East Devon gold round-up – June 7: There was weekend action at East Devon Golf Club and Axe Cliff Golf Club.
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East Devon Golf Club
The 2020 knockout competitions were finally decided at East Devon Golf Club on the final Sunday of Mat, writes Helen Chivers.
After a challenging year with the competitions being suspended twice because of Covid lockdowns, the sun finally shone on the Captains, competitors and spectators on Finals Day.
The 2020 Captains, Malcolm Pressey and Jill Dunsford, finally got to enjoy one of the best parts of the their role… presenting trophies.
All finals were played in great spirit and even those involved in the hardest fought matches could spare a moment to enjoy the stunning views across Devon and Lyme Bay on what was a sparkling, sunny day.
In the men’s competitions: Simon Harding and James McMurdo were victorious over Neil Rice and Chris Tonking in the Evans Rosebowl, while John May beat Neil Sear to win the Heywood Bowl.
Robin Murray won the Banfield Trophy after defeating Ruairi Cunnane and Roy Barber took the honours over Charlie Kerslake in the Seniors Moxon Wagtail
Bunty Bird and Dennis Chivers took home the mixed Law Salvers after defeating Rowan Edbrooke and David Standley.
In the ladies’ Aplin Foursomes, Sarah Jones and Helen Chivers were victorious over Lisa Tinsley and Barbara Middleditch.
Other 2020 finals already decided saw Helen Chivers awarded the ladies’ Bennett Cup after defeating Sally Underwood, and Yvonne Lythgoe took home the Celebration Plate.
Some 2021 trophies were also played and awarded on the day, with Sally Underwood taking home the Pegasus Cup after defeating Leslie Dawson and Barbara Middleditch winning the Bronze Horse.
Axe Cliff Golf Club
The Axe Cliff ladies were in action in the first round of the Axe Cliff Cup which is a tough series of five medal rounds and the cup goes to the lady with the best aggregate from three cards.
Sandra Walker took top spot with a nett 79 and a close second was Jo Donmall with 80 while Caroline Bond took third place with 90.
Axe Cliff Seniors enjoyed fine weather for the first round of the Masters. This competition is played out over three weeks.
There was some fine scoring on show and the winner, with a solid nett 69, was Nigel Pritchard 69.
In second place were Kyle Phillpots and Paul McGuire, both with a score of 71 and Andy Hopgood came next with a score of 72.
Meanwhile, Axe Cliff sent a team to Vivary Park, Taunton and it proved to be a good day for 86-years-young Geoff Hughes and his partner as they won their match against the home pairing by one hole.
However, the overall result did not go in Axe Cliffs favour as the home team won 4-2. That does mean there’s work to be done when Vivary Park visit Axe Cliff later in the season.