Honiton Founders’ Day Trophy success for foursome

PUBLISHED: 18:40 14 April 2015 | UPDATED: 18:40 14 April 2015

Founders day winners at Honiton GC

Founders day winners at Honiton GC


The Founders’ Day Trophy match at Honiton is a significant competition for the club and eagerly anticipated.

The trophy was introduced in appreciation of the debt owed to the founder members of the club in 1896.

Sixteen teams of four – three men and a lady, including junior members – played the Stableford format with the two best scores to count.

Winners of the trophy for 2015 in a closely fought contest were Dennis Calver, Charles Doherty, Bob Underwood and Ann Desmoulins with 78 points.

The Captain’s Charity Hut on the course was opened for the event.

In the sunshine, cream teas and beverages were provided to the delight of the competitors with the club captain actually baking the 64 scones himself!

All monies raised will go to the Baton Charity, the nominated charity for the lady captain and club captain in 2015.

The men’s Ha Ha final– foursomes, match play format - was a tight contest.

It concluded on the 23rd hole with Jeff Peace and Paul Borkowski beating Rob Willey and James Drew.

Easter Monday was a good day for married couples in a mixed competition.

A Greensomes Stableford competition took place. Mike and Jane Watts and Alan and Jackie Seagar both had 41 points but Mike and Jane took first place on countback. Countback also came into play for third and fourth places with David and Janet Hughes on 40 points, knocking out lady captain Olwen Eaton and husband Bill.

The three winning couples all won Easter eggs.

Thirty-eight ladies took part in a ladies’ medal competition.

In the Silver Division, 73 net was the excellent score achieved by three ladies.

On countback, Chris Pearce was first, Su Calver second and Heather Clarke third.

In Bronze Division One, Stephani Barnes and Chris Luttman came in with a net 75, Barnes was placed first on countback.

In third place was Penny Blackburn with net a 77.

Sheila Palmer claimed first place in Bronze Division Two with a net 79, Linda Mclaughlin was second (80) and Susan Hyde third with (83).

There were 10 competitors in a nine-hole stableford.

Judith Newbery was first with 16 points and Pauline Ford second with 14 points.

Mabs Baker, a past lady captain, was presented with a card and bouquet of flowers to celebrate her 90th birthday.

As usual, the seniors opened their Good Friday three-ball event to all club members, and almost half of the 75 starters were ladies or non-senior men.

Despite a wet start there were some good scores, the best being by Steve Blundell, Mike Ward and James Pickard who eagled the first and finished five under par. They scored 87 points.

Runners-up were Phil Faulkner, George Smith and Bob Milton with 84.

Also on 84 were Spencer Macklin, John Barker and Tim Welch.

The last prizes went to Jim Wallis, Haydn Banfield and Chris Street who scored 82.

Two juniors, Ben Phillips & Max Nield, recently went up to Celtic Manor to take part in the qualifying round for the Welsh Junior Open.

Even though the conditions were very cold and windy both boys played well, but were unable to qualify.

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