Axe Cliff seniors Jimmy Whiting proves age is no barrier during Winter League meeting

PUBLISHED: 22:41 05 December 2018 | UPDATED: 22:41 05 December 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 sun shines on the righteous, they say, and certainly it did on the Axe Cliff seniors’ last Friday as they contested the second round proper of the Winter League which they made the most of with some fine scores taking the honours, writes Dave Bruce.

The much-fancied pairing of Simon Wellington and Rob Grove were overall winners on the day with 38 points from 15 holes.

It’s amazing how Rob could concentrate with little respite from organising our Xmas Variety night with only two days to go. Maybe it was Simon doing all the scoring?!

Hot on their heels came the surprise package of Alan Morgan and Mike Jamieson who scored 37 points. Countback was called into play to separate the next two teams of Alan Vincent, playing with Bill Polley and Brian Thompson, partnered by John Hanna, with the first two named ending in third spot.

David Lacey and John Hanna had the only twos on their cards. Although it is only early days in the competition, Alan Morgan and Mike Jamieson are leading the way with a score of 74 points. They are followed currently by Rob Grove and Simon Wellington and Bill Polley and Alan Vincent, who are all six behind on 68 each.

During the event Jimmy Whiting, now a ‘youthful’ 86 years of age, was out driving all the three other younger members playing with him, particularly on our difficult third hole where his drive and second shots were the longest and both landed in the middle of the fairway!

He putted just off the green to within five feet of the hole, which he then putted out to earn a par four and four points for his team! Come on Jimmy, give the youngsters a chance.

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