Dream Spain trip still alive for Sidmouth golfers
- Credit: SGC
After two tough rounds and being drawn against Sidmouth 1 in the third round, Sidmouth 2 captain, Kym White, thought it was the end of the Annodata road trip to the finals in Spain.
However, with great wins from the first three players out - Terry Jones, Will Hastie and Moray Bosence - that was all that was required to get through to the next round and as news travelled up the golf course to Craig Melluish and Kym they took the chance to come home in a more relaxed mood and subsequently both lost on the 18th to great playing opponents.
The star man was Howard Cushing from Sidmouth 1 side, who was on form once again with his 15-handicap playing to single figures to beat White on the last hole. They now await the draw for the fourth round.
Sidmouth Seniors went to Dartmouth last week for their match which had a delayed start due to a tremendous thunderstorm taking place prior to tee off.
Brian Rice and Leslie Pratt lost the first two holes, the second to an outrageous birdie chipped in from well off the green, and eventually succumbed to a 4 & 3 loss.
The second group of Len Wright and Colin Paddon had a much tighter match but ended up losing 2 & 1 on the 17th. James Scrimshaw and Chris Grubb came up against two formidable opponents who could do no wrong and they were given a real thumping losing 8 & 7.
Thankfully, Seniors Captain John White and his partner Colin Macklin managed to stop the rot. They shared the honours with John playing the front nine well and Colin the back nine resulting in a 5 & 3 win on the 15th. Unfortunately, the final two groups couldn’t match this win with Phil Spencer and Richard Seaver losing 6 & 4, and Mike Davis and Jonty Clews losing 4 & 3.
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Sidmouth now have a great challenge to retrieve the match when they play the second leg in September.
The Sidmouth Jewellers Friday stableford was won by Pat McCormack with a solid 41 points despite the running conditions. Howard Cushing took second on countback from Kym White.
A full field competed for the Vallence Cup, with Adrian Baldwin winning on 41, with John Jones on 40 and Hugh Dorliac taking third on 39 points.
The B team travelled to Axe Cliff golf club in Seaton for the second leg for the Jurassic Cup. Having had a convincing win at home, only one win was required to reclaim the cup, which had resided at Axe Cliff since 2018.
Team captain Hugh Dorliac and playing partner Lester Willmington found themselves up against it as they never won a hole on the front nine and were 5 down at the turn. Winning the next and never actually losing another hole, Sidmouth eventually succumbed 2 & 1 on the 16th.
Thankfully, Jamie Souttar and in-form Adrian Baldwin won 2 & 1 to secure the cup and set the scene for a 3 all draw, as John Cowan with Simon Emerson and Pete Basnett with Bill Hayes also won their matches.
Sidmouth were triumphant against Yelverton at Stover in the quarter final of Devon’s premier Scratch knockout - ‘The Parker Trophy’. James Pickard and Lewis Perry lost 2 & 1; but great golf from David Bater and Duncan Taylor saw them win 4 & 3.
A few rain drops didn't deter the ladies from coming back to the clubhouse with great scores for the Rosalie Warren Macmillan Stableford.
Sheila Faulkner was first with a great score of 40 points, beating Penny Anderson on countback. Sheila had a fantastic round with 10 pars and 1 birdie. Penny Lyne came in third with a good score of 37.
There was only one '2' achieved by Linda Reynolds on the 11th hole.
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