Axe Cliff ladies retain the coveted Courtesy Cup in annual meeting with the seniors

PUBLISHED: 09:22 13 November 2018

A view of Seaton from Axe Cliff Golf Club. Picture: Terry Ife

A view of Seaton from Axe Cliff Golf Club. Picture: Terry Ife


The action at Axe Cliff centred on the seniors, who put out an extra strong team against the ladies to try and win back the coveted Courtesy Cup from the, writes Dave Bruce.

The cunning plan nearly worked, with most games going to the wire, but having to give them an extra eight courtesy shots on top of the normal matchplay rules, proved be just too much and the ladies therefore retain the cup for the second year running by virtue of their 3-2 success.

On then plus side for the seniors is the fact that the courtesy shots the ladies receive is reduced to seven for the 2019 meeting!

The winning pairs for the seniors were; Rob Grove and Gilbert Cox, who are a very good combination and Mick Swann and Bob Graham.

For the ladies, Barbara Cummings and Pauline Willis just edged Dave Bruce and

Geoff Hughes and Stella Thompson and Sandra Walker beat the seniors’ best pairing of low handicappers Bill Polley and Tony Strong by two holes. I hate to think how many shots Tony, playing off eight, had to give!

Lady captain Caroline Bond, playing off 32, fought a very close game against Chris Walker, on her own, but just won despite some great putting by Chris, the club’s recent ‘Least Number of Putts’, champion.

In midweek, eight sturdy seniors took on the might of Lyme Regis and Sidmouth teams in their first of the three-way mini league annual competition at Lyme Regis and presently lie in second spot behind Lyme, who made good use of home advantage.

Playing in what were certainly challenging conditions, the best Axe Cliff stableford scorers were Bill Polley, with 33, and Gerry Turner and Paul Curtin, both with 32.

So it remains, ‘all to play for’ in the competition with the next meeting set to be soon at Sidmouth.

Despite a dreadful weather forecast a good contingent battled in the Monthly Stableford and most were lucky enough to finish before heavy rain and gale force winds descended upon the course!

Dave Weston, playing well, at present, took top spot with 36 points and carded a two.

Dave Lacey came second with 32 closely followed by the in-form Richard Orsman. Nigel Garwood got a surprising two on his card.

In the November Monthly Meda,l Richard Gibbons won Div One with an amazing round of nett 63 which saw him well ahead of second placed Ian Burraston with a nett 72.

Richard also carded a well deserved two on his card. Division Two was a much tighter competition with a winning nett total of 72 from steady Alan Morgan, edging Captain Dave Morgan, into second place, on countback.

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