THERE were clear winners as Colchester Golf Club Ladies contested a four-ball competition.

Renate Clarke, the Ladies’ Captain, hosted the event and with almost the whole playing section turning out, the ladies made it a very special day.

There were 76 ladies playing in four balls, with the best three scores counting on each hole.

It was no mean achievement for the winning team of Trish Wilson, Wendy Smith, Carol Irvine and Liz Reid when they returned a card with 125 points.

They finished seven points clear of the second-placed team comprising Shelley Persent, Romany Foster, Caroline Slagel and Claire Hebden.

They saw off Hayley Joel, Catherine Chick, Bev Parker and Katie Cooper on countback, after both teams scored 118 points.

Nearest the pins were on the eighth and 16th holes and were won by Cassie Cunningham and Romany Foster.

Liz Bainbridge won the putting competition while Ashley Yates, playing off 18, scored 42 points to win the Sunrise Stableford where 29 competitors earned their early morning breakfasts.

Yates was three points clear of the rest of the field, with Ben Williams (5) leading the chasing pack with 39 points for second.

Dave Blackmore (12) was third on 38 points, with Chris Scott (20) and Richard Hayes (11) both returning 37.

In the Walk-on-Stableford, Chris Monk (11) just beat Mark Westall (13) after a countback.

Simon Hutton (9) and Edward Mason also had to be separated by a countback, with Jon Potterton taking fifth on his own with 34.

In the Vets Stableford, Bob Tebby (17) romped home with 40 points, finishing three clear of Norman Sibbons (21).

Three players shared 36 points - Michael Walsh (20) Malcolm Buy (18) and Colin Terry (12).

Colchester GC's scratch Youth Shield team cantered home against Colne Valley.

With better all-round handicaps, they had an easy victory.

Colchester's Curry Cup team lost 10½-7½ at Stoke by Nayland GC.

Halving the morning’s foursomes three matches each, the afternoon got off to a great start for Colchester with Andy Smith, Dan Nicholls and John Redden all taking points in the first three games out.

But with Dominic Bibby and David Barnes scoring the only points from the next nine matches, Stoke by Nayland claimed victory.