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The Division 1 meeting held at Haverhill Golf Club enjoyed a field of twenty-seven though, sadly, there were few of the county first team players available. Fiona Edmond (Ipswich), who plays off one handicap, returned a 75 gross against a par of 71. Abbie Symonds finished in the runner-up spot on 76 gross (72 nett). As Abbie is also from Ipswich, the club only needed the addition of a nett 74 from Sarah Saggers to clinch the Inter Club Challenge Shield.
In lovely sunshine, the course looked absolutely superb. With enjoyment virtually guaranteed, only the interesting trees on Haverhill’s attractive tract of countryside caused a little bother here and there but a most pleasant atmosphere prevailed, aided by the Ladies’ Captain who was hugely helpful as well as possessing a wonderful sense of humour which everyone appreciated. Chef Harry provided a super carvery meal. We were all very grateful and t he whole day went with a swing!
Results: 1st Scratch : Fiona Edmond (Ipswich) 75; Runner-up: Abbie Symonds (Ipswich) 76.
Liz Laflin )Stowmarket) 77-5-72;
Sarah Saggers (Ipswich) 78–4-74;
3rd Nett: Ann Graves (Woodbridge) 87-13-74
Inter Club Challenge Shield:
Winners : Ipswich 220 (Abbie Symonds 72, Sarah Saggers 74, Fiona Edmond 74
Runners Up: Stowmarket 230 (Liz Laflin 72, Jane Darling 78, Carolyn Heywood 80)
Cheery faces of the two teams - Fynn Valley in turquoise and Ufford Park in mulberry
Hardly had the Fynn Valley ladies got their hands on the Seniors Jubilee Shield than they secured the Cranworth Trophy with a convincing 7-2 win over Ufford Park who played with determination but could not match their generally longer hitting opponents. Tony Tyrrell, Fynn Valley’s MD and Club Secretary said, with some pride, that the club’s ladies were having a stellar year.
The day started unexpectedly with a total downpour which flooded the greens and had a go at drowning the bunkers but, undaunted, the Seckford Green Staff set to with squeegees and leaf blowers so that the start of play was delayed by a mere half hour. Fynn Valley took the honours in the morning foursomes. They lost the first match 4/2 to Ufford’s Jill Till and Val Moon, but notched up wins in the other two games. courtesy of Mary Sparrow & Mandy Bouttell in match two, followed by Val Dadge & Jane Goldsmith in match three.
The players were encouraged to make good progress in the afternoon singles and this they did with a will and, thankfully, the breeze chased away the odd dark cloud before much rain could fall.
In the first match Gill Till was receiving one shot from Fynn Valley’s Jane Pitcher. Till went one up after five and held on to this score one way or another to the tenth. However Pitcher dug in and came off fourteen with a two up cushion, just in time to give the only shot to Till at fifteen, where they agreed a half after a few recounts of the score. Pitcher added another hole to the tally and came out the winner by 3/1.
Jilly Tye (Fynn Valley) was two up after five in game two, but Ufford’s Hilary Bidewell made a good four-foot putt to get one back at six. By the time they reached the eleventh tee, however, her opponent had secured a three-hole advantage. Though Bidewell won another hole, Tye hung on to run out the winner on seventeen.
Playing at number three, Ros Lever and Mary Sparrow enjoyed a very close match and shared the point as did Carol Boffey and Jane Goldsmith in the bottom match though they were actually called in as the destination of the Trophy was already decided.
Ufford's Alison Taylor had a tough afternoon against Mandy Bouttell finishing quite early on. Val Moon and Val Dadge, in the fifth match also finished, with Dadge carving out a convincing win by 4/3.
Right - Congratulations to the winning team of Fynn Valley
President, Ann Graves (on the right), presents the Cranworth Salver to Jean Emmerson (centre) and Sally Crosbie (left), Fynn Valley's Captain and Cranworth Organiser respectively
In her presentation speech, County President Ann Graves congratulated both teams on their ‘brilliant year’s golf’ before thanking Seckford for their generous and hugely efficient hospitality and their presentation of vouchers to the players, offering discounted green fees. She thanked Christine Knappett for her smooth co-ordination of the trophy games.
Results: (Ufford Park names first)
Foursomes: Gill Till & Val Moon bt Jane Pitcher & Jilly Tye 4/2; Hilary Bidewell & Carol Boffey lost to Mary Sparrow & Mandy Bouttell 5/3; Ros Lever & Alison Taylor lost to Val Dadge & Jane Goldsmith 3/2;
Singles: Till lost to Pitcher 3/1; Bidewell lost to Tye 2/1; Lever halved with Sparrow; Taylor lost to Bouttell 8/7; Moon lost to Dadge 4/3; Boffy halved with Goldsmith.
Final result: Ufford Park 2, Fynn Valley 7.
County Captain, Sarah Saggers, presents the trophy to Fynn Valley captain, Jean Emmerson