Golfing competitions are coming on fast and furious at Frinton GC, a sure sign that spring has truly sprung. There were several events in the past week amongst all age groups, and both ladies and men’s sections.
The men played for ‘The Grand Trophy,’ aka the Breakfast Foursomes, a nett medal competition with drawn partners. The light rain didn’t dampen spirits however, and Jack Bruce and Glen Maleary came through winners, way out in front with a score of 65.5 nett. Nigel Jackson and his partner Ian Binns were in second place with a score of 74.5. And the team of Simon Partridge and David Baker finished third with 76.5.
The ladies had a more difficult time of it on their day. The weather looked promising early on, but by mid-morning the heavens opened, with hail, thunder and lightning causing many players to abandon the course. In fact only 10 out of 24 ladies finished, with Sarah Taylor winning the prestigious Van Zwannenburg Bowl, a competition for winners and runners-up of monthly medals. She scored 78 nett. Ginny Richardson came in second on count back with 80, just ahead of Jan Harrison in third place.
Frinton had a plum draw in the first round of the Essex Seniors Team Golf Championship. The Frinton team was captained by Vince McAuley. Ilford travelled down 24 hours in advance of their match to test out the course, a seemingly wise decision. However mother nature had something to say about that, and the benign conditions of Wednesday were entirely reversed on match day. The howling winds clearly favoured the home team, and Frinton won it 8 ˝ to 2 ˝.
Thursday 4th April saw the ladies Bronze Team, captained by Yvonne Davies, secure a 3 ˝ to 1 ˝ victory over visiting club, Abridge. Yvonne, Jemma Jackson, Judy Taylor, Tracey Taylor and Jan Wright battled their way home in a “brisk Frinton breeze” with the sun shining. The team captain thanked caddies and supporters for their contribution to Frinton’s success.
Rob Long and Simon Partridge won the Saltwood Plate, a winter knock-out event. There was some sibling rivalry in evidence as the winners beat John Harding and David Partridge in the final 2&1.
Marilyn Clarke performed one of her last duties as Lady Captain on Friday 29th March 2019 when she cut the ribbon on the new on-course toilets declaring them “Open”. About 25 members, plus a few golfers passing through and benefactors, gathered to celebrate the occasion with Bucks Fizz, sausage rolls and cake. The “Spend a Penny” committee would like to thank all who supported the project and Murray Northover for finally bringing it to the reality we can all benefit from today.