Challenge Cup win for Taylor

Sunday was the finals day for Sidmouth GC, the day where all the matches that have been played for on a knockout basis are settled.

Sunday was the finals day for Sidmouth GC, the day where all the matches that have been played for on a knockout basis are settled.

Usually, you would expect to see about 8-10 matches all being played for on the morning, however, as some players were fortunate enough to be in two finals, and some players were away, this was not possible and only two took place.

I do have the report from the referee of the Challenge Cup final, which is the biggest and most prestigious of all the match play cups. The finalists were well-matched and things seemed to be going Nathan Brace's way until the youngster hit a sprinkler head on the 9th green and subsequently three putted. However, Duncan Taylor increased his lead over the 15-year-old by winning the 13th, 14th and 15th to go three up and although Nathan stemmed the flow by winning the 16th. Duncan's birdie on 17 (one of five birdies by the more experienced two handicapped 23 year old) won the match.

I guess Nathan will have many more opportunities, but the club champion played two rounds on that day beating Stuart Coles in the afternoon in the Hall trophy.

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l There was a small field for this week's Monday Stableford but that did not stop Neil Faulkner from playing great golf. Normally, Neil is famed for his 37 points however, this week, he was having none of it and instead went five better with a superb 42. Neil's back nine was the key to his score as he returned home with 23 points.

In second place with 37 points was Steve Barber, father of George, who went through a purple patch of his own recently.

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In third place was a name we have all come to get used to on leader boards - James Pickard also with 37 but losing on the countback.

The colourful character of Lewis Perry craves media attention, so I am pleased to give him some..... Lewis Perry played superbly to score a huge 40 points which would have seen him take second place and scoop �16. However, he forgot to sign his card and was disqualified. The End.

Saturday saw Sidmouth Golf Club host The East Devon Trophy, a competition between the B teams of Axe Cliff , East Devon, Honiton and Sidmouth Golf Clubs, each team comprising 10 players, playing a Stableford format, taking the top six scores from each club to be the winners.

On a beautiful, sunny day the scoring proved quite difficult as not one of the 40 players managed to score level twos, as 35 was the highest points scored, and 15 the lowest.

Sidmouth B-team won the Trophy with a score of 186 points from Honiton 171 points, East Devon 163 points and Axe Cliff 152 points. Sidmouth will hold the trophy for 12 months and each of the winning team, Colin Macklin (Captain), Roger Trivett, Bob Welsman, Alec Salway, Brian Leach, Malcolm Willoughby, Bob Webber, Gary Adam, Chris Denning and Stephen French received a medal to keep.

The highest score from each team Gary Adam (Sid), Paul Diamond (Hon), Neil Roughton (East Dev) and P Hellier (Axe Cliff) received a bottle of wine courtesy of sponsors Acanthus Press, Stuart Collings, The Radway Inn and East Devon Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic.

l Sunday saw a different result for the B-Team away to Elfordleigh Golf Club (Plymouth) they lost the match 41/2 to 11/2. The only pair to have a win was Spencer Macklin and Ian Bright, Colin Macklin and John Barnard had a well deserved half, David Roberts, Malcolm Willoughby, Terry Carter, John Carroll Don Cooper Dennis Fensom Hugh Dorliac and Ron Vanstone all suffered losses (not allowed to say who lost 7/6).

The ever youthful Terry Carter returned to serious form by having a senior moment - not only did he lose on the course, but when he was dropped of at home he realised that he had put his bag into a different car than he had travelled in! The car is believed to be a Mercedes. Terry was in a Volvo. The problem is that no one from Sidmouth had travelled in a Mercedes. Can anyone out there help him?

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