Axe Cliff Ladies Open joy for East Devon team

PUBLISHED: 22:04 10 September 2018 | UPDATED: 22:04 10 September 2018

The Axe Cliff ladies played stroke play for the Vets Bowl and an England Golf Medal Pin, writes Dave Bruce.

It proved to be another mighty close contest throughout and, at the end of the day, Sandra Walker was acclaimed as the overall winner with a nett 76.

Countback had to be used in terms of the minor places with Barbara Cummings taking second and Stella Thompson third, after both scored a nett 77.

Friday saw the staging of the annual Ladies’ Open meeting which this year drew a very good field of some 60 players from clubs in Devon and Dorset.

With conditions ‘ideal’ it was not surprising that only one point separated the top six teams with countback called into play to determine final positions.

The format was a stableford Bowmaker in teams of three with two scores to count on each hole.

The strong team from East Devon Golf Club of Barbara Middleditch, Linda Knapton (who also won nearest the pin in two on the 14th), and Jane Williams, took the honours with a very good 77 points.

Finishing on the same 77 points, but edged into second after countback, was home player Margaret Kenchington and her partners Pat Baldwin and Liz Thompson from Bridport. It was good to see Margaret playing again.

Third, also with 77, were Royal North Devon’s team of Liz Blight, Heather Gale and Val Cooke.

Our lady captain, Caroline Bond, also had a strong team of Maggie Thompson, Teign Valley and Liz Haw from Oake Manor, and they took fourth spot.

Lady captain Caroline, in her presentation speech, thanked the Axe Cliff Seniors for not only giving up their normal Friday morning slot, but, as usual, helping the day go smoothly, helping with starters, ball spotters and car parking.

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