Carter wins through championship play-off

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The hottest weekend of the year so far saw almost 100 players contest the club championship at Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club.

After the first day’s play on the Gainsborough Course, Sam O’Brien had a three-shot lead with a level-par round.

The field was cut to 60 for the second day’s play on the Constable Course with the best players going out last.

Jack Woods, playing in the third from last group, became the clubhouse leader when he returned a one-under-par 71 to put him on six over for the two rounds.

Coming on to the 18th tee in the last group, Ian Carter was also six over par with Sam O’Brien two shots behind.

Carter put his tee shot into the trees pin high to the right of the par three green and could only hit a low runner on to the green, his ball coming to rest 15 feet beyond the 

With a well-judged putt, Carter managed to sink this with the last roll of the ball and create a play-off for the second time in two years.

However, Woods’ tee shot on the first play-off hole left him blocked out by the trees and could only make the green in three.

Despite a valiant effort with a lip-out putt from Woods, Carter won the first play-off hole with a regulation par to take the title.

This was quickly followed by a presentation on the patio of the trophies.

Also in this competition 
is the AJB Cup for the best net score over 36 holes, which was won by seven shots by Martin Cotton, playing off 
13, with scores of 67 and 68, from Eamonn Gilgar, playing off six, with a total of 142.

n Matt King won the fifth round of the Laird at Stoke-by-Nayland on the Constable course.

Playing off nine, King recorded 44 points, despite a double bogey on the 18th, which ruined his below-par round.