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Dean Scott produced a remarkable round of gross 70, two-under-par, to win the RAFA Shield at Thetford Golf Club with 43pts. It was the first time that 20-year-old left-handed Dean has broken par in a competitive round and saw his handicap cut from five to four.
He had birdies at the 2nd, 10th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 17th to outweigh four bogeys.
John Baldwin was also in terrific form. The 11-handicapper had three birdies of his own and only dropped four strokes as he also returned 43pts, only to lose on countback. After birdies at 16 and 17 a bogey at the 18th proved to be his undoing.
David Clarke, playing off six, was third with 39pts followed by Paul Parsons (21), Matt Harben (5) and James Tebbitt (21) on 38.
Other scores: 37 Brian Martin (17), John Clark (14), Mike Horley (6), Matt Wabe (5) and Michael Turner (19); 35 Shaun Burton (16), Maurice Anderson (9), Ross Sanford (5) and Jason Huggins (3); 34 Steve Burridge (12), David Goddard (16) and Peter Stelling (13).
Thetford's shotgun start Texas Scrambles are always very popular and on Sunday there was another maximum field for the Heineken Challenge.
There was an extraordinary winning score of 16-under-par 56 for a nett score of 53.9 thanks to a card including six birdies and an eagle on each of the nines. Matt Harben, Rob Taylor, Ross Sanford and Ian Farnham produced the magic to secure victory by 3.6 strokes from Rob Mill, Mark Alford, Simon Moore & John Hopkins. They had a very good score themselves of 10-under-par 62.
The higher handicap competition was won by John Smith, John Flint, Mark Leeder & Kieran Stannard with 70-9.2-60.8.
Lower handicappers: 1 Matt Harben, Rob Taylor, Ross Sanford & Ian Farnham 56-2.1=53.9; 2 Rob Mill, Mark Alford, Simon Moore & John Hopkins 62-4.5=57.5; 3 Gary Scott, Dean Scott, Josh Chamberlain & Ollie Taylor 62-4.0=58.0. Also: Phil Beer, Kevin Cooke, Paul Pearce & Mark Henfield 61-2.8=58.2; David Sutton, John Barton, Tim McAlinder & Paul Waters 63-4.4=58.6; Tony Brooks, Norrie Dickson, Peter Allott & Alan Brown 63-4.0=59.0; Robert Kingsley, Rob Bentley, Dave Fawcett & Peter Stelling 64-5.0=59.0; Sue Pitcher, Jon Congdon, Wendy Puttock & Dave Matthews 66-5.7=60.3; Paul Hensby, Richard Alger, Chris Foulds & Bryan Muggeridge 65-4.6=60.4; Ian Ramsay, Tim Warner & Julie Arthur 67-6.0=61.0; Mike Horley, Peter Croker, John Ward & Derek Sullivan 65-3.7=61.3; Richard Goodenough, Andrew Long, Ollie Snushall & Richard Plaistow 69-6.0=63.0; Trevor Hart, Steve Burridge, Barry Allen & Michael Bales 70-6.0=64.0.
Higher handicappers: 1 John Smith, John Flint, Mark Leeder & Kieran Stannard 70-9.2=60.8; 2 John Daly, Derek Kneebone, Bob Stevens & Ken Kirwan 69-6.3=62.7. Also: Ian Gosling, Derek Smith, Paul Wright & Paul Macrow 72-8.4=63.6; Frank Knight, Mark Heffer, Judith Heffer & Lorelle Turner 73-9.2=63.8; Jordan Scrimshaw, Ross Kemp, Mick Callinan & Andy Dunn 71-7.1=63.9; Mick Tilly, Chris Tilly, Terry Harrison & Malcolm Fleet 73-8.8=64.2; Neil Elers, Steve Forbes, Ashley Forbes & Martin Lash 71-5.9=65.1; Darren Board, Dominic Kitchiner & Colin Board 79-7.8=71.2;
Nearest the pin: 1st Derek Sullivan, 3rd Ken Kirwan, 11th Mike Horley, 16th Rob Taylor.
Brian How won the September Midweek Medal with 87-13-74. He beat Richard Alger (6) and Terry Blacktopp (6) on countback. Other scores: 97-22-75 Malcolm Wright (22); 95-19-76 Roger Squirrell; 82-5-77 Matt Harben; 90-11-79 John Barton; 92-11-81 David Sutton.