50 festive golfers brave the wintry conditions

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More than 50 golfers played in Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club’s annual open mixed competition, Festive Spirit, in suitably wintry conditions.

The contest was followed by festive fare and prize giving in the Devora Suite, where club captain Duncan Smith presented the winners with their Pippin Shop hampers.

Pictured, from left: Barry Day, Ken Bowman, Duncan Smith, Monica Comer, Sandra Bowman.

l The team of Jennie Leech, Janet Sparks, Jenny Wilkins and Lyn Bradley came out on top in the nine-hole, best-of-two scores stableford competition that preceded Newton Green Golf Club Ladies’ Christmas lunch.

The women won on countback with a score of 40 points, narrowly beating Di Cunningham, Claire Aldous, Mary Jenkins and Ann Vince. Third place went to Jill Symonds, Norma Humphrey, Elizabeth Sharkey and Susan Sills on 39 points.

Winner of nearest the pin on the 11th was Jill Symonds, and nearest the pin in two shots on the second was won by Alice Taylor.

After lunch, the annual Christmas raffle raised £535 for captain Di Cunningham’s chosen charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.

lThe annual Men’s Yuletide competition at Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club was won by Chris Guy and Nick Lee.

The betterball stableford competition was played by 34 pairs on the Gainsborough course in dry but cold conditions.

The winning duo scored 43 points, narrowly beating the pairings of Matt King and Paul Sparkes, and Paul Lankester and Simon Hawkins, both on 42 points.

The ladies provided food, music and mulled wine at the halfway hut, and afterwards a Christmas meal was served in the Garden Room with a video of everyone’s drive on the 10th providing the entertainment.