Lewis family might close to clean sweep at Sidmouth

Peter Spooner on the 11th green at Sidmouth

Peter Spooner on the 11th green at Sidmouth - Credit: Archant

The Lewis family golfers came very close indeed to a clean sweep of honours at Sidmouth last week-end, writes George Carr.

Playing on Saturday in the third leg of the winter Streatham competition the father and son combination of Paul and Chris Lewis were restricted to second place on 44 points by the narrowest of margins; beaten only on count-back by Bob Webber and Martin White, who claimed the victors spoils, notwithstanding Martin’s several torrid encounters with the unforgiving hedge that defends the par tree 12th green.

Sunday’s four-ball texas-scramble however, found the Lewis family very much in pole position in front of a crowded field with most of the club’s best (and some less gifted) golfers on show.

This time, Chris and Paul Lewis were obliged to call up granddad John and the talented Stuart Coles to complete their team of four.

Thus prepared, they proceeded to confound all other competitors on the day with a score of 51.8, some 14 shots better than par and two shots clear of the chasing pack. Comprising two eagles and seven birdies as it did their remarkable score must be close to a club best in this type of competition (research continues) and one senses the guiding hand of granddad John in this achievement.

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In second place the more senior combination of David Cowler, Mike Teague, Jerry Russell and Simon Emerson might have thought they had done enough to win, while the team in third place; Simon Knowles, Steve Crabb, Will Hastie and Moray Bosence would have been many people’s favourite to win should someone have been running a book perhaps ?

This event, played more than a month after it was first cancelled in January by horrid weather, should have marked the inauguration of this year’s captains, John Rockey and the brave sky-diving ladies’ captain Ros Eaton (watch this space).

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The Ladies team triumphant on the day was led by the aforementioned intrepid Ros Eeaton and her companions were, Margaret Thompson, Anne Wlloughby and Angela Coles with an under par score of 64. and very close in second spot came the very likely looking four-ball of Julie Lye, Marie Timms, Andrea Milton and Yvonne Anning - Well played to you all.

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