks, John Wells, Gordon Robertson and Vince Ryan with 101 points. 

Beaten into third place by just one point were the Bacon Rollers of Tony Medland, Irving Newton, Hugh McCrory, and David Bates with 100 points. 

The best away team were the team of Elaine and Gary Field and Mike and Pat Reynolds on 93 points.

The nearest the pin winners were Mike Whyman, Caroline Collett, Irving Newton and Chrissie Whyman.

Thank you to everyone who took part and to Caroline for making it such a great day.


Ladies Gillieson Round 1

Congratulations to the Links Ladies for their win in the first round of the Gillieson Trophy.

The Ladies achieved a convincing 3 v 0 home win against Richmond Park.

The Gillieson is a County Foursomes competition.

The pairing of Carole Davidson and Caroline Collett won their match 6 & 5. While ladies Captain Jane Gomm and Liz Hewett had a decisive 5 & 4 victory over their opponents. 

First off, but last to finish, were the team of Ali Rix and Helen Newton. They were two up with two to play, but lost the 17th and 18th to send the match into extra holes. However they came through on the 19th hole to win 1 up.

Next up will be an away match against Thetford. 


Costessey Cup

Carole Davidson had a fantastic second place finish in the Costessey Cup at Costessey Park Golf Club.

Carole scored 40 stableford points and was only 1 point behind the winner who was a Costessey Park member.

Congratualtions to Carole on her performance and for putting the Links on the map once more.





Captains Cup

Evan Tuck won the Captains Cup with an impressive nett 58.

He was very consistent throughout the round and he is now playing off a handicap of 19, after a two shot cut.

Also with a great score was Craig Brown, who was second after a nett 61. His handicap was cut by one shot. 

In third place was John Seaward with a 64. He beat Tony Medland on count back. 




Ladies Away Weekend

On the 22nd-24th April the Links Ladies had a most enjoyable weekend in glorious sunshine at the Lakeside Lodge Golf Center, Pidley, Cambridgeshire.

The venue was perfect and the course in excellent condition.

Sarah Dewhurst was the clear winner on both days over the 18 hole course with a stunning 80 points in total and so won the Ladies Away Weekend Trophy. 

Other highlights included the one-handed putting competition won by Chrisse Whyman, the ten pin bowling won by Sharon Page and the Pidley Quiz won by Maggie Baker and Chrissie Whyman.




Links v Old LaGGs

The Old LaGGS were hoping to build on their final hole loss last year and achieve a memorable win against the Links, however it was not to be.

It was their 26th annual visit to the Links and the traditional match versus the club ended in defeat by 10 holes. The format is 18 hole greensomes, but the format of the day for the Old LaGGS is golf, beer, beer, golf beer, beer. 

After play and presentation of the Silver Salver, the non playing captain of the LaGGS presented the links with a very generous donation of £130 for the Captain's Charity, the Benjamin Foundation.



New Green on the 2nd

The first shots have been played to the new green for the 2nd hole.

Steve Kempson and Jeremy Shaw both played nice pitch shots into the new target. 

The green will need time to mature and settle, however it has bedded in well so far. 

It is intended that the new green will play better than the old one and that it will drain better, meaning it will be playable throughout the winter. 

The extension to the 3rd green is taking shape and all golfers are now being asked to walk around the right hand side of the 3rd green on their way to the 4th tee.


Easter Egg Stableford

Liz Hewett won the Easter Egg Stableford and with it the honour of wearing the Easter Bunny hat provided by Norma.

Perhaps more motivating was the chance to win a magnificent chocolate Easter egg. 

Liz scored an eggcellent 38 points to win by two points from Chrissie Whyman. Taking third place on countback was Tony Medland. 

The scores were all the more impressive considering all players were restricted to using just three clubs and a putter.

The entry fee was put towards Easter Eggs for everyone who played, with the remainder going to club funds. Thank you to Caroline for buying the eggs. 



Centenary Trophy

Craig Brown won the Centenary Trophy with a score of 38 Stableford points.

Also on 38 points, but losing out on countback, was Club Captain Simon Marr, (pictured presenting Craig with the Trophy).

It was also close for third place, with Gareth Hall edging out Ivor Collett on countback with a score of 36 points.




Spring Maintenance

The first stage of the spring maintenance on the greens is now complete. All greens have been hollow cored, top dressed and brushed. This is necessary work that is carried out around this time of year at courses across the country.

The structure of the greens has been improved. This will allow the grass to grow better and be more resistant to stress. The dry weather during the work was perfect, but with the continued dry weather, all greens are being watered regularly to help with recovery.

Some of the greens were seeded a few weeks before the work and also after the work. Some of this seed is now beginning to show through. 

The second stage of the spring maintenance will take place just after Easter when a seeding machine will be used to over-seed the greens. The increased soil temperature will help with the germination and growth.

We appreciate there is disruption while the work takes place and that the greens are not currently playing well, however a huge commitment has been made to improving them and we are confident the improvements will soon be there for all to enjoy. 

Thank you for your patience.


Ladies Millennium Trophy

Sarah Dewhurst won the Ladies Millennium Stableford event with 34 pts on count back from Carole Davidson.

Third place was Jane Gomm on count back from Liz Hewett on 32pts.

Sarah is pictured (left) receiving the trophy from Ladies Captain Jane.




Captains Choice Trophy

Forty players took part in the Captains Choice trophy for The Benjamin Foundation Charity on a beautiful sunny day.

The team competition was won by Bill Murray, Jane Gomm and Tim McCrohon with 87 pts .  Runners up were Tony Medland, David Robinson and Carole Davidson on 81 pts on count back from Evan Tuck, Sandy Spink and Mike Whyman.  

A grand total of £315 was raised on the day. £120 entry fee donations, £140 from the raffle and £55 for landing in bunkers.  Unfortunately Bill could not stay for the presentation of the trophy.

The Captains would like to thank everyone who took part and who contributed to making the day such a success.


Golfer of the Year

Irving Newton wins the Golfer of the Year.

Before the rearranged Boswell Foursomes, there were 3 players within 4 shots of each other.  Irving Newton secured second place in the Foursomes which meant he collected enough points to win the Golfer of the Year prize.

Malcolm Munday (right) presented his trophy to Irving.  Irving was closely followed by Tim McCrohon and Mike Whyman.



Winter League Winners

All four Winter League titles were successfully defended by the holders, but for the Club Winter League, it again took a playoff to decide the victors.

The Club Winter League again went to a playoff after Billy and Johnny Seaward tied with Irving Newton and Barrie Bensley on 258 pts.  The Seaward brothers won at the second play off hole.  This is the third year running that they have won the trophy.  There was also a tie for third place between Ivor Collett and Paul Attenborough and Tim McCrohon and Mike Whyman on 250 pts.


The Seniors Winter League was won again by Eddie Baker with 222 pts, with Evan Tuck second with 212 pts and John Wells third with 209 points.





Carole Davidson won both the Ladies 18 hole and 9 hole Winter Leagues once more.  Carole scored 137 pts, second was Jane Gomm with 128 pts and third was Liz Hewett with 115 pts.  In the 9 hole competition, Carole scored 63 pts, and second equal were Ali Rix and Sandy Spink on 59 pts.






New Local Rule

The Links has adopted the following local rule as recommended by the R&A. 

Club Night Rules Quiz

The answers to the Rules Quiz which Caorle organised for the Club Night are now on the noticeboard.

If there were any answers that you were unsure about, please have a look at these and so you are in no doubt when you are next out on the course.

Copies of the Rules of Golf are available for free from the Pro Shop.

Phil Crump Shield Winner

The Phil Crump Shield is the first 'Trophy' competition of the year and also the first round of this years Eclectic.

The shield was won by Mike Whyman with 39 pts which earned him a handicap cut of 1 shot. Runner up was Chris Kime with 36 pts and third was Evan Tuck with 35 pts.

This is the eleventh year the competition has been played and as usual Sandra Crump, Phil's widow, was invited to present the shield to the winner.


Course News - 2nd Green

The turf is being laid on the new second green. By laying turf, the green will be 

in play much sooner than if it was seeded. We 

expect the new surface to be playable for the main part of the golf season, but this will depend on the weather conditions over the coming months. 

Pictured are Graham and Max as they carefully lay another piece of turf.

It is vital that the turf is given the best chance to establish itself and with this in mind PLEASE DO NOT WALK ON THE NEW TURF or retrieve any golf balls from it. 

We plan to carry out Spring Maintenance on the other greens in March. Temporary greens are currently being prepared on the fairways, to allow golf to continue during the maintenance week. 

We appreciate your patience and support while this important work takes place.  


Squirrels Charity Cheque Presentation

Representatives from the 2016 Captain's Charity Squirrels, came to the club to receive a cheque for £4,771.

2016 Captain Tim McCrohon was joined by his Vice Captain Simon Marr and Seniors Captain Ivor Collett who, along with 2016 Ladies Captain Paula Bonnett, held events throughout the year to help raise money. 

Members generously supported the events and Barrie Bensley even grew a beard and dyed it pink to help the fundraising effort.

The presentation was to Sue Smith, Team Leader at Squirrels which is based in Aylsham and is a residential respite care unit for complex health need children in North Norfolk including Simon and Sarah's daughter Alice (second from the right).

Also pictured are children whose families access the unit and staff who work there. 


Triathlon Results

Thank you to everyone who took part in the Links Triathlon.

The results can be found on the Results section of the website.



Course News - Aeration

3rd February - All greens and tees have been tined with a hand verti-drain. This machine creates small holes in the surface to improve aeration.

Amongst other things this will help with:
Exchange of gasses between the soil and the air above.
Soil Structure.
Root Growth.

This machine can be used in wetter conditions than the tractor mounted verti-drain and it leave less disruption on the surface and therefore less impact on play.

We appreciate your patience while this work is carried out and look forward to seeing the improvements as we head toward the spring.


2017 Captains Drive In

The 2017 Captains started their year by hitting cracking drives up the 1st hole. 

Members showed their support by dragging themselves out of bed on New Years Day morning and cheered as the balls flew towards the green.

A 'Guess where the drives finish' competition was held in aid of the Captain's Charity for the year, The Benjamin Foundation. 

Club Captain Simon Marr's drive was correctly predicted by Talbot Field. Ladies Captain, Jane Gomm hit her drive nearest to where Dave Brooks had put his lolipop stick. The closest to the drive of Dave Parmenter the Seniors Captain was Carole Davidson.

We wish all three enjoyable and successful years in leading their sections and helping to shape the future of the club.






















Christmas Cracker

Winner - Gareth Hall, 44 pts

2nd - Craig Brown and Simon Marr 42 pts

The Christmas Hamper draw was won by Norma Neave. Thank you to Paula and Kevin for providing the Hamper.


Captain's Charity Trophy

Thomas Hall continued his run of good form by winning the Captain's Charity Trophy in very challenging weather conditions.

His handicap was cut to 27 after his score of 38 stableford points. 

In second place on count back was Dave Parmenter with 37 points and third was Club Captain Tim McCrohon.

Heavy rain and cold winds made scoring very difficult.

After the golf, Captain Tim held a raffle and auction which raised £400 for Squirrels which is the charity for the year, 

Thank you to everyone who supported the day by playing and taking part in the raffle and auction.


Links Open

The club welcomed past members as well as players from Cromer and Sheringham golf clubs for the Links Open. 

The Open was won by Mike Drury from Royal Cromer with a nett 63. 

In second place was Links Vice Captain Simon Marr with a 64 and in third was another links member Thomas Hall with a 65.




Norfolk Senior 9's

The Links 'B' Team won the Norfolk Senior 9's competition in a nail biting finish where three teams were tied at the top of the leaderboard.

The best 5 stableford scores make up the team total and the teams of Links A, Links B and Searles were all tied on 165.

The teams could only be split by going to the best 4 scores and then the best three scores to settle first place. Second were Searles and in third were Links A. 

The event was hosted by the Links and featured teams of six golfers from six different 9 hole clubs. Some clubs sent more than one team, such is the popularity of the competition, and in total, 66 golfers took part.

The winning team were Dave Arundel, Dave Brooks, Ivor Collett, Brian Hannah, Michael O'Connor and Dave Wright. 

The Links 'A' team were the defending champions after their win at Easton in 2015. 

The individual competition was also close with Clive Childerhouse from Mattishall winning with 39 points. Five players were tied for second on 37 points and Ian Palfrey from RAF Marham was second on count back and Irving Newton of the Links was third. 

Pictured with the trophy and medals are Brian, Ivor, Dave Wright and Dave Brooks.


Couples Jug

Mike and Chrissie Whyman scored an amazing 47 points to win the Couple Jug greensomes competition. 

In second place was Simon Marr and Sarah Dewhurst who must have thought their 46 points would be enough for victory. 

Mike and Chrissie last won the Couples Jug in 1998.

Running alongside the couples competition was a pairs greensomes competition. Ali Rix and Sharon Page won on 45 points and second were David Bates and Barrie Bensley with 43 points.



Seniors Eclectic

Ivor Collett won the Seniors Summer Eclectic with some spectacular holes and consistent performances throughout the Summer. 

Seniors Captain Ivor, beat the Club Captain Tim McCrohon into second place and third was Dave Arundel. 

Ivor, who's handicap is 22, recorded an eclectic score was 67 gross,from a potential ten rounds played.

There was double success for Ivor as he also won the year long Eclectic. In second was last years champion Evan Tuck and Dave Arundel again found himself in third. 

Club Professional Dominic Dyer presented Ivor with the Seniors Eclectic Trophy.



Junior Championship

Ryan Marr won the Junior Championship for the second time.

The competition is the finale to the Junior season and nine juniors took part. 

Ryan played to his handicap of 28 and was just ahead of Ben Rangphet in second and Jack Seaward in third. 

All the juniors played some excellent shots and there were some especially good drives and bunkers shots.

The junior lessons now take a break for the winter but will start again next spring. 

Well done to all the juniors throughout the season and we hope you have enjoyed your golf this year.

Finally, thank you to John Seaward our Junior Organiser for his help in running the junior lessons.


Vice Captain's Day

The Vice Captain's hosted a fantastic day of golf and games which was enjoyed by members from across the club.

The day acts as a warm up for Simon Marr (Club), Jane Gomm (Ladies) and Dave Parmenter (Seniors) for when they take over the Captaincies with the drive-in on January 1st. It is also a chance to introduce their charity for next year which will be the Benjamin Foundation.

We were pleased to welcome Joanna from the Benjamin Foundation who explained how they help children and adults throughout Norfolk in areas including nursery and pre-school services, accommodation for those who might otherwise be homeless, education including skills for life and opportunities to undertake positive activities including sports. Over £500 was raised on the day by the members.

It was an especially good day for Ladies Vice Captain Jane, who won the 'Bull' Trophy with 43 stableford points. The runner up in this competition was the Club Vice Captain Simon on 40 points.

The winner of the ladies prize was Carolyn Hall with 37 points and Ivor Collet won the men's prize with 40 points. 

Complimentary drinks were provided on the 8th tee by Marc Mackenzie and after the golf there was a raffle, putter-up-the-gutter competition and a Gary Player inspired chipping over the pond competition. 

Thank you to everyone who took part and to Simon, Jane and Dave for organising a great day.


1940's 3 Clubs and a Putter

Ivor Collett won the 1940's 3 clubs and a putter competition with a great score of 42 stableford points and is now taking offers on the rest of the clubs he didn't use. 

Wearing full camouflage, it was difficult to tell where Ivor was, but he clearly knew where his golf ball was going. 

Along with the 1940's Trophy, Ivor was presented with a joint of beef. In second place and receiving some tea bags, was Carole Davidson with 40 points. Third was Chris Kime on 36 points and he was presented with half a dozen eggs. They all also received some cash to help supplement their rations.

The remaining prize winners were Sarah Dewhurst who won some Jelly Babies, Liz Hewett winning a bunch of bananas and David Robinson who was delighted to receive a bunch of carrots. 

All prizes were presented by Club Captain Tim McCrohon (top right) looking very smart in a three piece suit and who then went off to audition for Mary Poppins.

There were some really great 1940's outfits which showed true wartime resourcefulness.  




Seniors beat Barnham Broom in the Hodds Salver

The Seniors have won away at Barnham Broom in the first round of the Hodds Salver.

In the matches, the Links team won by one hole, but the overall result was a three hole win, because the rules of the competition give the away team an extra 2 holes to offset the home advantage.  

The practice round and encouragement from Seniors Captain Ivor Collett clearly paid off with an inspirational performance.

The Hodds Salver is a foursomes competition for Norfolk Seniors.  

The team result was ...

Dave Parmenter (Vice Captain) and Dave Brooks won 2 up

Tony Pashley and Evan Tuck won 1 up

Alick Mackenzie and David Robinson lost 2 down

Ian Kidger and Dave West halved their match

Next up is a home tie on the 28th October against either Bungay or Fakenham. 

Well played and good luck in the next round.


Seniors Bill Prince Trophy

Tony Pashley is in a rich vein of form at the moment and won the Seniors Bill Prince Trophy with a great nett 59.

His performance earned himself a two shot handicap cut. 


Tim McCrohon was runner-up with a nett 64 on count back from teh consistent David Robinson.





Stanley Mansfield Trophy

The Stanley Mansfield Trophy was won by the team of Kate Attenborough, Craig Brown and club captain Tim McCrohon. 

The popular competition follows a team Texas Scramble format with each of the three players needing to contribute at least 5 drives. The two teams of 4 needed to use at least 4 tee shots each. 

Kate, Craig and Tim's fantastic score of 51.4 shots was clear of the 53.0 total scored by the team of Maggie Baker, Paul Cuff and Irving Newton. Only half a shot behind, was the team of Barrie Bensley, Simon Marr, Hugh McCrory and Sandy Spink. 

The golf was enjoyed under summery blue skies. 


Fred's Retirement

Fred Harmer was joined by members past and present to celebrate his retirement with drinks in the clubhouse.

Club Captain Tim McCrohon presented Fred with a framed aerial photograph of the course. The generosity of the members meant Fred was also presented with some money that he has said he may use to buy some motorbike boots or a leather jacket. 

Fred was thanked by Tim, Maria from the Hotel and the members for the huge contribution he has made to improving the course over the last 5 and a half years. The course, greenkeeping equipment and facilities were very different in 2011 when Fred started at the Links and he leaves the course and club in far better shape.

Fred has had a lifetime in golf and has worked at many courses in Lincolnshire as well as courses in Norfolk which include, Wensum Valley, Weston Park, Mundesley and Sheringham.   

We are lucky to have benefitted from his skills and experience as he neared retirement. 

Fred has been a pleasure to work with and has been a constant friendly face on the course and around the clubhouse. 


Fred, we wish you a very happy retirement and look forward to seeing you back at the club soon, most likely on your motorbike rather than a mower.



The Links Olympic Games

The middle Sunday of the Rio Olympics was a special day for Team GB as they won 8 medals including gold for Andy Murray, Jason Kenny in the cycling, Max Whitlock in gymnastics and Justin Rose in the Golf. 

Three more medals were won at the Links as the club staged a special Olympic themed competition to celebrate the return of golf to the Olympics after 112 years. 

Kevin Bonnett won the gold medal with a score of 54 points. Winning the silver medal was Chris Kime with 51 points and going home with the bronze medal was Chrissie Whyman on 49 points. Kevin proudly took his place on the top step of the podium and was presented with the gold medal by club captain Tim McCrohon. Kevin 

then thanked everyone who helped with his achievement, before the union jack was raised and the national anthem sung.

The competition was played over an 18 hole stableford format with extra points being available on special Olympic themed holes. The themes included faster and stronger from the Olympic motto as well as holes inspired by the sports of synchronised swimming, sailing, hockey, tennis, equestrian, archery, triple jump and shot put.  

Thank you to all the Links Olympians who competed in the games and who helped make the day such fun. And thank you to the committee for putting it all together.


Visitor's Hole in One

Thomas Rutherford visited the club recently and scored a hole-in-one on the 3rd hole. 

He was playing quite late in the evening and appears to have avoided buying us all a drink, but perhaps it may inspire some more aces in upcoming member competitions.

Thomas said, "I play at Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club myself, but thoroughly enjoyed the challenge of your course. The weather was also fantastic!."


Gary Player Trophy

Craig Brown won his first Links competition with a decisive victory in the Gary Player Trophy.

Named after the nine-time major champion, who used to be associated with the club, it is one of the most prestigious competitions of the year.

Craig's net 62 was three ahead of the field and saw his handicap cut to 27. 

In second place on 65 was David Robinson and third was Kevin Bonnett also with a 65. 

The competition was played under blue skies in beautiful summer conditions but with a strong wind making some holes particularly difficult.


Professionals Cup

David Bates wins again.

After not winning a trophy for three years, David Bates has now won the last three club trophy competitions. 

His latest success was to win the Professionals Cup with a two under par nett 64. His handicap has now been cut to 14. 

In second place was Kevin Bonnett on 65 and third was Tim McCrohon with a 67.

Next up for David looks like being a trip to Rio, if anyone else pulls out.


Ladies Invitation Day

Jane Gomm and her guest, Maddie Kingham from Davenport Golf Club in Cheshire were the winners on Ladies Invitation Day.

It was a beautiful day for golf and it was nice to see so many friends of members come and enjoy a day at the club.

In second place with 42 points (losing out only on countback), were Carole Davidson and her guest Los Taylor from Delamere Forest Golf Club in Cheshire.

We also welcomed ladies from some more local clubs  including Dunston Hall and Sheringham.

The presentation of prizes followed a very enjoyable meal in the hotel.


Seniors Championship

Paul Attenborough won the Seniors Scratch Championship for the fifth time, with a gross 81. In second place was Dave Brooks followed by Eddie Baker in third.

The Handicap competition was won for the first time by Brian Hannah who is enjoying a run of good form. His handicap was cut to 27. 

In the Over 70's competition, Gordon Robertson won with a nett 66. It was the first time he qualified for this competition. 


Last Man Standing

After years of near misses, David Bates was finally crowned the Last Man Standing.

The knockout competition is competed over 9 holes of matchplay for each round. The final, played between David and Barrie Bensley, was the 5 round they had played.

In the third/fourth playoff Evan Tuck beat Ivor Collett.

All first round losers go into the Complete Loser competition which was won by this years' Captain Tim McCrohon who beat Chris Kime in their final.

Pictured are David Bates (left) receiving the trophy from the Captain and Complete Loser.


Ladies Championship

Jane Gomm retained the Ladies Scratch Championship and Sarah Dewhurst won the Ladies Handicap Championship.

Jane won the scratch competition for the first time last year to halt the Bonnett/Collett dominance. With her win again this year, she is now setting up her own winning streak.

In second place was Ali Rix and third was Caroline Collett.

Sarah Dewhurst, playing off 36, won the handicap competition by 1 shot. In second was Jane then Ali.  It was the first time Sarah had won the Ladies Championship having taken up golf three years ago.

The winners are pictured with Lady Captain Paula Bonnett (centre).


Club Championship

Charlie Webster retained the Club Scratch Championship and Captain Tim McCrohon won the Club Handicap Championship for the first time.

Rounds of gross 74 and 72 saw 6 handicapper Charlie win the scratch trophy for the seventh successive year. In second place was Irving Newton and third was Toby Hunt on his first appearance since returning from Thailand.

In the handicap competition, Tim continued his good form for a total of 134, tied with Charlie and three shots ahead of Irving and Malcolm Munday. 

Malcolm enjoyed a spectacular first round of nett 59 and led the handicap competition by 9 shots at the halfway point.

Pictured are Tim and Charlie with their trophies.



Captains' Day 2016

Tim, Paula, Ivor and Ryan enjoyed fantastic support for their Captains' Day with an amazing cast of characters.

The winner of the Captains Trophy was Davey Bates who rode round the course on his blow up horse and scored 37 points. Ladies Captain Paula Bonnett won the Rosebowl with 34 points, but she didn't really seem to know where she was.

Thank you to everyone who supported the day and who dressed up. 

Barrie Bensley didn't make many changes to what he normally wears to fit in the with fancy dress theme. But he more than played his part, by raising over £600 for the Captains Charity for growing a beard and then dying it pink to fit in with the rest of his outfit.  

Winners of the Fancy Dress competition were John Chilton for his Pharoah creation and Norma Neave for being the Mad Hatter. 



Breakfast Cup

Mike Whyman, Ivor Collett and John Chilton emerged victorious in the Breakfast Cup. 

Having survived the 5am start, they went on to play some great golf and win the annual 18 hole texas scramble competition. 

Runners up were Tim McCrohon, Dave Wright and Brian White, with Malcolm Munday, Evan Tuck and Kate Attenborough in third place.

The margin of their win was over 4 shots, with the rest of the teams separated by just under 4 shots!

After play, everyone enjoyed a full breakfast in the hotel which was excellent as usual.


Amron Trophy

Carole Davidson won the Amron Trophy with 40 points. 

In second place was Ali Rix on 37 points. Also on 37 points, but losing out on countback, was Liz Hewett. 

While the Trophy is a Ladies competition, a mixed field took part and Norma Neave provided addtional prizes.

The competition is named after Norma's dog, who was regularly seen out on the fairways. Generally looking out to sea, while Norma got on with her golf. 


Links Open Am-Am

A very close result capped off an enjoyable day as members and guests took part in the Links Open. 

Just four points separated the top 5 teams. The winning team was David Robinson, Dave Wright, Barry Cowell and Norma Neave with 101 points.

Eleven teams of 4 took part in the stableford competition. Two scores out of four counted with all four scores counting on the 3rd and the 18th holes.

In second place on 100 pts was Ivor Collett, Alick Mackenzie, Dave Arundel and Dave Parmenter. In third was the team of Tony Medland, David Bates, Irving Newton and Hugh McCrory on 99 pts.

We were delighted to welcome golfers from local clubs and the best away team was Bernard Le Bargy (Sheringham/Links), Mark Hogan (Sheringham), Stan Gregory (Sheringham) and Rolf Shouten (Mundesley) with 87 points. 

The nearest the pin competitions were won by Jill Hampson (Sheringham), Irving Newton and David Robinson. 

After the golf, a two course buffet was enjoyed in the Hotel followed by the prize giving. 

Thank you to everyone who took part and to Caroline for doing so much to make the day a great success. 













Liz wins the Jerningham Trophy

More success for the Links ladies as Liz Hewett wins at Costessey.

On Thursday 12th May, Liz played at Costessey Park GC as part of the Costessey Cup competition for current lady captains, vice captains and immediate past captains from across Norfolk.

As a guest player Liz was eligible to play for the Jerningham Trophy which she won in an individual stableford competition with 32 points. Liz was presented with the Jerningham Trophy by Muriel Blowers, a past Lady Captain at Costessey Park GC who won the Costessey Cup in 2005.

The trophy, donated by a past lady captain, is so named after the Jerningham family who owned and occupied Costessey Hall from 1564 to 1913 when it became the site for the current golf course.

Unfortunately Liz was not allowed to bring the trophy home !



Captain's Cup

Eddie Baker won the Captain's Cup with a stunning net 60.

In second place was Billy Seaward with a 62 and third was Craig Brown with a 65.

Eddie's round saw his handicap being cut from 21 to 19. Billy also had a handicap reduction, down from 14 to 13.



Leicester Win

Congratulations to Leicester on winning the Premier League.

Our Leicester fan David Robinson, continued his celebrations by winning the Nearest the Pin at Wensum Valley and had the pleasure of Spurs fan Dave Parmenter's company in the seniors skins in which David also had a win.

The rivalry is set to continue, because the pair have been drawn to play each other in the Club Summer Knockout. Will Leicester finally slip up? Can Spurs keep their heads?



Ladies Mail on Sunday

The ladies memorable run in the national Mail on Sunday competition came to an end away to Royal West Norfolk Golf Club.

The ladies put on another good performance with two matches going to the final hole and one being settled on the 16th. They have been a credit to themselves and the club throughout the competition.

The Brancaster course is rated as one of the best in the country and the fast running fairways, deep sleeper faced bunkers and undulating run offs around the fast greens were like nothing they had experienced before. But they adapted quickly on the practice round and gave an experienced Brancaster team a very good match.

The team members were Jane Gomm, Caroline Collett, Carole Davidson, Liz Hewett and Ali Rix.


County Results

Myhill - The Myhill team lost by just one hole at home against Feltwell.  

The county wide team event is played in foursomes format with 8 players on each team. Each match is played over 36 holes meaning there are a total of 144 holes to play for. 

The matches were incredibly close and the team put in a strong performance especially as some had to play off a reduced handicap. 

The team members were Charlie Webster, Dean Knowles, Simon Marr, David Bates, Irving Newton, Barrie Bensley, Johnny Seaward and Billy Seaward.

Cullington -The Links team won by 15 holes and now faces the defending champions Dunston Hall in the second round. 

Like in the Myhill, the Links played Feltwell at home and the competition follows the same 36 hole foursomes format. The Links always appeared to have the upper hand, and there were strong performances and good pressure shots throughout the team.

The team members were Tony Medland, Ivor Collett, Malcolm Munday, Peter Hicks, Gareth Hall, Craig Rouse, Mike Whyman and Tim McCrohon. 

Barnard - The Links seniors beat Costessey by 1 hole is a match played in great spirit.

Throughout the 18 holes, there were countless occasions where holes could have gone the opposite way. Not least in one of the last matches on the 17th, where Costessey hit their second shot towards the out of bounds to the left of the green. They then played a miraculous shot to within a few feet and holed the putt for par. This left the Links to hole a testing 6 footer to halve the hole which they did with strong nerves.

The team are at home to Bawburgh in the second round.

The team members were Paul Attenborough, Tim McCrohon, Dave Arundel, Tony Medland, Malcolm Munday, Peter Hicks, Barrie Bensley and Mike Whyman


Old LAGGS 25th Anniversary

The Old LAGGS are medal winners after 25 years of playing ... and losing, at the Links.

The Old LAG Golf Society celebrated 25 years of coming to the Links with their traditional match against the members.

So far, they have never enjoyed a victory and this year was no different although they only missed out by one shot. Caroline Collett holed the crucial putt on the final green to keep the club's winning record going.. 

Each club member then presented their playing opponent with an engraved medal to mark the occasion.

Every year the LAGs look like they are preparing well to win the match as they head out for a practice round in the morning. However the match is in the afternoon, and in between they have lunch and a few drinks. 










Ladies Away Weekend

The ladies had a great away weekend at Heacham Manor and Captain Paula Bonnett reported they enjoyed good weather and some good golf on a very long golf course!

There was no mention on what they got up to in the evenings, so we can only assume they don't remember.

Weekend winner: Carole

2nd:  Caroline
3rd: Paula

Best Saturday score: Jane
Best Sunday score: Sandy

Nearest the Pin: 7th Carole and 17th sandy
Winners of the Mr blobby mug:  Saturday: Joan,  Sunday : Sheila ( most blobs )
Winner of the bucket and spade ( most bunkers ) Saturday: Kate, Sunday: Sheila


Seniors Winter League Result

After 10 rounds, battling through the worst of the winter weather, Eddie Baker won the Seniors Winter League with 196pts.

The best 6 rounds are chosen which means Eddie's average score was nearly 33 points per round. 

Runner up was Seniors Captain Ivor Collett with 190pts and Evan Tuck was third with 184pts.


Centenary Cup

Kevin Bonnett won the Centenary Cup with a great score of 38 pts.

Playing off a handicap of 24, Kevin had five pars which included a three on the 10th hole, for which he scored four points. 

Three points behind in second place was Mike Whyman who is on a strong run of form. 

Also playing well early in the season is Thomas Hall who was third on 34 points, just edging out Ivor Collett and Peter Hicks on countback.



Ladies Mail on Sunday Win

The Links ladies team are through to Round 4 of the Mail on Sunday Competition after winning a close match against Tydd St Giles. 

The final score was 3 1/2 v 1 1/2 to the Links and after the first three matches had finished the Links were leading 2 v 1, with Ali Rix and Caroline Collett both winning 4&3 and Carole Davidson losing in a tough match.

However, out on the course Liz Hewett was three down with four to play and in the final group Jane Gomm had a narrow lead. 

The Links would need at least one more point from these two matches to win. A half point would mean a sudden death play off.

Then Liz started a comeback that saw her win the final hole to secure a half point. Her drive on the 18th must have been one of the best of the day, especially under the pressure of the match situation of the small crowd that had gathered on the tee. 

Meanwhile Jane was maintaining her lead and she hit a long drive up the 15th which led to her winning the hole. She closed out the match on the 17th green with a 2&1 win, and in doing so, secured a great win for the Links team. 

The ladies are yet to find out who they will face in the 4th Round, but I am sure all club members would like to congratulate them on their win and wish them the very best for their next match.

Pictured are (l-r) Jane Gomm, Carole Davidson, Ali Rix, Caroline Collett, Liz Hewett and ladies Captain Paula Bonnett.


Peggy Francis Trophy

Lady Captain, Paula Bonnett, was the winner of the 3 clubs and a putter competition with a great round of 36 pts.

Runner up was Liz Hewett with 29 pts.

Peggy was a member of the ladies section for many years and her family presented the trophy in her memory and wished it to be played for on a fun day. The Ladies who play donate to the Breast Cancer Now charity.



Shirley's Rosebowl

The team of Malcolm Munday, Sarah Dewhurst and Paul Cuff were the winners of the Rosebowl, scoring 86 points. 

Second just one point behind were Ivor Collett, Norma Neave and Simon Marr with 85 pts.

Just beating Tim McCrohon, Liz Hewett and Dave Parmenter who scored 84 pts.





Ladies Winter League

Carole Davidson did the Ladies Winter League Double by winning both the Saturday League and the Monday League.

The Saturday league is played over 9 holes while the Monday league is over 18 holes. 

Carole's commitment and consistency paid off with good golf being played throughout the winter months. 

This is Carole's first year since taking up the game and further handicap reductions look inevitable. 

In both competitions, the runner up was Jane Gomm.




Club Winter League

The Seaward brothers won the Winter League on the 6th play-off hole. 

Incredibly, after 8 rounds of golf, (with the first round being played back on the 1st November), the leading two pairs finished level on Stableford points.

The teams were Billy and Johnny Seaward and David Bates and Tony Medland.

All winter, the winner was too close to call and both teams withstood the pressure of the final round where they played in the same group.

A two hole play-off was played over the 1st and 18th holes, but still, they could not be separated. However, finally, on the 6th playoff hole the Seawards holed the putt that settled it in their favour. 

The full result can be found in Results section of the website.



Ladies Mail on Sunday Win

The Links Ladies Team beat Great Yarmouth 3 v 2 away in the Mail on Sunday knockout competition.

The format was individual matchplay and the maximum handicap was 24. This meant two of the team had to play off a much reduced handicap.

The team members were (l-r) Liz Hewett, Jane Gomm, Caroline Collett, Ali Rix, and Carole Davidson.

Ladies Captain Paula Bonnett said, 'I cannot emphasise how proud I am of every one of them'. Captain on the day Jane won her match on the 18th as did Carole, while Ali won her match 4&2.

It is another great win for the Links Ladies and once again shows that they can go to other courses and more than hold their own.



Phil Crump Shield

Irving Newton won the first Trophy of the year with victory in the Phil Crump Shield.

In extremely blustery conditions, he scored a very creditable 34 stableford points to win by one point from Thomas Hall and Kevin Bonnett. 

It is the tenth year of the Phil Crump Shield and it continues to be well supported by the members. 

It also marked the first competition of the eclectic competition which runs throughout the summer. 

Sandra Crump and family came along to present the shield and the club presented her with some flowers.


Captain's Charity Presentation

Over £5,000 raised for the Captain's Charity

Jamie Edghill from the East Anglian Air Ambulance visited the club to collect a cheque for £5,110 from Tim McCrohon, Club Captain.

The money was raised throughout 2015 from club events.

Both Tim and Jamie would like to thank all the members for their generosity throughout last year. It costs around £2800 per call out which is hopefully one life saved.


Captain's Drive In

The 2016 Captains all hit impressive tee shots at their Drive In on New Years Day.

The shots should set them up for a great year.

2016 Club Captain is Tim McCrohon, Ladies Captain is Paula Bonnett and Seniors Captain is Ivor Collett.

Dave Brooks was closest to predicting the finishing position of Paula's drive, Maggie Baker's prediction was closest for Ivor's and Ivor himself correctly guessed where Tim's drive would finish.

Over 30 members then took part in a 9 hole team Stableford competition with the captains drawing who would be on each team. 

The winning team was Ivor's team who collectively scored 155 points. In second was Tim's team with 144 and third was Paula's team with 133. 

The amount raised on the day for the Club's 2016 Charity, Squirrels Residential Respite Care at Aylsham, was £327. 

The Captains would like to thank everyone who supported the day's events.


Boxing Day Cup

It was a traditional Christmas at the Links on Boxing Day, as Mike Whyman won the Boxing Day Cup for the third time.

His previous victories were in 2001 and 2002.

The 9 hole strokeplay competition is a great way to walk off the Christmas lunch and enjoy some golf at the same time. 

Mike won the cup and one of Captain Tim McCrohon's green 'Winners' caps, in what was Tim's last official duty as 2015 Club Captain.

Many thanks to Tim for his commitment and support for the club over the past year. 






Christmas Cracker

Mickey Bullen won the Christmas Cracker competition with 38 points. Great golf and great outfits.


Ladies Put and take

The ladies held their annual christmas put and take day where they bring and swap presents. The golf and gifts were followed by lunch in the clubhouse. 


Ladies Past Captains

Rita Battrick (Sheringham GC) won the Past Ladies Captain's Trophy.

Judy Neethling came second on count back from current Ladies Vice Captain Paula Bonnett who was third.

Jane Gomm won the lady members competition with 2015 Captain Helen Newton 2nd and Sheila Scarrott 3rd.

Judy Neethling (Sheringham GC) won nearest the pin on the 3rd/12th and also the nearest the pin on 9th/18th with a fantastic 2nd shot that finished just under 2 ft from the pin!

Photo shows Helen Newton - Ladies Captain with Rita and the trophy.


Links v Golf Writers


A memorable win for the Golf Writers against the Links  

The golf writers beat the Links for the first time in seven years and it is only their sixth win since the competition started in 1989.  

The result was 3 matches to 1.

The annual matchplay competition is hosted by the Links and despite the loss, the club were pleased for the writers and look forward to next year when we will try to win back the goblet once more.


Boswell Foursomes

Jimmy Clinton and Irving Newton won the prestigious Boswell Foursomes trophy with a nett 67.

The raiders from the north coped best in the conditions to win by one point.

Runners up were Malcolm Munday and Peter Hicks with a nett 68 and they will go forward to represent the club in next years Daily Mail Foursomes.


Summer Singles Knockout

Tony Medland is the Summer Singles Champion

Tony fought through five knockout rounds of competition during the summer. He beat Barrie Bensley in the final after already getting past the likes of Gareth Hall, Craig Brown and Eddie Baker.  

33 members entered the matchplay competition with the first round being played back in May. 

Congratulations to Tony for a great win.





Captains Charity Trophy

The Captains Charity Trophy was won by Mickey Bullen with a fantastic 42 points. 

Runner up was Eddie Baker with 35 points followed by David Bates with 33 points beating Barrie Bensley on count back.

Michael's performance earned him a handicap cut of 3 shots!

The photo shows Jamie Edghill our local fundraiser for the East Anglia Air Ambulance presenting Mickey with the trophy. A raffle and Auction raised £1600 on the day. 

Tim McCrohon, Club Captain, would like to thank other Norfolk Golf Clubs and all other businesses for their kind donations.













The Links win the Norfolk 9's

The Links Seniors ‘B’ team had the narrowest of wins at the Norwich Family Golf course scoring 152 points to edge out the RAF Marham ‘B’ team with 151 points.

The Norfolk Nines was hosted by Easton GC and attracted 10 teams of 6 players from the regions 9-hole courses.

The Links ‘B’ team of Dave Parmenter, Tony Pashley, Evan Tuck, Irving Newton, Hugh McCrory and Gordon Robertson played some excellent golf to secure the win with the 5 best scores from the 6 players proving enough to take the Links Trophy.

Ian Kidger took the prize for the highest score with 39 points and Dave Parmenter won the prize for nearest the pin on the 5th/14th hole.

Third place in the competition went to hosts Easton ‘B’ team on 149 points.

The competition will return to the Links course next year after a 2 year absence following previous wins in 2008 to 2012.


Seniors Eclectics

Evan Tuck completed his first full year in golf by winning the Overall Seniors Eclectic as well as the Seniors Summer Eclectic.

Evan only took up golf in May 2014 after a successful career in cricket and sports coaching. The 24 handicapper is still looking to improve, but throughout the Eclectic season demonstrated the ability to par or even birdie any hole on the course.

In second place in the overall eclectic was Ian Kidger and third was Ivor Collett.

1940's Day

The 1940’s returned to the Links Golf Club with members dressing up for a special fun competition. 

There were some great 1940’s styles on show, along with some fantastic golf.

The players were only allowed to use three clubs and a putter and the winner was Chris Kime with an impressive 39 Stableford points.

Although Chris wasn’t wearing full 1940’s clothing he got into the spirit of the times with a Dad’s Army t-shirt.

In second place was Kevin Bonnett looking the part in plus fours and a waistcoat and in third was Talbot Field with 34 points.

A big thank you to all of the members who took part in the 1940’s day.







Vice Captains Day


Junior member Jack Marr won the Vice Captains Day 'Bull' triumphing over a field of more than 50 players. 

Vice Captains Eddie Baker, Paula Bonnett and John Wells organised the day and they were delighted with the support from a wide cross section of the membership.

As well as providing plenty of prizes for the 18 hole stableford compeition there were putting and chipping competitions and a raffle which was well supported. 

Jack Marr's score of 41 points was matched by Greg Hann, but Jack's back nine of 22 points was enough to win on countback.

In third place of the overall competition was Jane Gomm with 39 points. All three have had their handicaps cut with Jack now playing off 21, Gregg off 23 and Jane off 22.

In the evening there was a meal in the hotel followed by dancing to 1960's tribute band The Yesterdays.


Ladies Peggy Francis Trophy

A back nine birdie blitz from Ali Rix won the Peggy Francis Trophy 

The 23 handicapper scored an amazing 29 points over the last 9 holes, which included three birdies. 

What is more, she did it using just three clubs and a putter (the fun format for this competition) and after scoring only 11 points on the front 9. 

Ali's total of 40 points was followed by Liz Hewett in second place and Paula Bonnett in third. 

The trophy was donated by the late Peggy's family and in her honour it was requested by the family that it be a fun competition.  Therefore it takes the format of 3 clubs and a putter.  All competitors donate £5 entrance fee to breast cancer.


Seniors Captain v Vice Captain

The Annual Seniors Captain v Vice Captain competition was won this year by Captain David Brooks and his team. 

David lead his team to victory over vice captain John Wells by just one match. The teams were drawn at random and the captain took an early lead with wins and halves in the early matches. 

Then a strong fight back saw John's team levelling the scores with one match to play before David clinched it.





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