East Devon and Axe Cliff share the invitational

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A golfing picture - Credit: Archant

On a glorious hot and sunny Saturday, Axe Cliff held a Mixed Invitational event were club members invite men and women, mostly from other local clubs, to come and compete on our amazing course, writes Dave Bruce.

Once again we had a very good turnout and everyone enjoyed fantastic weather and glorious views.

The beach, which can be clearly seen from the 9th, 10th and 16th holes, appeared full of bathers and paddle boaters enjoying themselves.

The course was immaculate and the catering staff worked their socks off. The favourite dish was bangers and mash with lots of gravy.

Needless to say, everyone went home happy with mostly very good scores because of, in my view, of the helpful American Greensomes stableford format.

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In mixed, teams of two both tee off then play their partner’s ball then decide which ball to finish on with alternative shots.

This makes the ladies have second shots at all times. The competition was closely fought with one point separating the top four places.

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In first place came Brenda Somerfield, East Devon paired with our Phil Hellier on 43 points ( 24 points on the back 9).

Second, on countback, were Danny Douvill from Cricket St Thomas and home player Sandra Walker ( 22 points on the back nine).

Third and fourth, again separated on countback, were, respectively, Mark Richardson from West Bershire and our own Margaret Kenchington, looking lovely in pink, with 42 points

(22 on back 9) and Sheila Faulkner, from Sidmouth, and local man from Beer, Alan Kenworthy (19 on back 9).

Nearest the pin, for the men, were Alan Kenworthy and Ken Price, Sidmouth, and, for the women, the honour went to Pauline Willis for home ladies and Penny Lyne from Sidmouth.

The Mystery Prize went to Tania Wickman, from Royal North Devon and our own Rob Grove. The actual prize and reason remains a mystery! All in all this was another very successful event at Axe Cliff.

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