Ryder Cup experience

PUBLISHED: 13:04 20 October 2010

Dave Morgan with the Ryder Cup

Dave Morgan with the Ryder Cup


Round up of action from East Devon and West Dorset golf clubs

Retiring captain Jerry Donlon

THE Ryder Cup was a huge team effort where every player contributed something to the victory but it couldn’t have happened without the efforts of those off the course as well. Honiton was pleased to have one of their own, Dave Morgan, acting as a marshall throughout the competition and he was lucky enough to be on hand when the winning putt went in. Dave had been assigned the seventh green on the Monday so, after the last pairing of Hunter Mahan and Greame McDowell cleared his green, he was able to follow their progress right to the 17th where he watched as the cup- winning putt went in. Always a modest man, Dave will happily recount to members his part in Europe’s victory.

Players from the Saturday Circus had organised the annual charitable game for Honiton Carnival. Played as a 3BBB Stableford, two scores to count, the teams played in the sunshine with their own carnival atmosphere. Scoring was high, but the winning team of D McCabe, F McCabe and J Tierney notched a massive 82pts. Close second were R Willey, D Noar and J Drew with 81pts with M Matthews, R Smith and P Vaughan third with 73pts. The club were able to hand over a cheque of £150 to the carnival queen’s charity for their efforts

● This week’s mixed Greensomes Stableford was played with three clubs and a putter. Almost as soon as that game starts, players wish they had selected different clubs! However, some players’ selection was correct as the winning pair, with 33pts, were Hilda Hoepelman and Max Pipe. Second were Celia Hamlett and John Dickinson with 31 and third, ladies’ vice captain Sue Ritchie and John Northover 30pts on c/b.

●Ladies’ Section - This week a full field played in teams for the annual match between the Lady Captain and Lady Vice Captain.

The Axe Cliff ladies held on to the Tick Tock Trophy.

Elizabeth’s team were attired in green and Sue’s team were in red (Ritchie’s Red Rebels!) for a 4BBB Match Play shot gun start. The results were very close with Elizabeth’s team the victors. Sue presented the trophy to Elizabeth with her congratulations.

● A shortened Stableford was played on Friday. This was to accommodate the Seniors’ Annual General Meeting and allow the elderly golfers to get home in time for their customary afternoon nap!

Bill Nicholls was elected captain for the forthcoming season with John Discombe as his vice captain. Outgoing captain Ben Laite reported on his year , the highlight of which was the recapture of the Stan Parker Trophy from Exeter.

Ben was presented with a new golf bag in thanks for his sterling work. Also calling it a day was Treasurer Ken Beake, who has diligently prepared the Section accounts for the past nine years. In recognition of his dedication he was presented with a liquid gift and the introduction of a new “Ken Beake Trophy” to be presented to the winner of the eclectic competitions.

Oh, and the golf - Bill Phillips was first, starting on the first tee with 23pts and Peter Bates was equally proficient with 23pts, starting on the 11th tee.

●AXE CLIFF - Seniors’ and Ladies’ Section

After the home defeat earlier in the week by Libbaton Seniors, the Axe Cliff team bounced back a few days later with an overwhelming victory by 6 x 1 over Cheddington.

This also avenged a heavy reversal in May at Cheddington but rounded off the inter-club season in style. Winning pairings for Axe Cliff included Gilbert Cox/John Mant; Bryan Dale/Morrison Brown; Terry Jessup/Hugh Willis; Jack Bannister/Iain Bain; Rob Grove/Alan Vincent and Mike Tomes/Bob Flay. Terry Jessup also won the bottle of wine for nearest pin at the 11th.

● On an extremely windy but sunny Monday morning the Ladies and Seniors fought for the annual Tic Toc Trophy. The match was halved so the Ladies retain the Trophy for another year - see picture below. Winning players for the ladies were Mary Gipps and Pauline Standerwick with Barbara Cummings and Alison Cook halving their match. This Wednesday the ladies played a Stableford - the first division was won by Helen Gaudie (25), the second by Di Rogers (30).

● The main club competed this Sunday for the Terrace Cup, which has the tough format of Bowmaker Medal. Winners, with a 10 under par total of 128, were Paul Clode, Steve Anning and Captain Richard Gibbons.

Second place were David Quinn, Jerry Russell and Alan Cooper, who also scored 128 but lost out on countback.

●The Lyme Regis Golf Club Ladies’ AGM Shotgun Greensomes took place in a biting wind, a shock after all the recent warm sunny weather, writes Ellie Langford.

The cold air meant the ball did not travel so far in the air, but the greens were deceptively fast, resulting in a lot of misjudged putts.

At the AGM, outgoing captain Mrs Jane Dixon thanked her committee for all their hard work during the year and announced that we had raised £1845 for her charity, Dorchester Hospital League of Friends. She then handed the captaincy over to Mrs Rhoda Elwick.

Results: 1 Jane Broom/Jean Falconer 39; 2, Di Dick/Prue Russell 38ocb; 3, Gilly Madill/Hayley Rowland 38 ocb; 4, Jenny Scott/Lesley Jellyman 38 ocb.

● Sunday saw the staging of the final event in a very busy year for Lyme Regis Golf Club Captain Jerry Donlon (pictured), writes Steve Percival.

On a day when a sharp ground frost, but clear skies, augured well for a good round of golf, a total of 56 golfers took to the field to contest the Baker shield.

Played as a four ball better ball with teams of two representing either the club captain or his vice captain, Ray Farrell, conditions were exceptional for the time of year with only a slight breeze, but incredibly warm temperatures under clear blue skies. Although the club captain, playing with Lin Baker, who, with his late brother Ron, donated the shield to the club, narrowly lost his match, the overall result being 61/2 to 21/2 in his favour. A fitting end to a highly successful year for the club under his captaincy.

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