RAFA success at Honiton

PUBLISHED: 11:47 31 August 2011




HONITON - The club have a long and proud relationship with the RAF Association and the Open we host for them is always very well attended, writes Andy Wagner.

As usual the course was in immaculate condition, the prize table heaving and expectation was high. But also, as usual, the course was able to protect itself very well except for those few who had sparkling results. Winners on the day were Mike Williams from Honiton and his partner Chris Baker from Filton who racked up a very tidy 43pts. Honiton's own Steve Charlton and John Barker were second with 42pts ahead of Larry St Croix and Paul Adams from Torquay, on count back.

●Tuesday Mixed -The Steele Perkins Memorial Trophy played as Individual Stableford was Tuesday’s format. The winner, who recently celebrated a special birthday, was Cyril Dann with an excellent score of 40 pts. Second was country member Sally Chapman, 38 while Mike Watts was third with 36. Rosemary Whiteley was fourth with 34. Only one two was recorded - on the seventh hole by Graham Burch receiving 26 balls.

●Ladies Section - Wednesday's competition was definitely a game of two halves, and if you were lucky enough to get out early you managed to finish dry.

But for those not so lucky it was a long haul back to the clubhouse in horrendous weather. High scores were not the order of the day and the scratch was increased accordingly. First and second in Silver division were Diana Gee with 35 points and Sue Ritchie with 32 points. Rosemary Greenhorn held first place in Bronze 1 division with 34 points, while Catherine Doherty made a close second on 33 points.

But in Bronze 2 division one player was definitely not daunted by the dreadful conditions and stormed home to win with an incredible 40 points. Step forward Lesley Oxenham. Just watch that handicap fall! Avril Shepherd was second on 35 points and Pam Greenaway came in third with 28 points. There were no prizes for the wettest competitor, but hats off to you all.

●Seniors Section - Heavy rain forced the eventual abandonment of the Longhurst Cup this week but better weather and an improved performance resulted in two wins for Honiton in matches.

Led by John Discombe, a 4-2 win over Tiverton completed the double for the home side. The team of John Discombe, Ben Laite and David Ive also represented the Honiton Seniors at the annual "Stan Setter Salver" competition played at Downes Crediton. A relaxed day with one score to count produced a nett score of 63, just missing first place on count back.

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