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Stoke men into round four of national competition

Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club’s Men’s team are into round four of the prestigious Mail on Sunday Classic after winning 3-2 at Waldringfield.

Waldringfield fielded an extremely strong team with four of their players single figure handicappers.

The Stoke team of Richard Bland, Ian Collett, Paul Nuttall, Marcus Harden and Rob Benson had to fight hard for their 3-2 victory.

Stoke have been drawn to play Colne Valley GC at home in Round four.

n But the club was knocked out of The Essex Golf Union Leslie Wood Championship in the first round by Thorpe Hall at Southend.

After the morning foursomes the match was in the balance with Thorpe Hall having a one point lead.

But the home side was too strong for the visitors in the afternoon singles matches, although many went to the final holes.

The final result was 12 ½ to 2 ½.

Ian Thompson and Martin Cotton, John Smith and Andy Adams won their foursomes matches and Andy Higginson tied his singles match.

Stoke will now play in the Plate competition.

The Thorpe Hall Captain dedicated his team’s victory to Will Turner, Colt Captain at Thorpe Hall and member of the Lee Westwood School based at Stoke-by-Nayland, who was tragically killed in a car accident shortly before the match.

n The club got their Jubilee Cup league campaign off to a winning start with an entertaining 6 ½ to 2 ½ victory over Five Lakes in very blustery conditions on April 12.

Stoke had led 4-2 at the end of the singles with wins for Tom Dickens, Tony Woods and Ian Benson, while Daniel Brown’s 7&5 victory the performance of the day.

There was great comebacks from John Sandford and Chris Williamson to round off the day.

n It was a perfect start to the 2015 campaign for the Stoke-by-Nayland Ladies’ Silver Trophy team.

In 2014 Stoke had finished as runners-up in this prestigious Essex interclub competition and they won their home match against Ilford Golf Club 4-1.

Bev Thompson had a very impressive 9&7 win and was followed by victories for Margaret Bentley 6&5, Sue Spittlehouse 5&4 victory and Sybil Paton 2&1.

Four days later they repeated the result at Colne Valley, though the scoreline did not reflect how close the match was with Sue Latham and Margaret Bentley winning on extra holes.

Thompson was beaten on the 18th, while Spittlehouse won on the last hole.

The ladies’ next match is at home to Thorndon Park on Friday.

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