Honiton GC captain’s day success

PUBLISHED: 15:23 21 July 2010

CAPTAIN'S day winner John Chew with captain John Stabb.

CAPTAIN'S day winner John Chew with captain John Stabb.


John Chew wins men’s prize

It was the captain’s big day, the centrepiece of his year. This was a day for the captain to connect with the members, treat them all to a free round of golf with a table full of prizes to record the winners.

There was even a celebratory drink on him laid on in the clubhouse afterwards. Such generosity and he’d even organised for perfect playing conditions too, bright sunshine with a cooling breeze. No tormenting ‘St Andrews’ tornadoes here to wreak havoc with the members’ cards.

Captain John Stabb’s organisational abilities are a credit to his term of office and as far as the members were aware the day ran like clockwork.

Prizes were awarded for every category imaginable and he even handed commemorative stamped golf balls to all those who had entered for the day’s fun.

Played as a full handicap medal the Seniors’ Prize went to Fred Thomas with a 67. The Junior Prize was won by Dan Noar with a 69 and the Ladies’ prize over 10 holes went to Catherine Doherty with 23pts. The Div 3 winner was Mark Parkinson with 71. Div 2 went to John Chew’s 64 with Mark Tierney’s 68 taking Div 1. The Jim Loosemore Trophy for the longest drive was won by Stuart Selway, leaving the Captain’s Prize and Old Calabar Trophy going to John Chew’s 64 - the best score of the day. This magnificent event was rounded off with a celebratory dinner, served in the clubhouse amongst endless golfing tales that warranted the retelling. Congratulations to Captain John Stabb and all those who assisted him on his day.

The Mixed Open Greensomes on Sunday was a great success. Over 180 players from 34 different clubs took part. The prize table, organised by ladies’ vice-captain Sue Ritchie, displayed a red and white theme which received many compliments. Club captain John Stabb presented the prizes assisted by lady captain Elizabeth Ward. The winners, with 47pts, were home pairing of Julie Eyles and Paul Hill.

Other results: 2, D Parnell and J Veale from Elfordleigh, 46; 3, D Wills and W Sellick from Yelverton, 44 ocb; 4, Gerda Brown and Mark Gillard, Honiton.

Prizes were presented to eighth place with Nearest the Pin lady - D Parsons from Crediton. Men - Simon Thomas from Mullion. Longest drive lady - H Milne from Wareham and men - Terry Dimond. 12 twos were recorded.

Due to the weather closing in, the competition was over 14 holes. Format this week Rye Foursomes. The winning pair, with the excellent score of 35pts, were Sheila Banks and Paul Witton. Results: 2, Jane Watts and Paul Ritchie, 33; 3, Dot Grove and Alec Gosling, 32ocb; 4, Jennifer Pyle and John Weedon.

With fingers crossed, especially by ladies’ secretary Jackie Seager who had organised the day, that the early morning fog would lift, the ladies’ 3 Ball Team Open - Medal play two scores to count - took place on Wednesday. A full field with ladies from 27 different clubs experienced various weather conditions. Many compliments were received for the course and the catering but also the lady captain Elizabeth Ward’s prize table.

Always themed, Elizabeth had chosen Butterflies for this Open. The winners were the home team of Henrietta Bradshaw, Barbara Mullett and Tricia Swindell with 137.

2, Honiton were Jean Putt, Olwen Eaton and Mabs Baker, Honiton 129; 3, Sally Irlam, Glenda Latham and June Phillips, Weston super Mare, 141 ocb; 4, Catherine Davey, Chris Gummerson and Sue Grinstead, Saunton.

Nearest the Pin was won by Vi Gray from Taunton and Pickeridge. Nearest the “line” was Chris Burrows from Cheddington.

Seventy one Honiton Seniors played in blustery and showery conditions to compete in two divisions for the July Monthly Medal.

Although the showers came and went with quite a speed, they were nevertheless pretty violent and the downpours were heavy.

The waterproofs were on and off and the umbrellas up and down frequently. Clearly the conditions affected the standard of play for most of the competitors but the winners of both first and second divisions completed very creditable rounds.

In Div 2 only one shot separated all four players from second to fifth and count back was needed to identify fifth placed Malcolm Matthews from fourth placed Derek Herrington, both on net 74 and also between third placed Norman Ede and second placed Bob Underwood, both net 73.

The winner, Ron Rogers, enjoyed plenty of separation from his Div 2 peers with a net 67.

In Div 1 the scores were more spread out, with fifth placed Brian Elkington on 74, fourth placed John Discombe on 73, third placed Stan Squire on 72 and John Gillingham second with 68. The overall winner of Div 1 and the July Monthly Medal Tankard was Jim Wallis on a commendable net 64.

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