Sidmouth Captain’s Day proves a major success on and off the course
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The Saturday nearest the longest day of the year traditionally hosts Captain’s Day at Sidmouth Golf Club, writes John Barnard.
The weather had been excellent all week and on the day, it was mainly sunny and warm to give the players the best chance. This was club captain John Barnard’s big day of the year and he had asked that the pin positions were not too challenging so the players could enjoy the day and the scores reflected this.
The format was a team of two off full handicap, the best score to count on each hole except the seven par threes where both scores had to be recorded.
After play, the captain announced the prize winners to a packed clubhouse. Leading the way for the men were Adrian Baldwin (Basher) and Steve Channing who scored an excellent 59 points to win an engraved decanter, glasses and an excellent bottle of claret to test it all out.
Second, with 58 points, were Les Pratt and Glyn Hewitt who were left to curse a number of missed putts!
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In third place were Lee Wenham and Don Cooper beating Guy Davis and Trevor Kerridge on countback, both teams on 55 points.
The ladies had their own prizes and it was Ros Eaton and Sheila Skittrall who won garden centre vouchers and a potted patio rose called Sweet Memories!
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Their 51 points saw them finish ahead of runners-up Penny Lyne and Marie Timms who carded 49 points and this kept them a point clear of the duo taking third, the mother and daughter pairing of Sue and Sally Billinghurst.
There were 14 twos, each winning a sleeve of balls.
A great day was continued after the speeches with an excellent steak and strawberries meal cooked by Kerry and her team followed by a disco that ran through until midnight.
The captain was able to announce that in excess of £1600 had been raised towards his nominated charity, East Devon Hospiscare.