Sidmouth Handicap Cup success for Moray Bosence


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Sunday saw the rescheduled Club Championship, delayed from two weeks ago as poor weather wrecked the original day, writes John Barnard.

As a contrast, Sunday was one of the hottest days of the year on the course. Perfect playing conditions with a small field, but one containing some of the club’s best golfers. On offer was the Scratch Cup (no shots so only the best golfers are really competitive) and the Handicap Cup so good golf needed to be competitive.

The favourite in the Scratch was Neil Holland, playing off plus one handicap and he lived up to his reputation. A mere 65 in the morning (standard scratch was 67) was followed by 62 in the afternoon.

The surprise package of the day was Moray Bosence. Playing off a handicap of six, he shot gross 68 in the morning. He was so pleased he phoned home to get permission to stay for a few beers in the evening to celebrate (granted).

Then in the afternoon, in a hurry to get back to the clubhouse no doubt, he shot a personal record of gross 65 to win the Handicap Cup by eight shots (net 62 and 59) and also come second in the Scratch Cup, only six shots back from Neil. Definitely the best day of his golfing career and unlikely ever to be beaten, his handicap has now reduced to four!

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In third place in the Scratch was Martyn White, pretty much playing to his handicap over 36 holes, but a further eight shots back from Moray.

In the Handicap Cup, Neil Holland showed how well he had played by taking second place, eight shots back from Moray with David Bater in third place, continuing his good form over the summer with a net 131, two shots behind Neil.

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