Sidmouth gain narrow first leg win in meeting with Exminster
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Sidmouth seniors home match against Exminster was held in hot humid conditions, although the greens were not as fast as they have been during the season it was nevertheless tricky with the hard fairways giving lucky or unlucky bounces depending on the luck of the individual player!
First out was acting captain for the day, Chris Grubb, with Mike Davis. The pair started well with a win on the first, but the game was always close, with the pair missing three opportunities for birdies to keep Exminster in the game, but winning the fifth and the sixth with birdies to go three up at the turn and eventually winning on the 15th by four-and-three.
Second out were the Sidmouth pairing of Malcolm Couldwell and Paul Blay who were never behind in the match and going two up at halfway, but dropping holes to be pegged back at all square after the 13th, but eventually winning two-and-one to put Sidmouth into a 2-0 overall lead.
The game then took a dramatic change in that Brian Cole and Vernon Ruffle were up against a very in form pair from Exminster and were six down after six holes and could never recover, eventually losing seven-and-six.
Bob Winstone and Brian LeMasurier although played a close game lost the 17th and 18th and lost their match by two holes making the overall score at this point 2-2.
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The fifth pairing for Sidmouth Les Pratt and David Stone came in with a win by two holes, but left it until the 18th before eventually confirming their win.
The final pairing of Ken Rothwell and Charles Warren managed to half their match with some inspired putting, but left it until the 18th which they won to square their match, giving the overall score of three-and-a-half to Sidmouth to two-and-a-half to Exminster with the away leg to be played on Tuesday.
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