John Jones wins Handicap Cup and Lewis White lands success in the Scratch Cup

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5389. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5389. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Sunday was club championships day with both the Scratch and Handicap Cups up for grabs, writes Hugh Dorliac.

The two cups are played for simultaneously over 36 holes with best gross score taking the Scratch Cup and the player with the best nett score winning the Handicap Cup

At the end of a long day of golf, the final results were fairly close, but the afternoon round certainly changed the look of the morning leaderboard quite dramatically, which had had Andy Pryke on 61 nett, Martin White on 62 and Steve Milton on 63 as possible contenders at the halfway stage.

Ultimately it was consistency of play over the two rounds that decided the end results.

The Scratch Cup was won by Lewis White with gross rounds of 68 and 63 making a tremendous one under par 131.

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Runners-up were John Jones with 137 and Martin White also 137. The Handicap Cup went to John Jones with nett scores of 64 and 63 (127).

Mark Thomas and Martin White, both on 129, were close runners-up.

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Well done, to all the players who took on the challenge and thanks to the club captain, Colin Macklin, for his words of encouragement and for manning the club shop all day.

? The Sidmouth Jewellers Friday Stableford earlier this month saw Mark Thomas win, albeit on countback with a 39 point haul, beating Kevin Legg into second and Pat McCormack (36) into third.

Last week, with the course playing tough, which saw the standard scratch score for the day go up to 67, Steve Channing’s round stood out with an excellent 40 points, earning him a one-shot reduction to his handicap.

Second and third were Craig Melluish and Jeremy Holden, both with 36, and both also took a one-shot hit to their handicaps!

The Monday Stableford, sponsored by Upper Crust Bakery, saw a resurgence of form by ‘H’ Thompson finishing on 42 points. Countback was used to see Terry O’Brien into second and Ben Gibbs third, with both players on 40 and all three saw their handicaps improve by one.

The course is undergoing essential maintenance to the greens this week, so this week’s Monday stableford was a non-qualifier.

However, the winner, Chris Grubb, didn’t mind as he won the prize money with another good score of 40.

Octogenarian Derek Geare was second on countback also with 40 and young(ish) Jeremy Holden came third with 39.

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