Sidmouth golfers prove too strong for hosts Ilfracombe

Marines team captain Rob Urmann and SGC Captain Alan Billinghurst

Marines team captain Rob Urmann and SGC Captain Alan Billinghurst - Credit: Colin Macklin

Sidmouth visited Ilfracombe last week aiming to defend a three-point lead from the home leg. 

Glynn Hewitt and Colin Paddon got things underway for Sidmouth and had a very tight match before winning on the final hole. David Cowler and James Scrimshaw had a slightly easier time, managing to win 3 & 1 on the 17th 

Rob Owen, playing in the team for the first time this year, partnered with regular Vernon Ruffle, but they lost on the 15th against two very strong opponents. The next match with Mike Davis and Paul Blay had a very dramatic finale. Mike and Paul were three down with only four to play, but managed a brilliant recovery to halve the match. 

Unfortunately, Phil Spencer and Ray Gunston also came up against opponents who were in great form. Captain for the day, Brian Rice, and his partner, Seniors Captain John White, was match packed with drama before finishing with a tie. A final score of 3-3 on the day and overall victory for Sidmouth 

Sidmouth GC proudly invited the Marines for the annual 'Toward the Sea' trophy, as club Captain Alan Billinghurst welcomed then to the club. A great contest ended in a draw.  

The Sidmouth Jewellers sponsored Friday Stableford featured two new names on the leaderboard. In first place was Patrick Fosteron 40 points, followed by Paul Shingle and Colin Craven. 

The Ladies Moore Cup stroke play competition was played in very hot and humid conditions. Finishing first with a great nett 68 was Sheila Skittrall, followed by Lynette Lloyd and Gill Paddon. The putting comp was won by Vanessa Ireson. 

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Saturday was Presidents Day and Bob Webber was delighted to see such a full card of teams taking part. For the Ladies, Linda Reynolds and Chris Cave and the leading men's team was Mike Shepherd and John White. 

This week's Upper Crust Stableford was won by Ben Gibbs in Division 1, ahead of Steve Crabb and Harrison Jones. Charlie Roberts took Division 2, followed by brother Freddie and John Rockey. Rob Owen won the Seniors, just beating Alan Billinghurst and David Cowler. 

President Bob Webber

President Bob Webber - Credit: SGC