Hole-in-one earns boot-load of prizes at Lyme

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 September 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 15 June 2010

CAPTAIN S DAY at golf clubs is a time to feast on the prizes offered up by the captain, in this case Tony Johnstone of Lyme Regis, writes Bill Halden.

CAPTAIN'S DAY at golf clubs is a time to feast on the prizes offered up by the captain, in this case Tony Johnstone of Lyme Regis. Barry Goswell, handicap 14, took every opportunity. To start with he sent a driver into the wind on the 198-yard par three 13th and it was only the flag that stopped it charging past the hole. In it dropped for his third hole-in-one in a year and the eighth in his 35 years playing golf. That earned 74-year-old Barry a bottle of malt whisky and cost him drinks for his "nearest and dearest". But Barry was not finished. He loaded his Mercedes for the return journey to Bridport with a golf shoe bag for the best team score on the 15th, winter golf mittens and a rain hat for that shot on the 13th plus two packets of balls and a magnum of red wine (totally appropriate) for the longest drive on the 16th. Plus his teammate Rob Winterborne won the raffle and donated his prize of a set of golf clubs to the juniors!All in all it was a good day, there were visitors from as far afield as Bath, Bristol and Brighton. Locals Mike Mudford, Roger Driver, Paul Liston and Jon Broom won the team prize; the ladies' current star Jane Southcombe won a golf trolley for nearest the pin in two on the second and a bottle of whisky for nearest the pin on the 11th; Sophie Keech picked up four bottles of wine for nearest the pin in two on the 3rd (although what she can do with the wine at 12 years old does not bear thinking about, and Jane Andrews earned winter gear for the longest drive on the seventh followed by Wendy Cannings nearest the pin on the 8th and Vivienne Gill similarly on the 9th. The team led by Russell Caddy of Tony Warwick, Howard Wickes and John Galt took home 12 bottles of wine for the best score on the 10th.For Tony Johnstone all that mattered was how much the day had raised towards his favourite charity, the Dorset Children's Hospice. It was £2,000 and for that he was delighted. l The Captain's greensome played the next day was won by the vice-captain David Cannings and Wendy with 37 points.l Lyme Juniors reached the final of the Dorset Knock-Out against Broadstone but lost on the second extra hole of a sudden death play off, having drawn three matches all. l Thirty-four pairs competed to represent Lyme Regis in the Daily Mail Foursome of 2009. Winners were Rosalyn Cox and Jane Dixon with a nett 71 and runners up were Jane Southcombe and Diana Dick with a nett 77, on count back from Wendy Hart and Margaret Slater.l Young star golfer Sophie Keech's daily routine during term time is to be on the Benamor (Portugal) golf course by 7.20am, playing in various groups and be ready for lessons from her tutor by 10am. Weekends are spent taking part in competitions including Portuguese Federation events.She has been back in Lyme Regis for the holidays and has been playing with a new £1,000 set of TaylorMade clubs, a gift from her great-uncle as a tribute to her "dedication to golf". And she used them to great effect last week, in the club's monthly Stableford, particularly on the 486-yard par 5 14th when her drive covered 210 yards, followed by a three wood (the first she has owned) of 175 yards, a pitch and a two foot putt for a birdie. Her total of 35 points gave her victory on countback over Jane Southcombe. On Sunday, Sophie partnered John Ebdon in a junior county championship event at the Dorset Country Club and came third.Now Sophie, who returns to Portugal on September 18, has set her sights on further reductions to her handicap. If she can reach 8.5 by the 2009 school year she may well achieve a sports scholarship at the prestigious Millfield School in Somerset and, she says, she is also ambitious for sponsorship. "It's very hard work but I enjoy every minute I spend on the golf course," says Sophie.Division 2 was won by Gilly Madill, 35 points, with Wendy Cannings runner up with 32 and Division 3 went to Helene Bradley, 29 points, followed by Faye Seed, 26 points.


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