Sidmouth Golf Club latest - Success for Crockett and Bosence


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On Saturday, the course was closed due to the recent rain and with more wet weather on Saturday evening, no play on Sunday was expected, writes John Barnard.

However, much to our surprise and pleasure, the course was open with just a couple of temporary greens.

When all the teams had finished, two scores of 42 points were first and second. However, once the cards were checked more closely, problems emerged. The format of the competition was a four ball better ball. What this means is that two, two man teams play together off three quarter handicaps with the card being marked by the other team. Each player is marked on the card as either player A or Player B, each with their own handicap.

The fifthhole proved to be the problem. Both teams had marked a score of three, but had put the score against the wrong player. Unfortunately, this meant one team was disqualified. Fortunately for the other team, both players had scored a three, but one had an extra shot so should have scored one point. The upshot was that instead of scoring 42 points, they were reduced to 41. It reinforces the importance of checking your own card, before signing it as a true record of the round.

The beneficiaries of the errors were Martin Crockett and Moray Bosence. Three teams scored 41 points but by operating the countback system (best back nine, then best back six etc) Martin and Moray came out on top. Martin had a great front nine, coming in on seven holes and then Moray did the same on the back nine, also scoring on seven holes. Second were Mark Thomas and Rob Willmington who just pipped his Dad Lester Willmington, partnered by Dave Cowler.

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