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Doug Jones and Eric McMath amassed 44 points for victory in The Bedford Hotel Trophy.

Doug Jones and Eric McMath amassed 44 points for victory in The Bedford Hotel Trophy kindly sponsored by Mr Colin Pyne of The Bedford Hotel, Pyne's Bar and Jacks.A flying start saw the winning pair five up on the card after only seven holes. Steady play followed which secured a one point win from Terry Jones and Don Cooper, who pipped Paul Lewis and Duncan Sykes on a count back. Jones and Cooper mixed two single point holes with two four-pointers on the front nine which came courtesy of Terry's three at the third and Don's two at the fifth. Paul dominated the Lewis/Sykes card and, if the few missing scores could be established, this could be of interest to the Handicapping Committee. Results: 1, Doug Jones and Eric McMath; 2,Terry Jones and Don Cooper; 3, Paul Lewis and Duncan Sykes; 4, Steve Crabb and Phil Beer; 5, Jack Stokes and Stuart Coles.l The 2009 Handicap cup took place on Sunday and a full field turned out in, at times, awful conditions. After processing 55 cards, no player had broken par and, ,leading the pack, was Ray Scott, who took advantage of the early morning conditions to shoot a nett 66. However, one of the last two players to go out in the competition, Stuart Coles, posted a sub par 65 to take the winner's spot.Results: 1, S Coles 65; 2, R Scott 66; 3, K Jones 67; 4, S Crabb 67.l Nigel Winchester showed the sort of form on Monday in the STABLEFORD that helped him to a course record several years ago. Starting his round with four three pointers, including three birdies, he must have been feeling as though he may be able to repeat the achievement again. However, his round did not continue in the same style as yesteryear, but he still managed some sparkling golf to score 42 points and win the Stableford by a clear three point margin. In second place was Paul Sexton, who is continuing to improve, and, in third, Duncan Taylor, who also is reducing his handicap on a regular basis lately. Results: 1, N Winchester 42; 2, P Sexton 39; 3, D Taylor 39.l After a very damp start Sidmouth B TEAM beat Downes Crediton at home 41/2 - 21/2 . There were four twos - Tony Bickle, Gary Adam and a player from Crediton, all playing in the same group, had a two each on the fourth hole, whilst Paul Renken had a two on the 12th. Malcolm Willoughby had cheese and biscuits at the 19th which he shared with Bob Welsman.l The seniors hosted Taunton and Pickeridge on Thursday. The weather for the match was very mixed but, after starting in rain, the sun did eventually appear and all matches finished in the dry. Despite the damp conditions, the greens were fast and proved puzzling for many of the visitors (and some of Sidmouth players) - a number commented that, as a result of the speed and unseen burrows, all their second putts seemed to be uphill! It remains to be seen how Sidmouth players will cope with a longer course and flatter greens in the return match later in the month. Result: Sidmouth won 5-1.The ladies 'Mail on Sunday' team were at home to Weston-super-Mare on Saturday, May 16, having got further in this national competition than ever before. Unfortunately though, they were beaten on a match decider on the 19th hole having put up a sterling fight.Pat Bosshardt and Penny Lyne represented the club in the DCGLVA competition at Downes Crediton on May 17 and beat a pairing from Great Torrington. Well done ladies and good luck in the next round.Twenty two teams entered the Ladies' Open 'Bowmaker' Stableford competition on Wednesday, May 20, and all congratulated Sidmouth on the condition of the course and enjoyed the spectacular views. They also found the bluebells stunning, particularly enjoying the chance to appreciate them having reached the dizzy heights of the ninth green! The weather was kind, no wind to speak of and the threat of showers kept away.Before announcing the prize winners ladies' captain Lee Warren thanked everyone for making it a successful day and paid thanks to the ladies' committee for helping to organise the event, with special thanks to Sheila Skittrall for her flower displays, Margot Beauchamp and Ros Eaton for their work is compiling the results, John Hicks, men's veteran captain, and his team of ball spotters, plus the catering and bar staff for keeping everyone fed and watered. Lee also thanked her husband, Colin, for acting as starter.There were two first prizes - one for a visiting team and one for a home team. Kay King, Kath Mansell and Amanda Winsor from Okehampton claimed First Visitor's prize with 78 points; First place to a home team was won by Dee Bridgewater with Sue Jones and Angie Hicks (Stover).In second place were Mavis Vanstone, Angela Coles and Sheila Tallon, third were Maureen Howard, Margaret Thompson and Janet Humberstone, fourth were an East Devon team of Julie Clarke, Hilary Drew and Linda Holdway and in fifth were Marie Timms, Ann Willoughby and Liz Chance.There were two 'nearest the pin' prizes: for Bronze players the winner was Lesley Ball from Dainton Park on the fourth and Henrietta Bradshaw from Honiton won the Silver competition on the 11th.Six ladies recorded 2's and each received nine golf balls: Margaret Deuce, Penny Lyne, Henrietta Bradshaw (Honiton), Margaret Mapledoran (Downes Crediton), Margot Beauchamp and Lesley Ball (Dainton Park).l Last week's report showed the three lowest nett scores for Medal 4 as recorded on the 'How-Did-I-Do' website. However, the actual division winners were as follows: Division 3 was won by Linda Reynolds with a nett score of 71; Division 2 was won by Angela Coles with a nett 66 and Marie Timms won Division 1 with nett 70. Angela Coles was the overall Medal winner and also reduced her handicap to 26. Penny Lyne won the putting competition with 30 putts on count back and there were no 2s.

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