FIFTY-FIVE members took part in the annual Chris Reece-Ford Memorial Trophy at Maldon Golf Club.

The competition remembers the late Maldon member, a former stalwart of the club, who passed away at only 60 years of age in 2008.

The format for the event is a full-handicap bogey off the men's white tees.

This year's winner with a fine score of +6 was John Abbott.

Second place went to Dave Purkiss, with +4, on countback from Mike Kempen. There was also a countback on +2 for fourth and fifth places, with Dennis Todd just edging out junior member Marley Read.

The Sunday prizes for nearest the pin went to Sam Cummins on the third/12th hole and to Dave Purkiss on the fifth/14th.

Meanwhile, Maldon's team played in the second round of the Norman Plum county competition against Toot Hill Golf Club.

The match comprised six better ball matchplay games, with three played at home and three away.

After the six matches it was tied at three each, so the result had to be determined by the aggregate of the number of holes each team was up in each win.

Maldon ran out winners by ten holes to nine and now progress to the third round.

Maldon's Leslie F Wood squad travelled to Orsett Golf Club for their second-round tie in the annual county knockout competition.

The team performed well against strong hosts in the morning foursomes and were only three matches to two behind at lunchtime.

However, Orsett proved too strong in the singles matches and eventually ran out winners by 11 matches to four.

With their season well underway, Maldon's seniors' section played their latest match, away to The Essex Golf and Country Club in Earls Colne.

On a well-presented course with fast running fairways and greens, home advantage and local knowledge proved invaluable.

The final score was a win for The Essex by 6.5 matches to 1.5.

The prize for nearest the pin was won by Maldon's Nick Shakespear on the 156-yard seventh.

In the May monthly stableford, which was also the men's section qualifier for the 2018 Tony Stevenson Trophy, the winner was Dennis Todd, with 35 points, on countback from Mike Worden.

Maldon ladies competed for The Mynott Cup.

The winner for 2018 was Val Rayner, with Margaret Caviel second.