After a twenty-eight year wait Saffron Walden finally found success in the Grace Norman Trophy event with a hard fought 2 – 1 victory over Brampton Park. The Links, Newmarket hosted the semi-finals and final of the Inter-Club Foursomes competition and provided a real challenge for the four clubs involved.
(Photo of Saffron Walden celebrating their victory l-r Dee Roberts, Lynda Minton, Vilma Krinks, Jaine Fieldhouse (Captain), Kyoko McCellan and Jackie Smith.)
In the semi-final Saffron Walden faced a tough challenge from Bourn. The top match was evenly contested but Saffron Walden’s Jackie Smith and Delia Roberts edged ahead to clinch a 3 & 2 victory. Their second pair of Lynda Minton and Vilma Krinks took an early lead and held their nerve to win 4 & 3. As a result had been achieved the third match was called in.
In the second semi-final Brampton Park faced Royston and their top pair of Fay Allison and Cath Emery put in a great performance to win their match 5 & 3. Royston fought back to level the score when Josie Seward and Linda Lakey combined well to win their match 3 & 2. The final match was evenly contested and went to the third extra hole before Brampton Park’s Lynda Hall and Ros Irons clinched a 1 up victory.
The final proved to be a real cliff-hanger. Brampton Park’s top pair of Fay Allison and Cath Emery raced to a 7 & 6 victory. The second match between Lynda Minton and Vilma Krinks (Saffron Walden) and Kay Osborne and Ann Norman (Brampton Park) was very evenly contested with the lead changing hands several times. With holes running out Lynda and Vilma slowly edged ahead and were 2 up after winning the 16th hole. They closed out the match 3 & 1 by winning the par 3 17th hole.
With the match all square at 1 game all Saffron Walden’s Kyoko McCellan and Jaine Fieldhouse managed to win the 16th hole to go into the lead. On the Par 3 17th Ros Irons drive found the greenside bunker whilst the drive of Jaine Fieldhouse finished pin high on the edge of the green. After a good recovery from the bunker by Lynda Hall, Ros Irons just failed to sink a long putt. Kyoko McCellan produced a good chip and Jaine Fieldhouse sunk the putt to win game 2 & 1 and to clinch victory for Saffron Walden by 2 & 1.