PUBLISHED: 10:00 01 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:18 15 June 2010
Copyright Archant Ltd
IMAGINE the scene, writes Paul Dimond. Settling down for a pleasant bowl of cornflakes at 7am, looking out of the window feeling good about the blue sky and light breeze, when the smug bloke on the news informs you that it s actually 8am.
Imagine the scene. Settling down for a pleasant bowl of cornflakes at 7am, looking out of the window feeling good about the blue sky and light breeze, when the smug bloke on the news informs you that it's actually 8am. Sunday golfers countrywide, took a few miles off their tyres in an effort to get to the tee in time, especially at Honiton as the prestigious Sum-Am competition reached its climax.This year's final saw Julian Netherway and Derek Richards defeat Bob Cleal and Barry May 4 and 3. Congratulations to both of them. The rest of the Sun-Am pairings played a Stableford Competition for the Sun-Am Plate. This year the plate was won by Dave Maggs and Jim Wallis with 41 points on the back three from Dan Noar and Jason Gosling. The morning comp as a whole, was won by brothers Richard and Ed Reece with 42, who had different partners during the rest of the winter. Junior Captain Dan Noar recorded the only two, on a day when the number of balls available to win was doubled. He left under the weight of 48 ProV1's, which many of you will know are worth a pretty penny. l Fifty ladies braved windy conditions to play a Shotgun Start Bring and Win 3BBB Stableford (two scores to count) over 18 holes. The winners, with 76 points (on c/b), were the lady vice-captain Elizabeth Ward, Linda Blundell and Majsan Stroud. Second, also with 76, were Tricia Swindell, Barbara Mullett and Rosemary Whiteley. Third, with 75, were Penny Blackburn, Jean Putt and Sharon Dacre.The return leg in the Seniors' Emerton-Court ko comp saw opponents, Tavistock, hold a 4-1 lead from their home leg. Honiton took three of the first four matches. The final pair, John Chew and John Fleetwood, needed to win the final match to force a sudden death playoff. Three up at the turn, all was going well but Tavvy fought back to draw level on the 16th. Needing a win on the 17th to keep their hopes alive, a large gallery saw the Tavistock player sink a magnificent long putt to dash Honiton's hopes for another year. Congratulations to skipper Jim Wallis who so nearly turned things around.Lyme Regis golf by Duncan DriverThe ladies' section played their Coronation Foursomes Qualifier. Considering the difficult scoring conditions, the winners, Ellie Langford and Lennie Sturgeon, had a very good score of 35 points. Their round was highlighted with a two on the eighth hole, Runners up were ladies' vice captain Jane Dixon with playing partner Julia Coote, 33pts. Good luck Ellie and Lennie in the next round at Oake Manor.Junior competition results: 1, Richard Yorke 41pts; 2, Sophie Keech 37pts. Well done to Richard and Sophie who both had their handicaps cut to 12 and 9.Lyme Regis Hardy A Team won a very difficult Knockout Cup match against Dudsbury on Saturday which required a tense play off after the teams tied at 4-4 in regulation play. The club's in-form player, Ben Martin, managed to secure the win on the second play-off hole which secured Lyme's place in the Quarter finals. Well done to the whole team on a great win. The winning players were Howard Wickes 3/2; Roger Driver 4/3; George Barlow 4/2; Bob Taylor 1 up.The sixth and final round of the winter league was played and the winning score, with 45 points, was George Skellern and Chris Browne from Mike Mudford and John Broome on 43. Third place went to Gareth Pratt and Gareth Hedges. The overall winners of this year's league with their four best scores, totalling 171 points, were both the Gareths and, considering their handicaps are 4 and 1, this was a great total score. Well done, guys, on some superb golf this Winter. Second in the final league standings were the pairing of Ian Mudford and Richard Yorke with a four round total of 162. Third place went to Mike Mudford and John Broome on 161.Thank you to all the competitors who played in this year's Winter League. This event is getting bigger and better every year.Axe Cliff Golf by Helen GaudieThe men played the Lombard Trophy on Sunday and it was won by Brian Kelland (12) with a nett 66. His handicap will be cut to 11. He and Mark Dack (the club professional) will play a further round of golf hoping to win a place in the finals which will be held in Spain. In second place was Brian Board (16), nett 67, whose handicap will also be cut. He beat Stewart Mackie on countback and, in fourth place, was the present captain Alan Cooper (15).The ladies held their AGM on Wednesday when the new board was duly elected and the retiring captain Pauline Standerwick handed over her duties to Chris Drew. After the meeting the ladies played a nine hole Greensome competition in very blustery conditions. The winning pair were Janet Dack and Barbara Cummings with 18 points.In the seniors' section March Medal, the strong easterly wind made scoring difficult for most but not all the competitors - and certainly not for the runaway winner Bob Flay (24) whose 64 nett contained evenly consistent halves. In second place, and also out on his own, was Morrison Brown (23) with a nett 70, while three players returned scores of 72. On the inward half ruling, third place went to Sid Pember (18), with Tony Strong (9) and Malcolm Glass (18) the men to miss out. Congratulations are due to Tony Strong for retaining the Scratch Cup which he first won last year. He beat Alan Vincent, who in earlier rounds, had claimed some notable scalps, in the 18 hole final.