Cup joy for Cromer pair

Royal Cromer's Amber Ratcliffe and Sarah Steventon scored a convincing win in the final of the Young Cup at Swaffham. Amber, 12, and her adult partner Sarah defeated the Royal Norwich pair of Jennifer Hide, 15, and Nicky Wylie 7/5 in the final.

Royal Cromer's Amber Ratcliffe and Sarah Steventon scored a convincing win in the final of the Young Cup at Swaffham.

Amber, 12, and her adult partner Sarah defeated the Royal Norwich pair of Jennifer Hide, 15, and Nicky Wylie 7/5 in the final.

The Norfolk foursomes knockout is contested by pairs of junior and lady golfers from the same club.

Both pairs had reached the final after tough semi-finals which each went to the 19th hole. Jennifer and Nicky beat Lu and Penny Humberston of Dereham, while Amber and Sarah beat Laura Gathercole & Sally Bettinson of King's Lynn.

In the final - watched by a good crowd of spectators - Amber and Sarah made a confident start and were three up after four holes.

Royal Norwich won the seventh after Jennifer faded a magnificent second shot around the trees to land a few feet from the pin. But the Royal Cromer duo bounced straight back with a winning par on the eighth and moved to four up after Amber chipped in for a birdie on the 10th. They kept up the pressure, winning the next three holes with a faultless display which secured the trophy.

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Amber, who plays off seven, and Sarah, an eight-handicapper, received one shot from Jennifer, also seven, and Nicky, six handicap.

The trophy was presented by Karen Young, the Norfolk golf development officer, who encouraged all juniors to find a lady partner and enter next year's competition.