Honiton, Axe Cliff, Lyme golf

Axe Cliff men competed for the final of the Winter League in excellent conditions.

Axe Cliff golf by Helen GaudieThe main club competed for the final of the Winter League in excellent conditions. First place went to Tom Glover (2) and Jamie Hughes (4) with 46 points. Tom scored a fantastic six under par gross 64. Second with 13 points, and a better back nine than the third placed golfers, were Craig Trivett and A Trivett. Back nine losers were Brian Waller and Marten Cox. Overall Winter League winners, by a huge 21 point margin, were Tom Glover and Jamie Hughes with an impressive average score of 43 points and a total of 302pts. Three teams tied for second place on 281 points, with the play off for second and third spots on April 5 between David Quinn and David Hales, Matt Board and Steve Grigg, and Simon Sweetland and David Nichols.l The Ladies and the Seniors played their second Greensome competition, over 15 holes, of the winter in lovely weather. Three teams scored 33 points so, on the back three ruling, first place went to Margaret Brown and Hugh Willis. Second were Chris Drew and Chris Walker ahead of Iain Bain and Glenda Board. All the teams enjoyed a lunch in the club house. The winner of the last ladies' Winter League competition was Barbara Cummings with 30 points. Glenda Board was second on the back three from Pauline Standerwick, also on 28pts.l The Seniors had an eventful final to their Winter League Programme. Brian Wilkes and John Mant set an excellent target of 227 pts for their best six rounds out of the allotted eight. Only two teams at the outset of play on Friday had any chance of beating this and had to equal the best recorded score of the Winter - 41 points - to do it! But Terry Jessup and Norman Stone were up for the challenge and amassed a fantastic score of 43pts, almost three points a hole, for the 15 hole competition. This made their winning total 230. Brian and John slipped to second and third were Chris Jowett and John W White with 233.Second on the day were Mike Tomes and Bob Flay, 39. Wilks and Mant were third on the day.Honiton golf by Paul DimondAll has been right with the world at Honiton this week. There's something very special about quaffing a cool pint of Draymans in shorts and a shirt while the sun blazes down on tanned faces - the bare trees that surround the clubhouse at Honiton being the only reminder that is is in fact still mid-March.Last week the men played their first qualifier of the season with a light breeze keeping temperatures perfect for good golf. In Division 1, Andy Bonetta pipped Keith Lloyd for second place on countback with Derek Richards winning by two with 38 pts. In Division 2, John Ward pipped Mike Kent for second on countback with Dave White winning by one shot on 38 pts.This week a far more relaxing three ball, one score to count, format was played which allows good golfers to play some exciting attacking golf without fear of being penalised if it all goes wrong. Third place went to Eric Short, Dave White and John Chew 44 points, pipped on countback by Kerry Burke, Barry Wilkinson and Tim Wade. Lyme Golf by Duncan DriverPRUE RUSSELL led the way in the ladies' March Stableford, with a fantastic score of 39 points in Division One.Runner up was Rosalyn Cox, with 39 points, and third place went to Sophie Keech, with 35 points. Division 2 winner was Monica Frost ,with 34 points, managing to keep the improving Lesley Jellyman, 33, off top spot. Third place went to Deirdre Potter, also with 33. Pam Mosley won Division Three ahead of Daphne Sweetland, with third place going to Margaret Bettes with 30 points. Congratulations to Prue who reduced her handicap from 12 to 11.l George Seed won the Junior Medal with a nett 65 ahead of B Burraston, nett 69, and L Kato, nett 69 Well done boys, some excellent scores, keep up the good work.l Men's Hardy B Knockout CupLyme Regis Vs Bulberry WoodsUnfortunately, Lyme lost 3-2 in the Hardy B KO Cup against Bulberry Woods. Winning pairs from Lyme Regis were Neil Cornelius and Stan White, and Tim Daniel and Richard Yorke.Monthly Stableford winner, with a score of 74, was assistant pro Ben Martin, who played steadily with a round that included 11 pairs and two birdies. Runner-up, losing on the back 9, was Rob Winterbourne. Adrian Morgan was third, also with a nett 68. Winner of Div 2, with a fantastic score of nett 62, was Ken Purchase.This week's spoils went to the formidable trio of fit, young-at-heart seniors John Fleetwood, Stan Squire and Fred Thomas with 46 points. Only one '2' was scored and that by Steve Bronby who gladly accepted 32 golf balls for his efforts.l The first match of the seniors' season took place this week played against Exeter Golf and Country Club. This is a two-leg match with the "Stan Parker Challenge" trophy at stake. Currently it is held by Honiton but their grip is now looking a bit precarious as Exeter won their home leg by four and a half to one and a half. Ben Laite and Angus Falconer were the only winners and it's all to do on the second leg in September.The competition this week was a Bowmaker and obviously captain John Chew took his team selection very seriously as, aided by Bob Cleal and Malcolm Keeley, they romped to a clear victory with a total of 77 points. Second on countback were Peter Edwards, Ron Cooper and Trevor Bradley on 71, followed by John Fleetwood, Keith Crane and Ron Jones also on 71 and fourth, Mike Watts, Don Stroud and Frank Hart on 70.The first EWGA Medal was played and the dry and sunny conditions were enjoyed by all the ladies. Results: 1, Sarah Loader G 105 N 73; 2, Pam Greenaway G 111 N 76 on c/b from Diana Gee. The winner of the Winter Singles Matchplay Competition final for the Avis Startin Plate was Sue Ritchie, with Barbara Mullett runner up.With a full Tuesday Mixed field of 40 a Rysome was played in lovely spring weather.Results: Jo Kerr and Stan Squire 35pts; Sue Ritchie and John Frith 35; Sheila Banks and Mike Watts 34; Gerda Brown and Paul Witton 31.

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