Invited ladies love Axe Cliff's competition

PUBLISHED: 14:34 08 August 2012

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Invitation day saw the ladies of Axe Cliff invite two ladies from other clubs to play in a Stableford competition with one score to count on the par four, two scores on the par fives and all three scores to count on the par threes, writes Janet Dack.

The weather was not the greatest - strong winds and heavy showers and even thick fog when play had to be suspended for a time!

The eventual winners with a combined score of 62 were Julia Collins from Lyme Regis with Sheila Grant from Taunton Vale and home player Lesley Crawford.

Second place went to Val Waites and Jane Dixon from Lyme Regis with Glenda Board (Axe Cliff) with 58 points.

Third place to Mona Carter from Honiton and Lila Lambert from Lyme Regis with their home player Helen Kenworthy with 57 points.

Taking fourth place were lady captain Barbara Cummings, Hayley Rowland from Lyme Regis and Brenda Somerfield from East Devon with 56 points. Hayley Rowland also received the prize for nearest the pin on the 11th.

The seniors travelled to High Bickington for the annual inter-club match with Libbaton.

Although the greens were the same for both teams, Axe Cliff had difficulty coming to terms with their extreme slickness and suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat. Only Gerry Turner and Jack Bannister had any joy in this department, to record the only win.

Eight members recently played in the annual pairs Texas Scramble at Taunton Vale. In fine golfing conditions the scoring was very good and although three of the teams recorded scores in the sixties, they just failed to make the prize list.

On a fine but blustery day, Senior Captain, Rob Grove, invited members of the Axe Cliff Golf Club to participate in an individual Stableford competition to celebrate his Captain’s Day.

With numerous prizes on offer it was no surprise that there was a large field of entrants. Having been given a complimentary ball marker, ball and pen by the captain at the start of their round, players were also asked to cope with other competitions on various holes as well as a blustery wind from a direction uncommon for Axe Cliff members. It was not surprising therefore that the range of scores reflected the diversity of the morning.

The winner of Division 1 and presented with the captain’s day shield was John Pugh (18) with 36 points. Second was Dave Morgan(17) with 35 and third was Bill Polley (16) with 32.

The winner of Division 2 and receiving the Cooper Shield was Bob Flay (21) with 33 who beat Nick Stanton (23) on the back nine. In third place was Pete Motson (28) with 32. Nearest the pin winners were David Sammons (seventh), Geoff Hubbard(11th) and Gerry Turner(18th). The prizes for nearest the pin on the 14th hole and nearest, in two shots, on the fifth were beyond the capabilities of all the players. The hidden holes prizes were shared between Peter Knighting and Keith Wilson with the front 9 prize being shared by John White and Rob Heard.

The back 9 was won outright by Leighton Morgan. There were two 2’s by Sid Pember and Geoff Hubbard both on the 11th hole. All the prize winners were presented with their gifts by long serving ex member, Morrison Brown.

There was a great atmosphere in the clubhouse afterwards where the players were treated to drinks and a buffet lunch provided by the Captain and there was much talk of putts going astray, drives veering off in the wind and other missed opportunities but everyone agreed that this was one of the best day’s golf they had experienced for many years.

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