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Heacham Manor Golf Club hosts its annual championships

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Warren Bates and Ella Mason retained their respective titles as Heacham Manor Golf Club held its annual Club Championships over the August bank holiday weekend.

Bates and Mason both claimed their fifth crowns during a weekend of superb weather with no wind and warm sunshine.

Heacham Manor professional Ray Stocker said: “This is the first time in 45 years of coaching, three of my students have achieved this level of golf in one tournament.

“For two to achieve first place and all three to shoot level par or better is amazing.”

Heachampion club champions (15805482)
Heachampion club champions (15805482)

The competition of 36 holes, played over the two days, the main prize being a gross competition for men, along with a two-day net prize as well as prizes for the best net each day.

The first round results showed some steady scoring with the top 18 people all breaking gross 90, however the lower handicap were clear leaders with Ali Pykett on 77, Mike Lewarne on 76 and Warren Bates three ahead on 73

Darran Rich was the net winner of day one, beating Chris Watson on countback after both had registered a net 68.

The final round was played on Sunday with leaders going out last.

As players came off the course the leader in the club house changed a number of times, however it was in the final few groups where the results were decided.

The competitors in the Avocet Bar watched in anticipation to see if Bates could maintain his lead.

With the final group of Bates, Pykett and Lewarne to finish, the leader in the clubhouse was Tim Hoare on 163.

However, Bates was constant and scored two under par 70 giving a two-day total of 143.

Lewarne took second spot with 154 and Pykett finished on 156. Steve Jones won the second round net score with a net 65 and also took net 36-hole victory and a new trophy with 136.

Heacham Manor lady members also competed in their club championship on the Sunday.

It was played over 18 holes with the champion being the best gross score.

Four-time previous winner Mason was keen to retain the trophy.

And like Bates in the men’s event, three handicapper Mason rose to the occasion and equalled her course record of one under par gross 72 to take victory.

She narrowly beat Chloe Tarbard into second place, who registered an incredible gross 73 level par at only the age of 12.

Carol Allen was successful in winning the ladies net competition and new trophy with a fantastic score of net 65.

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