Ladies’ win rolling pin clash

In the annual match for the Rolling Pin played between the ladies and men of Sidmouth Golf Club, the ladies gained the trophy after a lengthy period of male dominance, writes John Rockey.

The competition, which is played in a Greensomes pairs format, is a matchplay event and on this occasion the ladies received eight ‘courtesy’ shots in addition to the normal handicap difference.

After some very close matches, the ladies eventually got home by 4-3 with one match halved.

Winners for the ladies were Sheila Thomson and Yvonne Anning who easily beat Bob Webber and John Rockey followed by Linda Reynolds and Angela Coles overcoming the challenge of Neil Faulkner and Roger Bawden.

Later in the field Margaret Deuce and Alison Cook beat Colin Mitchell and Jim Shearer and in the last match Maria Clapp and Penny Ashby triumphed over Terry Blackler and Mike Dommett.

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For the men, club captain Paul Hitchcock and Trevor Kerridge got the first match off to a winning start followed by wins for Don Cooper and Terry Carter as well as Bob Reynolds and Bob Cook.

The match between the pairings of Margaret Thompson/Mavis Vanstone and David Roberts/ Les Pratt was halved.

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On being presented with the Rolling Pin by club captain Paul Hitchcock, ladies’ captain Anne Blackler, pictured above, thanked her team for their inspired performance and hoped their win was the start of many more to come.

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