Axe Cliff seniors go down at Bridport and West Dorset

PUBLISHED: 08:11 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:11 04 May 2018

A golfing picture

A golfing picture

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A dozen strong team of Axe Cliff seniors played their first away match of the year at the excellent Bridport and West Dorset Golf Club, writes Dave Bruce.

It proved to be a challenging day with the weather doing its best to interrupt play!

Players braved the fog to start with, but by the third hole it became too thick to continue so all 24 players headed back to the clubhouse for safety and more coffee!

After about 45 minutes the decision was taken to try again and so off the players trundled to where they had been earlier and sensibly decided to reduce the game to 14 holes instead of the usual 18.

Amazingly, the fog lifted and the match was played to a finish, but the final score does suggest that the Bridport players were able to see better than the Axe Cliff players for they recorded a four-and-a-half to one-and-a-half victory!

Axe Cliff captain Dave Bruce was feeling confident as he was playing with an in-form Brian Thompson, and going out first. However, he soon came down to earth when Brian hooked his first tee shot, which went onto the main Weymouth road and bounced between a speedy BMW and slower blue Peugeot 207 - but, thank goodness, missed them both helped by Brian’s side spin!

Brian soon recovered and played very well and we even gave the opposition a generous putt on the last hole so we could halve the first match with Bridport captain Keith Mundy and his steady playing partner Malcolm Noble. Our other point was won by the very good partnership of Rob Grove and the ‘young’ Gilbert Cox.

●Rob Grove, as captain for the day, took his team of 10 players and two reserves down to Thurlestone Golf Club, near Kingsbridge, to play their first round of the Emerton Court Cup, which is Devon’s top knockout competition for vets.

This competition is played over two rounds on a home and away basis with the winners going through to the next round.

Thurlestone is a long established Devon club with astounding views over a rugged coastline. The course was in first class condition and challenging to visitors.

The match was closely fought with Axe Cliff getting off to a great start by winning the first game with lowest handicap players of Tony Strong and Stuart Mackie, but local knowledge took its toll on the rest of our team and we lost by four games to one, but there really was not much in any of the games.

Hopefully, local knowledge will help Axe Cliff in the return match, which is to be played on May 15.

However, the home side will be without stalwarts Rob Grove and Stuart Mackie, so will need some reliable replacements.

The match was played in typical seniors good spirits and we look forward to an exciting return at Axe Cliff.

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