Golfers celebrate St Patrick’s Day in style

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There were 136 golfers spread across 34 teams out on Stoke-by-Nayland’s Gainsborough Course on Saturday for the St Patrick’s Day Competition.

Varied scoring was used, with the three scores to count format, but the winning total of 127 came from the team of Damien Slater, Bob Tokley, Richard Allen and Dick Chalmers.

The half-way hut was busy supplying the players with traditional Guinness and Magners to spur them on.

n See results and fixtures for scores from the top four scoring teams from the St Patrick’s Day Competition.

nThursday’s Stableford competition began on a beautiful spring morning when 30 ladies teeing off on the first hole of the Constable Course.

The sun was in evidence all the way round, however, the strengthening wind did spoil things somewhat, not only with its chill but also shortening shots when hit direct into it as well as a ball being sent sideways when caught in a crosswind.

The overall winner, and winner of the silver section, was Lesley Garnett with 33 points, from Ann Thomas second with 32 points and Anne Hemmings was third with 30 points.

The winner of the bronze section was Kate Fitzgerald with 22 points on count-back, with Edel Rew second with 22 points on count-back and third was Trisch Jackson with 22 points.

n Last Tuesday saw Stoke-by-Nayland Ladies’ Ann Thomas and Diana Harris take on Ann Longman and Nicky Withycombe of Playgolf, Lexden in their round of the Daily Mail Foursomes.

After a match which was nip-and-tuck all the way round, Thomas and Harris just missed a victory when they lost the 17th hole to make the final score 2-1 to the Playgolf ladies.

n Twenty two ladies took part in the Stableford competition on the Gainsborough Course with two divisions delivering results on a chilly day.

First in the Silver Division was Sue Latham with 30 points, from Fiz Grundy with 29 points, and Corinne Jackson with 27 points.

First in the Bronze Division was Lesley Hitchcock with 26 points, Amanda Hall was second with 22 points on count-back from Kate Fitzgerald.