Lyme and Honiton golf round-up

PUBLISHED: 09:30 10 March 2010 | UPDATED: 01:01 16 June 2010

LYME LADIES: Weather hazards over, the ladies were confronted by horses loose on the course.

LYME LADIES: Weather hazards over, the ladies were confronted by horses loose on the course.

The panic to chase them off the course just made matters worse because they broke into a canter leaving deep hoof prints on the already soft ground.

The consistent Jean Moss carded a nett 74, in spite of going out of bounds on the 16th. She cut her handicap from 24 to 21 and has been picked to play in the semi- final of the Legg Bowl against Yeovil. She aims to reduce her handicap to 18 this summer.

Jane Southcombe, also picked to play in the Legg Bowl, cut her handicap from 9 to 8.

Lyme Regis played away at Woodbury in the Mail On Sunday and won 4-1, they now go through to the third round. Div 1: 1, Jane Southcombe 76; 2, Sue Davidge 79 ocb; 3, Jane Dixon 79. Div 2: 1, Jean Moss 74; 2, Glenys Phillips 78; 3, Angela Clark 79. Div 3: 1, Joy Madge 86 ocb; 2, Hanna Jacobsen 86; 3, Sheila Claringbold 88.

LYME MEN: Sunday 7 March was a bright sunny day but with a biting Easterly breeze, matched by hard frozen fairways and greens. The early starters found the conditions hard to handle even when, after a few hours, the warm sun had broken through to soften the ground, the strengthened wind was still difficult to contend with and the majority of competitors struggled to card a good score. However, some managed to overcome adversity to record scores either below or very close to net par. In Division one Adam White, playing off 10 and Ed Lawrence playing off 5 both recorded a one shot below course scratch with a net 70 . However, it was Adam White who took the honours on countback despite the fact that Ed Lawrence had recorded the lowest gross score in the division. Eighteen year old Greg Matthews , a product of the club junior acadamy, playing off 18, also carded a net 70 to achieve third place. In Division two Shane Stone (20) was the clear winner with a net 72 one shot better than John Lawrence (17) who carded a highly creditable net 73. In third place with a net 74 was Rob Coombe (16) who beat Adrian Wells (16) on count back. Adrian,however, had the satisfaction of recording the best gross score in the division. Perhaps a reflection of the conditions, only two

HONITON: Match day morning and you tentatively look out of the window to assess the day. Wow! Bright sunshine! It's a glorious Spring day. Surely the course will be open in these conditions? Well it is but because of the sharp frost every green had been turned into a temporary one. Still we're out and the sun is shining. But like half the field who turned out on Sunday morning we'd been tricked by that sun streaming through the window. In reality it was bitterly cold with a driving wind that in the shade tore at your flesh. The proposed 'qualifier' Stableford became just another round because of those temporaries, but as usual we all played in the right spirit, happy to be out and meeting up with members we hadn't seen all Winter. Like many members I like to move myself around the boards to play alongside different golfers. This weekend I was lucky to play alongside Stu Selway and Dan Noar. Dan is a very talented junior who I have watched since he was knee high to a grasshopper. His swing is wonderful, mesmeric and he can drive a ball many a mile. It's funny how encouraging it can be to play along side good players. The high point of his round had to be his eagle three on the par five 14th which he finished off with a 60 foot putt across the frozen green to the temporary hole on the fringe. Sheer class, but why he passed the hole in the first place I'll never know. Anyway, as the record of the winners won't be known until Monday or Tuesday I can't tell you the final outcome of the game until next week but for all those interested if you have beaten Dan's 37pts then you are in with a shout!

Tuesday Mixed: This week the members playing in the Tuesday Mixed Competition were able to enjoy the sunshine. The format was Three clubs and a Putter Stableford.. Club selection was interesting with a number of the ladies chosing a rescue wood as one of their chosen three. The winners with 34 pts were Ro Poole and John Frith. 2nd with 33 pts on c/b were Linda Northover and Stan Squire. 3rd also 33 pts were Dot Grove and Alec Gosling.

Ladies report: The Ladies played an EWGA medal this week. Although dry it was very cold and the course was playing long which was reflected in the scores. Silver Division winner was Chris Pearce Net 80. 2nd June Hodge Net 81. Bronze Division 1 winner was Linda Northover Net 76. 2nd Dot Grove Net 80. Bronze Division 2 winner was Val Daniels with a very good score of Net 72 thus reducing her handicap by 2 shots. 2nd Sharon Dacre Net 84.

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