Garnett down to last eight in inaugural competition

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Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club’s Lesley Garnett has reached the quarter-finals of the Essex Ladies’ County Golf Association Knockout Competition.

The new competition has three divisions; gold for handicap to 13, silver for handicap 14-24 and bronze for handicap 25 to 36.

Garnett has been successful in the Silver Division which started with 64 players.

To reach the quarter-finals she has beaten players from Five Lakes, Boyce Hill and Langdon Hills, all away, and an Essex junior player on Stoke’s Constable Course.

n A very successful day was enjoyed by 96 players from 18 clubs at the Stoke-by-Nayland Ladies Open on June 16.

The winners, with 84 points, were Jane Monk, Lynn Lambert, Lesley Ellis and Marcella Tuttle from Newmarket.

n Margaret Bentley scored a magnificent hole-in-one on the third on the club’s Gainsborough Course during the Medal competition on June 19.

n Eight intrepid golfers have managed to raise more than £2,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support as a result of completing their gruelling 72 hole challenge.

The ‘Glemsford Gladiators’ Craig Green, Chris Williamson, Luke Bennett and Andy Hateley played their first 18 holes on the Constable Course, teeing off at daybreak on June 21, the longest day of the year.

These former football team-mates were prepared to endure this challenging feat to support a charity close to their hearts.

Stoke professionals Chris Payne and Jack Woods, with Louie Freeman and Richard Brown, made up the second group, starting on the Gainsborough course.

All eight players were carrying their golf clubs, not using trollies or buggies during the four rounds.

The Professionals, using a pedometer, logged a distance of 30.4 miles and approximately 300 shots.

They have logged the second longest distance travelled, globally, in this event for Macmillan Support, beaten only by a lone Japanese player.