As bracing as Celtic Manor

PUBLISHED: 09:21 06 October 2010

John Saunders at Axe Cliff

John Saunders at Axe Cliff

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Round up of golf reports in East Devon and West Dorset

LYME REGIS - With weather conditions dominating the weekend and perhaps the events at Celtic Manor and the Ryder Cup proving a distraction,a depleted field took to the fairways for the Monthly Junior Stableford held on Saturday. As if to reward those brave enough to participate, the weather eased somewhat, allowing some high scores to be posted and, despite a creditable 35 points from G Seed and

37 from L Cottam they were eventually pushed into second and third places, respectively, when George Yorke came home with the winning score of 38.

The men’s monthly medal was cancelled on the Sunday, but mention should be given the the Hardy A team who had earlier clinched promotion

to Division 2 by beating Ashley Wood 5 1/2 to 2 1/2. Although Ferndown finished on the same number of points Lyme Regis were promoted

due to the number of actual matches won.

On a day when the recent benign weather conditions at Lyme Golf Club, albeit with a chilling northerly wind early in the day, seemed to indicate a continuation of the Indian summer, 61 senior golfers took to the field to contest the annual Briggs Trophy competition. Whilst some golfers consider the format for the event, where the aim is to achieve as many net par scores as possible with as few “bogey (1 over net par)” scores as possible, to be the purest example of individual golfer against the course, others find the alternative Stableford scoring system much more to their liking. Whatever their individual preference, the golfers who took part found the event a challenge and, overall, an enjoyable event, none more so than the eventual winner Peter Mayles. He followed up his recent success in winning the Grimsdell individual match play competition to complete a four under net par equivalent round to give himself a win by two points over Malcolm Hinxman who achieved second place, but only on countback, over Derek Sewell in third place, beating Peter Cogan, also with two points into fourth place.

●LYME LADIES - After the worry of early fog, the sun came out, making the ladies’ invitation 4BBB one to remember.

Results: 1, Jenny Scott, J Warner-Booth (Windwhistle) 41pts; 2, Karen Ellis, J Pomeroy (Yeovil) 39pts ocb; 3, Jane Dixon, K Horabin (Weston Turville) 39pts; 4, Rosalyn Cox, S Andrews (Badgemore Park) 38 pts ocb; Front 9: Di Smith, J Hair (Ashford Manor) 21 pts; Back 9: Anita Holms, Jo Beazley (Weston Turville) 18 pts ocb; Nearest the pin on the 8th and 13th Jo Beazley; On the 3rd Prue Russell. Holes in two: Di Smith; Prue Russell; Jo Beazley and P Cleverly.

HONITON - Sunday was fun day for the members as they organised teams of three to play a Texas Scramble. Scored in medal format, each team received a handicap of 10 per cent of their combined handicaps. It’s a lovely game to be involved with as you take the team’s best shot and try to improve on the last player’s attempt, leading to real concentration and heartbreaking drama on the greens as near miss follows near miss. The top prize-winning teams had no such worries and played fantastically well off very low handicaps. It just goes to show that the better players will always hole out in this format. 1, A Seager, J Aitken and T Dimond 59.6; 2, A Wall, J Piece and M Bond 60.7; 3, S Selway, N Selway and J Gillingham 61.7.

● This week Tuesday Mixed players, organised by the Lady Captain Elizabeth Ward, played for the Ward Trophy for the second time at Honiton Golf Club, Greensomes Stableford, drawn for partners. Due to the weather closing in, the competition was over 14 holes. The winning pair with 31pts. were Elizabeth with Peter Shepherd. Keeping it “in the family” second place with 27pts on c/b was Avril Shepherd and Paul Ritchie. Third place, losing out on c/b, went to Sheila Banks and Bill Eaton. The raffle, together with the entry money, raised £150 for the Devon Air Ambulance.

● The Past and Present Club Captains played their annual match against the Past and Present Lady Captains in a 4BBB Matchplay, with the Ladies winning 3-1.

● The ladies’ Daily Mail Foursomes was won by Jackie Seager and Henrietta Bradshaw, 32pts, beating Tricia Swindell and Hilda Hoepelman. Jackie and Henrietta will go forward to the Matchplay representing Honiton G C.

AXE CLIFF - On Sunday afternoon the A Team played the last East Devon League match at Padbrooke Park against Fingle Glen. Axe Cliff lost the match 3-2 with the winning pairs of David Quinn and Charlie Griffin and Glen Jackson and Chris Glover.

● Main club - Winner of the Dart Cup was Robert Gray with a nett 68. Second was Cyril Hellier with a nett 69. Winner of the Hazlewood Cup was Nigel Garwood with a nett 70. Second was Pete Northcott with a nett 72.

●The Seniors played the return inter-club match with Sidmouth. The team had lost heavily at Sidmouth in August. Axe Cliff won the first four matches, and 4-2 in the end. Winners for Axe Cliff included Gilbert Cox/ Brian Blackwood; Clive Davie/Rob Heard; Phil Christmas/John W White and Rob Grove/Jack Bannister.

● The wind got up during the September Stableford the following day, making the inward half particulary tough. But two players returned scores of 35pts, Rob Grove (16) winning on countback from Gerry Turner (10). Mike Jamieson (25) beat Peter Cartwright (20) on countback to take third.


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