Norfolk junior golfer falls just short of successful title defence
Norfolk junior golfer Alfie Edgson and his professional playing partner Luke Goddard came so close to a successful defence of their Searles PGA Spring Classic crown.
Edgson, 16 and Hendon Golf Club-based Goddard played superbly for two days in the Stableford format competition, staged at King’s Lynn and Heacham Manor.
The pair opened up with 44 points at King’s Lynn and kept on the front foot at Heacham Manor – Edgson’s home club.
But it was always tight at the top as they traded blows with Chris Cutchie and Phil Clarke, playing alongside them in the final group.
Goddard and Edgson faced a narrow deficit standing on the final tee before Colchester professional Cutchie left the door ajar with a rare poor drive that led to a lost ball on the par-5.
And the tournament was really up for grabs when Goddard delivered a stunning 9-iron from just over 190 yards to set up a 12-foot eagle putt.
But six-handicapper Clarke had all the moves covered, getting up and down from 60 yards to notch a vital birdie in the shadow of Heacham Manor’s impressive newly-opened ‘Pavilion’ facility.
That lifted Clarke and Cutchie to 44 points for the day and an overall tally of 87.
Indeed, it was a good thing Clarke’s short-game shone late on with Goddard duly converting for eagle as he and Edgson were pipped by just a single point.
Cutchie said: “It’s so important in this format to make sure you both don’t play the same hole badly – and we didn’t have one dropped shot in two rounds. That was the main thing.
“I left Phil all on his own on the last and he came up trumps – made birdie, nett eagle. Brilliant stuff!”
Stephen Harris (The Shire) and Andrew Norton finished third on countback on 80 points.
Norfolk professional Mark Spooner and amateur playing partner Peter Munk also ended on the same score.