PJ Challenge Trophy success for Axe Cliff seniors

PUBLISHED: 09:29 20 September 2018

Peter Jakes, who is the driving force behind the POJ Challenge Trophy played annually between Axe Cliff and Ashley Wood. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Peter Jakes, who is the driving force behind the POJ Challenge Trophy played annually between Axe Cliff and Ashley Wood. Picture CONTRIBUTED

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The annual seniors’ match for the PJ Challenge Trophy, between Axe Cliff and Ashley Wood of Dorset, resulted in another win for Axe Cliff, writes Dave Bruce.

This is the 16th year the trophy has been contested and this year Axe Cliff were the hosts – next year it will be back at Ashley Wood (the competition alternates year on year between the venues).

Once again it was a very close-run match with the final game deciding the result to leave Axe Cliff as the three-and-a-half to two-and-a-half winners.

The winning home pairs were Peter Jakes and Phil Hellier, Nick Povey and Rob Grove, and Neil Moorcraft and Mike Jamieson, while the ‘half’ was secured by the pairing of Simon Wellington and Nigel Pritchard.

The competition is the brainchild of Peter Jakes, who started it when he joined Axe Cliff from Ashley Wood some 17 years ago after acquiring a mobile caravan home at the large caravan park in Beer to use in the summer months before returning to his home near Poole during the autumn/ winter season.

It has proved very popular with a close bond between both clubs. Peter has been greatly helped by Nick Sellick, a long-standing member of Ashley Wood, and is the area manager for the Hall and Woodhouse brewery at Blandford.

There are nearest the pin prizes, but Peter and Nick ensure that everyone goes home with a prize and bottle of beer!

Peter, now retired, has had an interesting and varied career from RAF air traffic control, accountancy, hotel owner and electronics and sales executive.

The Axe Cliff Seniors finished the week with their monthly Medal, which was contested on a warm day resulting in some amazing scores, notably from Neil Moorcraft, who scored a nett 66 to take top spot.

Second place went to Dave Evans with a nett 68 and Chris Jowett came third with a good nett 70. Just the one two was recorded, and that was scored by Tony Strong.

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