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Barnham Broom pro’ Gardner maintains good start to season

PUBLISHED: 10:18 17 March 2017

Incoming captain  Mark Spooner, presenting winner's cheque to outgoing captain Matthew Gardner at Great Yarmouth and Caister. Picture: JOHN PALING

Incoming captain Mark Spooner, presenting winner's cheque to outgoing captain Matthew Gardner at Great Yarmouth and Caister. Picture: JOHN PALING

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Matthew Gardner maintained his strong start to the season by winning the Norfolk PGA pro-am at Great Yarmouth & Caister.

The outgoing PGA captain claimed a two-shot win in the second event of the year, having finished runner-up in the opener at Hunstanton at the end of last month.

A strong westerly wind on the coast meant most of the competitors struggled to keep their scores down but Barnham Broom professional Gardner played solidly and in the end his level par 70 proved enough to take the spoils.

He received his prize from the new captain, Mark Spooner of Bawburgh.

Host professional Ian Ellis was second on 72 while four professionals sharing third position on 75, Spooner, Neil Mitchell (Bury Range), Alex Beckett (Bawburgh) and James Yemc (Hunstanton).

Gardiner also led in the winning team, just pipping Beckett’s team on countback at 10 under par.

Leading teams: 130 Matthew Gardner with Lloyd Douglas, Paul Dunning and Les Gardner, 130 Alex Beckett with Gareth Motterham, Scott Grear-Hardy and Rafiq Turnbull, 135 Mark Spooner with Mike Payne, Steve Mitchell and Graham Tuddenham.

Meanwhile Norfolk professionals Will Harrold and Andrew Marshall both turned in solid performances in the opening Mena Tour event of the year, the Casablanca Open at the Palmaraie Country Club in Morocco.

They finished in a tie for fifth position yesterday after each posting five under par totals of 208. Harrold had a sniff of victory after following a 69 with a 68, only for a final round of 71 to scupper those hopes, while Marshall followed two 71s with a brilliant 66.

• Acorn Village in Essex, which offers residency and support for adults with learning difficulties from all over East Anglia, has received a boost from the seniors at Diss Golf Club. Last year’s captain Steve Jacques handed over a cheque for £1,600 raised during the 2016 season.

• The closing date for entries for the Norfolk Schools Championships at Eaton Golf Club on Monday, April 3 is next Thursday. Entry forms are available from dandmhorsburgh326@btinternet.com or 01359 221281.

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