Honiton's Netherway puts a glint in handicap secretary's eye

PUBLISHED: 10:00 22 July 2009 | UPDATED: 23:51 15 June 2010

Sunshine and showers the weather girl said, and this just about sums up the whole day for many who participated in Club Captain Nick Richard s competition.

'Sunshine and showers' the weather girl said, and this just about sums up the whole day for many who participated in Club Captain Nick Richard's competition.

The sun was inevitably shining when that 20 foot putt was drained but likewise it was always raining when your ball found its way into some of the 'Carnoustie-like' rough which lines a few of the fairways.The Captain's Day is open to every section of the club, so the prize table was overflowing with numerous, well thought out gifts, and was a testament to captain Nick's generosity.

The ladies played a 10 hole Stableford and winning, with a stonking 24 points, was Di Wall.

Best Junior and relatively new to the game, even for a young man, was Jake Phillips with a net 74.

The Seniors always have a good old tussle between themselves and this was no exception. Jim Wallis was the winner, with a net 70, eventually being found by counting back to the last 1 (3.5).

The men were separated into three divisions.

Second in Div three with a net 69 was Ben Barton, with Paul Blackmore 67, winning by a clear two shots.

Div two's second place went to Dean Bonetta 68 (bk9 34), with Chris Earle leaving the rest of the field behind (as well as his current handicap) with a 64.

Div one second place went to Paul Dimond 68 (bk9 32), with Barry Dunn the single shot winner with a 67.

Winning the competition overall and collecting the 'Old Calabar Club Trophy', as well as a new television, with an astonishing net 62, was Julian Netherway. The handicap secretary had a ruthless glint in his eye during the prize-giving, so it is a certainty that Julian will be waving a fond farewell to the playing handicap of 20 he held that morning.

l This week's format for the Tuesday Mixed Competition was Ryesomes Stableford. Before the presentation members observed a minute's silence for Ben Chivers who, for many years, ran the Tuesday Mixed. He was the Seniors' Captain in 1994 and in 1996 Ben, with his wife Vera, presented the goblets that are played for each month in the drawn Mixed Greensomes. This week's winners, with 42 points, were Joy Kerr and Vaughan Whiteley. Second, with 39 points on countback, were Sue Ritchie and Peter Shepherd. Third, also on 39 points, were Pat Upstone and Cyril Dann. Fourth, with 38 points, were ladies' vice captain Elizabeth Ward and Mike Watts.

l This week the Ladies played the re-arranged Express & Echo Foursomes Stableford. It was commented that it usually rains when this competition is played and Wednesday was no exception.

The winners, with 37 points, were established pair Chris Pearce and June Hodge.

Runners-up were lady captain Sue Selway and Jean Rapersby-Ford with 36 points. Both pairs qualify to play at the Exeter Golf and Country Club in September.

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