Stoke ladies go through to fifth round of competition

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Stoke-by-Nayland Gold Club ladies are through to the fifth round of the national Mail on Sunday Golf Classic after a home win over Fynn Valley.

The Stoke team turned out in the wind and the rain on Saturday to triumph over Fynn Valley ladies and earn their place in the next 

It was a hard-fought match on the Constable course at Stoke with eventual losses for Jude Hanner and Bev Thompson.

The star of this round was Margaret Bentley who won 6&5 on the 13th, closely followed by Sybil Paton winning her match on the 15th and Hannah Moul clinching the victory on the 17th.

n Friday saw the ladies’ Bronze team travel to Stockbrook Manor, near Billericay, to play their third match of the season.

In very windy but fortunately dry conditions, the team of Maryan Griffiths, Maria Gilgar, Corinne Jackson, Roz Clements, Anne Hemmings, Lesley Hitchcock and Barbara Jones set forth to try and hold on to their unblemished record of winning all of their league games.

This was a tall order and was so nearly achieved it — only losing out on a sudden death shootout on the 19th green with the scores having been locked at 3-3.

The team wished to say a big thanks to all the caddies and are now looking forward to their next match on June 2 away to Theydon Bois.

n Stoke-by-Nayland Ladies Silver Trophy team made it back-to-back wins with victory over The Rayleigh just days after overcoming Gosfield.

Jude Hanner again led out the team and her recent good form was rewarded with a 3-1 victory over Andrea Boyce, while Sybil Paton recovered from being two holes down to claim victory.

Meanwhile Bev Thompson secured another point with a 6&5 win over Rayleigh captain Rose Murphy before Margaret Bentley secured a narrow victory over Diane Barkwith.

For the second match running, Sue Spittlehouse went down the 19th hole and for the second time came away with the point.

n Nineteen pairs of mixed golfers played for the Jubilee Salvers, a foursomes game on the Gainsborough course.

On a warm but slightly windy day, the competition was won by Hannah Moul and Derek Pritchard.

Second were Nigel and Mandy Byham with 36 points, followed by Ian Carter and Sue Cooper with 34.

n Fourteen pairs of ladies played in the Peugeot Coronation Foursomes last Thursday on the Constable course in pouring rain.

The winners were Irene Fielding and Maria Gilgar with 35 points.

Barbara Jones and Edel Rew came second with 32 points and Jude Hanner and Sue Cooper were third on countback with 30 points.