Lap of the green
I got a note from an excitable Kym White about the result of his efforts to lead his B team to a win at home to Crediton, and he was clearly happy that the visitors were beaten for the first time home or away in over three years, writes Terry Carter.
I got a note from an excitable Kym White about the result of his efforts to lead his B team to a win at home to Crediton, and he was clearly happy that the visitors were beaten for the first time home or away in over three years. First out was the great man himself, once more partnered by Ron Vanstone, and he was clearly casting around for somebody to blame for something or other when they lost 4 and 2. Brian Leach and Colin Macklin put things back on an even keel with a 5 and 4 win that included two 2s from Mac, but still attracted a comment from their team captain about slow play and the thought that they may have got lost on the way round. Peter Harrington and Phil Long followed this with a half, as did John Barnard and Paul Renken to leave White Minor feeling nervous as opportunities slipped away. However, John Carroll and Bob Johnston had what John apparently described to his unconvinced captain as a game of great skill played by like minds, and secured a vital point by 2 up. With the game now poised at 3-2 to the home side, Hugh Dorliac and Peter Davey earned a half to give victory to Sidmouth. Although very proud of his team's performance, White Minor did tell me that Peter Davey as a new lad (a term used in golfing circles that can be applied to any age up to 85) and Hugh Dorliac perhaps, should refrain from doing laps of honour round the green when they win a hole. Result: Sidmouth beat Crediton by 1 point. Most of us like to have a range of excuses available for the usual post mortem in the clubhouse, and one of the finest is heavy showers and equipment that is always wetter than everyone else's. Matthew Fudge had no need of any of that when he soundly thrashed the course in the weekly Stableford competition on Monday with 48 points. Quickly searching for my reading glasses and giving them their annual clean, I read that he not only registered eight points more than his nearest challenger but also trousered £29 prize money. The good news is that he now plays off 21 handicap rather than the 25 he had when he woke up on Monday morning. David Bater took second place with an excellent 40 points playing off six handicap, and David Pepperell celebrated the Moscow victory with 38 points and third place. John Jones also struck 38, but had to settle for fourth on a countback, and it also took a countback to separate Marc Shoobridge and Chris Denning for fifth and sixth with 1 point less.Persistent readers will be well aware of the intricacies of the Birdie and Eclectic Standings, and the latest summary now shows that David Burgess leads the list with 26. Never has his club nickname of 'Budgie' seemed more appropriate. Marc Shoobridge is second with 24, and David Bater has 23. On the Eclectic lists Budgie leads again with a gross total of 53 from nine rounds, with Mark Thomas and David Bater on 55 from one round less.