Axe Cliff Brian Abbott Foursomes trophy triumph for Glass and Bragg
PUBLISHED: 20:47 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 20:47 23 May 2018
The Axe Cliff seniors have had a busy time of late and they were forced to fight a very strong easterly which played havoc with the scoring in the annual Brian Abbott Foursomes trophy, writes Dave Bruce.
Nine blobs were recorded by one pair and four balls lost by another pairing! This year’s champions were Malcolm Glass and Ron Bragg with 29 points, closely followed by the pre-match odds-on favourites, Brian Thompson and Steve Gibson, who were also pushed all the way by Dave and treasurer, Bill Polley, who had to ultimately settle for third spot with 27 points.
The only two recorded was on the tricky par three, 157 yard, seventh with Brian Thompson having to take a three wood drive into the wind. Somehow it finished just off the green but pin high and Steve Gibson calmly chipped in as only he can ! No photo taken as it was felt that the wind would blow their hair too much!
On a much kinder day we had our return Emerton Court match, at home, with a strong low handicap Thurlestone team.
Like Manchester United on Saturday afternoon, we did not score and so came second. The matches were closely fought with two matches being lost on the 18th and a further two by 2-1. We wish Thurlestone every success in the next round.
In a very enjoyable match with our visitors from Taunton’s Vivary Park we lost our unbeaten home record, this year, going down in a close contest that could have gone either way, three-and-a-half to two-and-a-half.
Malcolm Glass and Paul McGuire halved their game; Robbie Robinson and Mick Tomes had a resounding five-and-four win, as did steward, Martin Chapple and Steve Gibson. No one managed Nearest the Pin for Axe Cliff on the difficult par three 14th.
However, the bottle of wine was given to Robbie Robinson for getting a two on that hole with a fine chip.
Last Friday, on a glorious day, saw a good turnout for the Lavarack Stick Trophy. One has to be 70 plus to enter, in good health and mind!
This year’s winner was that well-known Welshman David Evans with a fine Stableford score of 39 points.
Not far behind and only separated on countback came on-form Bill Polley, beating old Gilbert Cox, ruing his putt on the last hole that just wouldn’t fall in the hole; both had scores of 37 points.