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Frinton GC hosted the first round of the Leslie Wood in an action-packed match against Brentwood. President Malcolm Withycombe and Club Captain David Joshua led a good group of members to support Captain Rob Longís team.
In the morning foursomes, Liam Wilson and Ross McAuley gave Frinton a convincing and impressive win. Sadly though, it was the only one for Frinton so the score at lunchtime was 4 to 1 Brentwood.
In the photo: the Leslie Wood team and their caddies
Frinton clearly had a mountain to climb. The morning winners Wilson and McAuley were out first and won their matches, both 2/1. The news spread around the course that a comeback was looking almost possible. And then the tide turned and the wind came up, all to the home teamís advantage. Wins swiftly followed for Chris Hemingway (3/1), Simon Partridge (3/2), Alan Morrison (3/2) and Bill Burns (5/4). Paul Mutton, at all square playing 15, hit the shot of the day to 20 feet from the 14th fairway. Bob Newton and Mutton won their matches 1 Up and 3/1 respectively, and the final score was 9 to 6 to Frinton. The win was celebrated on the veranda before retiring to Captain Longís for pizza and pool.
The ladies played a stableford on their day. As usual for April, the cold north wind made the going more difficult. However Caroline Gard and Joan Withycombe were in fine form, both having scores of 37 with Gard named winner on count back. Two ladies finished with 35. Ginny Richardson was awarded third place on count back, just ahead of Julia Walshaw.
In the Friday menís stableford competition, David Moore was the winner with a seriously good score of 42 points. Kevin Smith was in second place with 39. And Brian Stokes was awarded third place on count back with 38, ahead of Murray Northover and Steve Mitchell, also with 38.
And finally fifty four gents and ladies entered the monthly stableford event open to all Havers Course members. Tony Nicholas outdid himself, winning it with 43 points. Three men scored 42, with Stuart Grimwade claiming second place on count back, ahead of John Harding and Colin Shaw.