A collapse from three matches ahead saw Stoke-by-Nayland’s Golf Club’s Ladies’ Bronze Team miss out on a place in the county final.
It was the second year running they were playing their last-four tie at Chelmsford, with opponents Thorndon Park a very strong team with handicaps between 19 and 21.
Stoke’s Carol Mehrer saw her match all square after 18 holes before winning it back down the first.
Maria Gilgar won her match 2up on the 18th, while Maryan Griffiths was her normal steady self, winning on the 16th (3&2) to bring the team to 3up and just one match needed out of the last four.
With Lesley Hitchcock losing 5&4 and Roz Clements 3&2, Corinne Jackson approached the 17th green 1up with a putt to win the match, which stayed on the lip and did not drop.
It proved costly as her opponent putted and then took advantage of her shaving the hole back on the first to take it to three matches all.
Barbara Jones played well — with an eight-shot difference in their handicaps — to take her opponent to the 18th, losing 2down.
The ladies’ section would like to thank all the caddies and players that have turned out to all the matches this season.
n There was a third win of the season for Stoke-by-Nayland Ladies’ Harris Bowl Team in their match against Canons Brook on a baking hot Constable Course.
Catriona Chaplin lost the first two holes, but staged a comeback to win 5&4.
Lesley Garnett was 1down after the ninth, but she was also able to turn her game around and win 3&2.
Nora Hutchinson closed her match 5&4 while Lesley Hitchcock won 8&7.
Corinne Jackson was giving the most shots (seven) to an opponent, who when she settled down was chipping and putting very well
Jackson squared the match on the 15th, halved the 16th then won the next two holes and the match with a beautiful shot on to the par-three 18th.
It thus gave Stoke-by-Nayland their second 5-0 win of the season to send them top of the league with two matches to play.