Daily Mail victory takes Warren and Harden forward

Stoke-by-Nayland hosted the qualifying round for the National Daily Mail Foursomes, with Trevor Warren and Marcus Harden winning a place in the knockout stages.

Played in medal format on the par 72 Constable course, the three early scores of net 67.5 seemed formidable.

However, this was eclipsed by the outstanding total posted by Warren and Harden, playing off a combined handicap of 16.5, net 58.5, who now go on to represent Stoke-by-Nayland in the knockout stages of this competition, with their first round being away to Colchester.

In second place were I Phillips and C Clarke on 67.5 net and third place went to S Goodey and S Clarke with 67.5 net on countback.

The Laird Trophy also got under way the day before, the competition format being the best three Stableford scores of seven rounds.

The Gainsborough course was returned to full length for this competition, and the sudden increase showed in the returned scores with: Division One: Ben Wall 37 pts; Steve Parnell 36 pts; Glen Jackson 35 pts. Division Two was won by Dean Cherry with 36 pts, on countback from Paul Foley, with Tom Carrigan in third place with 35 pts.