The golfers of Honiton are in celebration mode after winning the Inaugural Two Valley's challenge against Sidmouth, writes Dave Carnall. 

A long day awaited for both teams on Sunday, with breakfast served at Sidmouth at 7am and the first tee off an hour later, with six pairs of foursomes in the morning.  It was Sidmouth who took the early advantage with a 3.5 – 2.5 lead before all players headed back to Honiton for lunch followed by 12 singles matches.  

Honiton made home advantage count with an impressive 9-3 winning score in the singles to give a brilliant overall 11.5 – 6.5 victory. With dinner served, the presentation was made by the two Club Captains, John Spiller-Jones and winning Captain Paul Willey, and a great success for a new event that will hopefully remain in the calendar.

There were a few heavy showers to contend with on Wednesday, July 12 for the ladies stableford competition, but these were short-lived and were interspersed with sunshine on a typical English summer’s day. 

Division 1 was won by Rashmi Jeffery, who scored 37 points. Second and third places were decided on countback and it was Sue Kelson who just took second place from Kathy de Lacy, both with 36 points. 

Cathy Williams was the Division 2 winner with 37 points, followed by Jo Donmall with 35 points and Liz Rogers with 34 points. Diane Rider was the winner of the 9-hole stableford with 18 points and Ann Desmoulins came second with 15 points.

This week's Tuesday Mixed format was an American Greensomes in which both players tee off, swap balls and hit another shot, then choose the favoured ball and hit alternative shots to the end of the hole. 

Despite a dubious looking weather forecast, the heavy rain waited until the last group were safely in the clubhouse, much to everyone's relief.  There were some very good scores and in first place, with 43 points, were Janet Hughes and Ken Wood. Second place had to be decided on countback and it was Liz Wood and David Hughes who took the prize with 42 points.