Barnard makes sure Sidmouth bag first win of the East Devon League season


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On Sunday, Sidmouth Golf Club league team played in the sixth round of the East Devon League at Exminster Golf Club.

It hasn’t been the best year in the league for Sidmouth, despite captain Will Hastie picking strong teams. The league seems to have changed with many teams picking players with much higher handicaps, but Sidmouth have persevered picking the best team available.

Another strong team was picked for Sunday, playing Fingle Glen on this neutral venue and again, the Sidmouth team were having to give lots of shots in every match.

Captain Will Hastie and Andy Duckworth won well with a three-and-two scoreline so Will could view how the other matches were going.

Next in were Steve Milton and Aston Puckey, winning convincingly four-and-three.

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Club chairman Paul Lewis and his son Chris Lewis had a battle royale and managed a half. There are five matches in this contest so, with two-and-a-half points, Sidmouth couldn’t lose given the Fingle Glen one-and-a-half score!

It was up to the last pair on the course, Graham Davies and John Barnard to get at least half a point to seal Sidmouth’s first win of the season. It didn’t look good on the 17th tee, two down with two to play. John managed to win the long par five 17th with a par and so Sidmouth needed to win the last hole.

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It is a long par three, 205 yards off the back tee. John creamed a four wood, drawing it into the strong cross wind, bouncing in front of the green and rolling up to around six feet above the hole. Fingle managed a four, nett three, but John rolled in the putt for a two and the much needed half point, to the relief of his team mates.

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