Hole in one at Hontion

Saturday's HONITON Charity Open was followed by the Monthly Medal on Sunday and the days were as chalk and cheese, writes Andy Wagner.

The sun had gone and left a damp, blowy day, which always puts added pressure onto medal play. Due to the different wetness of the drying greens, putting speeds were a real nightmare. Not so for the divisional winners, who notched impressive under par rounds. Div 1 had Stuart Selway smashing a wonderful net 63 leaving Mark Gillard 67 and Dan Noar 72 trailing in his wake. Div 2 saw new member Graham Roberts score an identical net 63, leaving Neil Pulman 66 and John Fleetwood 68 to pick up the pieces.

?The Tuesday Mixed Fours this week played an Alternative Shots Medal. This format certainly makes players concentrate, particularly to hole a putt to "give the honour" to your playing partner to tee off on the next hole. The winners were Elizabeth Ward and Terry Linsdell with net 69.5 (gross 92) ahead of Jane Watts and Allan Seager net 70 (gross 85). Third were Rosemary Whiteley and Richard Pyle with net 72.5 (gross 96).

?The Ladies Section hosted a very successful Open with 135 ladies playing in teams of three from 30 different clubs. Prizes were given to the best eight teams and the winners of this Stableford (2 scores to count) competition came from Lyme Regis Golf Club.

?Never have so many scored so few, is a phrase reminiscent of a Churchillian speech but in this week’s Seniors’ 3BBB competition, no less than 11 players out of the 68 entries recorded a "two".

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Not to be outdone, however, David Beer only required one shot to settle his ball in the hole on the second. The cost of the traditional hospitality at the "19th" was offset by him recording fourth place with his partners Ron Craig and Brian Elkington. First place went to the trio of Peters, Morgan,Joy and Blake, with a very impressive 82 points, one point clear of second placed Mike Kent, Robin Mitchell and Colin Hughes who, in turn, were one point ahead of John Egerton, John Bevan and Trevor Bradley.

One match was played this week when a strong Torquay squad overcame the home side Honiton by three and a half to two and a half.

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