WILL Elder was a worthy winner of Playgolf Colchester's annual Senior Championship.

He won with an excellent score of 78 gross after recording a birdie, eight pars and nine single bogies to claim victory.

Steve Loran posted the next best score with 84 gross, carding four pars and a birdie to finish second.

Geoff Backhouse was third with an 86 gross, with seven pars and one birdie - it was the five double bogies that let him down.

With the tees set as far back as possible, it was a much more testing course for some of the players.

The Championship was well supported though, with players playing for gross and nett prizes.

The Nett Trophy was won on countback by this year’s vice-captain Stephen Peeling, with his 73 nett.

He beat off Barry Dayman with a better back nine score while John Eade was third (74 nett).

Alan Cole, Stephen Peeling, Geoff Backhouse and Steve Loran received a sleeve of balls for their birdies on the par three holes.

Steve Clarke, Mick Herant and James Wills combined to card the best score in the Playgolf Colchester Texas Scramble competition.

The team used their drives well and played out of their skins with some excellent approach play to card an excellent score of 60.1.

Brothers Andreas and Christos Fantousi teamed up with Spencer Bond to finish second (60.7) while Trevor Hollingsworth, Mick Farr and Dave Defreitas were third (61.5).

Playgolf Lady Captain Pauline Jordan invited all members to join the Ladies’ Section for a fun day of golf.

A large field took to the course to the format of the 1,2,3 - 1,2,3 Playgolf Waltz stableford scoring.

The best score was recorded at the first hole, the best two at the second and all three at the third, continuing through 18 holes.

There were also two Power Play holes, where players could opt to play to a difficult or easy pin position and the opportunity to Beat the Pro’s tee shot on a par three.

Playing the more difficult position earned double points on that hole and this format equated to a possible nett par score of 84 points.

A fantastic 89 points gave a runaway victory to the team of Alan Pearman, Jan Blackmore and John Eade.

Their nearest rivals, Carol Farrance, Will Elder and Allan Bushe, were five points off the pace.

Linda Dundon, Michael Johnson and David Field were third a further four points adrift carding 80 points.

Jeanette Shea secured nearest the pin at the third hole, Alan Barrett was nearest the pin at the 14th and Stephen Peeling produced the straightest drive at the second.

Three players managed to beat Pro Mark Hetherington - Terry Pettit, Barry Dayman and John Homewood.

An amazing £443 was raised for the Lady Captain’s chosen charity, Beacon House Colchester, Bringing Hope.

The Playgolf pair of Carol Farrance and Sam Durrant were fourth in the Hintlesham Mixed Open.