Honiton, Lyme, Axe Cliff golf round up

PUBLISHED: 10:00 18 February 2009 | UPDATED: 23:03 15 June 2010

First it was the great rains, then the great snow.

Honiton golfSeniors' SectionFirst it was the great rains, then the great snow. Resilient as ever the Seniors swopped their flippers for snow shoes but to no avail, the weather won. Undeterred they have now switched to "Fantasy Golf" and it has been a revelation. Players' games have improved in leaps and bounds, most holes are completed in par with a few birdies thrown in. Any difficulties are easily overcome as the "draw" and the "fade", which can be played at will, have been perfected. The length of drives are prodigious and putting is unerringly accurate. Best of all the conditions are perfect, warm and dry with no hold-ups or slow play and refreshments constantly to hand. The downside is that the witty conversation in the bar afterwards is missed - or is this a fantasy as well? Hopefully normal service will be resumed shortly!l What a difference a day or two makes, with Sunday morning dawning warm, still and bright, a perfect recipe for good golf and plenty of enjoyment. The gentlemen of Honiton played two formats on Sunday with the Sun-am quarter finals teeing off first. The semis will be played in a fortnight's time with Julian Netherway and Derek Richards (won 7/6) facing Jason Gosling and Keith Krane (won 6/5) with Kerry Burke and Barry Wilkinson (won 1 up) playing Bob Cleal and Barry May (won 2/1)The rest, not worthy of Sun-am place, contested a fourball better ball in shirt sleeve order with Eric Short and Richard Townsend coming third with 37 pts. Second place went to Paul Dimond and Steve Morris with 38pts. Ekeing out another notch on the putter shaft with 39 points were Dave Maggs and Jim Wallis.This week brings to an end Terry Dimond's year of captaincy at Honiton. Fund raising for charity has always played a big part within this role and Terry was delighted to split this year's contributions between two charities, with both Hospiscare and Cancer Research UK each receiving cheques for £2,500. LYME REGIS GCROGER SEED and his 11 year old son George scooped 46 points in the Frost Cup competition at Lyme, Seed jnr having already won the junior competition the previous day!The course was once again fully opened in time for the annual Frost Cup qualifier. It is a better ball Stableford competition with the leading eight teams progressing into the match play stages. Closely following the father and son Seed duo in the Frost ,up qualifiers were old timers Dave Lock and Billy White with 44 points. In third place, making a welcome return to the winners' circle, was ex-club champion Matthew Searle, partnered by the ever-steady Ralph Adams.Other results: 4, B Rivers and R Winterbourne 43pts; 5, L Caddy and G Patterson, 43pts; 6, D Gisbourne and P Gisbourne 42pts; 7, M Thirwell and R Caddy 42pts; 8, O Boscence and B Cable 42pts.l Junior results: 18 hole Stableford: 1, G Seed 37pts; 2, D Searle 35pts. Nine hole Stableford: 1, B Burraston.The men played their Daily Mail Foursomes competition on Sunday. The first three pairs all netted 72 so the winners on the back nine ruling were R Russell and W Vincent with the unlucky pair in second being N Gibbs and P Miller.They also had the only two and, in third, were R Gibbons and R Smith. Good luck to the winners in the following rounds.AXE CLIFFThe ladies at last managed to play the postponed Hangover l Cup, a 15 hole Stableford competition which was previously cancelled due to adverse weather. It was a gloriously sunny day and all the players went out smiling. The one with the biggest smile was Barbara Cummings, the winner with with 26pts, who just beat Pauline Standerwick, 24pts.

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