Black ties and soggy golf

PUBLISHED: 10:30 05 November 2008 | UPDATED: 14:48 20 April 2010

HONITON GC held its annual black tie dinner in the clubhouse and a fabulous night was had by all with glorious food, ample wine and even humourous speeches, but few would thought that Sunday morning golf was going to be possible.

HONITON GC held its annual black tie dinner in the clubhouse and a fabulous night was had by all with glorious food, ample wine and even humourous speeches, but few would thought that Sunday morning golf was going to be possible - given the deluge of rain that had guests running for their taxis at the end of the evening. Many took their telephones to bed, expecting to hear that the course was closed from the comfort of the duvet, but instead a cheery voice announced all was well. This is a testament to some well thought out drainage work carried out during the autumn months which should mean good golfing conditions throughout the winter ahead. The Sun-Am is Honiton men's section's premier Winter competition. The slight ingress of water, into a golf shoe nearing the end of its days, is usually a cause for a moan and a groan. Perspective was highlighted this week however, with the news that many members suffered at the hands of some of the heaviest rain ever witnessed locally. We wish all those households affected by the flooding a speedy recovery. There is no better form of the game than the friendly, yet hard fought, matches played between local B teams. Sadly Honiton lost two of these to the weather but of the remaining 10 games five were won and five lost. Highlights of the year were the good humour and battle with Bigbury and winning the East Devon Trophy for the first time since 1996. l The Ladies' Section were very fortunate in being able to play the Children in Need 3BBB Stableford before the very wet end to Wednesday. The teams were drawn with a player from each division as far as possible and on coming in there were many comments on how much all had enjoyed the day. The winners, with a magnificent score of 70 points, were Olive Pope, Carol Woolf and Pam Greenaway. Runners up with 63 were Barbara Eastwood, Linda Northover and Sarah Loader. After lunch the President conducted an auction of items kindly given to raise more funds for the charity. This was also very successful and the total reached £243. The club captain also attended and members were able to present him with a cheque for £84 for one of his charities raised through a draw at the Open earlier in the year. Honiton Seniors' new captain John Chew's first competition in charge was in doubt following heavy overnight rain. Eighty-six competitors were, however, rewarded with a lovely sunny morning providing no excuse for low scores in a Three Ball Better Ball Stableford competition. With only two scores to count this is a popular and relaxed format. The result was close but the winners, with an impressive 74 points, were Don Leach, Colin Hamlett and Stan Squire. Second, with 73 points, were Ron Cooper, Geoff Cassen and John Rawlings, third with 72 points were Robin Mitchell, Howard Shorney and John Ward and fourth were John Discombe, Peter Edwards and Chris Street with 71 points. Five 2s were scored, providing a reward of 12 balls each for Alan Bacon, Bill Nicholls, John Dickinson, John Lamb and John Rawlings.


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