Axe Cliff Seniors Open proves another huge success

PUBLISHED: 13:25 09 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:12 13 May 2019

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With the Axe Cliff Seniors' Open very much in mind, reasonable numbers were seen at the Monday and Wednesday Roll-Ups, writes Dave Bruce.

Chris Walker won Monday's Roll-Up with a score of 32 points, and Terry Atkins took the honours on Wednesday and he too scored 32 points and a very close second was Phil Christmas on 31.

There was a superb turnout for Axe Cliff Open with 78 players from home and away taking part.

This annual event is open to all seniors and is always supported by the Axe Cliff ladies section.

This year we had the top team of captain Jill Wellington, her vice-captain Barbara Cummings and Margaret Kenchington, looking after signing everyone in and running the raffle, which raised over £300.

One of the main beneficiaries will be Devon Air Ambulance which is captain Mick Swann's favourite charity.

The visitors were playing for the famous Silver Salver and a top prize of £50 per player. The home players were playing for the splendid JB Trophy, presented to the club, in 2007, by former captain's Terry Jessup and Dave Bruce, so both home and away winners would have their own trophy.

For the visiting players, first prize went to a team of low handicappers of Paul Fowell (11) and Mike Wither (9) from Canford School with a very good better ball score of 43 points.

Second place went to Paul Walker and Nigel Glasson from the Dorset Golf and Country Club with 41 points.

In third spot came a father-and-son team, Brian and Clive Jones from Ashley Wood Golf Club, near Blandford, Dorset.

The splendid JB Trophy was won by a new pairing of J P's namely John Pugh and John Purdy with their amazing score of 45 points.

Both players played tremendously well but special mention must go to John 'Perky' Purdy who had two fingers strapped together following a fall but found a new grip, recommended by the other JP!

The winners were pushed all the way by 'Perky's' old Winter League partner, Nick Povey, playing with the reliable and steady, Paul Curtin who scored 44 points. In third place it was good to see a new name of Nigel Tarr, well supported by Rob Heard, with 42 points.

Nigel usually plays in the Roll-Ups as he has to help lovely Swedish wife, Linnea, cook breakfast for their busy B&B business, Holmleigh, in the town on busy Fridays.

Nigel is another of our interesting members having owned a hotel in Sweden, a restaurant in Soho but now loving a more peaceful life in Seaton.

There were four prizes for nearest the pin on all the par threes and five twos scored on the day but the most memorable was the nearest the pin on the difficult seventh hole and subsequent two by visitor Gary Jessup playing with his dad, our former captain, Terry Jessup. Captain Mick Swann made an excellent speech afterwards thanking all those involved and presented all the prizes.

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