The Sidmouth Golf Club annual inter-team match between the Palairet, Emerton Court, Dartmoor League B team and Captain's Select teams did battle on the course, writes Hugh Dorliac.

The better-ball pairs stableford competition was between eight players of each team and at the excellent dinner that evening, the winners were revealed as the Palairet team led by Lewis (small boy) White with a cumulative score of 156 points.

Second place went to the mighty B Team on 153 from the Captain select on 147, Dartmoor League 144 and Emerton Court 138, the latter of whom sadly lost a player to a split finger after five holes.

The Devon Men’s Veteran Golf Association held their final competition of the year, the Captain's Invitation, at Sidmouth golf club last week. A field of 40 played better-ball pairs and the winners were Nigel Sharp of Sidmouth and Tom Hall of Fingle Glen with a score of 43. Association President Bob Small proudly presented Nigel and Tom with their Frank Dance salvers.

The Sidmouth Jewellers Friday Stableford winners from a reduced field due to the wet weather were, in first place on countback, Duncan Taylor on a humble 34, with Mark Thomas in second, and in third on 33, Richard Powell.

The Sidmouth Mixed team hosted East Devon on Sunday in their final friendly of the year in dry and pleasant conditions underfoot and occasional sunny periods overhead. A home victory of 3.5 to 1.5 was nice, but not as important as the great company and bonhomie throughout and a delightful roast dinner afterwards to finish off a lovely day.

The seniors headed off to Cricket St Thomas for their penultimate match with a home lead of 4 - 2. Despite a delay of an hour due to fog, the match got underway in good spirits and the first two matches were halved by captain Brian Rice with Adrian White and Steve Horn and playing partner Phil Spencer. Despite this encouraging start, Sidmouth sadly had no more success to report, eventually going down 5 and 1. 

Sidmouth Herald: Bob Small (left) presenting Nigel (centre) and Tom with their Frank Dance salvers