Fiona Edmond (Aldeburgh) won the Seniors Strokeplay Championship at Thorpeness, returning 75 against the par of 74.  As a former English Seniors Champion, she was the obvious favourite in the enthusiastic and good-natured field of 29 and finished eight shots ahead of her nearest rival, Pippa Neall of Woodbridge.  In general, the scores almost certainly did not mirror the best the individuals can do and they were probably disappointed.  Apart from any other considerations, the weather was cold, cloudy and windy which no doubt didn’t help.

Watching the combatants striking off the first tee, it seemed that Championship nerves had sprung into action. The middle of the fairway was elusive, left and right rough generously peppered.  However, catching up with the players on eight, it was good to see that most seemed to have settled down and the field was moving pretty smoothly.

Four players qualified for the knockout Matchplay Championship scheduled for Wednesday and  Thursday mornings.  Pippa Neall (Woodbridge), Ann Fosker (Felixstowe Ferry), and Sophie Warner (Aldeburgh) joined Fiona Edmond (Aldeburgh) in this contest. They returned 83, 84 and 85 respectively, so the draw read Edmond v Warner and Neall v Fosker. 

Finer, warmer weather for the Matchplay would be a treat!

Leading Strokeplay scores:
75 Fiona Edmond (Aldeburgh), Champion;
83 Pippa Neall (Woodbridge) Runner-up;
84 Ann Fosker (Felixstowe Ferry);
85 Sophie Warner (Aldeburgh), Jane Darling (Stowmarket);
87 Rachael Goldsmith (Halesworth), Tessa Summers (Aldeburgh);
88 Nicola Bennett (Felixstowe Ferry), Vicki Hunt (Ipswich), Jennifer Aston (Bawburgh), Liz Bezance (Bury St Edmunds).

 Other results: 
Jennifer Aston won the nett prize (88-16-72);
Jane Darling headed the Stableford list.

1st Round Matchplay:
9.40 Edmond v Warner
9.48 Neall v Fosker

 Final match begins at 9.40 on Thursday.

Julie Latimer-Jones

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