And then there were two

Two teams from opposite ends of the country will contest the final of the inaugural 2022 British Clubs Mixed Championships tomorrow.

After two exciting semi-finals today at Boavista GC in Portugal’s beautiful western Algarve, Stoneham GC, from Hampshire, will take on Northumberland’s Stocksfield GC to decide the best mixed side in the country.

Top 100 golf club Stoneham defeated Lincolnshire’s Belton Woods GC 4-1 with a string of impressive displays, not least Bridget Stow and Neil Beazley taking the scalp of EuroPro player Chris Haynes and his partner Julie White 4&2.

Louise Caplen, who plays off 1.4, and husband Mark defeated Matt Haynes and Ailsa Lines 3&1 while Elaine and Graham Hutchins edged Rob & Gaynor Palframan on the 18th.

Belton Woods’ Rob Harris and Kim Davies pulled one back with a 4&2 victory over Sandy Wiswould and Khalid Aslam but Rachel Hanbury and Gordon Harris completed Stoneham’s win with a 1up triumph.

Joining them in the final will be Stocksfield GC, who continued their impressive run in the competition by beating Bedfordshire GC 4-1.

Hilary Denny and Nick Serrecchia gave Bedfordshire early hope with a 6&4 victory over Sonia and Raymond Kennedy.

But Stocksfield hit back in style as Fintan Kealy and Jo Blackburn pipped Nigel Cole and Nicki Reynolds on the 18th, Ben Squire and Linda Squire beat Mark Lewin and Caroline Kirby 2&1, Gary Kennedy and Sue Brown defeated Lee Passmoor and Chin Fern Griffiths 3&2 and Simon and Alison Martin edged Andy Reeves and Rachel Stark 1up.

Kicking off proceedings tomorrow will be Bedfordshire GC against Belton Woods GC in the third-place play-off before Stoneham and Stocksfield contest the final.

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