Pros turn out for Lyme Regis open

PUBLISHED: 15:19 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 22:05 15 June 2010

IT WAS Lyme Regis Golf Club s equivalent to the Open on Sunday when professionals arrived from throughout the West Country to compete for a bundle of trophies.

IT WAS Lyme Regis Golf Club's equivalent to the "Open" on Sunday when professionals arrived from throughout the West Country to compete for a bundle of trophies.

They did not go away empty handed. Mike Searle, of the Woodbury Park club, who began his golf career at Lyme, picked up the coveted Niblick Trophy with rounds of 63 and 68. And he failed by just one point to lead his club team to victory in the Scratch Cup. Mike, plus John Veale, Alex Karkeek and Calvin Kirby, scored 432 - one shot away from winners Broadstone.

"The locals" were not completely outshone. The Lyme Regis B team of Adrian Morgan, Mike Mudford, Gareth Hedges and comparative newcomer John Coley caused the upset of the day when they took the George Hoare Handicap Trophy with a score of 410 against Weymouth's 422 and the Dorset Country Club's 427.

Adrian, with rounds of 69 and 66, was runner-up to Gavin Hale from Broadstone in the individual event and Gareth, 66 and 70, was third.

The Lyme A team of Roger Seed, James Gisborne and Matt Searle, led by club professional Duncan Driver, claimed third place in the scratch team event.

l It was a big day as well for the Ladies last Thursday. The monthly Stableford attracted the biggest field of the year - 78. Ellie Langford, from Chard, won yet again with 39 points to take her handicap down another slot to nine and leave Jane Southcombe as runner-up, seven points behind. In third place was Elizabeth Thompson with 31.

Gilly Madill took Division 2 with 36 points followed by Jane Andrews with 34 on countback from captain Jane Broom. Division 3 was won by a new name for the leaderboard, Lisa Jones, with 39 points, who had her handicap reduced by three to 31. Second was Leslie Murray 28 and third Hazel Roebuck 27. Only snag for the big entry was the computer ruled that they had played to an unimpressive average score of 76 against the course par of 73.

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