Stoke ladies in Harris Bowl victory

SUCCESSFUL YEAR: Stoke-by-Nayland Ladies with their caddies, from left: Margaret Bentley, Carol Mehrer, Fran Thomas, Anne Hemmings, Lesley Garnett, Johanna Stonehewer-Smith, Catriona Chaplin, Sandra Hodge, Jude Hanner, Sue Cooper

SUCCESSFUL YEAR: Stoke-by-Nayland Ladies with their caddies, from left: Margaret Bentley, Carol Mehrer, Fran Thomas, Anne Hemmings, Lesley Garnett, Johanna Stonehewer-Smith, Catriona Chaplin, Sandra Hodge, Jude Hanner, Sue Cooper

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Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club ladies have won the Harris Bowl in only their third year of competing in the prestigious county competition.

The match was played on the neutral ground of Romford against Channels Golf Club in front of a large group of supporters.

The competition is played in teams of five with each member playing singles matchplay off their own handicap.

In a closely-fought match, Channels secured the first point when Caroline Fields beat Catriona Chaplin, but shortly after there was news that both Johanna Stonehewer-Smith and Sue Cooper, from Stoke, had won their matches.

Anne Hemmings, going out last for Stoke was ahead in her match, but when Lesley Garnett won the 18th to go all square in match two, the result was still not confirmed.

Garnett had to go to the 19th hole not knowing what was happening further back on the course. She lost that hole, but news came that Hemmings had won the vital third point for a 3&2 victory.

The preparation and coaching of the Stoke-by-Nayland Ladies by head professional Roly Hitchcock is obviously paying off as they also reached the final of the Silver Trophy last year, only to lose to the vastly-experienced Chelmsford.

Catriona Chaplin lost to Caroline Fields 4&3; Lesley Garnett lost on the 19th to Brenda Youngs; Sue Cooper beat Jenny Humphries 3&2; Johanna Stonehewer-Smith beat Karen Bennett 7&5; Anne Hemmings beat Doreen Harrowell 3&2. Reserve: Roz Clements.

n Jude Hanner has clinched the medal winner’s trophy at Stoke-by-Nayland, competed for by the 11 winners of the ladies’ 2012 medal competitions.

Hanner took top spot with a net score of 68. Second place went to Irene Fielding with a net of 70 and in third place with net 73 was Maggie Lockerbie.

The remainder of the ladies played in a Stableford competition, which was won by Roz Clements, with Sue Spittlehouse and Maria Gilgar coming a very close second and third on countback.