Saunton Golf Club’s Chris Norman scored a convincing win in the England Golf senior men’s and women’s Southern tournament at his home club – and he’s expecting a bit of ribbing.
He’s the junior organiser at Saunton and he anticipates some teasing from the youngsters: “I think they might take the mickey a little bit – and let them do it!” he laughed.
In truth, the juniors should be impressed. Norman notched up 75 points on the West course to win the men’s handicap prize. The men’s scratch prize was won by Geoff King of West Essex who had 63 points, pipping Norman on countback.
The women’s handicap event was won by Wentworth’s Angela Deburca (pictured below) with 71 points, who was four points ahead of her closest rivals, Jane Rees of Minchinhampton and Roz Adams of Royal Blackheath. Rees won the scratch prize with a gross score of 63 points.
Chris Norman was playing in a senior regional tournament for the first time and got off to a quick start. He was two-under par gross after 12 holes of the first round and eventually returned a score of three-over 74 for 39 points. The six-handicapper played the second round in 77 and amassed 36 points.
Angela Deburca returned to golf a couple of years ago, after concentrating on her career, and is now keen to improve. She’s started on 20 handicap and had already come down to 11 when she teed off at Saunton. There she had scores of 32 and 39 points and is looking forward to another handicap cut.
“It’s lovely to win but I’m just so pleased to have held my game together,” she said. “It was one of those days when things seemed a little easier than normal. I got the run of the ball and I putted well.”
She also enjoyed the glorious weather: “The sun was shining and there are panoramic views from every corner of the course. I wanted to freeze it in my mind so I can draw on it in November!”
Chris Norman echoed her: “This is a little corner of heaven. When I take the juniors out, I tell them that they’ll never see anything better than this.”
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Caption (top, from left): Geoff King, Jane Rees and Chris Norman, with their trophies.