Honiton seniors brave the cold snap

PUBLISHED: 18:37 03 February 2011

Vice captain of Honiton Golf Club Tim Avery with Nick Richards, Sue Selway and club captain John Stabb

Vice captain of Honiton Golf Club Tim Avery with Nick Richards, Sue Selway and club captain John Stabb

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Another round of the Sun Am Winter League and the competition is getting fierce. Some pairings still have 100 per cent records but there's many a battle to be had over the next two rounds.

Match play can be such an unforgiving format. All it takes is one piece of inspiration and a hole can be lost. Either that or a piece of rank good fortune. No names, no pack drill but somebody I know had an incredible piece of luck to take a hole and maybe change the game. His drive down the par four eighth was wild left but escaped the trees and onto the ninth fairway. His second shot was wild right but bounced over the green side bunker, just stopping short of the ditch behind. And if that wasn't enough he/I scruffily chipped in for a birdie three. Sorry guys. It's usually a case of if I didn't have bad luck then I'd have no luck at all! Two more rounds to decide who goes through to the final knock out stages.

●Tuesday was the "Drawn for partners" Greensome Stableford Competition playing for the Goblets.

After the snow and ice, Christmas and New Year celebrations, members were pleased to be back playing. Twenty members played and the new organisers Jennifer and Richard Pyle reduced the competition to 14 holes due to the mist closing in.

The winning couple were new Lady Captain Sue Ritchie playing with Lady Vice Captain’s husband Allan Seager with an excellent 30pts.

Second place were Jane Watts and Paul Witton with 24pts. Third place was taken by Dot Grove and John Northover with 23pts on count back

●60 Seniors braved the zero temperature - sub zero in the east wind, on Friday last, and all were pleased that the competition was a three ball Texas Scramble, somewhat quicker to play than the norm, especially to the shorter temporary greens.

Jim Wallis, Dave Morgan and Philip Faulkner came in with a score of one over par 70, with their one 10th combined handicap reducing to 64.2, to be the best of the day.

Second were Stan Squire, Keith Crane and George Smith, also with 70 but reduced to 64.6.

John Kerr, Brian Morrison and Bob Milton were third with 65.4, and fourth were Dave Maggs, Michael Hunt and John Foster, 66.1

John also helped himself to 30 golf balls for a two at hole four, as did Keith Crane at the 10th, - a nice number to share with their two playing companions - one of the many "niceties" of the weekly camaraderie enjoyed by the Senior players.


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