Ladies Bronze Shield

Stoke by Nayland played the Essex County Bronze Shield final against Stock Brook Manor on Thursday 22nd August at Upminster Golf Club.
The day dawned fine and sunny as the Stoke team made their way to Upminster for 9am, enduring the rush hour traffic and usual holdups. All arrived safely and were warmly welcomed by the Upminster Ladies Captain.
After coffee the Bronze Shield organiser Glennis Copleston did the toss, the Stoke Team Captain suggesting Stock Brook choose (because she always gets it wrong) and Stoke won the toss choosing to drive first.

Fran Chandler had a shaky start going 4 down, but fought back with some amazing shots to the green. However first win went to Stock Brook on the 18th 2 up.

Anne Hemmings had a tight match, and though 1 up after 10 she eventually lost 2&1.

Stock Brook supporters were looking hopeful!
Corinne Jackson, out third, was playing some wonderful golf down the fairways, but the putter was not behaving! However, a chip in boosted her confidence and she closed out her match on the 16th, 2&1.

Debbie Howlett started confidently going up early on, but had a wobble in the middle and lost several holes. Encouragement from caddy Mandy got her back on track, seeing her 1 up playing 17. When her opponent found trouble in a ditch it was looking positive for Stoke and Debbie holed out for a 2&1 win.

Walking up the fairway behind Debbie’s match came the last pairing who had already finished on the 16th. The spectators and players grouped at the back of the 17th green had no idea which way it had gone, but happily for Stoke by Nayland Lesley Hitchcock had birdied the 16th par 3 to secure a 4&3 win.

A lot of hugging and jumping about ensued before a photoshoot on the 17th green.

The President of the ELCGA Janice Hazledine came to present the trophies and congratulate both teams for reaching the final.

Following the presentation the teams enjoyed a lovely meal which was very convivial. Thanks to Stock Brook Manor for a great match, played in good spirit.

Thanks also to Upminster who were great hosts, providing much needed sustenance at the halfway hut and to the ELCGA referees and organisers who were helpful and supportive.

Lesley Hitchcock - Bronze Team Captain.

John Day Trophy

Stoke by Nayland V Stock Brook Manor

On Monday 1st April, Stoke by Nayland played host to Stock Brook Manor in the first round of this year’s John Day Trophy competition.

A very tight game ensued with both teams off similar handicaps. After 9 holes the match was level with both teams up in four and level in one. However, the home team piled on the pressure on the second nine and came home with a 5.5 to 3.5 victory.

The whole match was played in a very good spirit with excellent wins going to Dick Lumsden 7&5, Bob Filer 6&5 and Tony Denmead 6&5. Our next opponents are Stapleford Abbots who we play before May 10th.

Well done the team!

After several days of poor weather Stoke by Nayland welcomed Chelmsford Golf Club on Friday 14th June for their third round tie on The Constable Course.
Some very impressive performances were put in with Peter Jay, Peter Garnett and Malcolm Norton all winning 6&5. These were supported by Bob Filer winning 5&4, Adrian Cherry 5&3 and Steve Tree winning 2&1.
Adrian getting a hole in one on the 8th helped his cause.
The final result was Stoke by Nayland 6 Chelmsford 3
Congratulations to all the team who played their part in getting us into the last eight and we now look forward to the draw on Monday 17th June.
Fingers crossed for a home one.

Essex John Day Trophy quarter final, at home v Clacton

With the SbN Jubilee Cup team having recently beaten Clacton 9 – 0 at home on the Constable Course, Clacton’s John Day Captain Terry Hewitt feared the worst when drawn against the SbN Seniors’ away at SbN - the match played on the 11th July.
The match commenced in beautiful weather on the Constable course presented in excellent condition.
Strong early performances from Peter Jay, Bob Filer & Steve Tree set the tone for the day with early wins on the board.
One of the matches of the day was surely the dog-fight between Peter Garnett and Clacton’s John Stuck - a nervy start from Peter saw him 3 down after 3 holes but he managed to regain his composure and get back on level terms. A late birdie from Peter was enough to clinch the point winning 1 up.
Tony Denmead and Malcolm Norton always looked in control, both hitting the ball really well and bringing home further wins.
Adrian Cherry’s opponent did not have the best of days, but this must not detract from the clinical display of golf from Adrian, who had the match sewn up by the 12th winning by a dog licence, 7 & 6.
Brian Castle stuck to his game plan and was not overwhelmed by the youthfulness of his opponent and after a dogged display managed an admirable half.
Dick Lumsden was our last man out and, complete with new clubs, came in having won 2 & 1.
The final outcome, a win 8½ - ½
Acting Captain, Norman Davidson, was given a rousing chorus of ‘You’re getting sacked in the morning’ as Lionel Hatch will be back in charge for the semi-final - the draw to be made very shortly.

The weather was in dry and sunny as the nine true men of Stoke took on Benton Hall in the semi final of the coveted John Day Trophy.
Whilst the Stoke team had four men on holiday sunning their ample bodies, four stout replacements were found to wear the red LB group sponsored Stoke by Nayland shirt.
The course was in fine form, there was a fair bit of run on the fairways and the greens were true.
The Stoke team were giving from 1 to 4 shots on seven matches so they knew they were in for a tough game.
The match was always in the balance ebbing and flowing just like the river Crouch which was visible from most parts of the course. It wasn’t all plain sailing and while Bob Filer and Adrian Cherry sailed in with wins of 6&4 and 5&4 respectively the remaining matches tacked and turned right up to the 18th. The match ended tied at 4½ - 4½ and that brought on a sudden death play off.
Malcolm Norton was selected by our wise captain to play against D Baxter who had lost heavily to Bob Filer and was drowning his sorrows in the bar.
The toss was made and the Leeds united supporter Malcolm (poor misguided fool) won and drove off into the middle of the fairway. His largered up opponent did the same and outdrove our man.
Everyone processed up the fairway where Malcolm played a lovely shot onto the green only to see it run halfway up a bank. His opponent followed but the shot was weak and nearly rolled into a pond , ending up just on the lip of the hazard. His chip from there was fair but pulled to the left. (Isn’t this exciting). Malcolm’s putt from the bank was exquisite and was nearly holed . It was nearly over and after his opponent missed his putt leaving it six inches short. Malcolm then holed his to the applause and delight of the massed banks of the Stoke by Nayland supporting crowd.
The match was played in really good spirt and an excellent meal was provided by the Burnham on Crouch catering staff.
A really sound team performance apart from the captain who forgot to pick up Martin Brown our hero’s caddy.
The final will be on September 11th at Three Rivers golf club against Burnham on Crouch who beat Castle Point of Canvey Island after two sudden death play off holes.
Bob Filer h/c 13.3 won D Baxter h/c 12.8 6&4
Pete Robins h/c 13.9 lost D Berstead h/c 13.3 5&4
Mike Webley h/c 14.2 lost S DuPree h/c 14.6 1down
Malcolm Norton h/c 15.5 won C Brockwell h/c 16.6 1up
Peter Garnett h/c 15.8 halved B Quirk h/c 17.9 halved
Peter Hele h/c 15.8 lost S Birmingham h/c18.1 1 down
Howard Emmerson h/c16 won D Chilvers h/c 18.6 1 up
Adrian Cherry h/c 17 won J Botten h/c 20.7 5&4
Brian Castle h/c 18.7 lostT Vale h/c 21.4 3&1

Won on First play off hole by Sir Malcolm Norton.

Norman Plum Match

Stoke by Nayland V Burstead

On Sunday 14th April SbN played the first Norman Plum match of the year. Unfortunately the team were knocked out after a defeat to Burstead. The score was 3.5 – 2.5.

The Home team players results: Steve Martin and Jules Mumford won 3 and 2, Guy Holland and Paul Nuttall lost by 1, John Sandford and Andrew Searles halved.

The Away team players results: Kevan Priestland and Jason Hoggarth won 3 and 1, Paul Raison and Alan White lost 3 and 2, Eric Fisher and Bob Tokley lost 2 down.

Thank you to the team who played so well against a very good Burstead side.

Thornton Cup

Morning Foursomes
Stoke By Nayland 5 v 0 Mardyke Valley

Afternoon Singles
Stoke By Nayland 8 v 2 Mardyke Valley

On a day that threw almost every type of weather at us, SbN prevailed against a tough Mardyke Valley Team.

It was touch and go for a few holes with matches 2 and 3 being very tight throughout the morning.

We were predominately up throughout all the matches in the afternoon with Paul Lankester Unfortunatley losing to their number 1 player and Tom Everett loosing on 15,

All in all a very positive and strong start to the 2019 season.

On Sunday 2nd June Stoke travelled to Stock Brook Manor for the 2nd round of the Thornton Cup, the morning foursomes were lead out by Josh Day & Ian Carter who as a pairing, had 5 birdies and an eagle whilst cruising to a 4&2 victory. There were also wins for Sam Wardle & Jack Woods (5&3), Paul Lankaster and the on form Callum Hensby (2&1) and the last pairing out that included Andrew Tokely & Louis Freeman (2&1).

With Stoke sitting on a 4-1 lead it was time for the afternoon singles and with only needing 4 points for victory there was no better way to start than Ian carter (2&1) and Callum Hensby (6&5) delivering 2 early points on the board, with the last few matches very tight and a game that no one could call Alex English who was 2 down through 11 managed to win the next 5 holes for a 3&2 victory followed by a 4&3 victory by Andrew Tokley and a 4&3 victory by Sam Wardle.

The final result of the match was a 9-6 victory to Stoke by nayland who await to here who they will be playing in the 3rd round.

Curry Cup

On Sunday May 5th, the Curry Cup team entertained the team from The Essex to play 36 holes on the Gainsborough course. After the morning foursomes the teams were level on 3 points each but the home team performed well in the singles in the afternoon, winning 9 of the 12 matches and finishing with a 12½ to 5½ victory.

Essex Seniors Team Championships Round 2

Friday 10th May

Warley Park 7.5 -Stoke by Nayland 3.5

This is singles match play with teams of eleven a side off full handicap.
Warley Park had beaten the holders The Rayleigh Club in Rd 1 so a hard match was anticipated.

Recent rain had made the greens slower than expected and putting was tricky, making home advantage important.

The home side all played very well to beat a very strong Stoke side. Notable performances for Stoke were wins for Allen Smith (1 up), Graham Vandervord (3 & 2) and Mike Moore ( 1 up). Simon Oliphant did well to obtain a hard fought half.

A match played in good spirit and good luck to Warley Park in future rounds.

Ladies Silver Trophy

The first match of the season was played on 13th May on the Constable Course against a team from Burnham on Crouch.

Conditions were ideal with the sun shining and a slight breeze. Bev Thompson led the field and after a very close match, with the lead swinging back and forwards , the match was halved on the 18th hole .Margaret Bently facing stiff opposition lost her match 5/3, as did Catriona Chaplin with the opposition winning 5/4 .The final two matches were both won by Stoke, Sue Spittlehouse having a good win 5/3 and Fran Chandler managing to win 2/1 on the 17th hole.

The end result was a halved match with 2 and 1/2 games each, which was a very fair result.

Maryan Griffiths Silver Trophy Team Captain

The Silver Trophy Team played their second match ,Away ,against Stockbrook Manor .The home team fielded a very strong team and Stoke by Nayland lost by 4.5 to 0.5 points. Margaret Bentley was our only player to half her match on the 18th hole.Sue Latham who had been one or two up all the way was unfortunately beaten two up on the final two holes. Bev Thompson, Catriona Chaplin and Fran Chandler fought valiantly but were all drawn against players with lower handicaps ,which was always going to be difficult when playing off scratch.

After a draw at home and a loss away at Stockbrook Manor Stoke by Nayland’s Silver Trophy team produced an excellent 5-0 win against Theydon Bois. The match was played on Friday 31st May on the Gainsborough Course as the Constable Course was being used as the venue for the Essex County Championships.
The Team was led out by Bev Thompson who produced her best golf of the season to win 4/3 on the 15th hole. The front nine was very close but Bev’s back nine was of a very high standard.
Captain Maryan Griffiths had brought into the team Mandy Byham , who is one of the most consistent players in the Club. This proved to be a very good move as Mandy cruised to a 7/6 win.
Maryan was not let down by Catriona Chaplin, Fran Chandler and newcomer Anne Hemmings who all won to seal the overall points.
Stoke by Nayland travel to Ilford GC on Saturday 8th June for their fourth league match of the year where a win is vital.
Team: Bev Thompson 4/3, Mandy Byham 7/6, Catriona Chaplin 1up, Anne Hemmings 2/1 and Fran Chandler 4/3.

Stoke by Nayland played their penultimate league match of the season away to Ilford Golf Club on Saturday 8th June.
Ilford, with some very experienced players, proved to be tough opponents and this was just too much for SbN who lost 4-1.
All the Stoke players battled well and there were some tight finishes. Bev Thompson showed great fortitude after being four holes down with four to play. She then won three holes in a row only to be beaten on the 18th.
Mandy Byham had an epic fight with long hitting Pam Wilburn with the match seesawing one way and another. In the end the home player triumphed.
There were similar stories with Catriona Chaplin and Fran Chandler who was only beaten on the last hole.
But star of the day was super - sub Anne Hemmings, in only her second Silver match who won 6&4.
With nothing but pride to play for now the team will travel to Stableford Abbotts on the 26th July for their final match of 2019.

Silver Trophy Report v Stapleford Abbotts
Stoke by Nayland played their final match in the Silver Trophy League on 26th July against Stapleford Abbotts. The result was a win to Stoke by 3 matches to 2
The match commenced with thunder rolling around and continuous rain which ceased only when the final pairing reached the fifteenth hole.
Most of the matches were very close with Bev Thompson our first player out winning her match 1 up. Margaret Bentley our next player won her match convincingly by 5/4 , while Sue Spittlehouse finished 3/2 up with the match swinging from one player to the other. Catriona Chaplin ‘s match resulted in a win for the opposition as did Fran Chandler’s after a very close contest with her opponent winning 2/1.
The team has been dogged by injuries this season but it is commendable that our players and caddies have continued to show real dedication to the Stoke by Nayland team.
Maryan Griffiths Silver Trophy Team Captain

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