Sidmouth Seniors golf: ‘Newcomer’ John lands Veterans Cup and a return to inter-club action

Sidmouth Seniors played for the Veterans Cup last Monday, and, of the 48 taking part, it was relative newcomer to the competitive ranks John Arnott who had his name in lights.

His net par round of 66 was enough to take the cup just ahead of John Cowan and Len Wright who both recorded 67, writes Hugh Dorliac.

As we cannot have a formal prizegiving night this year,due to Covid-19 restrictions, club captain Lester Wilmington presented John with the cup.

The Sidmouth Jewellers Friday Stableford this week was won for the second time in three weeks by George Barber with 39 points.

He is now down to a handicap of six and playing to it!

Second was Matt Bavington on 38 just beating Jash Patidar on countback.

The Captain’s Day competition, again a much-delayed fixture in Sidmouth’s golfing calendar, was played in bright sunny conditions under Vegas Scramble rules by 140 members.

A scramble where after driving off, a dice is thrown, or kicked in this instance, to determine whose drive is taken and jokers could be played at a fiver a time to select a better drive if needed.

The joker monies all went towards the Captain’s Charity.

The last team out of Tim Aggett, Mark Thomas, Colin Craven and Mike Gosling won the day with an impressive score of 47.4, albeit just ahead of another great score of 47.8 from Richard Powell, Ray Gunston, Steve Punter and Jonathan Lee.

Pizza and drinks were available on the 12th tee as well as after the round, courtesy of club captain’s Lester Wilmington and Penny Lyne. Thanks, must go also to John Jones and Tolchards for all their help in making it a fantastic day for the members.

There were prizes too for the top seniors’ team of David Cowler, Steve Nunn, Brian Margison and Richard Seaver, scoring 48.2, who just beat Bob Reynolds, Colin Paddon, Malcolm Couldwell and Ken Price.

The ladies prize winners were Marie Timms, Sheila Faulkner, Yvonne Anning and Amy Moore on 52.8 who beat the team of Penny Lyne, Maria Clapp, Angela Coles and Catherine Walden on 54.8.

The Upper Crust Bakery sponsored Monday Stableford saw two players on 40 points with John Jones beating playing partner James Spiller to top spot on countback.

Graham Lanceley came third with 38 and also took the seniors prize, also on countback from Brian Margison. Les Pratt and Roger Bawden came third and fourth respectively with 36 points apiece.

Return to action with Axe Cliff tie in Sidmouth

Sidmouth Seniors were in action, testing out the feasibility of running inter-club competitions with a match against visiting Axe Cliff, writes Hugh Dorliac.

This was Sidmouth Seniors’ first match since the start of the pandemic.

Across Devon, all matches have been cancelled.

However, by applying a reduced team format (six players per team) and strict observance of social distancing rules both on the golf course and in the restaurant, the match was deemed safe to proceed.

The sun shone and everyone agreed that the greens were in great condition – playing fast and tricky!

The first pair out for Sidmouth was Mike Davis (Seniors captain) and Ray Gunston.

A very even contest, but Sidmouth were always ahead, leading by one after nine holes, increasing their lead to two up on the 14, but losing the 17th to send the match down the 18th.

Good play by both teams on the last saw the hole parred – resulting in a Sidmouth win.

The second pair of Steve Nunn and Richard Seaver was up against a low handicapper and the opposition’s senior captain.

By the fifth hole the Axe Cliff pair was already three up and in control. However, playing some excellent golf by the eight hole the match was all square.

After that the match see sawed, but after 15 holes the match was still tied.

However, some excellent play on the 16th and 17th holes gave Sidmouth a two-and-one victory.

The last pair of Hugh Dorliac and Paul Blay, against strong opposition were four down after six holes. Making something of a recovery, by the 12th they managed to reduce the deficit to two.

However, the loss of the 15th and 16th led to the inevitable win for Axe Cliff – four up with two to play.

Mike Davis, was pleased to report not only a win against Axe Cliff by a margin of two to one, but an excellent post-match meal afterwards under the social distancing rules.

Fingle Glen and Lyme Regis have been lined up for the next two matches, both at home.

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