Anita's Ace

PUBLISHED: 10:30 03 December 2008 | UPDATED: 22:43 15 June 2010

FOR ANITA HOLMES the festive season has arrived early. On Thursday at Lyme Regis she won the Turkey Trot Stableford and on the par 3 166-yard 13th she enjoyed her own special Christmas present a hole-in-one.

FOR ANITA HOLMES the festive season has arrived early. On Thursday at Lyme Regis she won the Turkey Trot Stableford and on the par 3 166-yard 13th she enjoyed her own special Christmas present - a hole-in-one.Anita is one of the club's top players but it was her first ace and she has been playing that hole since she took up golf 28 years ago."I took out my driver as the ground was very wet and I could not really see where the ball went after it pitched," said Anita. "But my partner, Sally Stratton, was really excited, so excited in fact that she sent her own drive way out to the right. As I got nearer to the green I realised there was not a ball to be seen and I thought 'these things do not happen to me'. But they did and there was the ball snuggled in the hole."That earned Anita a cash bonus and five points for one on the scorecard. Sally, from Sidmouth, had to settle for one for five. Those five points were crucial as the excitement was too much for Anita on the next par 5 hole and she failed to score. Then the rain and mist came down and, being unable to see more than a few yards in front, Anita collected only five more points from the remaining holes for a total of 32. "We thought we had to finish just in case my hole-in-one would not count otherwise," she said.The pair had been the first out in the competition and when they arrived at the clubhouse it was crowded with many of the 40 competitors - those waiting to go out and those who had given up. Anita in traditional and seasonable spirit generously distributed celebration drinks from carafes of wine. Runner up was single-figure Anne Humphreys with 31 points. Division Two was won by Lesley Jelleyman 29 points, hcp 25, with Angela Clark second, 28 points.l On Monday, the course was frozen for the Seniors' monthly Stableford and the scores reflected that. Only 50 turned out. John Robinson was the winner with 31 points, Derek Wenn from Colyton had 29 and Paul Galloway 28. Steve Percival led Division Two with 33 points followed by Ray Farrell with 32 and Bob Rivers from Chideock making a welcome return to form with 30.

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