Perfecting prizes at Honiton Golf Club

Pro’s Open Day: The competitors for the Pro’s Open Day were greeted by a prize table loaded with all that glamorous kit that is guaranteed to get your juices flowing and improve your game, from huge Calloway cart bags, through Vokey wedges and rainbows of attractive shirts and jumpers to the very latest aero-dynamically designed golf balls “just like the Pros use”.

There were prizes of some description all the way down to 12th with sundry other goodies for nearest the pins and longest drives. But it was that 12th placed prize that caught my eye as it was for two free half hour coaching lessons with Adrian. No placebo this as Adrian really can fix your game. But it did feel a little ironic in so much as that if you finished in the prizes then surely your game can’t be that bad in the first place. But 12th does leave room for improvement.

I shall be watching to see if the 12th placed team finish first next year after Adrian’s expert eye. I’m backing it to happen but the truth will out.

The day was sunny and fun with the competition for those goodies fierce. First with a staggering 46pts were the home grown pairing of P Bonetta and J Netherway.

Second on countback with 45pts were I Drew and J Spiller, leaving Rob Willey and Mike Watkins’ 45pts in third. The best ladies’ pairing was Olive Pope and Anne Davies with 40pts

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Tuesday Mixed: This week the format was Treble Six played in a different order. Holes 1-6 Greensome. Holes 7-12 Foursomes and finishing with holes 13-18 Better Ball.

Thirty-six players enjoyed the pleasant playing conditions with the course in great order and the greens excellent.

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In first place was country member Moira Cooper with Max Pipe with 44pts on countback with an incredible back nine of 29pts. Second place, also 44pts with 20pts on the back nine, were Hilda Hoepelman and Paul Witton. Third place - Jennifer Pyle and Paul Ritchie with 42pts on count back from fourth place Jan Dickinson and Cyril Dann.

Ladies Section: On Friday the ladies played the first round of the Marker Cup with the second round played on Wednesday incorporating a EWGA Medal and Golf Foundation Brooch.

Conditions for the second round were very wet reflected in the second round scores. The winner of the Marker Cup for this year was Joy Williams with nett scores of 68 and 75 - 143. Runner-up was Jan Dickinson with nett scores 70 and 76 - 146.

The Foundation Brooch winner with the lowest nett medal score was Jenny Raison nett 74.

Silver Division: winner, Jenny Raison, nett 74; 2, Chris Pearce, nett 75. Bronze 1 Division: - winner, Rosemary Greenhorn, nett 76 on c/b from second place Linda Northover. Bronze 2 Division: winner, Majsan Stroud, nett 76; 2, Margaret Jory, nett 77.

Senior Section: The poor Seniors were deprived of their weekly competition this week by the dreaded fog. Whose idea was it to build the course on top of the hill? But they did have the pleasure of beating their Teignmouth counterparts earlier in the week by six games to nil.

A whitewash - like that has to be worth a mention, if only to stir up trouble for the return game.

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