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Thetford Ladies win Carrick Cup for first time as Dixon and Malvern beat holders

PUBLISHED: 09:03 05 October 2018

Thetford Golf Club's captain Margaret Hayward is flanked by Carrick Cup winners Jess Dixon (left) and Kath Malvern Picture: CLUB

Thetford Golf Club's captain Margaret Hayward is flanked by Carrick Cup winners Jess Dixon (left) and Kath Malvern Picture: CLUB

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While the Europeans were completing a superb win in the Ryder Cup in Paris, Thetford’s Jess Dixon and Kath Malvern were also creating a little slice of golfing history.

They beat holders Royal Cromer in the final of the Carrick Trophy for the club’s first win in the County Ladies’ Foursomes Championship, which has been held since 1979.

The final was played at Swaffham and although it was a very close match against Tracey Williamson and Sue Roe, Dixon and Malvern were never behind.

At one stage they had built up a three-hole lead but that was cut back to one by the time they reached the 16th tee. But a win there meant a half at the 17th was good enough to win the trophy with a 2&1 success.

Dixon had played the earlier rounds with Shelly Pleasance but a back problem meant she had to drop out of the final, with Malvern proving an excellent replacement.

There’s another big county occasion on Sunday, with Dunston Hall taking on Barnham Broom in the final of the Gillieson Cup. The match is being staged at Eaton, with the action getting under way just before 12.30pm.

On the men’s amateur scene players are gearing up for a big weekend of their own, with the Norfolk CGU’s Order of Merit matchplay finals being played at Heacham Manor on October 13 and 14, with the action getting under at 8am and 12.40pm on both days.

There is a scratch and handicap competition, with 16 players doing battle in each.

Scratch draw: Tom Carding (Gt Yarmouth & Caister) v Joe Robinson (Royal Norwich), Carl Green (Gt Yarmouth & Caister) v Dylan Green (Costessey Park), Kevin Webb (Costessey Park) v Aiden Tanner (Costessey Park), Jack Cullington (Bawburgh) v Darren Abbs (Royal Norwich), Iain Yule (King’s Lynn) v Kale Heath (King’s Lynn), Richard Wilson (Dereham) v James Lester (Mundesley), James Hazel (Sprowston Manor) v Mitch Smith (Royal Cromer), Warren Bates (Heacham Manor) v Bruce McQuade (Royal Norwich).

Handicap draw: Joe Ellis (King’s Lynn) v Phil Hacking (Royal Cromer), Jacob Jeary (Sprowston Manor) v Andy Ware (Ryston Park), Ethan Richmond (Sprowston Manor) v Warren Blackwell (Costessey Park), Sean Rafferty (Costessey Park) v Josh Simpson (King’s Lynn), Charlie Green (Bawburgh) v Paul Donaghy (Costessey Park), Nathan Ryan (Gt Yarmouth & Caister) v Ian Rafferty (Costessey Park), Tyler Crosby (Dunston Hall) v Charlie Woodward (Barnham Broom), James Tipling (Sheringham) v Casey Patterson (Royal Cromer).

A new season of Norfolk Alliance meetings got under way at Swaffham Golf Club last week.

The series provides competition throughout the autumn, winter and spring, with the opening event being played on a warm, sunny day.

Organisers opted to promote the Alliance by allowing non members to compete and there was an encouragng turn-out of 84 players.

The top rpize was shared by Danny Chapman of Bawburgh and Tom Clements of Eaton, who recorded 39 stableford points. Bawburgh’s Andrew Marshall was third on 37.

Betterball competition (amateurs and professionals): 45pts - Brian Fenn (Swaffham) and Philip Gurr (King’s Lynn), 43pts - Danny Chapman and Harry Brister (Bawburgh), 42pts ocb - Steve Mitchell (Barnham Broom) and Mark Spooner (Bawburgh), 42pts - Bernie Vaughan (Costessey Park) and Tony Matless (Royal Cromer), 41pts - Mark Jackson and Alan Crerar (Eaton). Nearest the pin (with thanks to Andrew Marshall) - Tom Morgan.

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