Sidmouth Digger Cup success for Mark Bathard

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On Saturday, the male Sidmouth Golf Club members competed for the Digger Cup, writes John Barnard.

This is a long-standing competition with a difference, known as a bogie competition.

Players score a zero on a hole if they play it to their handicap, a minus if they score worse than their handicap and a plus if better.

No point birdying a hole with a shot, you only get a plus the same as if you had parred it – simple!.

Mark Bathard thought so as he rattled off a score of plus five, mainly by having a great back nine including parring the last four holes, all of which were plusses for him as he had shots on them.


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In second place was David Fish and he managed seven pars on holes he had shots on, but gave a few back as well.

However, his score of plus four and the better back nine kept him ahead of Paddy Tallon, as he also scored plus four.

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Paddy had six birdies, a great score off his single figure handicap, but two minuses in the last three holes cost him a place or two.

A fun competition with a difference played on a glorious June day, what could be better.

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