Cretingham Ladies followed last year’s good run in the Stearn with a close fought but successful match at home to a strong team from Bungay.

This is a 36 hole foursomes matchplay competition played off a maximum handicap of 20. The day proved to be a real test of nerve and stamina with 2 of the 3 games finishing on the 36th hole.

The morning rounds started with some evidence of nerves from 2 of our pairs but all settled down so that at lunch, though down 2 and 4 in the first and third games, Ros and Jude had put up a tremendous display to come in 8 up in the second match out. There was all to play for in the afternoon.

First out, Carol and Margaret Newman were up against very strong and determined opposition: just as in the morning, our pair clawed their way in front before finally losing to a great putt by the Bungay player on the 36th green. As suspected, in the second match the Bungay lady playing off a twelve handicap suddenly found her game and their pair began a fight back: it was though only a matter of time before Ros and Jude came in with their win on the 14th (their 32nd hole)

All now depended on Margaret Upton and Kim who had held their own after Bungay had gone into an early lead, but had always been trailing. A win on their 33rd hole put them in front for the very first time and following two halved holes they came up the 18th 1 up. Margaret’s chipping and Kim’s putting didn’t fail and they gave us a great win.

We are now at home to Woodbridge in the quarter final on August 3rd.

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