Axe Cliff golf round-up: Seniors and ladies brave the elements

Axe Cliff Seniors’ Stableford success for John Hanna

There was a healthy number of 50 players who took part in the latest Axe Cliff Seniors’ Monthly Stableford competition, writes Dave Bruce.

We can see Seaton Beach from a few holes and, not surprisingly, I didn’t see any brave swimmers, but there were a lot of large white horses rushing up to our solid sea wall.

Believe me, whilst it was dry, it was certainly very windy!

Gerry Turner found Sid Pember’s discarded score card on South West Coast path near the seventh hole with ten points noted.

What amazed me is how many of us scored 30 or more on the day.

Mind you, there are some golfers who actually enjoy playing in these conditions particularly with wind coming straight off the sea as it does on Axe Cliff with relish.

One such player is our hardy vice-captain, John Hanna, who somehow managed to amass 39 points playing better than his handicap and winning the day.

Two others also made light of the difficult conditions namely Rob Heard and David Lacey.

Both also improved on their handicap with 37 points each, but Rob took second spot on countback.

On talking to John, it is obvious that wind clears the cobwebs from his mind and allows him to concentrate on his game.

His playing partners, Nigel Tarr and Malcolm Reynolds also helped with their good banter and company.

It was one of those days for John, the sort we all hope to have but so rarely do! He thought he lost his ball on the second only to find it beside the tee on the fifth hole.

He amassed three birdies on the front nine with the best on the long 374 yard, par four, eighth hole.

Most of us need three good shots to reach the green, but John’s second finished only two inches from the hole!

When I joined the club in 2000 the eighth hole was stroke one.

One man I must mention who also had his cobwebs blown away is Mark Wisby who will be 60 this week and has only just returned to golf.

Whilst he has a lot of potential he has not been playing well, but, like John he really enjoyed last Friday and came in with his best score for the year of 30 points. Keep it up, Mark.

When everyone returned to the clubhouse they were able to enjoy cakes provided by Mick Swann to celebrate his 65th birthday.

Axe Cliff six-hole competition joy for Caroline Bond and Jill Wellington

The Axe Cliff ladies were forced to shorten their planned competition after a very prolonged and heavy shower hit the course, writes Dave Bruce.

As a result, the ladies sensibly decided on a nine-hole combined Stableford.

However, as it turned out, the weather eased considerably and the ladies were all able to play in dry.

Considering the strength of the wind the scores were quite respectable with the winners being Caroline Bond and Jill Welllington with 27 points.

Second, with 24 points, were Stella Thompson and Karin Cox with 24 points and third, on 23 points, came Anne Jarvis and Pauline Willis.

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