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Confident start for Gorleston’s Alex on EuroPro Tour

PUBLISHED: 15:05 03 May 2012

Gorleston Golf Club's Alex Holmes.

Gorleston Golf Club's Alex Holmes.

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Gorleston touring professional Alex Holmes got his competitive season off to a confident start in the rain-affected EuroPro Tour Motocaddy Masters at Wensum Valley last week.

This first event of the season had to be reduced from 54 to 36 holes due to flooding badly affecting the course during round one. Alex was able to complete the first round as scheduled before the rain delay and a 75 left him on the cut line at three over par. However, an excellent level par 72 in the final round catapulted Alex into an eventual tie for 14th, four strokes behind the winner. This week the tour continues at Lingfield Park, Surrey and Alex has been favoured with a relatively early morning tee time in the first round.

At the weekend Woodbridge Golf Club hosted the Suffolk Amateur Foursomes and the 108 competitors had to endure the worst that the weather could throw at them and commendably all pairings completed their two rounds. The leading Gorleston pairing was David James and James Chadd who finished in 6th place whilst the pairing of Danny Perring and Josh Manser will not be too disappointed with their 17th place overall.

The weather put paid to the April Men’s Stableford with the committee cancelling the competition to avoid undue damage to the course. The previous day in the Monthly Mixed Foursomes, 12 pairs battled through deteriorating conditions, with Anne Amos and partner Ivan Harvey winning with 29 points. On Monday the Ladies were able to hold their EWGA Australian Spoons competition which is open to bronze division members and played in a Foursomes Stableford format.

Winners on the day were Ladies Vice-Captain Rosemary Woodhouse and playing partner Terrie Collingwood who returned a score of 37 points and as a result, have put themselves forward to contend the regional qualifier at Brookmans Park, Herts in June.

In the Mail on Sunday Classic fifth round the ladies team have been drawn away to Dunston Hall with the match against the Norwich club having to be played by 28th May.

The Gorleston Ladies team hold a lead of 8½ matches to 6½ after the recent away leg against local rivals Great Yarmouth & Caister in the annual Howlett Smith Cup, ahead of the return leg at home on 20th August.

The three-man Junior team begin their campaign in the Suffolk Junior Championship first round on Sunday with a home tie against Newton Green.

The six player Junior Handicap Cup team will face current holders Fynn Valley at home in the second round of the County tournament to be played by June 3.

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