Around the golf clubs

PUBLISHED: 20:28 27 July 2011

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Having started Tim Avery's Captain's Day in the first group out Ollie Cave effectively swept the board with his round.

He took three of the five prizes available to him and recorded one of the most spectacular 'two's' you could hope to have on the course, through the worst of the day's weather.

First, his round of net 61 made sure he finished as overall champion. His drive at the 18th hole was immense and stood unsurpassed all day to secure the 'Jim Loosemore' longest drive trophy but not being satisfied with that he completed the hole with a neat wedge into the cup for an eagle two. On the way round he picked up the nearest the pin on the par 3 12th, where he recorded another two.

The other winners were in Div 1, Mark Gillard, Div 2, Paul Blackmore and Div 3, promising junior Ben Phillips. The Senior prize went to Ted Chandler, the Junior prize to Dan Noar and the ladies’ prize to Diana Gee. The ladies’ longest drive (on the sixth) went to Tricia Swindell with the Ladies 'nearest the pin' (2nd hole) going to Diana Gee. The Ladies 'nearest the pin in two' (third hole) was won by Andrea Squire. Men’s nearest the pin in two (8th hole) was won by Alec Gosling and on the 16th, was by James Drew.

A huge field had a magnificent day's fun, courtesy of Captain Tim who provided free golf balls stamped with his name to all competitors and a consolation drink after the round. Well done Captain and well done Ollie on what must have been the round of a lifetime.

●Sunday Stableford: The following day the club played the monthly Stableford with Mark Gillard (35pts) again coming first in Div1 ahead of Stuart Macklin (33pts) and Ron Graham (31pts). Div2 saw Steve Waller (35pts) triumph ahead of Steve Charlton (32pts) and Jonathan Barker (32pts).

●Tuesday Mixed: The Mixed Competition this week was very well supported. American Foursomes was the chosen format. The winning pair, with 39 pts, were Gerda Brown and Edward Backhouse. Second were Jane and Mike Watts with 35, third with 34pts ocb, were Andrea Squire & Alec Gosling.

and 4th place Lady Captain Sue Ritchie & John Dickinson. The Lady Captain took the opportunity of introducing and welcoming some new members who had played in their first Mixed Competition.

●Ladies’ Section: In familiar wet conditions, only 13 ladies played the full 18 holes in the three competitions held this Wednesday. The qualifying pairs for the finals of the Warren Crocus, to be played at Exeter on September 30, are Sue Ritchie and Elizabeth Ward for Silver Division, and Jenny Raison and Ann Desmoulins for Bronze.

The LGU Breakthrough Brooch (lowest overall nett score) went to Sue Ritchie, who also took first place in the July Medal with a nett 77. Second place went to Ann Desmoulins with a nett 78. Silver and Bronze 1 divisions were combined this week, which left Pam Greenaway winning Bronze 2 with a nett 81.

●Senior Section - This week has been like a season’s golf rolled into seven days. An Open, the quarter final of the Emerton-Court knockout competition, an inter-club match and a Stableford qualifier has left a number of players needing rest and recuperation.

Teams from all over Devon and adjoining counties competed in the Open better ball competition. A strong contingent from the Bridport and West Dorset Club made a determined attempt on top spot with the pairing of T Kearley and M Brake accumulating 41 points securing first prize for the visitors.

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The seemingly invincible home pairing of Bob Cleal and Jim Wallis, however, squeezed the visitors out of the overall win with 42 points also pipping another home pairing of Mike Kent and Bob Bilyard into second overall. A successful day also saw another £127 added to the Captains Charity

The Honiton "Emerton-Court" team continued their march in this competition with a quarter final against Churston. In the first leg at Churston Stan Squire and John Fleetwood recorded the only win for Honiton and with the away leg to come it is "a good game to win" as the saying goes.

Axe Cliff Golf Club were the visitors to Honiton this week in an inter-club match with the home team keen to avenge a previous away defeat. A convincing win saw Honiton take the overall result by just a half over the total of 12 games.

To round off the week 75 players competed in a Stableford qualifier. The runaway winner in Division One was John Fleetwood with 42 points followed by Stan Squire 36, and Norman Fleet,John Martin and Ted Chandler all on 35 points. Division Two was a closer affair with Rob Canterbury taking top slot on 38 points ahead of Steve Blundell and Norman Runciman both with 37, Ron Rogers 36 and Keith Thomas 35 points. The highlight of the day, However, was Peter Shepherd's "hole-in-one" on the twelth. A rescue club saw him record the first "one" in his 32 years of trying.

The photo is of: Captain Tim Avery with all round winner Ollie Cave


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