Golf round up - Axe Cliff, Honiton, Lyme Ladies

PUBLISHED: 09:05 17 February 2010 | UPDATED: 00:56 16 June 2010

AXE CLIFF men played their February Medal in nearly perfect conditions and this was reflected in the scores.

AXE CLIFF - The men played their February Medal in nearly perfect conditions and this was reflected in the scores.

Division one was won by P Clode with a nett 66; his handicap has been cut from 9 to 8.

Second place went to P Miller with a nett 67, winning on count-back ruling from Trivett, also with a nett 67.

In Division two, the winner had a fine nett 65 beating second time bridesmaid C Glover who scored his second nett 66 in the medal competition.

In a repeat of the January Medal, third place went to T Phillips, also with a nett 66; he was in third place due to the count-back ruling.

The ladies at last managed to play their fourth Winter League over 15 holes in sunny but cold conditions. Winner was Sandra Walker (16) with 27 points.

Thirty Seniors took part in the February Stableford last Friday.

Threatened showers did not arrive but underfoot conditions were very wet following heavy overnight rain.

Although the putting was particularly tricky on some of the greens, four players returned fine scores of 36 points each. Winner on count-back was Rob Grove (16).

Second place went to Gilbert Cox (18) and third to Bryan Dale (23), with Roger Wright (21) the unfortunate player to miss out on the prizes.

LYME REGIS LADIES - It was a bitterly cold day with a sharp north wind and freezing temperatures making play unpredictable in this ladies' fun competition.

Everywhere was so frozen that we had to play on 18 temporary greens. Nevertheless the ladies showed their resilience with the majority of them completing the round.

Winners: Gloria Lott, Margaret Slater and Julia Collins ocb 79pts

Lyme Regis beat Broadstone in the Legg Bowl 3 up and are now in the semi final. The team was Jane Southcombe and Anne Humphreys (silver pair) Julia Collins and Jean Moss (bronze pair).

HONITON - It's Sunday morning and we're on the penultimate round of the Sun Am Winter League competition.

Golfers were playing on temporary greens again. Still, this week threw up a few choice moments to enjoy.

This being club captain Nick Richards' last game before relinquishing the title to John Stabb, we had the novelty of the secretary, Brian Young, being among the jokers in the clubhouse, there to help Nick with the results. It's almost like marking the first cuckoo of spring but we love him really.

For a long time, Blackmore and Branch thought they were the story and were teased mercilessly for being hammered 8 and 7 by James Drew and Dan Noar.

This week's star prize has to go to Kerry Burke who, playing on his own, came from four down to John Fleetwood and John Chard only to lose on the last hole to a two! Heartbreaking, but he did get a share of the balls for his trouble!

I'm sorry there's no room for all the winners but the leagues look very intriguing and it's still anybody's guess who will progress to the knock- out stages.

Tuesday Mixed: With a biting wind, the hardy players of the Mixed Foursomes walked the fairways, or in some cases the rough! This week's format was Rye Foursomes.

Players nominate which holes, odds or evens, that they will take the second shot which, after discussions on the first tee, I usually wish I had chosen the "other one".

The winning pair, with a very good 36pts, were lady vice-captain Sue Ritchie and Paul Witton. Second with 32pts on c/b were Jane Watts and Stan Squire. Third, also 32pts, were Jan Dickinson and Peter Shepherd. Fourth with 31pts on c/b were Olwen Eaton and John Northover.

Ladies' Report: This week a new format was chosen. A "Criss Cross" Stableford off full handicap (eg best score on either hole 1 or 10 and so on to count) which made for some competitive golf around the back 9. Silver Division Winner was lady vice captain Sue Ritchie with 23pts. Second was Diana Gee with 21pts. Bronze 1 - 1, Catherine Doherty 22pts; 2, Elizabeth Davies 21pts on c/b. Bronze 2 - 1, Jean Moon with a very good 27pts; 2, Lesley Oxenham 25pts; 3, Susan Hyde 21pts.

Senior Section: Seventy Seniors took part in this week's Stableford. What the good Lord gave in extra long drives on the frozen ground, he took back with bobbling putts refusing to drop in the hole. Fred Thomas was the exception, however, as he recorded a hole in two on the par four 17th. Nobody could remember this having been achieved before.

In Division One, Jim Wallis was triumphant, winning on count-back from new member Richard Graham both with 36 points. Keith Crane and Angus Falconer on 35 points and John Chew on 34 points were the other prizewinners. Division Two was a closely fought affair with Michael Hunt in first position on 36 points just pipping Malcolm Keeley, John Vesey, Mike Jones and David Ive all with 35 points.

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