Bates dedicates Heacham club title win to his uncle

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Past club champion Warren Bates dedicated his Heacham Manor Men’s Club Championships win to his uncle.

A gross competition for men played over 36 holes started on the Saturday of the August bank holiday weekend with a record number of competitors teeing off.

After the first round topping the scoring was 2015 junior champion Bates who came in with a gross 74 a full six shots clear of men’s captain Aaron Daly on 80 with Ben King on 82.

The final round was played on Sunday with only the top 21 making the cut for the final. The leader in the clubhouse changed a number of times.

Despite shooting the best score on the day of 79 for a total of 159 Daly was still four off Bates, who came in with the best 36 hole score in these championships with a 155 total, becoming the first person to have his name on the trophy twice.

Final results: 1 Warren Bates with 155, 2 Aaron Daly 159, 3 Tim King 169; best net score over the weekend: Graham Reeves, 141.

Bates stated: “I would like to dedicate my win to my Uncle Richard (Bird) who always encouraged me to play and better my game.

“He would have loved to have seen me win this event but sadly passed away recently.”

Heacham Manor lady members also competed in their championship on the Sunday, played over 18 holes with the champion being the best gross score. Junior Ella Mason was keen to retain the trophy, however it was not be as the consistent Jayne Clarke shot a 89 and took victory by two shots over Ella to secure the championship title, Tina Cribb took third place with 93.