THE last special event on the golfing calendar - the Autumn Meeting - took place at Harwich and Dovercourt Golf Club.

The event was well-supported, with virtually all the playing lady members taking part in the Texas Scramble format.

Six teams of three, randomly chosen with a low, medium and high-handicapper in each team, took to the course in fine weather.

Sue Keen, Rose Wallace and Mandy Champ were the victors, with Viv Dale, Ruth Stapleton and Chris Bradford second and Kate Fender, Mary Allston and Sue Hayes third.

Allston and Anne Myers were nearest the pin (equidistant) on the seven/16th and Allston nearest the line on the second/11th.

Retired former captains joined the players for their post-competition dinner and presentation.

As this was the last event hosted by the lady captain, Viv Dale thanked the ladies for their support throughout the year, the committee for their assistance in ensuring each event ran like clockwork, the catering and bar staff and the greens staff who worked tirelessly to keep the course in excellent condition.

Dale will now pass on the captaincy to current vice-captain Ruth Stapleton at the AGM in November.

Elsewhere, there were more than 80 participants in Bill Carter's President's Day competition.

The first four ball teed off at 7.30am and the last finished at 5.30pm.

There was lots of expectation as there were plenty of prizes to play for.

However, the winner was Robbie Warren, with a very impressive 44 points, closely followed by Andy Hannon, who scored 42, and third-placed Jeff Woodgate, with 40.

The winner of the ladies' prizes was Sue Keen, followed by Ruth Stapleton.

Lee Cooper won the front nine with 23 points.

Woodgate won the back nine, also with 23 points.

Other prize-winners included Tom Neale (longest drive on the fourth hole), while nearest the pin on the fifth hole went to Aaron Good and nearest the pin on the 16th went to Jordan Slater.

Carter thanked all those who took part, with a special thank you to Peter Cole, who helped run the competition.

Everyone had a good day and the event raised over £500 for the president's charity, Cancer Research.