Stoke-by-Nayland’s ladies got their Harris Bowl campaign off to a winning start.
The weather proved to be very kind with the rain staying away during the match despite plenty on the drive to Top Meadow in North Ockendon.
The Harris Bowl is played off handicap, so as usual the team of Catriona Chaplin, Carol Mehrer, Nora Hutchinson, Maria Gilgar and Anne Hemmings were giving lots of shots to their opponents.
After a slow start, Chaplin was all square on the fifth hole, Mehrer was 5up, Hutchinson 1down, Gilgar all square and Hemmings 2up.
At the end of the ninth Chaplin was 2up, Mehrer 9up, Hutchinson 1up, Gilgar 2up and Hemmings 6up.
Mehrer finished her match on the 10th with a 10-8 win, which was a fantastic result as she was giving her opponent seven shots.
Chaplin won 4-3, giving away four shots, while Hemmings won 7-5, giving five shots away, and both Hutchinson and Gilgar won 3-1, giving eight and nine shots away.
It was a very pleasing 5-0 win to start the season, with the team offering a special thank you to Hutchinson, who stood in to play at the last minute due to illness, and Eileen her caddy, who was also a last minute replacement.
n Twenty-eight ladies played for the Golf Foundation Brooch at the club on the Constable Course.
The winner was Sybil Paton (Silver Divn) with 40 points, while Johanna Stonehewer-Smith came second with 38pts and third was Jo Little with 34pts.
In the Bronze Division, first was Corrine Jackson with 36pts, second was Janet Hodge with 35pts, third was Irene Fielding with 32pts, with the best 36 handicap going to Geraldine Russell.