Storm blows through

Honiton GOLF: With all the media announcing torrential storms the conversation the day before the event was all about how the weather would behave.

As it was the Professional's Open enjoyed quite mild conditions until a vicious storm blew through late afternoon. Maybe that's why the day's scores were so tight and, as Professional Adrian Cave commented in the evening, quite low for this competition. The Prize table was heaving and a meagre four points divided first from 12th, with the ladies best just one point outside that.

The first prize of Footjoy shoes went to Graham Charleton and Fred McCabe with 43pts. Second prize of Titleist Carry Bags were won by Stuart Selway and Dan Noar with 42pts and the third prize Ping Putters went to juniors Danny Searl and Jake Phillips, 41pts. Best Ladies, Jackie Seagar and Henrietta Bradshaw, 38pts, each received Callaway Shirts. Adrian thanked the members for their continued support along with his wife Julienne and his assistant James Pickard for making the day such a success.

?Tuesday Mixed players were glad of good weather for this week’s format - Alternative Shots Medal - not the format for playing in wet or windy weather. Careful percentage shots are called for trying not to put your partner in difficult places on the course. The winning pair - but only just - were Jane Watts and Bill Eaton with net 73-1/2 with second place Jennifer Pyle and Alan Booth only losing out on c/b. Third were Lady Captain Sue Ritchie and Max Pipe net 76.

?Ladies Section: There was glorious weather and glorious scores in this week's Texas Scramble. There was a ‘skin of the teeth’ win for the team of Henrietta Bradshaw, Sharon Dacre and Betty Weeden with a nett 71.3, just a whisker ahead of Sue Ritchie, Rosemary Greenhorn and Jean Putt with a nett 71.5.

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Gill Johnson, Sue Long and Sally Chapman were snapping at their heels with a third place score of nett 71.8, while Jane Watts, Lesley Oxenham and Jan Portlock completed this cat and mouse chase with very close nett 72.2.

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