Harris Bowl team bounce back with emphatic victory

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Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club’s Harris Bowl team got back on track with a convincing 5-0 success against Regiment Way.

With everyone giving between eight and 10 shots to their opponents the changes in elevation and the numerous water holes worked in Stoke-by-Nayland’s favour.

Fran Chandler managed to reach the turn 2up and from there won four of the next five holes finishing the match on the 14th hole to win 5-4.

Carol Mehrer was in excellent form not giving her opponent much of a chance to pick up holes,winning her match on the 11th hole 8-7, while Corinne Jackson claimed victory on the 15th green, winning 5-4.

Lesley Garnett having her own tussle, as she gave 10 shots to her opponent, managed to be 2up at the turn and reached the 15th green 3up before her opponent conceded the hole and match on the 16th.

And the clean sweep was secured by Anne Hemmings who held her nerve to win a sudden death hole.

n Elsewhere, Stoke-by-Nayland’s Bronze Shield team progressed through to the quarter-finals after a vital 5-4 win over The Warren.

Having beaten Clacton 5-2 previously, the team were aiming to build on momentum.

Mehrer, Barbara Jones and Nora Hutchinson suffered narrow defeats but hard fought victories for Jackson, Hemmings, Maria Gilgar and Lesley Hitchcock were enough to seal a thrilling win and secure progression.

n Stoke-by-Nayland also staged a medal competition for 19 ladies.

After the day’s play, first place went to J Hanner with a round of 77 ahead of L Whyman (78), A Hall (79) and N Hutchinson (79).

n Meanwhile, club captain Julian Lamb staged his own charity day with the competition being played in teams of four with 164 players involved in a Stableford format.

The winners on the day were Kyle Worster, Dan Mills, Patrick Pace and Steve Mills with 119 points, three clear of the rest of the field.

There was also a raffle with many wonderful prizes which helped to raise a staggering £4734.09 for St Helena’s Hospice in Colchester.

n The club have also taken another giant step closer to the Mail On Sunday Classic finals with a closely fought 3-2, sixth round victory over Bentley Golf Club.

Victories on the day came from Trevor Warren, Ian Collett and Ian Smith.