Sidmouth Easterbrooks success for Jones, Pavey and Emerson

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Saturday saw the Famous Easterbrooks competition, a three-man team, two scores to count, writes John Barnard.

The Easterbrook brothers form an important part of Sidmouth Golf Club history and I recommend scanning the club’s website and downloading the history of the club - it makes a fascinating read.

In the early 1920s, Algy Easterbrook took over as club professional with his brother, Sydney as his assistant.

With their brother Cyril, they served as club professional/assistant until Cyril finally retired in 1969. There is always a marker on the eighth showing how far Algy drove his ball when he won the long driving contest in 1922 at the British Open - 277 yards and 9 inches!. Even today with modern equipment and long flying balls, it is beyond reach for all but the very longest-hitting amateurs

Back to the competition. For no apparent reason, the course seemed to play really hard and scoring was uniformly low.


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Harrison Jones, Mark Pavey and Simon Emerson managed a solid score of 74 points. There were two teams on 72 points. Nick Gingell, Nick Baker and Mike Knight won on countback from Ian Bright, Paul Hitchcock and Matt Bavington. No one else beat a score of 70.

Sean Murphy won the longest grive on the eighth - not reaching Algy’s marker - and Bob Welsman was nearest the pin on the 14th. There were only six twos earning more than £9 per two.

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