Search

Swaffham’s Jay Penford off to Wentworth after Grand Final success

10:19 14 November 2014

Jay Penfold.

Jay Penfold.

Archant

Swaffham’s Jay Penfold has a day out at the famous West Course at Wentworth to look forward to after becoming the Golf Days UK Norfolk Tour Champion for 2014.

Penfold came through a competitive Grand Final at the Marriott Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire to finish on 38 points, three ahead of his nearest challengers, county captain Iain Yule from Middleton Hall and Kevin Goude from Tydd St Giles.

The top 15 players from the season-long Order of Merit took to the immaculate fairways at the five star venue. With unseasonably warm temperatures and light winds, conditions were perfect for the players to do battle.

The opening holes at Hanbury Manor saw over half the field under par to their handicaps at one point. Early leaders included Goude, Nick Barrett (Royal Norwich) and Adam Saunders (Costessey Park).

At the halfway stage, Great Yarmouth and Caister’s Steve Greatrex was leading by two strokes on three under, but Greatrex faltered over the next few holes to come back to the field. Penfold, in the penultimate group, was playing his usual steady golf and made the turn at one under to his three quarter handicap of five. A birdie at the par four 10th hole saw him hit the front on three under and although he gave one of those shots back at the next he maintained his good scoring with a string of pars over the closing stages.

Early clubhouse leader Goude returned a score of plus one from his handicap of plus two, so scoring a one under gross. With holes 16 and 17 proving tricky for some, all Goude could do was wait and watch the live leaderboard to see how Penfold would perform over the closing stages.

Meanwhile Order of Merit winner Yule was yet again having a good round and although he struggled over the last nine holes, he was well and truly in the mix.

Despite a nervy finish to his round, Penfold held firm and made par at all three of the closing holes to finish on 38 points and minus two. Yule birdied the par five 17th but needed to hole his second shot on the short 18th to tie with Penfold. Yule’s approach was just a little strong and finished just over the back of the green and Penfold had held on to be crowned champion.

He will now experience a dream day out at the Wentworth Club in Surrey. As a guest of TaylorMade Adidas Golf – official suppliers to Golf Days UK – he will spend two hours in the performance lab where he will go through an advanced custom-fit session. Armed with his new set of irons, he will then take to the fairways of the famous West Course – host the BMW Championship – with a guest.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Watton and Swaffham Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Watton and Swaffham Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Watton and Swaffham Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Watton and Swaffham sport

Friday, August 26, 2016
Jack Barber, left, in action for Fakenham Town on Saturday. Picture: TONY MILES

The players of Fakenham Town have another chance to secure their Clipbush Park future as Wayne Anderson prepares to wield the axe.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Elmham'’s Olly Hall on his way to 20 to go with his 4-51 bowling stint. Picture: MIKE WYATT

The penultimate week of the Norfolk League season saw many promotion and relegation issues sorted, although not all, writes Mike Ridout.

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Damian Hilton will be back in the dugout as Wroxham look to start a FA Cup adventure. Picture: WROXHAM FC

Wroxham, Dereham Town and Norwich United will be aiming to ensure Norfolk enjoys a far happier FA Cup return this afternoon.

Saturday, August 20, 2016
Joint Yarmouth bosses Adam Mason, front, and Martyn Sinclair. Picture: NICK BUTCHER

Great Yarmouth Town have their own Norfolk-Suffolk rivalry to sort out this afternoon when the Bloaters head to Ipswich Wanderers looking for their second win of the season.

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 15°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Watton and Swaffham Times e-edition today E-edition
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up