John and David are Festive Open winners
It was a glorious autumnal day and a full field from 35 different clubs from all over East Anglia took part in Thetford Golf Club's Festive Open, the last of the club's open events in 2017.
Once again the scores at the top of the leaderboard were very close, but the winning team finished one point clear of their rivals. John Yuill (Links, Newmarket) and David Sisson (Royal West Norfolk) came in with 42 points in the better-ball event to win a hamper packed full of seasonal goodies.
In his winner's speech David said he had played at Thetford for more than 40 years and he had never seen it in better condition at this time of year.
Three teams came in with 41pts, and the runners-up on countback were John Little and John Toyn (Sheringham) while third place went to Stephen Lewis and Russell Preson, who had come all the way from Kibworth GC in Leicestershire. They didn't win the longest drive however - there were also entrants from Gaudet Luce GC in Droitwich!
The unlucky pair to miss out on the prizes on countback were Mike Dean and Colin Campbell of Eaton, who also had 41pts but only had 19 on the back nine.
The prize for the home players was won by Ken Chatteris and his guest Gary Bethell of Ely City with 40pts, beating Club Captain Trevor Wignall and Alan Hitchborn on countback.
There were four nearest the pin prizes, and the winners were Alan Pratt (Gaudet Luce) at the 1st; Alan Hitchborn (Thetford) at the 3rd; Paul Parsons (Tydd St Giles) at the 11th; and Colin Campbell (Eaton) at the 16th.
Pictured are (from left): Ken Chatteris, Trevor Wignall, Gary Bethell, John Yuill and David Sisson
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