Warren and Ella retain titles at Heacham Manor Golf Club
Warren Bates and Ella Mason retained their respective titles at Heacham Manor Golf Club’s annual Club Championships over the August bank holiday weekend.
Bates shot a score of 148 to take the men’s accolade ahead of Ben King, with 153, and Alastair Pykett, with 152, while Mason recorded a new ladies course record with a gross one-under-par of 72 on her way to glory.
This year saw a slight change in format to the men’s championship from previously with no cut taking place, so all competitors played 36 holes over two days while lady members contested 18 holes.
Play started on the Saturday with great weather but an increasing wind.
The first round results showed some steady scoring with the top 13 people all breaking gross 90.
However, the King brothers Ben and Simon were on 77 and 78 respectively with last year’s winner Bates well ahead of the field after shooting a one-under par 71.
Simon King was also the net winner of day one with a superb net 65.
The final round was played on the Sunday with leaders going out last. However, this put them at a disadvantage due to the wet weather forecast from midday.
Simon King was also the net winner on day one with a superb 65 and junior member Alfie Edgson collected the best net score on the second day, also with 65.
The two-day net winner was Dave Leavis who scored 138. Lady captain Sophie De Winton collected the prize for the best net score of 75.
The club also staged its Junior Open which was sponsored by Ben Burgess.
Middleton Hall Golf Club member Maisy Beales showed form in the 12-hole competition to win with 29 points from Archie Edgson in second place.
The main stableford event saw Lynn Golf Club’s Mason Bernstein shoot the best gross with 81, but Heacham Manor members dominated the main event.
Joe Sarsby took second place with 38 points and Chloe Tarbard claimed overall victory with 41 points.
Alfie Edgson and Poppy Beales cleared up the longest drive and nearest the pin challenges.
Tarbard also won the Club Championship while Karim Barka took the gross Club Championship prize.
Emerging young talent Tarbard, 11, also competed in the Abraham Trophy at Lyme Regis Golf Club – a competition hosted by England Golf to find the most improved under-18 girl golfer.
Despite being the youngest to qualify, Tarbard was the east region winner and finished 12th overall with a net 76.
Finally, at the annual Mixed Open competition, the pairing of Colin and Jacqui Rust won the home club competition with 44 points from Sophie De Winton and Jon Gibson in second place.
Nearest the line was won by Caroline Kelly, nearest the pin for men Colin Rust and ladies nearest the pin by Sal Stephens.