Winter mode at Honiton GC

PUBLISHED: 13:19 26 October 2011

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The winter games have arrived again, starting with the Ha Ha Cup but, before golfers enter the knock out stages, the pairings had to be whittled down to the last 16 teams, writes Andy Wagner.

The method chosen was to play a better ball Stableford leaving the top 16 teams to go forward. The day was calm and the course benign, so nobody could quite believe the plethora of poor scores that came in.

A mere 29pts seemed to be near the average. Winners on the day though and seeded No1 were Mark Gillard and Rob Willey. They will face the team that sneaked into 16th place namely Max Pipe and Alec Gosling. Good luck to all the final pairings.

The format for the B Team Dinner was changed to a Mini Gala Golf Day. Andy Harrison had nursed the competitors for the last two seasons and, as his own send off, he organised an afternoon’s competition that involved so many prizes that it seemed you only had to write your name on your card correctly to be awarded one. Suffice to say I got nothing.

The real winners though, were the players in the teams that the endlessly affable Andy had rounded up to represent the club. His organisational ability will be much missed along with those necessary text reminders. Well done Andy.

Senior Section - The last Medal competition until the Spring next year was played this week.

It attracted a large entry of 79 players many no doubt seeking to keep their handicap "active".

It was a particularly good day for Jim Wallis who secured first place in Division One with a nett score of 67 playing from a 10 handicap.

Along the way he also managed two 2's to collect 22 golf balls. Close behind were John Fleetwood who just pipped John Dickinson on count back both with 68 and Vic Wood similarly leading Bill Spice on count back both with 69.

In Division Two Howard Clayton took top spot on count back from Paul Ritchie both with 70. The remaining prize winners were Ron Jones, John Vessey and Bob Milton all with a score of 71.

For the lovers of statistics what are the odds of three players playing together all scoring a birdie on the same hole? Bob Cleal, Paul Ritchie and Peter Bates achieved this feat with a two on the second which also earned 33 balls between them.


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