Greens staff work hard to keep captain’s day golfers on course
PUBLISHED: 21:20 18 July 2012
Club captain Paul Dimond told the story of his captain's day when he enthusiastically praised the green staff for providing a course to play on, writes Andy Wagner.
Though wet in patches it was a very fair challenge and as the rain fell again in the morning session, the winning scores were from exceptional play. The three divisional winners were Jeff Peace in Div1 (0-12), Graham Charlton in Div2 (13-20) and Ian Banfield (21-28).
Max Nield took the Junior prize with a fabulous nett 75 playing off the white tees and Dan Noar won the Jim Loosemoor Trophy for the longest drive. But the overall winner with a nett 65 was Darren McCabe. Thankfully, in the end, it was a splendid day for all concerned.
●Tuesday Mixed - Dodging the showers is the main criteria of golfers during this un-summerlike weather - but Tuesday members had reasonable conditions in which to play. Credit must be given to the greenkeepers and groundstaff who are managing to keep the course in very good condition during this ‘summer’! Texas Scramble was this week’s format - teams of four - the winners with a net score of 70.03 - on count-back - were Sue and Paul Witton with Maureen and Laurie Tollemache. Second were Jan and John Dickinson with lady vice-captain Pam Greenaway and Chris Poole.
●Ladies’ Section - 129 ladies from 25 clubs enjoyed the Ladies 3BBB Open on Wednesday and miraculously rain did not stop play.
It was a medal format with full handicap, two scores to count, and resulted in some fine, and close, scores. First place went to a team from Exminster with nett 141, second to Bridport ladies with nett 142, third to Exeter with nett 143 and fourth to The Mendip with nett 145.
Lady captain, Jackie Seagar, ensured a very attractive and generous prize table for the first eight teams, and there were also prizes for nearest the pin on second and 12th holes and nearest the line on the 18th. Five twos also received a prize.
Once again, Honiton proved to be a very successful venue for a most pleasurable day which was much appreciated by visitors and home players alike.
●Senior Invitation - Friday was Honiton Seniors’ Invitation day, all eyes on the forecast which, unfortunately, turned out to be true.
Being the sturdy souls and with a dry hour to start, they played. It was a full field with many travelling from afar, everyone turning up despite the weather.
Greens soon became flooded with the green staff and the club vice-chairman out with the squeegees trying to ease the way. With many a shower on the way the competition was completed and, considering the conditions, some good scores came in.
Winning Home: 1, Fred Thomas, Max Pipe 38pts; 2, Peter Morgan, Don Stroud 38pts; 3, Alec Lynn, guest Peter Ablett Tiverton 37pts; 4, B Cleal, Jim Wallis 36pts; 5, Harold Cook, R Stevens Fingle Glen 34pts.
Visitors: 1, Weymouth pair P Case, J Grant, 40pts; 2, E Cashmore, H Stockman RND 39pts; 3, K. Ward , M More East Devon 38pts; 4, P Slater, G Ead Wells 36pts; 5, B Blaber, T Anglis Yelverton 36pts. Seven twos 10 balls each.