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By a coincidence the margin of four holes separated Gorleston Golf Club’s men’s teams in three County Cup competitions at the weekend, with Gorleston recording victories in two of the three.

The Hambro Cup team held a four-hole lead after the morning rounds against visitors Hintlesham Hall. Having tasted defeat in the morning by four holes themselves, the lead pair of team Captain Kevin Woods and Patrick Goffin in the afternoon gained revenge in great style by seven holes to set up the overall victory.

Their opponents in the quarter-finals will be Southwold, away on July 24.

The Tolly Cobbold team suffered defeat by the same margin at Waldringfield despite having a slender one-hole lead after the morning rounds.

The senior team hosted Ufford Park in the Parks Trophy and also recorded a four-hole victory to move into the semi-finals, the draw for which has yet to be made. This match will be played on a neutral course.

Thanks went to team sponsors Douglas Gray (D & J Metals), Brian Duffy (Steel Services), Glen Harman (Harman Homes) and John Gould (Norfolk Multiple Services).

This Sunday, club president Bryan W Watts hosts his third and final President’s Day with a men’s stableford competition for the President’s Putter in the morning followed by a mixed greensomes event in the afternoon.

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Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club held their annual Caister Candelabra Open Competition on Sunday.

The conditions started sunny and hot with only a light breeze which became stronger, with a heavy sea mist descending during the afternoon round.

Fifty-three competitors took part over the ancient links with entries from Suffolk, Cambridge, Essex, as well as Norfolk.

After 36 holes two players, Matthew Bacon (Costessey Park) and Aaron Bullock (Caldicott Hall) were tied on 142 and a sudden-death play-off started from the 11th.

Both making a par four, play moved on to the par three 12th where the pin was just about visible. Bacon, with a birdie two, secured victory.

The handicap winner returning a nett score of 137 was club member James Ollington who finished four shots ahead of Anthony Thaxton (Middleton Hall) on 141.

Prizes were presented by the captain, John Tweed who expressed thanks to all the competitors. Appreciation was also offered to the secretary who had worked hard to ensure the smooth running of the event.

Results. Scratch (gross): 1 Matthew Bacon (0) 142 (Costessey Park), 2 Aaron Bullock (0) 142 (Caldicott Hall), 3 Matthew Alden (1) 145 (Eaton), 4 Tom Clements (+1) 146 (Royal Norwich).

Handicap (nett): 1 James Ollington (4) 137 (GY&CGC), 2 Anthony Thaxton 141 (Middleton Hall), 3 Thaine Hacon 144 (GY&CGC), 4 Michael Skipper 144 (Eaton), 5 Harry Cribb 145.

Forty golfers battled out the hard-fought Adnams Cup at Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club. The trophy has been played for twice a year since its inauguration in 2009.

Known internally as the upstairs/downstairs match, the war on the links has until now always been won by the team representing the downstairs element of the club.

The upstairs team captained by Billy Humphries set out their stall to capture the trophy for the first time. The matches produced a draw, but the scoring is done on holes won and after 180 holes Billy’s team won by five holes.

The rematch is scheduled for late September.

The event is sponsored by Adnams and was the brainchild of John Garrod the club’s steward.