Axe Cliff Captains Day success for Gerry Turner and Sid Pember

PUBLISHED: 12:44 28 August 2018 | UPDATED: 12:44 28 August 2018

Axe Cliff Captains Day winners Gerry Turner and Sid Pember with seniors’ captain Dave Bruce (centre). Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Axe Cliff Captains Day winners Gerry Turner and Sid Pember with seniors’ captain Dave Bruce (centre). Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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The Axe Cliff seniors team together with another 36 members took part in Captain’s Day which saw three events running all the one day, writes Dave Bruce.

The Captains Shield, for the lower handicappers (up to 20) saw a fine performance from Gerry Turner, who turns 80 this year. Gerry, showing a solid return to form, helped by some fine tuning support from club professional, Andrew Thompson, took the Cup with a magnificent 40 points.

A close second, with 38, was Dave Weston and next was secretary Mick Tomes on an impressive 37 points. Gerry was also the only one with a two on his card.

For those of over 20 handicap the Cooper Shield was the prize and this too was won by an older club member with 81 years young Sid Pember winning with an amazing 39 points from younger Richard Orsman and John Purdy respectively, both on 35 points, but separated on countback. It was good to see John Purdy putting well again. Alan Vincent and Mike Jamieson both recorded twos.

The special prizes of nearest the pins on par threes holes 11 and 14, went to treasurer Bill Polley and young Mike Jamieson while Jimmy Whiting hit a cracking second shot to the par four 13th to take nearest the pin, after two shots!

Everyone enjoyed a wonderful buffet from Wendy with nice warm mulled wine, compliments of seniors’ captain Dave Bruce.

On the day the raffle raised over £150 for the Captain’s Charity, helped by a generous gift of a good bottle of whisky, donated by Alan Vincent, which was auctioned and raised £20.

Last Friday, a good contingent of players took part in the August Medal. Steve Gibson, again in fine form, was the overall winner on nett 70, but only on countback from a battling round from Nick Povey. Brian Thompson, with another solid round, took third spot with a nett 71. Alan Vincent is quickly becoming a two specialist with another one on his card.

Axe Cliff seniors battled well at Long Sutton in Somerset where they went down 5-1 with many of the games being close.

Honours were basically shared as Axe Cliff had won the earlier season meeting four-and-a-half to one-and-a-half. The only Axe Cliff success fell to the formidable pairing of Nigel Garwood and Leighton Morgan.

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