Bunting, Wenham and Coles win the George Meadows Trophy at weather hit Sidmouth

Golf was much curtailed last weekend when the clerk of the weather caused the course to be closed on Saturday, writes George Carr.

It was, somewhat optimistically it proved, opened on Sunday morning to enable the George Meadows Trophy - this year a three-ball better-ball competition - to be played.

However, this event was itself brought to a sudden halt by thunder, lightening and a precipitation of hail of such intensity that it ended all play within minutes of it arriving!

As a result a small number of teams were unable to complete their round and bad luck for them.

Amongst those lucky enough to beat the weather into the clubhouse we find, in first place, on fifty-nine (seven-under-par) and winners of the George Meadows Trophy, the very likely looking team of Neil Bunting, Lee Whenham and Stuart Coles, who each also picked up vouchers to the value of �17 for their efforts.

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In second place shooting sixty, one shot behind, came Mick Baden (Arry) Chas Jarvis and Roger Freer earning themselves �10 vouchers, and in third place on sixty were Moray Bosence, Colin Mitchell and Stuart Ruffle who bagged �7 vouchers - well done to you all.

Rumour has it that there were potentially better scores out on the course when the lightening started flashing; but bitter experiences in the past have proved that a golf course is a bad place to be when such conditions prevail and the shortest route to the clubhouse was quite the best option - notwithstanding the heavy-duty battering by hail it involved.

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Two players are now tied for first place at the top the Winter League on 19 points; Moray Bosence and Simon Knowles – the latter being last week’s winner by a margin; the field gathers behind them.

There is an A team versus B team match planned for tomorrow (Saturday, December 22), weather permitting.

May I wish both golfers and readers, a very happy Christmas, and if you have had a drink then don’t drive - not even a golf ball!

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