Yellow ball pressure for Axe Cliff Golfers

Simon Wellington, Andy Hopgood and Kyle Phillpots enjoying the sun

Simon Wellington, Andy Hopgood and Kyle Phillpots enjoying the sun - Credit: Dave Bruce

Axe Cliff Ladies enjoyed their first Medal Round in a long while and even started with the first round of the putting competition for the Freddie Newberry Cup.  
Some good results were seen with top spot going to Karin Cox after a solid net 74 and consistent Jo Hopgood taking second place with a net 76 and also leading in the Freddie Newberry. Jill Wellington continued her good form by coming 3rd with a net 77. 
On a beautiful sunny day with white horses seen crashing on to Seaton Beach, the Seniors split into teams of three for the Annual Yellow Ball Competition. This competition is not for the faint hearted as the yellow ball passes each hole to a different team player and whoever has it then has his stableford score doubled, so the pressure is on, not only to score but more importantly not to lose the ball, as the team also loses the opportunity to score double thereafter. The best two scores count on each hole.  
Talking of pressure, the team of Dave Weston, Brian Thompson & Tony Strong were trying to retain the trophy they have held for the past three years. 
They got on the podium with 93 points but only managed third spot and were well beaten by the new Champions Andy Hopgood, Simon Wellington & Kyle Phillpots. Andy, with putting tips, from lovely wife Jo thinks they scored an amazing 111 points but Captain John Hanna only gave them 106. Second placed was the strong combination of David Evans, Adrian Bishop & Richard Orsman with 101 pts.  
I am surprised as they are all long hitters but not necessarily always in the right direction! Mind you, the team of Dave Bruce, Mark Wisby and former top Civil Servant in the Home Office Bob Cook were a little careless after scoring 61 points on the first nine and even managed 11 points on one hole with a net eagle and net birdie.  
We wish our Emerton Court team every success for this week's home round match against Mortehoe and I have high hopes for them.  
The course was looking and playing fantastic again. 

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