Sidmouth lose Andy Harrison Trophy to Honiton


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Saturday saw the second leg of the Andy Harrison Memorial Bowl played at Sidmouth, writes John Barnard.

This is an annual, two-legged match against local rivals Honiton.

The Sidmouth team were in trouble following the first leg at Honiton where they had crashed to a 5-1 reversal against a strong home side.

Sidmouth B team captain Colin Macklin was first off, playing with Trevor Kerridge.

They were up against the Honiton B team captain and Colin’s son, Spencer who is a past member of Sidmouth. Although down early on, local knowledge prevailed and, after a great matchplay game, the Sidmouth pair landed a two-and-one success.

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Sidmouth’s Harrison Jones and Sean Murphy looked to be in trouble when one down on the 17th hole, but managed a great half in the end. At this stage it was clear that Sidmouth could not afford to drop any more points if it wanted to retain the trophy!

As the other matches came in, it looked to be going Sidmouth’s way as each Sidmouth team came in with solid wins.

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However, last out for Sidmouth were Brian Leach and Don Cooper.

Last week’s Sidmouth Herald had a report stating that Brian and Don had been ‘promoted’ from the B team to the senior’s team.

They clearly learnt some bad habits from the seniors as unexpectedly, they lost two-and-one.

That all left Sidmouth winning on the day four-and-half to one-and-a-half.

However, when the scores from the two legs were combined it meant success for Honiton to the tune of a six-and-a-half to five-and-a-half score line.

That all led to Honiton bagging their first outright win of the Andy Harrison trophy.

Congratulations to Honiton Golf Club and we shall seek to win the bowl back next year!

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