Lyme Regis, Honiton, Axe Cliff golf round-up

PUBLISHED: 10:00 03 June 2009 | UPDATED: 23:36 15 June 2010

Lyme Regis Ladies contested their annual club championship.

Lyme Regis Ladies contested their annual club championship in weather ideal for low scoring and spectators certainly weren't disappointed.The Turner Denham Bowl, which is awarded to the 36 hole scratch champion, went to the ever-steady Jane Southcombe, with a fantastic score of 172. Runner up, losing by just one shot, was this year's ladies' vice-captain Jane Dixon.The Wellings Salver is awarded to the best 36 hole nett score of the day. Jane Andrews has been making steady progress and managed to compile a nett score of 145, beating Jane Dixon who narrowly missed out again with 147.The Scotts Cup is won by the player who improves most on their morning score. This year Rosalyn Cox improved on her score by one shot every hole in the afternoon! The final cup is the Morning Cup, based on the first 18 holes played. Jane Andrews won her second cup of the day with a great first round score of nett 70. Runner up back three shots was Elizabeth Thompson. Well done to all the ladies who played on such a fantastic day.A small field of four juniors played their Weekly Stableford with young Rupert Yorke winning with 39 points.Rupert was pleased with this result as he has been struggling with getting the ball in the air. Well done Rupert on getting your handicap cut.This year's Langmoor Trophy (Bogey competition) was fiercely contested by all who played and the winner was Ian Mudford who has been on great form, both individually and for the club's A Team.Ian shot a gross 68 which put him + 6. Second was Lee Caddy, who just missed out by one shot, scoring + 5.HONITON GOLF CLUBThe inter-club matches have occupied the Seniors with three matches on consecutive days, away to Stover and Downes Crediton, then home to Lyme Regis.It is never easy to get a result away from home. Local knowledge and familiarity with the speed and subtleties of the greens counts for a lot. This proved to be the case with a 41/2 to 11/2 defeat at Stover and a narrow 4-3 loss at Crediton.The match with Lyme Regis was badly affected by the misty weather nearly causing it to be abandoned. In the end, however, the visitors just edged it with the odd game in seven.The joy of these matches is not the result but the pleasure of socialising with fellow golfers and reciprocating their hospitality. That's the players' excuse to the captain anyway!On Monday, the Ladies played the Killard-Leavey Qualifier. In first place was Jean Putt and Jeanne MacKinnon with 33pts on c/b from Chris Pearce and June Hodge. The winners go through to the Vets' Autumn Foursomes meeting at Okehampton.l On Wednesday, the Ping 4BBB Qualifying Stableford was played. The winners, with 36pts, were Sue Ritchie and Jackie Seagar followed closely by the runners-up, ladies' captain Sue Selway and Jean Rapersby-Ford with 35pts. Last Sunday saw the playing of the first club Open competition of the season, with almost 200 players turning out, the day was hard fought with strong winds but mercifully little rain. The competition included the presentation of a new trophy, The Dave Bird 3BBB Trophy. This was donated and presented by Cynthia Bird in memory of her husband and one of the great characters of the club who passed away in 2008. It was very fitting that the inaugural winners of this trophy were Joy Williams, Dave's Lady Captain when he was club captain in 1988, partnered by long time member Paul Hill, and ex member Colin Wayman. As late starters, they made the most of the better weather to score 46 points, two clear of any of the other 62 teams. Congratulations to them, but the day really belonged to Dave.AXE CLIFF GOLFThe men played their May Stableford on Sunday in glorious, sunny weather and this was reflected in the scores. Division one was won by C Trivett with 42 points, his handicap being reduced to 10. Second place went to Stuart Orren with 41 points who was the only player to score a two. Third place went to Jamie Hughes on the count back ruling from A Morgan, both on 38 points. Division two was won by D Nichols with 40 points, this score helping him reach his goal of reducing his handicap to 12 - therefore he will now be able to play in Division one. Second went to the Seniors' Captain C Walker with 37 points. Third was A Paul with 34 points. l The A Team won their first game of the year, beating Honiton at Woodbury Park 31/2 -11/2, well played. l For the first leg of the second round tie in this year's Emerton Court Trophy match the Seniors travelled to Torquay to do battle with Churston GC. The home team, with greater choice fielded a very strong team and won the match by 4-1. The winning pairing for Axe Cliff was Tony Strong and Gilbert Cox. On Friday it was the annual Brian Abbott Foursomes for the Shield presented by the late Brian's widow a few years ago. Fifteen teams took part and there were two excellent scores returned of 35 points. The winners on the better inward half were Alan Vincent/Sid Pember with Brian Wilkes/Roger Wright having to settle for second place. Third, with 33 points, were Tony Strong/Peter Knighting.

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