Jamie's a hotshot

Watch out for the name of Jamie Smith. The 17-year-old from Wymondham is working his way to the forefront of Norfolk golf. Smith, who plays at Barnham Broom, has just scored a two-shot win in the latest Norfolk amateur order of merit event, at Costessey Park, and moved 25 rungs up the table to fifth place.

Watch out for the name of Jamie Smith. The 17-year-old from Wymondham is working his way to the forefront of Norfolk golf.

Smith, who plays at Barnham Broom, has just scored a two-shot win in the latest Norfolk amateur order of merit event, at Costessey Park, and moved 25 rungs up the table to fifth place.

He has played golf for only three years and is already down to four handicap and has ambitions to go on Tour.

“I'm giving myself four or five years to see how far I can go,” said Smith, who has just completed his first year on a golf scholarship at Easton College.


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It includes regular competitive play and coaching at Bawburgh with professionals Chris Potter and Mark Spooner. “The course has helped a lot,” said smith. “When we play at Bawburgh, Chris and Mark are always out watching us and working with us afterwards. It's really helpful having two pros willing to help you every week.”

Smith reckons his course management has particularly improved this season and that's helped him cut two shots off his handicap in the past month.

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In his win at Costessey Park he shot 74, two over the CSS in extremely windy conditions and said: “I was really pleased because I hit the ball well in the wind - but I had a bad finish with three bogeys in the last four holes.”

His shot of the round was his drive on the par four 13th, which set up a birdie.

Earlier this season Smith was third in the Norfolk schools' championship, which has also helped draw attention to his skills.

As a late starter he has always just missed out on inclusion in the county junior training squads but he's hoping to work his way into contention for a place in the men's teams next year.

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