Thetford Golf Club’s men’s team began the long road to potential glory in the Mail on Sunday Golf Classic with a tremendous first round win at Bury St Edmunds.
A couple of years ago Thetford battled through eight rounds from an entry of 3,000 to reach the quarter-finals, where they lost to Wentworth.
This year’s quest began with a terrific tussle against Bury, which went to a sudden-death play-off.
Mark Henfield proved to be the man of the moment, holding his nerve to secure victory by winning the first extra hole.
The match had been due to be played at Thetford, but frozen greens there meant the two captains agreed to switch the venue in order to play on normal greens at Bury.
Home advantage is often crucial in these matches and play was tight throughout.
The home team won two matches, the visitors won two and the other match ended all square.
That left the overall scores level until Henfield prevailed in a tense finale.
His teammates were Dan Traher, David Ball, Ian Farnham and Paul Pearce.
Thetford team captain Kevin Cooke said: “All our team members played well and it was a great win — hopefully the first of many.”