Honiton senior golfers prove they are made of sturdy stuff!

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A marginal improvement in conditions has allowed members to play some golf this past week, writes John Pawley.

The Tuesday morning men’s group did at last manage to play – though only 15 brave souls made it to the end on the 15th green!

George Smith, John Pawley and John Vessey came out on top.

The mixed section held their first meeting of the year and a dozen intrepid golfers playing a greensome format in the rain and gale force winds!

The winners, with 28 points were Linda McLaughlin and Jason Gosling. Second were Elizabeth Wood and Chris Poole who finished after 15 holes with 26 points. The 2015 Mixed Golfer of the Year trophy was presented to Sue Ritchie, with her husband Paul as runner-up.

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Alas for the ladies, the course was closed again on Wednesday, but this did not deter the new lady captain Jane Watts from having a very enjoyable day on her Drive-in day.

Lady vice captain, Janet Hughes, had arranged a quiz with questions on golf rules (quite an eye opener!) and general knowledge. At 1pm Jane did venture out in pouring rain with last year’s lady captain, Olwen Eaton and all invited viewed the 18th green where Olwen putted out. Jane then proceeded to the 18th tee for her drive-in, escorted by Roy from the Pro shop.

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Jane’s drive landed on the fairway, and it was Diana Gee who placed her marker nearest to where the ball finished. Jane had arranged for spicy hot punch and refreshments for all her guests to enjoy.

For the Honiton seniors it takes more than continued wet conditions, blustery winds and temporary greens to deter them! No fewer than 47 of them ventured forth on Friday to take part in a three-ball better ball stableford competition (three-quarters handicap with two scores to count at each hole).

Andy Sharland, Mike Watts and Bob Cockett came first with 66 points, with Alan Devenny, Bill Eaton and Bill Phillips second on count-back. Paul Ritchie, Chris Street and Ron Jones followed with 65 points and Dave Morgan, Tom Tunnicliffe and John Fleetwood were close behind. There were two twos - Max Pipe on the second and Malcolm Matthews on the 12th, entitling each to 16 golf balls.

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