Sidmouth Junior Haigh, 5, takes Sunday Tigers final
The Sidmouth GC Seniors Treasurer, Chris Rowe, reaped the benefit of entry in the full Monday Stableford by collecting top prize with 43 points.
The Seniors' Treasurer, Chris Rowe, reaped the benefit of entry in the full Monday Stableford by collecting top prize with 43 points, a steady card highlighted with four points at each of the 7th and 9th holes.
However, his balanced and prudent approach to finance saw him to decline entry in the sweep, which was collected by Stephen Hartwell. Demonstrating that class is permanent, former scratch player Stephen played the back nine in just 31 strokes, including a six, to amass 42 points for second. Simon Emerson recorded 23 points on the way in including two 'blobs' for third place, while 'Honest John' Barnard jeopardised his Challenge Cup prospects with a handicap reduction after returning 39.
Chris Rowe also took the Seniors' pot by three points from Jeremy Dewhurst with John Hawkins taking third on a countback from John Bainbridge. I was pleased to see that Mr Bainbridge recovered from 'one of those' on the first fairway.
l The July Final of the Sunday Tigers matchplay took place last weekend. The two finalists were Josh Haigh and Hannah Domhof, Hannah has recently taken up golf and is already making an impact on the junior golf scene.
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As a talented sportsperson anyway, it was clear that it would not take her long to get in to the swing of it, as it were, That is until she faced the might of 3ft 5" Josh 'the whacker' Haigh! Josh, 5, (but six in six sleeps) was also in his first final, mainly due to the fact that in the June round he refused to play one of his rounds - not sure why but he just did and let his brother Tom have a walk over. Josh has come on leaps and bounds over the last few months and his victory this week sealed a very impressive run of medals and trophies that are now displayed in his bedroom.
Well done Josh and Hannah.
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lSidmouth edged past Thurlestone in their Palairet Plate semi-final with a narrow 3-2 win.
With Neil Faulkner making himself unavailable, due to mixed golf commitments at Honiton, James Pickard came in to partner Damion Gee at top pair.
Unfortunately, they never got going against opposition who were 3 under par when their game finished on the 12th green.
County vice captain, Neil Holland, and David Bater managed to squeeze past their opposition with a win on the last green. The third pair had a comfortable win, 3 and 2. With Nick Gingell having been safely tucked up in bed by 7pm, he was refreshed after his exertions on the cricket field the day before, and he and Duncan Taylor were in complete control from Gingell's opening tee shot.
The match was won when the fourth pair, Martyn White and Lewis Perry combined to win on the 17th green. Bottom pair, Stuart Coles and debutant Nathan Brace had already lost, 3 nd 2.
Gee and Pickard made up for their thrashing in the morning with a win on the last hole to put Sidmouth ahead.
Honiton then levelled the match when their veteran 2nd pair of Paul Hill and Barry Dunn beat Holland and Bater on the first extra hole.
This left the match well poised, as the next two matches went to the last hole.
Gingell and Taylor succumbed when Taylor knocked his tee shot into the trees to put Honiton ahead, leaving White and Perry needing to win to square the match.
Unfortunately, despite a very impressive debut from young Nathan Brace, the bottom pair had already lost on the 16th green, and so, with the match over, White and Perry took a half. Sidmouth 11/2, Honiton 31/2.