Walker’s early round was unsurpassable

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Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club’s keenly-contested Copella Cup competition was played on the Gainsborough championship course.

This Stableford competition was open to all members and saw a field of 84 competitors, with the early starters seeming to have the worst of the morning rain.

However, one of these early starters, John Walker with a playing handicap of seven, recorded a 41-point tally to set the clubhouse lead which remained unsurpassed all day.

This narrowly pushed Matthew Eaves (10) with his 40 points into second place, closely followed in third place by Phil Wright(20) with 39 points.

The Bank Holiday Monday hosted the annual Princess Diana Memorial Trophy, played this same weekend since 1997, also on the Gainsborough course.

This mixed Greensomes Stableford competition enjoyed far better weather than the Copella Cup and the field of 20 mixed pairs enjoyed the welcome sunshine.

The front nine prize was won by defending champions Barry Shearing and Jackie Frost with 20 points.

The back nine was won by Tim and Tracey Dickens.

Third place overall was a creditable 39 points from Mick Isom and Janet Hodge.

Second place was 43 points from David Hodge and ladies’ captain Sue Grieves.

It was only on countback, down to the last six holes, that secured victory for club captain Duncan Smith and his wife Suzanne, also with 43 points.