Golfers flock to Royal Cromer to support Brad Smith

Brad Smith with Royal Cromer captain Jayne Jones. Picture: Mike Devlin

Brad Smith with Royal Cromer captain Jayne Jones. Picture: Mike Devlin - Credit: Archant

The golfers of Norfolk turned out in force at Royal Cromer to support one of their own.

The club and the County Golf Union came together to co-host an event in support of Brad Smith, who was recently diagnosed with bone cancer and had his right leg amputated.

A county and club player of considerable note, Brad had been working as an assistant professional at Thetford when the illness struck.

An impressive total of 228 players in teams of four split into two shotgun starts, with some teams starting at 9am and others at 2pm in what turned out to be a fantastic day played out on a superb course in brilliant sunshine.

The morning competition was won by the team of Kieran Chapman, Kevin Chapman, Matthew Sturman and Peter Sturman from Costessey Park with 97 Stableford points while in the afternoon the Royal Cromer foursome of Mick Tanner, Ron Stamford, Stan Blackman and Rick Taylor came out on top with an equally impressive score of 95 Stableford points.

Brad came along in the afternoon to present the prizes to the winners and receive the acclamation of his many friends.

King's Lynn have won the county seniors team competition for the Barnard Trophy for a record third successive year.

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They beat RAF Marham by four holes in an exciting final at Swaffham Golf Club.

Despite rain falling for most of the day, the course and the golf were worthy of the final, with the result in doubt right until the end.

The format, with four pairs representing each club playing foursomes, delivered some golf of the highest quality.

Game number one saw Lynn take a six-hole lead before the second game reversed some of the deficit, with Marham winning by two.

The third game went to Marham by a six-hole margin and suddenly the match was on. Match number four eventually went in favour of Lynn by six holes to seal the title.

King's Lynn will also be featuring in the Cullington Cup final, against Eaton, while Costessey Park and Wensum Valley will compete for the Myhill Trophy.

Both matches will take place at Richmond Park.

Meanwhile, Mundesley Ladies won the Diamond Knockout final at Wensum Valley by a margin of six up against Bawburgh.