Harris bowl campaign gets off to disappointing opening

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Stoke By Nayland’s Harris Bowl team got the new campaign off in disappointing fashion after suffering a 4-1 defeat away at Orsett.

Fran Chandler, receiving seven shots, went out first against Angie Paton, reaching the 17th hole before losing 3-1, while Catriona Chaplin, getting a shot on Chris Gordon,went down to a 5-3 defeat on the 15th.

Lesley Garnett’s match also finished on the same hole against Chris Dobson as she lost 5-3, while hole also saw the finish of the game between Nora Hutchinson’s match with and Glynis Oak with the former winning 4-3.

Carol Meher put up a brave fight against Sue Mansonm finsihing all square on the 18th hole after being two down after the 15th, before ultimately going down to defeat on the second extra hole.

n Almost 50 ladies took part in the club’s invitation day where each Stoke club lady invited a lady guest from another club to play in the competition

The format was a mix of greensomes and stableford scoring with the winning pair of Gill Jones and guest Anita Lewis finishing with 54 points.

Second were Sue Spittlehouse and guest Nancy Seabrook with 51 points, followed by Lesley Garnett and guest Ali Mitchell with 50 points on countback.

Best front nine were Pamela Randle and guest Carol Perks with 21 points, while best back nine were Sue Cooper and guest Ali Greenaway with 33 points.

n May brought an international flavour to the golf at Stoke by Nayland as teams from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales competed for the coveted international trophy.

The 10 man teams played individual Stableford and the winners produced the best average score.

Wales, captained by Marcus Harding, proved to be too strong for the other nations, and were deserved winners.

n The club also held a good field for the popular ‘Dougie’ Competition, where paired mixed teams played American Greensomes where both players drive but it is the third shot before one ball is chosen.

Jackie Frost and David Nixon were clear winners with 45 points, while Catriona and Barry Chaplin shared the same score of 41 points with Tracey and Tim Dickens for second and third place.

n Stoke by Nayland member Steve Briggs scored his first ever Hole in One on the third hole using a pitching wedge, while playing in a pairs knock out match, with partner Richard Allen.

n Last month saw the ladies section compete in their annual Spring Meeting consisting of an 18 hole two ball medal morning competition followed by lunch and then another nine holes stableford in the afternoon consisting of four ball groups.

Lesley Garnett won the 18 hole Division one competition with a nett score of 74 while Edel Rew won Division two with a nett score of 75.