STOKE by Nayland Golf Club Seniors lost out at Colchester GC in the Essex Inter Club Championship.

Despite good wins for the injured Gerald Collins, Richard Cross, Graham Vandervord, John Williams and Tony Carmen, the hosts won 7-5.

Team captain Peter Garnet thanked his players and congratulated Colchester on their fine win.

A total of 95 Stoke by Nayland GC members played in the monthly medal, on the Gainsborough Course.

The best score of the day was posted by Halstead's Cyril Williams who playing off a handicap of seven, recorded a nett score of 68.

Despite a seven on the long par-five second, he subsequently only dropped shots on six and nine.

And with a birdie on the par four eighth, he got to the turn one better than his handicap.

From there, he had an impressive run of eight pars, only dropping a shot on the par-three 18th.

Williams finished second on countback from Gary Thompson, who will have the consolation of representing the club in the Lombard Trophy.

The inaugural running of the Dick Chalmers Memorial inter-swindle competition took place.

A shotgun start at 8am was preceded by bacon rolls and coffee for the 100 players in the Garden Room.

Dick died of Prostate cancer last year and was a very popular member of the club.

He liked playing in a swindle - a group of players always playing together for a small wager - so it seemed fitting to run a competition along these lines.

With teams of eight fielded by the ladies, friends and family and the men’s section, a good day was always going to be had.

The winning team was captained by Ian Carter with a team average stableford score of 35.62.

The trophy was presented to Carter by Dick’s widow, Pat and organiser, John Walker.

Roger Toone had the best score in the winning team and gave a short speech, with a toast to Dick finishing the day.

Toone’s personal score of 42 was pipped by Mike Moore, who scored 43.

This was helped by Moore's hole-in-one on the seventh hole, the fourth ace he has recorded.

With an eight-iron struck sweetly, one bounce and a three-foot roll saw the ball disappear into the hole.