Search

Royal Cromer’s Lee Patterson is on a mission

17:22 06 April 2012

Royal Cromer’s Lee Patterson went back to the future for success in the latest Norfolk PGA order of merit event at Great Yarmouth and Caister Golf Club.

The 40-year-old dug out an old two iron he had tucked away to help him tame the conditions on the coast and it was a decision that reaped rich rewards to finish second, just one shot behind Ufford Park’s Andy Cotton who took the honours back across the border thanks to a two under par 68.

“The morning of the competition I had a bit of an inspirational thought. I looked in my bag of old clubs and pulled out a two iron that I hadn’t hit in probably eight or 10 years,” said Patterson. “I thought Yarmouth and Caister was going to be breezy so a two iron would be perfect. I dropped my hybrid and introduced a two iron and I have to say every time I hit that club I felt like I hit a great shot. I just kept it low and had a bit more control. I put the club to good use and on all my danger holes,” he added.

Patterson is currently fourth in the order of merit standings but is targeting top spot, having come close before on a couple of occasions. Also on his list of priorities is the Millennium Trophy at Hintlesham Hall, near Ipswich, in May – when the Norfolk pros take on their Suffolk counterparts – and also the Norfolk Open at Brancaster in September.

“I’ve been third in the order of merit and second a couple of times and I’d like to go one better. I was very pleased with my performance at Yarmouth. I think I played as solid as I could,” said Patterson. “I missed the first event at Hunstanton and then had a tied fourth and effectively a first. We’ve got a good couple of events coming up. The Millennium Trophy against Suffolk and one I’m really looking forward to is the Norfolk Open at Brancaster, which is round a course I feel well suited to.”

For the second competition running Costessey Park’s Ian Ellis led in the winning team and again he was partnered by former Canary striker Dean Ashton and on this occasion was supported by Brad and Mitch Smith. Their score of 121 was 19 under par and four shots ahead of Andy Cotton’s team.

0 comments

Other Fakenham and Wells sport

Great Yarmouth celebrating their Vase win at Waltham Forest. Picture: David Bauckham

The second round of the FA Vase takes centre stage for Eastern Counties League teams this afternoon.

Thu, 11:47
Ashley Jarvis heads towards goal during Fakenham's draw with Walsham-le-Willows. Picture: TONY MILES

Boss Wayne Anderson is backing his Fakenham Town players to “rise to the occasion” at Yaxley on Saturday as they bid to reach the third round of the FA Vase, writes Gareth Davis.

Wed, 21:54
Kieran Jarvis (Gt Yarmouth CC) on his way to his first cyclo-cross league win at Hempton. Photo: Fergus Muir.

Local riders came to the fore on a technical and rain-swept Hempton cyclo-cross course where youth rider Kieran Jarvis scored his first-ever league victory.

Thursday, November 13, 2014
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Will Dunger, whose dad Paul used to be a Fakenham Town goalkeeper, produces a fine save to tip over a Bungay effort while playing for the Ghosts' reserves. Picture: TONY MILES

Carrying on their recent momentum will be Fakenham Town’s task when they host Walsham-le-Willows on Saturday, writes Gareth Davis.

Most Read

Great Yarmouth celebrating their Vase win at Waltham Forest. Picture: David Bauckham

The second round of the FA Vase takes centre stage for Eastern Counties League teams this afternoon.

Read more
Saturday, November 15, 2014
LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON: Will Dunger, whose dad Paul used to be a Fakenham Town goalkeeper, produces a fine save to tip over a Bungay effort while playing for the Ghosts' reserves. Picture: TONY MILES

Fakenham Town have another opportunity to show they’ve more than found their feet in the top flight.

Read more
07:00
Malky Mackay and Dave Whelan. Picture: PA/Barrington Coombs

Neil Adams does not feel Malky Mackay’s controversial return to management has arrived too soon.

Read more
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Ben Boyce scoring Fakenham's first goal on Saturday. Picture: RONNIE HEYHOE.

FAKENHAM manager Wayne Anderson believes his side have what it takes to stay in the top five of the Thurlow Nunn League First Division.

Read more
Saturday, November 15, 2014
Lynn boss Gary Setchell. Picture: Ian Burt

Gary Setchell has not lost sight of the bigger picture unfolding in front of him at The Walks.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today E-edition