Coronation Salvers 2017

30 May 2017

Posted by: Sarah Cross

Subjects: Club news

Many congratulations to our very own James & Nellie Ong who won the Coronation Salvers at Sprowston Manor with an error free round of 43 stableford points.


Report below from Norfolk County Golf Union:

"Couldn’t ask for better…. A beautiful warm sunny Sunday in May, a fantastically presented golf course in Marriott Sprowston Manor and a field of 83 competitive pairs all vying for the title of County Coronation Salvers Champions for 2017.

The Championship is open to Lady Members, Gentleman Members and Professionals of Clubs who are affiliated to the Norfolk County Golf Union, and other Professionals who are attached to Clubs and/or members of the Norfolk PGA, in pairs of any combination.

 The event is 18 holes of foursomes, stableford, with a stroke allowance of half the combined total up to a maximum of 18 strokes.

 The play matched the day, the first pairing’s going off the 1st tee at 1024 with the final pairings not starting until 1427 reflecting just how popular this format is. 

 Throughout the day score after score came in along with accompanying stories recounting how those scores were achieved. Some with great joy and other’s not quite so.  Towards the end of the day the leader-board began to settle down and with 4 teams on 39 stableford points it was beginning to look like a countback would determine the winners. Amongst those on 39 points were Professional Andrew Marshall (Bawburgh) with his Partner Nigel Elmar (Dereham), Professional Chase Davis (Sprowston Manor and his partner Ryan Cullum (Barnham Broom), Husband and wife Andrew and Jill Gooch (Bawburgh) and the young stars Max Jacobs (Royal Norwich and Imogen Leeder (Dereham.

 No one expected what came next, but in golf one always knows that something undoubtedly will. Next into the recorder’s office came James Ong (Eaton) playing with his daughter Nellie (Eaton) reflecting a truly wonderful, error free, round of 43 stableford points. The more remarkable as young Nellie is only ten years old but with a golf game that will stand the test of time. Father James is no slouch either, playing off a 4 handicap and although Nellie has a 36 handicap the rules meant they could only receive 18 strokes. Their playing partners attested to the quality of their play and receiving the Champions Salvers from County President Graham Turner, they were greeted with rapturous applause."

Well done James and Nellie.