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It is so sad that golf courses are now closed until the lifting of the latest national lockdown, writes Dave Bruce of Axe Cliff Golf Club. It is my humble belief that this latest closure of courses is utter madness! In the last lockdown golfers were allowed to play in pairs which, of course allows for safe distancing and also takes place in wonderful fresh air offering some excellent exercise. We golfers retain the hope that common sense will prevail eventually and we can return to the course. Our last action took place last week and it was the annual…

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…

The Honiton Golf Club Tuesday Mixed planned Banks Trophy competition was unable to go ahead as the course was closed after very heavy rain made it unplayable, writes Ann Desmoulins. With the update in the Government restrictions coming into force this next week, it is likely that the competition will have to be postponed until next year. Watch this space! Meanwhile, the ladies were more fortunate than the Mixed Group and they were able to complete their three-ball, better ball Stableford (two scores to count), although many finished in the rain as the weather was not going to let them…

Sidmouth Golf Club ladies’ captain Penny Lyne and ladies’ secretary Gerri Whitrow selected their teams for the annual captain versus secretary match. A total of 32 ladies took to the course in blustery conditions with some heavy showers. Some of the players were fortunate to avoid the rain altogether, whilst some were not so lucky! The trophy played for was first presented to the ladies’ section by past captain Jill Powell in 1981. The overall result of the 2020 meeting was a win for the captain’s team by a score of 10.5 to 5.5. After play the winners of the…

The Honiton Golf Club Tuesday Mixed, a popular group, made a welcome return to organised play, writes Ann Desmoulins. They contested a 14-hole Texas Scramble that drew an encouraging turnout of 36 players. The weather forecast had indicated that there would be no rain, but unfortunately it was wrong and a couple of torrential downpours, coupled with strong winds, made the going tough. Nevertheless, everyone completed the course and there were some excellent scores. The winning team, Cathy and John Pawley, Olwen and Bill Eaton, had a net score of 46.7. In second place, with a net score of 48.7,…

Sidmouth Golf Club ladies compete for Gertie Skinner Cup On a sunny autumn day, the Sidmouth ladies played the final event of the summer season, the Gertie Skinner Cup, writes Angela Coles. This is one of the most prestigious events of the year as it is contested by an elite field consisting of medal and division winners from the year. The cup was presented to the ladies section in 1972 by the wife of the then-president, Arthur Skinner. The winner of the Gertie Skinner Cup with a net 71 was Mo Borer and the runner-up with a net 72 was…

The weather was a bit kinder last week which brought some busy activity at Axe Cliff Golf Club, writes Dave Bruce. The Tuesday Roll-Up boys enjoyed themselves, with John Purdy taking the spoils with a fine 37 points just beating Tony Strong’s 36. Tony did finish with a brilliant two on the difficult 18th, which takes some doing. Geoff Hughes and I did play in the afternoon amongst the showers and sunshine, but as we were not in the Roll Up, I won’t tell you our scores. However, we did have a fantastic lunch in the clubhouse with my lovely wife…

The poor weather and the ongoing situation with Covid-19 has restricted action at Honiton Golf Club over the past week, writes Ann Desmoulins. However, the ladies are still playing as many of their cup competitions as they can fit into the remaining part of the season. On Wednesday, the cup to be played for was the Marker Cup, which is a Medal format played over two rounds. Conditions were better than expected after the vast amount of rain that had fallen the previous weekend, but posting a low score was proving difficult due to the dampness both in the air…

Sidmouth Golf Club news: Golf in the rain is not everybody’s cup of tea, writes Hugh Dorliac. Yet, despite returning to the clubhouse like drowned rats last Wednesday, David Bromage, Dave Atkinson, and secret weapon Chris Holland, returned an excellent score of 83 points to win the seniors Ball in Bag competition. Colin Mitchell, Keith James and the omnipresent Roy Smith picked up the birdie money for their troubles. David Bater was the best of a mediocre bunch last Friday in the Sidmouth Jewellers stableford, recording just 35 points to win. This was nearly matched by Adrian Baldwin and Charlie…

The Axe Cliff seniors had a very good turnout for our annual Yellow Ball Trophy competition, writes Dave Bruce. It was played in teams of three and the competition was played throughout in near gale force winds which led to a lot of yellow balls being lost far too early in the round. It is a stableford format with the two best holes to count. However, whoever was playing with the yellow ball, his score counts double. To add to the excitement and nerves the yellow ball changes each hole as it must alternate consecutively between all three team members…

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