Honiton Golf Club went to Thurlstone as underdogs in the Dartmoor League Cup v Exeter and with Captain Julian Netherway unfortunately away on holiday, it was always going to be a tough day on the fairways, writes Dave Carnall.  

With determination and the thoughts of the Captain lying in the sun, Honiton gained their first point with a 2/1 win for lead pair Andy Phillips and Steve Milton. This was followed by a loss for Mark Whitcombe and Mike Abraham but third pairing Paul Borkowski and Corey Leisk gave Honiton a 2-1 advantage.  

With the news coming from the last two matches, being very close, the tension started to grow and it was the paring of Ed Reece and Paul Stewart who held their nerve with Stewart holing a five foot putt on the seventeenth to secure the trophy.  

This came as a huge relief to David Carnall and Mark Kingdon who were in the last match as, after the sixteenth, it was all square, Honiton were victorious, 3.5 – 1.5. Phone calls were soon made to Captain Julian out in Spain, who congratulated his team on a brilliant win.

The Tuesday Mixed format was an 'Anniversary Waltz' in honour of the organisers' Golden Wedding Anniversary.  The competition was played over 14 holes in teams of four, with one score to count on hole one, two on hole two and three on hole three, followed by that sequence repeating.  

The top two teams could only be decided on countback as they both scored 63 points. It was Vera and Alan Richardson with Joan Crook and Steve Blundell who took first prize, with Maureen and Harry Lawrence, and Danusia White and Roger Edwards in second place.  Third place, with 55 points, went to Maggie and John Harvey with Linda Blundell and John Craig.

Honiton Seniors played for the Jack Knight trophy, won by John Pawley with Steve Butcher second. Following lunch, I, on behalf of Neil Price, let it be known to the past captains his intention to put forward to the members his choice of vice captain, Ian Collier.  

The start of the eclectic competition was won by Dave Maggs, with Martin Smith taking the Division 2 prize. Congratulations also to Mike Senitt for a superb round.