Axe Cliff seniors beaten by the Dartmoor fog
PUBLISHED: 15:33 25 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:41 25 June 2018
The past week was another busy one for the Axe Cliff seniors, writes Dave Bruce.
Friday saw many sturdy seniors take part in the third round of the Masters, which produced a first win for the much improved John Purdy, who hit a brilliant nett 68, this despite having two eights on his card!
Adrian Bishop, as always, not far behind on 70 and the steady Neil Moorcraft edged third spot from the ever reliable Brian Thompson on countback with a nett 72.
Alan Morgan and Adrian were the only twos. This leaves all to play for next week in the final round with Adrian Bishop five ahead, from Mick Swann on 217, and 10 from third placed Neil Moorcraft on 222.
On Monday, at Axe Cliff, the seniors entertained a strong team from Exminster and ran out worthy winners by 4.5 to 1.5 games. The winning pairs were vice captain Bob Graham and John Hanna, Alan Morgan and Gilbert Cox, Robbie Robinson and Steve Gibson and Chris Walker and Nick Povey. Steward Martin Chapple and John Ashbolt showed their mettle getting a half on the last hole. On Thursday, captain Dave Bruce took 30 members and one guest, John White, to Wrangaton Golf Club on his first away day of the year. Wrangaton is only one year younger than Axe Cliff, being formed in1895 and uniquely has nine holes of parkland and nine holes on the moor at Dartmoor.
Unfortunately, we were only able to play the nine parkland holes as the Dartmoor side was clouded in fog! The day was, therefore, decided on the nine holes that everyone was able to finish and, for the time being, with some amazing golf, Nigel Garwood is the proud holder of the Geoff Hubbard Trophy, but will have to defend it soon when we return to play all the 18 holes in a few weeks’ time at the kind invitation of Wrangaton. Despite that a very enjoyable day all drove home in clear sunshine and 21 degrees of heat! Dartmoor is a lovely place, but you need to see where you are going. The following day, in beautiful sunshine, at home, we competed in our Charity Bowl competition, which proved to be a closely fought game made more difficult by the extra bounce that the dry course offered up. Keeping his cool and concentration was Gerry Turner coming in first with a hard fought 34 points, being only one point ahead of the next four separated on countback, namely, in order: Neil Moorcraft, Rob Grove, Mick Swann and John Pugh. Two great twos came from Adrian Bishop and Brian Thompson. The raffle raised an excellent £122 for our charity.
● Axe Cliff ladies played a Sheelah Creasy match against Fingle Glen at Axe Cliff and had a magnificent win of five-and-a-half to one-and-a-half. The following Wednesday, with no time to rest, they played their Monthly Medal and the second round of the Axe Cliff Cup.
This proved to be a close fought competition with the first two netting 73 each, but with Jo Donmall, last year’s captain, edging this year’s captain, Caroline Bond on countback. Not far behind, on nett 75, was Margaret Kenchington, who was captain in 2016. On Thursday, a contingent of 10 Axe Cliff ladies took part in the Devon County Ladies’ Vets Championships, held at Honiton Golf Club. Our own Barbara Cummings is the Devon Vets captain and was delighted to present first and second prizes in the Bronze 1st Division to Axe Cliff ladies Sandra Walker and Caroline Bond, who were only separated on countback on nett 74. Also last week, our lady captain, Caroline, thought everyone needed a rest so organised her Away Day at Elfordleigh Golf Club where they stayed for two nights and had two games with most taking part. A very enjoyable time was had by all.