Sidmouth B team enjoy success over Emerton Court team
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The annual, two-legged Ken Titherington Trophy was played on Saturday.
This pitches the Emerton Court team – the ‘better’ over-60s’ players – against the B team.
This competition has run over a number of years and, to date, the Emerton Court team have never won, so were sent out with strict instructions by leader Bob Webber.
The B team’s captain was absent for the day, but he was confident his lads would prevail, and they did, winning by 6-4.
Bob Webber and Ray Gunston went off first and lost by one to club vice-captain Richard Powell and Mark Pavey.
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It was looking good for the B Team in the second match, one up stood on the 18th. However, Lester Willmington and Nick Bater are unbeaten when playing for the Emerton Court and birdies on each of the last two holes meant they won by one.
The B team featured some new, younger players making their debut and they did their captain proud. Dan Churchill was one player making his debut. He was coached round by Steve Channing, his playing partner, and they won by a dog licence (7 and 6). Aston Puckey also debuted, playing with Brain Leach and they won by 3 and 2, against Rockey and Hoare.
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It was all square with eight matches completed but wins for Sean Murphy and Bob Andrews and then Keith Newton and Neil Faulkner, standing in at very short notice to help the team, gave the B Team their victory.
The A team played their annual match against the NOGS.
Will Hastie was first off and found the pressure of giving almost 20 shots to each of his opponents was too much.
However, the official home team prevailed, winning 5 and 3 to preserve Sidmouth pride.