Benton Hall v Stoke By Nayland - played @ Burnham on Crouch GC
Stoke through to the final thanks to a playoff hole won by Sir Malcolm Norton.
A brilliant result - well done boys !!!
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.
Well done everyone involved. We’re in the final. The job’s not done.
Let’s go win it!!!
Many thanks to Captain a Hatch for his report of the semi final fun and games.
The final to be played on the 11th September against Burnham on Crouch @ Three Rivers GC
GOOD LUCK TO OUR TEAM IN THE FINAL !!!