School's out

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 15 June 2010

FOR LEIGH BEER, 16, this week marks the end of his schooldays and, at Lyme on Sunday, as if to celebrate, he won the Rover Cup bringing his handicap down from 13 to 12, writes Bill Halden.

FOR LEIGH BEER, 16, this week marks the end of his schooldays and, at Lyme on Sunday, as if to celebrate, he won the Rover Cup bringing his handicap down from 13 to 12. Two years ago, Leigh was the youngest-ever winner of the trophy, writes Bill Halden.He started in style with a birdie on the 358-yard par 4 second hole. A good drive meant he only needed a 9 iron to be 20 feet from the pin and a putt did the rest. From then on a mixture of pars and bogeys earned 19 points when he reached the easy par 4 9th. His drive went 250 yards but nestled in the greenside bunker. Disaster, his first shot stayed in and he thinned his second through the green and could not even manage a point. He recovered on the home nine, parring the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th and the final two holes for 21 points and a total of 40."I was really pleased with my putting, I only took 13 putts on my first eight holes," said Leigh. He is looking forward to celebrating his last day at school on Thursday and, later in the year, starting work as an apprentice plumber for his playing partner Paul Liston and getting his handicap down below his father Ivan who plays off 9.Runner up was Gareth Hedges with 39 points. Winner of Division 2 was John James from Charmouth with 42 points three ahead of John Ebdon.l Sixty-two Seniors set out for monthly Stableford on Monday but several wilted in the heat and pulled out halfway. David Hay took Division 1 with 38 points, his first Seniors win since he joined three years ago and in second place was David Hickman from Beaminster, one point behind. Division Two was won by David Cannings with 41 points, which should take his handicap down to nearer to 18, that's the figure David wants to achieve before he begins his club captaincy in November.In second place with 38 points was Mike Hankey, the Axminster cricketer, who, a month ago, begun trying his hand at golf.

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