Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Despite the gloomy forecast there was little rain to spoil the Axe Cliff Seniors’ Open, writes Helen Kenworthy.
A fresh southerly caused a few problems for the excellent turn-out covering clubs from Weymouth in the East to Plymouth in the West. Before the prize giving the Axe Cliff captain, Rob Grove, thanked the competitors for their support and in particular Open organizer Peter Knighting.
The latter in turn thanked everyone connected with making the day a success, including Peter Crosbie, his staff on the course and in the clubhouse together with the Ladies who worked tirelessly all day and the event sponsors Langtec, who contributed to the exceptional prizes for the winners.
Although the stableford format was slightly different from 2013, it was again a team of three event.
The winners of the Axe Cliff Salver and first prize with 67 points were Bob Cleal, Vic Wood and Jim Wallis from Honiton.
It was a big day for Honiton as another team of David Maggs, Mike Stroud and Rod Armitage were runners-up with their score being 65 points.
Third place went to the Weymouth team of Lennie Harris, Jim Sinclair and Bob Jennings with 59 points.
For the home club the winners of first prize and the JB Cup were Chris Walker, Gilbert Cox and the captain Rob Grove with 67 points. Just a single point behind and therefore having to settle for second place were the team of Gerry Turner, Geoff Hubbard and Phil Wilkins who scored 66 points whilst third place with 63 points was the team of Rob Heard, Bill Polley and Dave Weston.
The prize for nearest the pin at the seventh hole went to Ken Gaze of Torrington and, at the 18th, to Jim Wallis of Honiton. Nearest the pin in two shots at the 13th hole was won by Vic Wood , also of Honiton. There were five twos on the day from Nick George of Windwhistle, John Brooking from Dinneton, Ken Gaze of Torrington, Lennie Harris of Weymouth and Nick Povey from the home club
The men’s section played Sunday in windy and wet conditions for the Centenary Niblick and first place was taken by Suart Dickson with a nett 79. In second place was Craig Trivett (on the back 9) with a nett 81 and also with a nett 81, but having to settle for third was Andy Chamber. There were three twos scored by Brian Kelland, Steve Reed and Nigel Pritchard.
The ladies had fine conditions for their competition which was a yellow-ball team meeting. First place was taken by the trio of Glenda Board, Sandra Walker and Lesley Crawford.
The runners-up were Pauline Willis, Helen Gaudie and Sarah Hampton-Rumbold.