Stoke neck-and-neck at top

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Stoke-by-Nayland Ladies’ bronze team will go into their final Essex County Golf Association league match with Basildon in joint first place with Stockbrook Manor when they take to their Constable Course tomorrow.

Both teams have identical records, having lost one match out of four, with 18 games for and 10 games against.

Their last away match took place on June 2 at Theydon Bois, a rather tricky course with plenty of ditches and hedges to negotiate.

This match turned out to be as nail-biting in every way as the previous match against Stockbrook Manor.

Maria Gilgar was first out, and had a very close match, narrowly losing on the 17th hole 2&1.

Roz Clements had a superb tee shot on to the 18th par three and won her match 1up.

With the match tied, the next result was a well-deserved win for Anne Hemmings, winning again on the 17th 3&1.

Lesley Hitchcock and Barbara Jones also managed to get to the 17th hole, but lost 2&1 and 3&1 respectively.

This was Hitchcock’s first loss since the bronze team started two years ago.

Irene Fielding was all square after the 18th and going down the 19th.

Both players had indifferent tee shots, but Fielding made an excellent recovery and won her match 1up to level the scores at 2-2.

Meanwhile, Maryan Griffiths and her partner plus caddies were ploughing through extra holes.

There was a quick glimpse of them going down the 12th hole (the third extra hole), but no idea as to the state of their match.

Suddenly the team saw them walking in and Griffiths signalled thumbs up for winning her game on the 21st hole to mean Stoke had won the match 4-3.

The team of Gilgar, Grifftihs, Clements, Hemmings, Hitchcock, Fielding and Jones and caddies received a warm welcome from their hosts.

The team wished to congratualte everyone and thank the caddies for giving the players tremendous support.