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Alice Barlow (Newton Green) won her umpteenth competition of the season at Fynn Valley when she beat Georgia Parker (Bury St Edmunds) to take the County Junior Matchplay title.
Although Alice ran out the winner on the thirteenth, Georgia had put up a good fight. Outgunned by her opponent, she halved several holes with the much more experienced Alice and was still smiling at the end.
Alice leaves the Junior ranks this year and we look forward to seeing more of her as she joins the ladies. As for Georgia, she also has had a very productive year around the county and has considerably reduced her handicap since the beginning of 2016. We hope she will go on from strength to strength. By the way, she escaped before we could get a photograph of her!
Thanks to Sarah Howe for the information.
It was a great day for Haverhill's happy line-up seen above, as they won a really tight third match to clinch the Stearn Trophy for their club by two matches to one at Halesworth (3rd October). Val Shipp, the Ladies Captain, and Doreen Darby, Captain of the team on the day, shared the limelight with (from the left) Mary Sail, Linda Alexander, Anna Fairhead, Lyn Fish, Mandy Williamson and Sally Price.
Haverhill were up in all three matches after eighteen holes. Felixstowe were in trouble early on in the first game. Sheila Jarvis and Allison Kemp went to four down against Mandy Williamson and Lyn Fish. They got back to one down, then found the bush which set them back to two down where they remained over lunch. In the Stearn, you will remember that the score at lunch is the one the teams start with in round two. Jarvis and Kemp stormed into action winning five of the first seven holes and were four up. They were still four up after twelve. The fourteenth green is interesting with a big uphill slope at the front. Both teams scrambled on in four, Haverhill via a visit to the water hazard across the fairway. Hole halved. At fifteen, Kemp (Felixstowe) went through the green for two; Haverhill played an excellent approach shot to be near the hole in three. Once again, though, the hole was halved and the Match point went to Felixstowe by 4/3.
Leaving the second tussle aside for the time being because, in the end, it was the last match out on the course with one point to either team and the destination of the trophy at stake and we’ll head back to the third contest which proved a tad difficult for Felixstowe. Sally Price and Anna Fairhead (Haverhill) got the bit between their teeth after lunch, having begun at three up. The first was halved. Ann Maskell, Felixstowe’s stoical and determined player, hit a great shot to the short second but finished above the hole. Anna Fairhead found the lower part of the green with a fine blow leaving an uphill putt to follow. The Felixstowe putt rolled gently down to the hole without dropping in It gave Price a chance to win. However, it wasn’t to be and the hole was halved. Haverhill won the fourth for four up and, hanging on to and improving their advantage despite Felixstowe’s best efforts, they ran out the winners on thirteen. One point all.
Match two, where all the drama was to be played out, found Felixstowe's Pam Evans and the long-hitting Vicky Elliston facing Mary Sail and Linda Alexander. Despite the length advantage, the Felixstowe pair were two down at lunchtime. After lunch the pendulum swung back and forth. Along the way, Felixstowe moved to one up but, at the eighth, a picturesque hole with a pond in the middle and a tiered green which made putting tricky, found Evans holing a good putt along the lower level for a par four to go all square.
The game went on with a nip and tuck state of affairs and the all square scoreline was still in effect after thirteen. On fourteen Felixstowe failed to recover from a bunker, giving Haverhill a one-up advantage. Vicky Elliston hit a huge drive at fifteen, but her eventual putt for par hit the hole and stayed out and Haverhill produced a bogey five to halve and maintain the status quo. On sixteen, 152 yards, Linda Alexander hit a wonderful shot to the pin. Felixstowe did well to follow, but it was Haverhill’s hole leaving them at two up with two to go. Elliston struck a fine shot from the fairway to finish at the back of the seventeenth green. Haverhill’s Mary Sail followed, her second finishing close enough to the pin for a concession. Pam Evans, the Felixstowe Captain, had a putt down the green to keep the game alive, but it was too much to ask and the match finished in Haverhill’s favour, the scoreline 3/1.
A lovely picture (left) of both teams taking a deep breath after a hard day's play. Nearest the camera, Felixstowe in green jerseys. Beyond, the excited gathering of the winners, Haverhill, all trying to get a word in edgewise, it seems. Our President, Hermione Scrope (back to the camera) l ooks on with interest, having spent the whole day at Halesworth.
Results (Haverhill names first): Mandy Williamson & Lyn Fish lost to Sheila Jarvis & Allison Kemp 4/3; Mary Sail & Linda Alexander bt Pam Evans & Vicky Elliston 3/1; Sally Price and Anna Fairhead bt Linda Whybrow & Ann Maskell 7/5.
Final Result: Haverhill 2, Felixstowe 1.