Honiton B power back to ensure that new trophy is shared with Sidmouth B

22:42 30 July 2014




Honiton and Sidmouth B teams met in the second leg of their annual match.

For the first time this year, the teams played for a new cup kindly donated by Sidmouth’s Colin Macklin and Honiton B team captain Phil Wall supported by Sidmouth B team sponsors Acanthus, and East Devon Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic.

The cup will be contested on an annual basis between the club’s B Teams and is certain to cement the close relationship that is already enjoyed by the clubs.

After the first leg at home Sidmouth were leading five-and-a-half to a half and so opposition captain Steve Milton had good reason to be confident going into the second leg.

Appropriately, first out and making a welcome return to B Team golf was Colin Macklin supported by chauffeur Wobbly Bob Welsman who played against Honiton’s team captain Phil Wall and his successor for next year, Dave Chaffey.

After five holes the pairing were four down and the outlook looked bleak.

However, after sorting out a few ‘domestics’, a magnificent fight-back resulted in a half which turned out to be the best result of the day.

It is rumoured that Bob and Colin are currently favourites to win the ‘Married Couples’ trophy in August!

Sadly, it was all downhill from here onwards. Next out were Steve Milton and John Barnard who lost on the 18th against Spencer Macklin and Cyd Martin.

Roger Freer & Bob Skelly lost narrowly by two-and-one, as did Don Cooper and Mick Baden.

Despite losing, Mick kindly gave a lesson on ‘how not to chip over a bunker’ on the 18th hole keeping the crowded balcony entertained until the final result unfolded.

So the result finally depended on the Sidmouth ‘banker’ pairings of Malcolm Willoughby and Steve Channing and the dup of Chris Roberts and Steve Punter. Malcolm confidently informed the captain a few weeks before that he had never lost at Honiton which made him a must pick for the team. Just to make sure, he was paired him with Steve Channing to ensure that they had a few handicap shots up their sleeves. What could possibly go wrong? A sound thrashing by seven-and-six shattered the dream leaving the captain thinking that this level of pressure may have been a bridge too far for Malcolm.

Scratch golfer Chris Roberts, giving shots for the first time ever, and paired with ‘in form’ Steve Punter should also have been odds-on favourites to beat their opposition. Again, the golfing gods were against Sidmouth and the pair lost two-and-one.

So after all that, Sidmouth were beaten by the same margin that they had beaten Honiton at home. With the overall result of a draw for the trophy, it seems fitting that the two clubs should share the trophy in the first year it has been contested. There’s always next year!


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