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Alice takes the County Championship title for the third year in a row...




Prizewinners (left to right):  
Jane Darling (Seniors Strokeplay winner);  Vanessa Bell (Strokeplay Champion & Matchplay Runner-up);
Mrs Mo Pearson (County President);  Alice Barlow (Suffolk County Champion & Strokeplay Runner-up);  
Abbie Symonds ( Berendt Handicap Jug);  Vicki Hunt (Seniors Champion).


What a day's golf the final day of the County Championship turned out to be!  

Alice Barlow and Vanessa Bell found themselves battling it out for the  title, Alice for the third time in a row. Alice was ready at the published tee time, having completed her semi-final match against Amanda Norman on fourteen.  Alice was steadiness personified and Amanda looked a little weary, having probably played more golf in three days than she had in a long time.  

The other semi-final, Vanessa Bell versus Abbie Symonds, was quite a different matter.  In regulation play, which had been hard-fought all the way, Abbie found trouble on the surrounds of a bunker at seventeen and went to eighteen, one down.  There, playing shot for shot, Bell missed her crucial putt for four and Abbie slotted hers to take the match down nineteen.  

After that the pair of them couldn't be separated until, eventually, on the fifth extra hole, with the pin in a tigerish spot at the top of a slope and near a bunker, Abbie short-sided herself on the wrong side of the bunker, while Vanessa was safely putting.  Abbie's chip flew too far and she conceded hole and match.  Hard luck for her because she had played beautifully.  Abbie came of age in golfing terms playing County golf in 2017.  She is a great fighter and skilled with it.  

In consequence of all this excitement, Vanessa swallowed a hurried lunch and went out to meet Alice in the final.  They had a grand tussle.  Alice began well, winning the first two holes.  Vanessa steadied herself and won six with a par four to the Barlow bogey.

There was a change of fortunes on eight where the Barlow drive drifted right.  She reloaded then found the first ball but a drop was required. Vanessa meanwhile played down the fairway for a steady par five which Alice couldn't match.  Score all square.

The par three ninth was probably Vanessa's highlight.  She almost holed her six-iron shot to the 154-yard flag and went 1 up.  Alice struck back, winning ten, eleven and twelve. Two up again and under control, it seemed.  However, at thirteen, she pulled her tee shot into bushes and the ball was gone.  She played her provisional ball but an eventual concession was forthcoming and Vanessa took a hole back.

Alice's one-up status remained for the next two holes.  At sixteen a little fatigue seemed to plague Vanessa. Alice gave her a chance when  a wayward second tangled with a bush but she played a great approach. Vanessa mishit her approach shot making six and allowing Alice to recover her two-hole advantage.  Down seventeen Alice made another par which produced the half she needed for a 2/1 victory.  It was a tremendous game and the rather small crowd thoroughly enjoyed it.

Silverware was handed out at the presentation by Mr Detmar Hackman of Sabona, the County Ladies' sponsor.  The Association is very grateful for the Company's continued generosity.  The golf course was in lovely condition and the weather was kind.  The golf was good and it was a happy experience.  

The final of the Seniors Championship resulted in a 4/3 victory for Vicky Hunt (Ipswich) against Lotti Edmunds (Aldeburgh), who has a very good record in this event.

Julie Latimer-Jones




Loaded down with silverware!  Vanessa Bell and Alice Barlow.


Championship Final:  Alice Barlow (Hintlesham) bt Vanessa Bell (Ipswich) 2/1.
Semi-Finals:  Vanessa Bell bt Abbie Symonds (Ipswich) 23rd;  Alice Barlow bt Amanda Norman (Felixstowe Ferry) 5/4.
Seniors Championship Final:  Vicki Hunt (Ipswich) bt Lotti Edmunds (Aldeburgh) 4/3.

Prize Giving.
Matchplay Championship:
Churchman Challenge Cup:  Alice Barlow
Lady Eddis Silver Box:  Vanessa Bell
Semi-Finalists:  Abbie Symonds (Ipswich), Amanda Norman (Felixstowe Ferry

Stroke Play Championship:
Woodbridge Challenge Bowl (1st Gross):  Vanessa Bell (Ipswich) 153
Maggie Ivor-Jones Plate (2nd Gross):  Alice Barlow (Hintlesham) 154;
Berendt Handicap Jug (1st Nett) Abbie Symonds (Ipswich) 150;
2nd Nett:  Vanessa Bell (Ipswich) 151

Seniors Championship:
Winner and Trophy:  Vicki Hunt (Ipswich)
Runner-up:  Lotti Edmunds (Aldeburgh)
Semi-Finalists:  Jane Darling (Stowmarket), Ann Marie Fosker (Felixsstowe Ferry)
Winner and Trophy:  Jane Darling (Stowmarket) 82 gross
Runner-up:  Ann Marie Fosker (Felixstowe Ferry 86 gross
Best Nett:  Jane Darling (Stowmarket) 71


Ladies and Senior Ladies Matchplay Championships 12 and13 May 2018...


A great day of cut and thrust matchplay golf began at 8.24 this morning when Woodbridge Golf Club once again opened its doors to the best lady golfers in Suffolk. It is true to say that there were no great surprises in the first round of the Ladies event but the eight players who might have considered themselves the underdogs certainly made the most of their opportunities and gave a really good account of themselves. Jing Stenard, who plays off 14 at Hintlesham took on Vanessa Bell, an in form and graceful golfer, yesterday crowned the 2018 Suffolk Strokeplay Champion. Jing hung on but Vanessa was just too good. The final scoreline 10/8.

Samantha Annis (Stowmarket) lost by the narrowest margin to the experienced Trudy Read who has represented Suffolk at this level and went into the quarter finals against Bell who didn't let up, moving into the semi-finals on the thirteenth (7/5). Lils James was too strong for Molly Newson in the first round. Five up with only three holes left put James through to meet Abbie Symonds who overwhelmed young Georgia Parker of Bury St Edmunds on her first foray into the Championship. Georgia is a credit to her own skill and determination. Last season she played in numerous open junior competitions and fared extremely well. Now playing off nine and still a mid-teenager, she will doubtless be a golfer to reckon with before very long. Symonds rolled her up this time by 8/7 but it is hoped that Georgia enjoyed the two days' golf and will learn from the experience. Symonds gave nothing away.  Symonds and James had a real tussle in the quarters, with Abbie keeping up the pressure and her nose in front through the second nine.  She was 2up after sixteen and hit the stick for a three at seventeen.  Though the ball didn't drop, she ran out the winner by 2/1.

Amanda Norman, coming back to the Championship after a break, was in fine fettle, striking the ball with firm intent and authority. In this mood, she is hard to withstand. Fiona Stokes, who made her debut at Ladies County level last year, is still on the learning curve. Lottie Whyman enjoyed a happy first round match with May Bird (Fynn Valley). Whyman won that encounter by 3/2, but lost in the quarters by the same distance against Norman. This was a battle of the long hitters, good to watch, no quarter asked or given.

Finally, Sharon Luckman beat Sam Cooper (Bungay & Waveney) by 3/1 in the first round. Sam, who plays off eight, was delighted to have held on until seventeen against one of Suffolk's best matchplayers. Sharon's opponent in the quarter finals was the rock that is Alice Barlow. Alice took on Elizabeth Bezance (Bury St Edmunds) in the first round. Playing in the Championship for the first time, Bezance was also delighted to take the defending champion all the way to seventeen.

Sharon and Alice enjoyed a tight quarter finals match in which Sharon was beset by the dreaded three-putt disease. Three down early on, she fought back to square at nine but Alice won ten, eleven and twelve. Luckman sank a long putt and halved thirteen but eventually ran out of holes on sixteen (3/2).

In the Seniors Matchplay Championship, Lotti Edmunds (Aldeburgh) beat Jane Darling (Stowmarket)by a margin of 5/4 while Vicky Hunt (Ipswich) beat Ann Marie Fosker by a slightly larger distance. Edmunds and Hunt will meet in the final tomorrow afternoon, starting at 1.00pm.


Julie Latimer-Jones

Results: Ladies Championship 1st Round: Bell bt Stenard 10/8; Annis lost to Read 1dn; James bt Newson 5/3; Parker lost to Symonds 8/7; Norman bt Stokes 5/4; Bird lost to Whyman 3/2; Luckman bt Cooper 3/1; Bezance lost to Barlow 3/1.

Quarter Finals: Bell bt Read 7/5; Symonds bt James 2/1; Norman bt Whyman 3/2; Barlow bt Luckman 3/2.

Timetable for the Final Day: Seniors Final :1300 Edmunds v Hunt. Ladies Semi-Finals: 0900 Bell v Symonds; 0908 Norman v Barlow.  The Final will start at 1315.