Most prized trophy starts Honiton off

PUBLISHED: 14:28 14 April 2010 | UPDATED: 01:07 16 June 2010

THE club s golfing New Year officially started on Saturday with the annual fight for our most prestigious trophy, The Founders Day Cup. All sections of the club join together in a celebratory contest marking the club s inauguration in 1896.

THE club's golfing New Year officially started on Saturday with the annual fight for our most prestigious trophy, The Founders Day Cup.

All sections of the club join together in a celebratory contest marking the club's inauguration in 1896.

The weather was in spectacular form, the sun shining throughout as the teams of four played to a better-ball format with two scores to count.

For some of those teams, it quickly turned into just a fun day out playing alongside members they wouldn't normally come across other than in the clubhouse, but for others it became a battle of will and concentration as the points racked up.

The winners, with a stunning 84pts, were Ian Banfield, Alan Seager, Tim Wade and Jenny Raison.

A commendable second, with 80 points, were Jeff Finney, Ray Wills, Darren McCabe and Pam Greenaway, with Phil Wall, Robin Smith, John Stabb and Sue Ritchie's 79pts taking third place.

Easter Egg Competition: The annual Easter Egg Competition was held by the club on Easter Monday. Always a fun day out, the mixed competitors turn out in Easter bonnets of varying tastes to play a game that's becoming an eye-catching fixture to the season. This year's winners were Jason Gosling and Anne Davies with 45pts. Catherine and Charlie Doherty were second with 43pts with John and Jan Dickinson supplementing their annual chocolate intake in third with 38 points.

Ladies Section: This week, the Ladies played a EWGA Medal with some Ladies also eligible to play in the Christopher Cup

(Ladies who have never won a cup whereby the best four scores go forward to matchplay). A full field enjoyed the better conditions underfoot and weather overhead. The Silver Division winner was Lady Vice-Captain Sue Ritchie - G 88 Net 72. Second was Diana Gee G 97 Net 77.

In Bronze 1, the winner with a very good score was Catherine Doherty G 95 Net 67. Second - Sarah Loader G 94 Net 71. Third - Brenda Hyde G100 Net 74 on c/b

Bronze 2 winner Susan Hyde G 109 Net 73. 2nd - Jennifer Pyle G 110 Net 76. 3rd - Anne Verplanke G 116 Net 80 on c/b.

The four Ladies to qualify for the matchplay were - Catherine Doherty, Anne Verplanke, Lesley Farley and Majson Stroud on c/b.

Senior Section: The first competition played this year in perfect sunny conditions with all greens in play seemed to confound most of the field in this week's Medal competition. Low scores were in short supply as the Seniors struggled to adjust from their battle with the elements this winter. Mike Watts was undeterred however recording a net 69 to win the First Division. He was followed by Bob Bilyard, Fred Utting and Tony Proudfoot all with 70, with Stan Squire completing the prize winners with a score of 72.

The outstanding performance of the day was, however, in Division 2, where Alan Lane romped away with a net 66, six shots ahead of second place Norman Runciman on 72, with Alan Rowley, Keith Thomas and Geoff Gilbert all on 73, completing the prize positions. Alan received the monthly medal tankard and also a handicap cut of 2 shots for his trouble.

The biggest cheer of the day was reserved for Bob Milton who scored his first ever hole in one on the second. He refused, however, to describe how his ball arrived in the hole.

The season of matches is also in full swing now and this week Lyme Regis were the visitors losing by five and a half to one and a half. The Honiton away form was less impressive, however, as a visit to East Devon resulted in a defeat by 6 to 1. Never an easy place to go.


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