Barber carries the day with pars at Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:00 17 July 2009 | UPDATED: 09:41 18 June 2010

George Barber produced some fine golf to take first prize in the Stableford, two fine pars on both the third and eighth helped him on his way to 45 points

George Barber produced some fine golf to take first prize in the Stableford, two fine pars on both the third and eighth helped him on his way to 45 points.

Both these long holes are not easy to get on in two, but George managed to hit the green in regulation on both holes. His playing partners were his dad, Steve, who was very proud to witness a his son's great round, and also the man in form, James Pickard,

James now plays off scratch, having had his handicap reduced after scoring 41 points.

Brian Le Masurier had a good day. Not only did he score 44 points, he also picked up the sweep of first place and took the top seniors' prize.

l Mark Thomas, having already played 18 holes in the morning played again at 4.30 in the Digger Cup and played some superb golf.

The Digger Cup format is a Bogey comp which is basically the player v the course, Birdie = a win, Par = a half and a bogey or worse = a loss.

The winning score by Mark of +8 was a clear winner by three shots. Neil Holland also played some great golf and finished with +7 but forgot to put his handicap on his card and, unfortunately, was disqualified.

l Sidmouth qualified for Palairet Plate Finals Day in fourth place behind Honiton, Crediton, and Thurlestone.

First pair, James Pickard and Duncan Taylor, only managed to score 29 points which left the other pairs under pressure to score well. However, credit where credit's due, they kept going, having only managed 11 on the front nine!

Second pair, David Bater and David Pepperell, got off to a flying start with a birdie on the first. Bater, renowned for only having one golf ball, tried his best to lose it, leaving his partner to play to some greens from deep in the woods.

In one instance, he even left his partner to play in to the 12th green from the 14th green! However, we're pleased to report that young Mr Bater still has his solitary ball, and the pair amassed 37 points!

The best score of the day was by the third pair, Stuart Coles and debutant Nathan Brace, who managed 38 points.

Despite only managing one point on the last two holes, the pair had had five birdies and carried the team through to finals day, which is at Stover Golf Club on Sunday, July 26 when Sidmouth will play Thurlestone.


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