Nothing stops us!

PUBLISHED: 18:16 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 15 June 2010

The Brian Selway Invitation: Honiton Golf Club, despite all that this British summer could throw at it, staged the Brian Selway Invitation on Saturday.

The Brian Selway Invitation: Honiton Golf Club, despite all that this British summer could throw at it, staged the Brian Selway Invitation on Saturday.

Started by Brian in his tenure as club professional and now played in his memory as a tribute to 50 years' service to the club from the end of the Second World War, the competition was re-scheduled from early July. Each member is invited to bring a golfer from another club to take part in a better ball medal.

One hundred hardy souls took up the invitation. The course played well despite the rain and the greens putted well, as shown by the 10 'twos' scored. However, scoring was not easy and level par 69 would prove good enough to take one of the eight prizes on offer.

Jim Wallis and partner set the early pace with a 66, but were overtaken by a late finishing Paul Hill for second place on countback. But the best score of the day came from Dave Maggs and Dennis Wright who managed an excellent 65 to take the trophy.

Addressing a full clubhouse, Sue Selway, Brian's daughter and this year's Lady Vice-Captain, presented the prizes and reminded us all what a character her father was. His sense of humour is fondly remembered by all who knew him and long may this event last.

Honiton Challenge

Sunday heralded the annual challenge match between the four sections of golfers at the club. Teams of 10 each from the ladies, seniors, men and juniors played stableford with the best six scores in each team to count. On paper, the seniors looked very strong, the ladies were brimming with confidence, the juniors looked an inexperienced line-up with the men determined to retain the trophy won in 2007.

As the competition unfolded, for the men Terry Dimond led by example, returning a day's best score of 39, and, not to be outdone, Paul Coates struck a superb tee shot into the 12th hole for a hole in one. (The tradition to buy all a drink in the clubhouse afterwards was followed, much to everyone's delight.)

Unfortunately for the men, the rest of the team could not match these performances and had to settle for second place with 197pts.

So it was the consistency of scoring throughout that meant Alex Cave, junior captain, received the trophy on behalf of his junior team with a score of 200pts.

This was the third different winning section in three years and the first time since 2004 that the juniors had triumphed. Equal third were the ladies and seniors with 190pts, both of these teams unable to find the consistency of scoring.

The match was followed by the usual well supported social occasion, this time a barbeque which thankfully remained rain free. Well done the juniors but the challenge is already down for 2009.

By Brian Young

Honiton Golf Club

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