Delight for Mundesley golf pair

Mundesley Golf Club captain David Crosby admitted he felt as though he had won the pools after clinching a trip to Turkey.

He won the East Region qualifier for the Lombard Challenge, a PGA Pro-Captain tournament at Bush Hill Park Golf Club in London.

Crosby teamed up with club professional Ryan Pudney for the event as the Norfolk pair romped home by two shots after carding an 11-under-par round of 59.

Their closest challengers were the Weston Park pair of professional Mike Few and captain Keith Bowyer.

Their display earned them a place in the �25,000 Lombard Challenge grand final which will be played over the PGA Sultan Course at Antalya Golf Club from November 25-26.

And Crosby admitted the triumph has finally put Mundesley on the golfing map.

He said: 'We'll be telling everyone at the club about this because it just shows what can be achieved in this sort of competition if you put your mind to it.

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'This has raised our profile like never before as this is the first time anyone from our club has reached a PGA final.

'The fact that there can be only one winner and we end up playing in the final in Turkey is a bit like winning the pools – it's a good job there was a roof on the car on the way home because I think I'd have floated away! I was on such a high afterwards.

'We thought we could do well, we seem to gel, we get on, and I don't think anyone has beaten us yet in various competitions. We wanted to be competitive and it just happened. It was a big field too so we did well.

'I got to play with some quality golfers and it was the sort of thing you can only dream of.'

Pudney was just as satisfied, particularly as he is new to the coastal club, having been there just seven months.

But he admits that the duo did their homework and prepared well: 'We tried to prepare as best we could, I knew Bush Hill, having played there before, and I thought it would benefit my partner to play a practice round on the Monday, so that's what we did.

'We stayed over so we didn't have another three-hour drive in the morning and it paid off. I wish that's all we had to do to win these events.

'It couldn't have gone better. We started fast and kept the momentum going. By the time we reached the last we were 11-under.

'We didn't want to count our chickens but if anybody had beaten that then they'd have deserved to have won.

'We made sure we got our par on the 18th and that proved enough.'