Top trophy for Honiton’s Max Pipe

AXE CLIFF - The main club played the Adams Cup which is a par/bogey format, which quite a difficult competition, on Sunday in blustery conditions, writes Helen Gaudie.

The winner with +2 was Ian Burraston (15) in second place was Brian Helland (11) with +1 and third place went to Doug Board (11) with level.

The ladies played their Flag and EWGA medal competition on Wednesday in cool conditions, blustery on the cliff edge. The winner was Barbara Cummings and her handicap has been cut.

On Thursday, the ladies played an away friendly with Taunton and Pickeridge in lovely sunny weather, it was a Greensome format. The match was halved which was a good result for Axe Cliff as some of the ladies had never played the course before. The winning pairs were Sandra Walker/Chris Drew and Helen Gaudie/Mary Gipps.

?The weather held good on Friday last for the Seniors’ Open, a pairs better ball Stableford, although a cool south westerly did trouble the later starters.

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In the end, both visitors and home players performed equally well with 43 pts winning in both categories.

The Axe Cliff plate for the visitors was won by Gerald Thorne and Jeff Clarke from Exminster, while the JB Cup for the local members was not only won by David Bruce, in partnership with Geoff Hughes, but was presented by David (and Terry Jessup) four years ago and was his second win.

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Second for the visitors with 41 points came Mike Parkin and Trevor Fox from Corfe Mullen and third with 40 points Jim Wallis and Bob Cleal from Honiton.

For Axe Cliff, Malcolm Glass and Iain Bain claimed second place with 42 points and third spot went to Mike Tomes and Bob Flay with 41 points.

The over 140 combined age prize went to Don Lee and Norman Bowles of the home club with 39 points.

The prize for nearest the pin at the short seventh went to Iain Bain and at the 18th to Ray Reilly from Libbaton. Nearest the pin in two shots at the 13th, went to Chris Jowett of the home club.

The prizes were presented by the Seniors’ Captain Peter Knighting who thanked Rob Grove, the Open organiser, for all his hard work and the success of the day.

Rob, in reply, thanked the club, the Green-keepers and other helpers, but in particular the ladies who worked tirelessly throughout the day in reception, administration and more especially those who eventually shivered out on the course, ball spotting and advising when guidance was needed.

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