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PUBLISHED: 18:43 06 July 2011

Sophie Keech

Sophie Keech


HONITON - Saturday was a wonderfully sunny day for the Brian Selway Invitation Day at Honiton, writes Andy Wagner.

Named in honour of past playing member and club professional Brian Selway, it is a date that is eagerly awaited by the members. The day offers a chance to invite friends and family to play the wonderful course (and it is in exceptionally good nick) as well as catch up socially with people from far flung places.

The same pairs turn up regularly and the competition welcomes them with open arms. Brian joined the club as a 15-yr-old and, but for the war years, spent his life at the club. His siblings have honoured his name with the competition he founded and, after Sue's sudden death, it fell to Nick Selway to hand out the prizes. This year’s winners were another family affair with first prize going to Rob Willey and his grandad Sid Saunders (Okehampton) with an astounding net 59. Keeping it in the family, Rob's dad Paul was on hand to accept the prize in the evening. Second were Pete Davies and Andy Collins with a 62 and Tony Wood and Mark Parris third with 64.

●Members of Honiton invited friends from other clubs to join them in the annual Mixed Invitation. Over 60 people played a Greensomes Stableford with the course and particularly the greens in excellent condition.

This year, Max and Maggie Pipe organised the day and were responsible for an excellent prize table with prizes going down to 6th place, nearest the pin Lady and Gent and hidden holes. The prizes were presented by the lady captain Sue Ritchie.

The winners, with 44 pts ocb, were Jackie Ford from Taunton and Pickeridge playing with home member Andrew Wall. Second were Pat Morgan from Taunton and Pickeridge playing with home member John Ward. Third and fourth prizes went to scores of 43pts. with fifth and sixth places scoring 42pts. The best score for the Hidden Holes prizes went to Helen Davey of Launceston with home player Stan Squire.

Nearest the pin for the Ladies on the second hole was home player Dot Grove and for the Gents on the 12th Visitor Arthur Morgan from Taunton & Pickeridge. Two twos were recorded, each pair receiving 16 balls.

●Lady Captain's Day dawned last Wednesday in bright sunshine with spirits high as this individual Stableford got under way off two tees.

In spite of the good weather, the course was playing long, resulting in an increased scratch, but this didn't stop Jane Watts gaining the first victory of the day with nearest the pin on the second.

With little run on the ball, points were hard to come by and the results reflected determined effort on the part of the players.

In Silver Division, Henrietta Bradshaw won first place with 34 points, with Mona Carter (33pts ocb) and Chris Pearce (also 33pts) nipping at her heels for second and third.

In Bronze 1 Division Linda Blundell came in first with 36 pts, closely followed by Sharon Dacre on 35 and Brenda Hyde on 33, while Sue Witton romped home with 38 in Bronze 2 Division, chased by Pam Greenaway on 35 and Di Wall on 34.

However, prize of the day went to overall winner Lesley Farley who had as astounding back nine score of 22 to win the day with 36 points. The Lady Captain, Sue Ritchie, ensured everyone went home happy with cake and good wishes.

●Golf is a very unpredictable game, in perfect conditions with a glorious sunny day not one of the 68 Seniors taking part in this month’s Medal competition managed to record a net score equal to par or less.

In Division 2 Don Leach came closest with a nett 70 strokes to take first place from Peter Blake with 73.

Dick Rowe, Peter Bates and Bob Milton all recorded 75 for the remaining prizes.

In Division 1, it was a close run thing with both John Martin and Malcolm Matthews carding 70, but John winning on count back to take first place and the overall competition win claiming the Monthly Medal Tankard.

Malcolm received another cut in his handicap which is now remarkably six strokes less than a year ago. Ted Chandler, the ever present Jim Wallis and Phil Donne-Davis each recorded 72's for the remaining prize slots.

The return match in the Emerton-Court knockout competition has now been played and in a dramatic play-off at Fingle Glen Honiton went through to the next round with a win at the second extra hole.

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