Gillard and Tobin win Honiton Pro’s Open Day event

PUBLISHED: 11:10 14 August 2013 | UPDATED: 11:10 14 August 2013

A full field turned out for the Honiton Pro’s Open day with the first group out at 7.30am and the last making it back to the clubhouse at 8.30pm in Summer twilight, writes Andy Wagner.

In between I have a feeling the course was blacker at midday when the heavens opened on the poor competitors that were out there. Good scores of 40 points plus were evenly spread throughout the day so it would seem that the downpour didn’t affect the good players too much. It didn’t affect the lucky players either as I’m here to confirm. After a very ordinary 12 holes (with a blob on 11) I found myself having to play a high tariff nine-iron over very tall trees to a blind 13th green. It was a shot way out of my pay league so you can imagine my surprise when after clearing said trees that my partners said it had gone in for an eagle two. A shot to grace any major tournament and I never saw it! Ah well, the subsequent five points cheered our round up no end and eventually saw John Marchant and myself come in fourth with the best of the 40 points.

There were prizes for the first 11 with top of the tree being Mark Gillard and his Olympian friend Rob Tobin with 43 point.

Second on count-back were Dave and Janet Hughes and third, coming in as the last round of the day were Roy Bumpstead and Ollie Cave with 41 points.

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