Axe Cliff and Honiton golf round up

PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:53 16 June 2010

The Axe Cliff men played their seventh round of the Winter League. In first place with a massive 48 points were father and son, Alan and Wayne Vincent.

The men played their seventh round of the Winter League. In first place with a massive 48 points were father and son, Alan and Wayne Vincent. In second place, beaten by only point, were the Winter League leaders Mike Cottam and B Waller with 47 points. Third, and beating quite a few teams on count-back ruling, were S Orren and M Rymer with 44 points.

At last the ladies managed to play golf. It was a Stableford competition, nine hole and an 18 hole competition. The winner of the 18 holes was Sandra Walker (14) with 34 points and second was Pauline Standerwick (30) with 30 points. The nine hole competition was won by Helen Gaudie (25) with 15 points, second was Liz Wheeldon.

Despite the hard ground and the bitterly cold easterly wind, the 30 participants completed the Christmas Stableford. There were two divisions and the best score of 30 points came from Gilbert Cox (18) to win top prize in the first division.

Two players recorded 28 points with second prize, on countback, going to Malcolm Glass (18), relegating Iain Bain (13) to third spot.

In the second division the outright winner, with 27 points, was Don Lee (25) and second place once again had to be determined on countback as two players returned scores of 26 points. Derek Williamson (24) claimed second prize, edging out John W White (21) to third place.

In the end there were no losers as the Captain, Chris Walker, rewarded all who had taken part with a bottle of wine.

Seniors' winter league fourth round: Peter Knighting and John Mant stole the show with 36pts, one point ahead of Gilbert Cox and Derek Wiliamson. In third place on the inward half ruling were Roger Wright and Alan Vincent with Geoff Hughes and Mike Jamieson the pairing to miss out.

HONITON - The rain had held off for the Texas Scramble but a fine mist shrouded the course as the players met for an 8.15am shotgun start.

Players were put in teams of three, playing off 10 per cent of a combined handicap. Although the course was a little damp, play was on a majority of greens, always a blessing to enjoy in the winter. The Texas scramble format requires the team to choose the best positioned ball of the three shots and each player to play his ball from there until a ball is successfully holed.

My own team decided that our best ball down the first was the one nestling in the greenside bunker, which tells you why we were nowhere near the winning scores. That honour fell to Paul and Merv Blackmore and their partner Stu Selway with a fantastic 62.1.

Second and third could not have been closer with Andy Harrison, John Marchant and Alan Seager's 63.5 successfully pipping Steve Morris, James Lambert and Dave Lavender's 63.6 by that .1 of a shot!

It's all about having the right handicaps! The captain, Nick Richards, had a huge smile on his face as he handed out the prizes because his team of Jason Gosling, Keith Crane and himself had scored the only two of the day on the seventh. It took all three putts to hole it but they walked away with 46 golf balls to share between them.

This week the Tuesday Mixed format was the popular American Foursomes. Due to the heavy rain, the competition was played over 14 holes. The winning pair were Ro Poole and John Frith with 29pts; 2, Olwen Eaton and Richard Pyle, 26; 3, Jennifer Pyle and Bill Eaton 25pts on c/b from 4, Lady vice captain Sue Ritchie and Mike Watts.

Due to the course closure, the ladies' Mail on Sunday match against Woodbury had to be played away. It was played on the Black Course on Oaks. The greens were in very good condition but through the greens was very wet indeed and both sides struggled for distance. It went down to the last match where Honiton needed an outright win, the very creditable half was just not enough, therefore Woodbury go through to the next round with a 3/2 win over Honiton.

Tim Avery, the B Team's sponsor, relinquished the captaincy, after four years, ahead of taking up his duties as incoming club captain John Stabb's vice captain. He'll be a hard act to follow but the mantle now falls to trusty Andy Harrison who is already looking for players for the first games of the season. Those wishing to join in the fun should put up their names on the sheets provided.

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