Pro Bell cards great 65 at Honiton

Honiton held a Pro-Am in conjunction with west region PGA and 35 professionals walked the fairways of Honiton.

Honiton held a Pro-Am in conjunction with west region PGA and 35 professionals walked the fairways of Honiton, each in turn going out with three not-so-professional players to play a team Stableford competition with two scores to count,At the same time the pros played their own medal competition. After a foggy start to the day, the skies cleared to give the most glorious of summer days, the results reflected the weather in that the winning pro, Craig Bell from Cumberwell GC in Wiltshire, carded a brilliant 65. Such was the high standard that 14 pros carded 70 or better. The winning team, with 86 points, was sponsored by Simon Martin Accountants. Simon Martin, with Roy Bumpstead and Barry Dunn joined pro Barry Austin from Downs Crediton, well done to them. In all there were 17 teams with 80 points or better. Comments praising our green staff for their excellence in presenting our course in superb condition came flooding in from all participants, so very well done to John Bardon and his team for all their hard work. Thanks must go to all the very generous sponsors our main sponsor being the Jack in the Green. The day raised a staggering �2100 which will go to the captain's charity the Children's Hospice South West.Instead of the usual Tuesday Mixed fun competition, the mixed pairs contested the Bader Cup Greensomes qualifying round. There was a very good turnout and the lovely weather made for a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon of golf. Husband and wife team Jan and John Dickinson were victorious with an excellent score of 41 points. They qualify to go through to the regional final at Stover in mid-August with the possibility of reaching the finals to be held over a weekend in Portugal. We wish them well. Andrea and Stan Squire came second with 39 points and Di Wall and Brian Young were third with 38 points. As is customary, some of the entry fees for this competition were donated to the Bader Foundation Charity.Nine ladies took part in the 36 hole Jubilee Cup Stableford competition. The first 18 holes were completed in cloudy, but dry, conditions and four of the players played beneath their handicaps, giving the prospect for a very interesting second round. Unfortunately, the heavy rain that had been forecast arrived as predicted, and the majority of the afternoon's round was played in torrential rain and strong winds, not ideal for a good round of golf! Nevertheless, the eventual winner, ladies' captain Sue Selway, finished with an overall score of 75 points, with an excellent 41 points on the first round and a very creditable 34 points on the second round. Runner up was Tricia Swindell with 70 points - 31 points on the first round and an amazing 39 points on the second round - she obviously favours the bad weather! Congratulations to all who completed in such awful conditions.

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