Stoke-by-Nayland book their place in Plum Trophy final

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Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club will challenge for Norman Plum Trophy glory after booking their place in the final with victory over Abridge.

The format of the competition is to have six players away and six at home with the final being held on a neutral course.

At home, Dan Brown and Dan Goddard led the team out, facing a tough match as they were giving away 11 shots to their opponents from Abridge.

A two hole lead was pegged back at the turn but the 17th proved decisive as they went one up with one to play.

Dan Brown then put his tee shot 10 foot from the pin to go on to halve the hole and the first point was on the board.

The second pair, Gary Thompson and Chris Williamson, were three down at the turn but fought back to also win the match 1up.

Karl Cansdale and Kyle Worster faced some very difficult Abridge opponents and were unable to secure the third home point.

There was an anxious wait for news from Abridge, before the team heard of a remarkable 3-0 victory, away from home.

Dean Brace and Tim Dickens were first out and triumphed with a 2up win with the same score by Ian Benson and Keith Hodgson.

The icing on the cake was an 8&6 win by third pair, Marcus Harden and Craig Morton, for an overall 5-1 win to seal the club’s progression to the final, where they will face Chigwell at Boyce Hill on September 13.

n Meanwhile, a field of 33 ladies took to the Gainsborough course to compete for the club captain’s prize.

The prize was instigated approximately 35 years ago when the then club captain decided he would like to donate a prize to the ladies’ section on one of their Thursday competition days taking place around the time of his captain’s day.

The competition has been continued by club captains from that time and this year was very well supported.

The ladies remained after their respective matches to see club captain Julian Lamb present his prize to Fran Chandler, who won the stableford competition with an impressive score of 37 points on countback.