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Saunders storms to victory at Sprowston Manor
With the weather finally improving for the 2013 Golf Days UK Norfolk Tour players enjoyed some much better scoring conditions at The Marriott Sprowston Manor event in April. Four players out of the 46 entries returned scores over 36 points. In fourth place, just outside of the prizes was last month’s winner Nigel Reid. Nigel playing in his brand new Loudmouth trousers received for winning an event scored 38 points off his ¾ handicap of 17. Nigel narrowly missed out on 3rd spot on countback to newcomer Ian Macreare who also scored 38 but with 18 points on the back nine off his ¾ handicap of 8. The third player to finish on 38 points was Great Yarmouth and Caister member Graham Goulton but with 19 points on the back nine off his ¾ handicap of 11 took the second prize. It was Adam Saunders, last year’s Norfolk Tour runner up, that took the April event and moves him to top spot on the overall order of merit leaderboard. Playing off a ¾ handicap of 7 Adam carded 39 points and chose a pair of Adidas Samba golf shoes supplied by Chris Potter Golf as his prize. He also receives a £75 voucher from tour sponsor Loudmouth Golf Clothing.
All four players scoring over 36 points receive a handicap cut for all future events on the tour. For the full results of the Sprowston Manor event click here.
Two nearest the pin competitions were also played, one on the 3rd hole and one on the 14th. In his second event of the tour Ian Yule took the nearest the pin on the 3rd and 2012 tour regular Michael Howard won the prize on the 14th.
With three events played Adam Saunders leads the field in the order of merit competition with 278 points. He is currently on course to win a full set of custom fit irons provided by Chris Potter Golf. Cain Esherwood is close behind with 274 points and then Steve Greatrex on 274 points.
With seven events still to play there is a long way to go to decide the fifteen that make the grand final. It will be decided by players top five order of merit scores. Those fifteen players will then compete for the trip to Gleneagles to stay and play at the world famous resort in the Ryder Cup year.
The fourth event on the Golf Days UK Norfolk Tour 2013 is on the May 10th at De Vere Dunston Hall. You can sign up online at Norfolk Tour 2013