Ha Ha Glory for Phillips and Willey

Ben Phillips and Rob Willey at Honiton GC

Ben Phillips and Rob Willey at Honiton GC - Credit: Honiton GC

Ben Phillips and Rob Willey finally won the 2019 Ha Ha Cup after the Covid delay.   
Ben, who is the lowest handicapper at Honiton Golf Club with a handicap 0.9, also had his first Hole in One of his career the previous evening.   
The partners won 6/5 against Dave Carnall and John Tierney. The highlight for the losers was winning the first hole but it was downhill from there with Ben playing some precision golf and Rob applying the finishing touches. 
The annual Seniors Pairs Open at Honiton Golf Club saw 180 players take part in relatively warm conditions. 
The teams were fairly evenly distributed between Honiton members and players from other clubs, but the overall winners were Joseph Hull and Jim Dunlop from Downes Crediton Golf Club, who came in with a fine 45 points and received £110 each in vouchers.   
There were 10 other prizes, five for Honiton teams and five for visiting teams. Top of the pile for Honiton were Jim Wallis and his partner Tony Williams, recording a score of 43 points, followed by Ian Guy and John Jackson, with Steve Blundell and Mike Sennitt in third.   
Heading the Visitors on 41 were Martin Read and Steve Ebdon from Warren Golf Club, with Steve Biggs and Geoff Thorn from Ivybridge, and Ian Scott and Les Ware from Yelverton and China Fleet respectively, close behind.  
We were fortunate to have sponsorship from six local companies and two club members this year, each of them sponsoring a hole. A total of 21 birdies were scored on these holes, with each successful player winning a good bottle of wine.   
The Pro Shop also ran a competition for any two’s that were scored during the event, and surprisingly (given the size of the field) only seven were recorded.   
On May 28, nine pairs played a very sociable 14-hole Stableford, one score to count. The winners with 35 points were Stewart Slater and Julian Phillips winning a cash prize. 
The restaurant opened for the first time and excellent food was served by Emma and her team. It was a treat just to be indoors! 

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