Saffron Walden Golf Club ladies end 28-year wait for Grace Norman Trophy success

PUBLISHED: 11:30 04 August 2016 | UPDATED: 11:30 04 August 2016

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The ladies of Saffron Walden Golf Club have won the Grace Norman Trophy for the first time since 1988 at Newmarket.

In the morning’s foursomes semi-finals, the team faced a tough challenge against Bourn.

In the lead match Delia Roberts and Jackie Smith, two down after five holes, fought back to parity at the turn.

They finally got their noses in front late on in the round to win three and two.

Lynda Minton and Vilma Krinks also rose to the occasion to finish four up with three to play.

The final pair of Kiyoko McLellan and ladies’ captain Jaine Fieldhouse were called in as the win was guaranteed.

The finals in the afternoon saw the team confronting Brampton Park, victors over Royston.

Walden lost the first match so were desperate for victory in their remaining matches.

Minton and Krinks were all square after nine, battling to a one-shot lead after 16 holes.

On the 17th, Minton sunk a brilliant 25-foot putt to ensure victory, three-up with one to play.

In the final match, McLellan and Fieldhouse were one-up after 16 holes.

As the tension rose, on the par three 17th, McLellan stayed calm to leave her tee shot 25 foot from the flag, while Brampton missed the green, chipped on and sunk the putt for a par.

A stunning putt from Fieldhouse for a birdie guaranteed the win, two-up with one to play.

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