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Nic Cains pushes winner James Scade all the way at Swaffham Pro-am

PUBLISHED: 08:37 16 June 2017

Luke Johnson let a promising position slip through his grasp in Scotland. Picture: Europro Tour

Luke Johnson let a promising position slip through his grasp in Scotland. Picture: Europro Tour

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Essex professional James Scade won the fourth annual PGA pro-am at Swaffham after an excellent round of 67 - but he was given a good run for his money by home player Nic Cains.

Scade, representing Little Channels Golf Centre, flew out of the traps with an eagle three at the opening hole but had given both strokes back by the third.

His rollercoaster start continued with a birdie at the fourth and then a bogey at the fifth. But he had settled into a fluent vein of form by the start of the back-nine, making gains at four out of five holes from the 10th.

He could even afford a dropped stroke at the 17th, eventually signing for a four-under-par 67 which was one better than home PGA trainee Cains.

The Swaffham man enjoyed his own purple patch on the inward loop, making eagle on 13 before birdies at the next two holes.

Steve Cipa (South Essex Golf Centre) was the other player to break par with a one-under par 70. Great Yarmouth and Caister’s Ian Ellis was joint 12th after a 75.

Luke Johnson had to be content with a tied 23rd finish in his latest Europro Tour event yesterday after a low-key finish.

The King’s Lynn professional was in a position to challenge for the title at the Eagle Orchid Scottish Masters at Montrose after finishing the second day on nine under par.

He opened up with a brilliant 65 featuring seven birdies, while 68 was a solid follow-up, but a one over par 72 yesterday saw up drop down the leaderboard.

Fellow Norfolk professional Ben Rawsthorne (Bawburgh) finished in a tie for 41st after rounds of 71, 67 and 72. His highlight was firing five birdies in six holes on the back nine in the second round to make the cut with nothing to spare.

Sheringham’s Will Harrold failed to make a rare start on European Challenge Tour count as he missed the cut in the KPMG Open at Royal Waterloo in Belgium by some distance.

Harrold was playing at a course where he picked up the best win of his career in 2014, but it failed to bring out the best in him this time around as he opened with a disappointing seven over par 79.

He improved on day two, with an eagle on the 17th helping him to a 71, but sadly the damage had already been done.

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