Stoke by Nayland win Norman Plum Trophy

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Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club have won their first Essex County competition after claiming success in the Norman Plum Trophy at the weekend.

The win at Boyce Hill Golf Club on Sunday, capped a wonderful season for the club, whose ladies’ side were also victorious winning the Bronze Shield.

Stoke-by-Nayland contested the final of the Norman Plum Trophy against Chigwell at a neutral venue, and in a competitive match were always in control.

Tim Dickens and Dean Brace were the lead players out, and did not disappoint as they went on to win two up.

The second pair of Dan Goddard and Dan Brown made their match look easy when they were five holes up after nine, going on to win four and two.

It was a different story for the third pairing of Trevor Warren and Ian Benson, who found themselves in a very tight encounter, but they showed great resolve to win two up.

Marcus Harden and Craig Morton were all square at the turn but managed to secure the fourth, and the trophy-winning point on the 17th hole.

With the match won the Essex County officials called in the remaining matches, but Gary Thompson and Chris Williamson had also won four and two and Keith Hodgson and Steve Evans were also two up with three to play.

Team Captain John Sandford was presented with the Norman Plum Trophy to cap a wonderful year for the club.