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And so the competitions continue. This week Sidmouth had the annual Ken Titherington Trophy, played over 18 holes and a four ball matchplay.

And so the competitions continue. This week Sidmouth had the annual Ken Titherington Trophy, played over 18 holes and a four ball matchplay. The two teams consist of players from the club's B team captained this year by Colin Macklin and the Emerton Court team captained by Bob Webber. Forty players took part in the competition and, judging by the comments that were coming from the bar afterwards, it was not friendly golf but a fiercely fought battle that the B Team won 6-4.Most of the players stayed on to enjoy a roast meal in the clubhouse, although the timing of the sit down was not well planned - 6pm was not the best time with England playing Ireland at 5.30pm!Sunday saw the Winter 3 ball, also known as the Cocker 3 ball, being played. Barman Hugh Dorliac and club manager Jonathan Lee, making a rare appearance in the Winter 3 Ball, were joined by Rob Winter to take a clear win. After being six under the card for the first seven holes, including Rob's nett one at the fourth, progress was halted briefly as Rob left his putter on the tee on consecutive holes. An eagle from the manager and consecutive nett birdies from Dorliac resulted in a three shot margin over the team led by the club captain.Pictured are Rob Winter, club captain Paddy Tallon, and a clearly shocked Jonathon LeeResults: 1, Hugh Dorliac, Rob Winter and Jonathan Lee, 55pts; 2, Donald Cooper, Gary Adam and Paddy Tallon 58pts.A little while back the juniors decided that after last year's successful charity puttathon for the BBC Children in Need appeal, they would like to do the same thing again, even though the actual CIN day was back in November. As you can see from the picture it was bitterly cold but this did not deter them from putting for a good cause and a massive �256 was raised. Pictured are just some of the juniors braving the cold. Well done to all that took part for a good cause.This week the Sunday Tigers were given the opportunity to play three holes on the course. In addition to the normal tees, the club have provided junior tees that are placed at various positions on the fairway but give the youngsters more chance of reaching the green in one or two shots which several managed. Their hard work on Sundays is beginning to show in all aspects of their golf game as they continue to improve. Remember if your child is interested, just give me a call on (01395) 516407.Ladies' golfWas it in Puccini's opera La Bohme, that there was a song with the words 'thy tiny hand is frozen'? If so, the Sidmouth ladies should all have sung it on Wednesday when there was a hail storm and a severe snow shower making conditions extremely cold and difficult to play in! That said, many of them were surprised that the course was playable at all after the heavy rain on Tuesday but, thanks to the work put in by the ground's staff, the course was open and the greens played very fast. The staff must also be congratulated on the excellent work they are doing in building steps to the tees, making the access much safer.Twenty-four successful cards were returned for the County Prize par competition. which was a non-qualifier due to being able to lift, clean and place through the greens. Holes are scored as a plus if under handicap, minus over handicap for the hole and 'half' if on par, depending on handicap. There was inevitably quite a variance in the scoring - the winning score being +1 and the lowest -12, with the third and eighth holes proving most difficult - both averaging 2.63 over par. CSS for the day was 69 and there were two birdies - one on the 11th and one on the 12th. The twos were shared by Margot Beauchamp and Sheila Tallon. In the County Prize, Mavis Vanstone was first with a very creditable +1, Maureen Howard was second with -2 and third, Ros Eaton with -3.

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