Drives, putts, chips and hangovers see in the New Year

Farewell to Axe Cliff catering manager Clare

Farewell to Axe Cliff catering manager Clare - Credit: Brian Thompson

I think so many golfers wanted to walk off their Christmas Puddings that they turned out in their droves on New Year's Eve at Axe Cliff GC.  

The Car park was jammed full, probably because we were most likely to be the only local Course open after Thursday's downpour.  

I was brave enough to walk round in our final stableford deciding the winner of the Brian Wilkes Trophy. I was delighted to be able to play with Oman's favourite golfer Paul Hilder and young Mark Wisby. 

Paul, now a teacher at Woodroffe School, hadn't played for a while due to work commitments, so he enjoyed his free time and played very well but had to leave after 15 holes, so we could not total his score - Mark managed 33 points.  

I very much enjoyed my 15,133 steps on my Profit, a Christmas present from my son James. We are still checking the rest of the 30 cards to ascertain the overall winner - watch this space ! 

Once back in the Clubhouse, we were all treated to food and refreshments from the lovely Clare, who has been our excellent manager of the Catering team for a few years now but will keep in touch and help out when she can. She will be surely missed but we wished her well and our Seniors Captain John Hanna was able to give her a cash donation from the Seniors. I believe she will be starting her new role for The Cats Protection Society in Sidmouth shortly. 

The Mens Section had a busy weekend with the Hangover Cup held on New Year's Day with the biggest hangovers going to the Burraston family, Brad winning with +2 from young Ian on –2. Mark Hubbard did well to take 3rd spot with another -2.  

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The first Medal of the Year saw Seaton's top Postie Paul Clode taking Div 1 with a net 72 from Nathan Maddocks & Ian Burraston also on net 72s but losing out on countback. 

Paul Hankin won Div 2 with a net 75, ahead of Ben Libby on net 76 and Simon Sweetland. 

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