Birdie on the ninth signals rush to line at Sidmouth


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Last Saturday saw the final of the Streatham Trophy, the premier winter competition.

There are rounds held monthly throughout the winter although adverse weather can mean some get cancelled.

Going into the final day, Mark Thomas and Jonathan Lee were leading the field.

Fortunately, the predicted dire weather warnings proved to be incorrect and the large field enjoyed mainly dry but windy conditions.

Teams go out in reverse order so the leading teams were out last and the club house waited with much anticipation to see who had triumphed.

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Once all players were in and the scores were checked, Thomas and Lee not only won overall, they also had the best score on the day, an excellent 45 points.

Studying the scorecard, they had a slow start, with Lee parring the first few holes. From thereon, he was carried by Thomas who fortunately, didn’t live up to his nick name of ‘Shanker’.

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After a series of pars, Thomas birdied the ninth which heralded an assault on the course with more birdies on ten, 11, 13 and seventeen and Lee birdied fifteen to finally assist his partner. Their 17 nine holes totalled a gross 28, five better than par.

In second place on the day were Don Copper and Lee Wenham who also carded 45 points but lost the event on countback. Unfortunately, they only beat Guy Davis and Trevor Kerridge (third on the day) by one point so they were third in the overall standings, beaten to second by Guy and Trevor by that one point.

Trevor regularly figures in the prizes in team competitions; he must be very lucky when choosing his partners.

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