Littlewood Claims Tour Championship
The Grand Final of the 2016 Golf Days UK Norfolk Tour was hosted by The Shire London on Friday 28th October. Fourteen qualifiers arrived full of expectation to be crowned the Norfolk Tour Champion for 2016 and scoop a complete golf apparel overhaul from official tour suppliers, Nike Golf.
The Seve Ballesteros designed course looked glorious in the autumn sunshine and with light winds the competitors new a good score would be required to claim the title. Four players had a distinct advantage on the day as their placing in the season long Order of Merit meant they had earned at least one bonus stableford point to be added to their score.
Armed with GDScore Live Golf Scoring – which enables players to see how they stand in the field at any point on the course – the first group took to the course at 09:20 and the very daunting opening hole (160 yard par 3 to an island green) at The Shire caught a few people out and they didn’t make the fast start they had hoped for.
Order of Merit Champion, Josh Weeds set the tone by almost holing his opening tee shot, the ball came to rest a few inches from the hole. Playing alongside Weeds was Justin Fordham, Iain Yule and Dylan Green. Green also made a good start to his round with a string of pars and looked a likely contender to challenge Weeds for the title.
Playing in the first group was Kings Lynn member Tom Littlewood who qualified for the Grand Final through the ‘final five’ series and after settling into his round with a par at the first and birdie at the third headed the leaderboard in the early stages. However, Weeds looked to be on great form again and after eight holes held a lead of 2 points over the field. Littlewood was in second spot and Chris Ingram close behind. Weeds found trouble off the tee on the ninth hole and also dropped a shot on the tenth to bring himself back to the field and having looked the likely winner now opened up the field once again.
With three holes to go, Weeds, Littlewood and Green were all tied at the top on +1 to their handicaps. Littlewood produced a birdie two on the par three seventeenth to take a two shot lead with the difficult 18th to play. Finding the right hand trees, Littlewood was faced with a shot over trees to another island green. In true ‘Seve’ style, Littlewood took the shot on and his ball finished just past the green on the bank of the lake. A decent chip and two putts followed which meant that Littlewood had posted a score of 37 points to hold the clubhouse lead. Two holes back, Weeds and Green failed to pick up any ground on the 17th which meant to force a playoff one of them would need to hole out their second shots. Both players gave it a good go, but ended up making pars and this handed the title to Littlewood.
The final scores can be viewed here
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all the players that have competed on the Norfolk Tour this season and we look forward to seeing you all again in 2017.