Ladies’ open offered super day of sunshine and golf

PUBLISHED: 15:15 07 September 2017

Axe Cliff Golf Club Ladies' Open winners Barbara Middleton, Linda Knapman and Jame Williams, with Jo Donmall (far left).

Axe Cliff Golf Club Ladies' Open winners Barbara Middleton, Linda Knapman and Jame Williams, with Jo Donmall (far left).


Last Friday was a sunny day and also a very successful day for the Axe Cliff Ladies’ Open, writes Pete Motson.

Jo Donmall, the ladies’ captain, welcomed 84 golfers (28 teams of three). Jo organised the day’s event and was ably assisted by Di Rogers and the committee plus, an ex member and also, some willing volunteers from the seniors’ section.

In a stableford format (with two scores to count), the winners were East Devon’s Barbara Middleton, Linda Knapman and Jane Williams. They beat a second-placed Dainton team on countback. Third place went to Helen Kenworthy from Axe Cliff and Marie Tims and Penny Lyne from Sidmouth with 75pts.

A team from Wells took forth place with 74pts on countback from a Tiverton team in fifth.

The front nine was won with 39 points for the Bridport team of Pat Baldwin, Viv Gill and Elizabeth Thompson. The back nine was won with 40 points by a team from Dainton.

The best drive was Jane Gould from Tiverton. Nearest pin was won by Penny Lyne of Sidmouth. There was only one two, achieved by Axe Cliff’s Pauline Willis on the 11th hole.

On Tuesday, the ladies went to Tiverton for the last of their league matches, where a good win would have put them into the semi-finals; however, Tiverton proved to be too strong and in fact played themselves into the semi-finals.

Saturday was Gruesome Cup day and the draw was made with one lady and one man making up a team who played with half combined joint handicap in a Greensomes format over 15 holes.

The scores reflected those who had a great number of shots, with many getting four and even five points on some holes.

The winners with 42 points were Anne Jarvis and Rob Grove, who edged out Barbara Cummings and Simon Wellington on 40 points

In third place were the lady captain Jo Donmall and club stalwart Alan Kenworthy, with 38 points; but the real winner was the game and the occasion with even the booby prize winners, Nigel Garwood and Pauline Willis, having a great time.

Take a lovely cliff top course, add some like-minded golfers with a generous helping of sunshine and you have the makings of a really enjoyable day of late summer.

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