Last trio beat weather and course to win
PUBLISHED: 20:29 16 November 2011
Sunday Medal: A medal was played at Honiton this week, but still no Winter rules on the fairways and still on the grass tees, despite it feeling like winter, writes Andy Wagner.
It certainly felt like Winter, though, and the course was so soft under foot that golfers soon learned any shot they took would stop dead as soon as it hit the ground. Coupled to a stiff breeze, and the winning scores were pretty good, especially in Div 2 where Andy Wall finished with a nett 68 to record the best score of the day ahead of Richard Townsend's 69 and Roy Tratt's 71.
Div 1 was even tighter with Steve Waller's nett 71 shading it on count back from Paul Blackmore leaving Paul Hill third with a nett 72.
Tuesday Mixed: A large field of members played in this week’s Mixed competition - format Ryesomes Stableford giving this month’s organisers John and Jan Dickinson plenty of work checking cards with scores so close for second, third and fourth places. The winners, with 35pts. were Jennifer Pyle and Stan Squire.
in second were lady vice captain Jackie Seager and Mike Watts, with 31pts on count back, from third place Andrea Squire and Richard Pyle, also on count back from fourth place Jan Dickinson and Laurie Tollemache. Fifth place, with 29pts, were Jane Watts and Allan Seager.
Senior Section: A three ball better ball with a twist was the test for the Seniors this week. With one shot to count on the par fives, two shots to count on the par fours and three shots to count on the par threes it certainly concentrated the mind on the short holes.
The early leaders in the clubhouse were the trio of Eric Short, John Discombe and Dave Morgan with 79 points ahead of Peter Shepherd, Malcolm Matthews and George Smith with 76.
This was short lived, however, when Seniors’ "new boy" Andy Sharland brought his team in also with 79 and a better back nine. Victory was snatched from them, however, by the last trio in, Ron Graham, Paul Ritchie and Norman Ede.
Despite being on the receiving end of the worst weather, they squeezed home with 80 points. How did they do it? An extra point on the par threes. Only three players were able to achieve a two giving them an early Christmas present of 81 balls to share
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