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Thompsons’ team come up smelling of roses

Ian Thompson, Bev Thompson and Derek Prichard were the winners of Stoke-by-Nayland Golf Club’s weekend mixed texas scramble ‘Two Thorns and a Rose’ competition.

They returned to the clubhouse after a cold and frosty morning with a score of 62.3, on what was the first of the year’s weekend mixed competitions.

Twelve ‘roses’, each partnered by two ‘thorns’, after a shotgun start, played a texas scramble format on the Gainsborough Course, each team having a stroke allowance of 10 per cent of their aggregate handicap.

The course was still very wet in places following the overnight rain, but the groundstaff worked hard to make all holes in play and ensuring a very enjoyable event.

Second were Duncan Smith, Suzanne Shaw-Smith and Paul Lankester with 62.5 and third were Louis Freeman, Mandy Byham and Nigel Byham with 65.3.

The prizes were presented by club captain Julian Lamb following a meal.

n After hearing the wet weather report for Thursday, 17 ladies were delighted to wake up to sunshine for their first 18 hole competition of 2015.

The weather held until about 1.30pm when, wet weather clothes and umbrellas came out for the end of the round.

The winner was Gwen Broadhead with 29 points, with Diana Harris second with 28 points on count-back.

Third place went to Sue Spittlehouse with 28 points and fourth Betty Cox with 27 points on count-back.

Despite the change in conditions, everyone was pleased to have got their first 18-hole competition under their belts and all are now looking forward to improving conditions when spring makes herself known.

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