Hectic week ends on a disappointing note for Norfolk youngsters

Action from the East Region County Match Week at Hunstanton Golf Club. Pictured is Norfolk's Amelia

Action from the East Region County Match Week at Hunstanton Golf Club. Pictured is Norfolk's Amelia Williamson. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Norfolk youngsters Amelia Williamson and Amy Taylor had a testing week at two very different golf courses - and at the end of it were left to reflect on the highs and lows of the game.

The pair spent three hectic days at Hunstanton representing Norfolk at County Week, before heading off to Kent to play in the prestigious Sir Henry Cooper Junior Masters at the Nizels Golf and Country Club.

Having helped their county to two wins and a draw on the testing links lay-out the teenagers then failed to sparkle in a parkland setting, with Norfolk being pipped to the Eastern Counties title in their absence.

Amelia, from Royal Cromer, found herself effectively out of contention in the elite junior event after an opening round 82, and narrowly missed the cut despite improving by five shots the following day.

Amy, from Bawburgh, ended up alongside her Norfolk colleague in a tie for 13th place from 30 starters after following up a 77 with an 82.

It was a disappointing end to a hectic week which had started with both players lining up for Norfolk in their opening match of County Week against Hertfordshire, Amelia alongside her mother Tracey.

The pair both played important roles as the hosts won their first match 5-4 before following that up with another win against Essex (5½-3½) and a 4½-4½ draw with Suffolk.

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After the youngsters had left for Kent on Wednesday evening Norfolk suffered a 5-4 defeat to Bedfordshire and although they bounced back with a 5½-3½ win over Cambs and Hunts on the final day it was not enough to pip Suffolk for the title.

Norfolk skipper Sammy Martin was pleased with the efforts of her side over the course of a testing week,

'There was some excellent golf played on a very tough golf course and everyone played their part,' she said. 'It was my first taste of captaincy and I thoroughly enjoyed it, even though we didn't win this time. We got very close but in the end Suffolk came out on top and I would like to congratulate them and wish them all the best in the national finals. They just missed out to us last year so I guess this evened it up!'

'I would also like to thank all my players. They all contributed to a great week and it was good to see two rookies (Immy Leeder and Abigail O'Riordan) come in, play well and contribute some points.'