Record year for hole-in-ones

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Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club are celebrating a record year for hole-in-ones.

On Thursday, in a Ladies’ Stableford competition, 36 handicapper Bonnie Head hit a perfect shot with her five iron on the par three seventh hole on the Gainsborough Course. She looked on in disbelief as the ball rolled into the hole.

Neither of her playing partners, Mandy Byham and Diana Harris had ever witnessed a hole-in-one before. Bonnie had to kerb her excitement as Mandy was in the greenside bunker and needed to concentrate to play her shot. Mandy went on to win the competition with 40 points and cut her handicap to 12.

The Head family are all golfers, but husband Graham, playing off 10, has been pipped to the post by his wife in recording her hole-in-one.

Bonnie’s was the 16th by a Stoke-by-Nayland member this year - more than the club has ever witnessed in a year before - and makes her the second lady member. She qualifies for a BOSS watch with Howdidido.

Thursday saw two competitions taking place for the ladies of Stoke-by-Nayland.

First out were the Stableford winners. Fairly self-explanatory, this competition was for those ladies who had won a Stableford competition during the 2014-15 season.

Eleven ladies took part, with Amanda Byham taking the trophy with a magnificent 40 points. Fran Chandler was runner-up with 34 points.

Following the ladies round the Gainsborough course, a Stableford competition was held for those others wishing to play that day.

First in the Stableford competition was Nora Hutchinson with 37 points, second Sue Spittlehouse with 34 points, third Sybil Paton with 33 points and fourth Ann Thomas with 32 points.