Claret Jug fancy dress at Sidmouth Golf Club

As with last week s third placed player (Steve Crabb), this week another has proved that there is no substitute for practice.

As with last week's third placed player (Steve Crabb), this week another has proved that there is no substitute for practice.

Phil Beer can often be seen trudging the links and this week is no exception. By winning the penultimate Stableford, with 41 points, he has also reduced his handicap to 8. His round included three birdies including a two on the sixth, which is the same hole that Mr John Rockey had a hole-in-one this week.

In second place, steady as always, was Terry Jones, with 39 points, and, bringing up the rear, club manager Jonathon Lee (38pts).

No-one in the top six improved their Eclectic score and, with the race for the birdies now over, there is one Stableford left and, of course, the awards night on October 19, to which anyone whom has played in the Monday Stablefords would be most welcome. The presentation will take place from 7pm and there will be a carvery on offer, please see Phil/Theresa for more details.

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The Annual Claret Jug match between the four representative sections, plus a Captain's pick team, played for the Claret Jug on Sunday. Five teams of eight play with each four ball better ball score counting to the overall team score. It was clear from the moment the Palairet squad turned up in wedding outfits that they meant business. Four visiting ladies, who were playing in front of the match, were slightly confused to see golfers dressed so well. They asked "do you hold civil weddings?" so they must have thought a wedding, followed by a round of golf, was a great idea. I have to say that the couple they had seen were club manager Jonathon Lee and his new 'husband' Stuart Trigger Coles!

The five sections were Palairet, B Team, EDL, Emerton Court and Captain's Eight.

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With the Emerton Court and the League team doing very well this year, they must have started favourites. Sure enough, the East Devon League team obliterated the field, winning by 14 points. The full team scores are: 1, East Devon League 174; 2, Palairet 160; 3, Emerton Court 153; 4, Captain's Pick 145; 5, B Team 141.

Twenty nine ladies entered the last Gertie Skinner qualifier of the season, which was also a DCLGA Medal, club competition, Eclectic and putting competition.

It was played under clear blue skies with little or no breeze in such a contrast to last week's weather, CSS was 71 and the final scores reflected the good conditions.

Gill Paddon was the overall Medal winner with a nett 68 and that reduced her handicap from 26 to 24. Division 1 winner, Penny Lyne, with a nett 69 had her handicap cut to 11 and Penny also won the putting competition and had two 2s - the only ones of the day. Gill Paddon won Division 2 and Sheila Skittrall, with a nett 77, won Division 3.

Members of the ladies' committee have been very busy behind the scenes preparing for the annual prizegiving on October 24, and it will be interesting to see who wins the Lady Golfer of the Year award.

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