FRINTON Golf Club have booked their place in the third round of the Leslie Wood competition.
They made progress after winning a tight match at home to Top Meadow, on Sunday.
Liam Wilson and Ross McAuley won two and one against the away team’s top pair and there were also wins for Alan Morrison and Bill Burns (three and two) and Murray Northover and Bob Newton (five and four).
Unfortunately, there were narrow defeats for Neil Smith and Paul Mutton (two and one) and, after a tense finish, Scotty Boyle and Chris Hemingway.
The latter just came up short on the last, losing one down, and it meant the lunchtime score was 3-2 to Frinton.
With the sun now shining, captain Rob Long set up his singles for the afternoon.
A couple of early, big wins from McAuley (six and five) and Mutton (seven and six) moved the score to 5-2.
However, a couple of close matches went in favour of Top Meadow, with one down losses for both Wilson and Northover.
This brought the visitors back into it.
Newton then stepped up held firm to win one up.
A solid short-game performance from Morrison saw him through his match to win three and two and a loss by the same score for Burns meant Frinton needed just one point from the remaining three matches.
Hemingway duly brought it home with a three and two win and that was enough to secure the match and get Frinton through.
Under Long’s orders, the other matches were played out, with a half for Smith.
Meanwhile, with a point to prove, Boyle finished birdie, birdie to come back from two down with three to play and get his first Leslie Wood point.
Frinton will now play in the third round away on Sunday, June 25.
Meanwhile, there was a good turnout for the ladies' stableford.
Although the north wind prevailed, it felt more spring-like out on the course and the ball was rolling nicely.
Two ladies achieved 35 points, with vice-captain Margaret Dean awarded first place on countback ahead of Ginny Richardson.
Several ladies finished with 33 points, but third place went to Caroline Gard.
The Poker Circle held its Spring Meeting.
The format was a four ball better ball.
Most of the day was bright with a bit of wind and the scores reflected the weather and the fine condition of the course.
The winning combination was veteran Alec Rowley and Luke Nokes, with 43 points.
Peter Irwin and Harry Sanderson were awarded second place on countback, ahead of Rodney Holder and Brian Cordery.
Ian Chamberlain finished with an eagle three on the 18th.