Inter Club Match v Benton Hall - Away - 17th July 2019


Inter Club Match v Benton Hall - Away - 17th July 2019


BENTON HALL        3         STOKE BY NAYLAND         5


The day dawned bright and sunny, and what seemed like soon after daybreak the SbN seniors met for pre match tea and coffee at Benton Hall, for the return fixture from our match up on the Constable course on 24th June - could SbN seniors be victorious once more? The course looked in fabulous nick, especially the greens, which were fantastic.

In Match One, our captain, Ian B teamed up this time around with the in form Norman Davidson, and duly got off to a great start racing to 5 up at the turn before our hosts started to mount a comeback, to no avail though, with SbN coming out victorious 3&2; of particular note was Norman’s heroic recovery shot from a lateral water hazard on the 7th, without damage to his sartorial elegant image, to save par and win the hole.

Match Two saw vice captain Terry Mitchell, paired with your correspondent. A closely fought contest ensued, with the SbN pair never behind except on the first, and making the turn 3up, with Terry, who had a particularly impressive morning, and Pete easing through the gears on the back nine to coast home 4&3. 

Match Three saw Philip Hickley, current Barber Cup holder and Peter Houghton,  in a “nip and tuck” contest that they eventually lost 2&1. Unfortunately Phil’s newly acquired and very expensive Scotty Cameron putter, won in a recent charity raffle, did not stand him in good stead, with 3 putts per green featuring on more than one occasion.

Match Four was a positive “birdie fest”, starring Collin Broadhurst, partnering Tony Reeves, with a magnificent 6&4 win, that was described as “lucky” by their dejected opponents - 6&4 lucky, not likely!

Match Five was a wily affair with Bob Filer matched up with David Wilson, and after a tense and tight four hours in the heat of the sun, with more than a few LOFT moments (ask Bob ) our doughty fourball came in all square and the match was halved.

Match Six was another tight affair, with John Williams partnering David Drew, they were involved in a spectacular finale, resurrecting themselves from dormie two, to claw their way to a share of the spoils - match halved.

Match Seven was a fairly straightforward ramble around the course for our opponents from Benton Hall, who dispatched our pairing of Andy Higginson and Tony Denmead 4 & 3, with aplomb. It was a challenge for me to obtain any highlights from Tony afterwards, so this game was probably best forgotten.

Which leads us to the final pairings in Match Eight, where Allen Smith and Ray Ludlum did battle in SbN colours and came home victorious 3 & 1, with Allen in sparkling form scoring three birdies.

So all in all a very satisfactory outcome for Stoke by Nayland Seniors who romped home 5-3 to keep up their impressive form this term. SbN will once more pit their golfing wits against Benton Hall in the semi final of the John Day trophy on 21st August which should be a great event.

Thanks to our hosts Benton Hall, who’s roast chicken lunch was splendid and enjoyed by all.


Many thanks indeed to Peter Hele for his report of today’s activities @ Benton Hall.


          1. Ian Bickers - Captain

Norman Davidson                   

          2. Peter Hele - Reporter

Terry Mitchell

          3. Phil Hickley

Peter Houghton 

          4. Collin Broadhurst

Tony Reeves

          5. Bob Filer

David Wilson

          6. John Williams

David Drew 

          7. Andy Higginson

Tony Denmead

          8. Allen Smith

Ray Ludlam