Sidmouth still have hope!

Following their recent run of victories Sidmouth Golf Club’s B Team travelled to East Devon Golf Club with high hopes of keeping their winning form intact, but met some strong opposition which put paid to their record, writes John Rockey.

B Team captain, Colin Macklin had chosen a strong team to take to East Devon with some unfamiliar names in his B Team squad, but all to no avail as the Sidmouth side went down by 4-2.

Most of the Sidmouth pairings were playing against lower handicapped opposition, but even receiving shots did not help the first team out of Colin Macklin and Nick Bater who were seven down after nine holes, but managed to hold out a little better on the back nine to only lose five and four! The next pair of Bob Welsman and Lawrence Hill managed to keep themselves in contention over the front nine, but lost their way on the back nine to go down four and two.

Alec Salway, making a rare appearance for the B team this year, partnered the ever-reliable Brian Leach for the next Sidmouth pair, but fared little better and had to rely on the distinction of suffering the smallest losing margin by the Sidmouth side of three and two. But all was not lost as Malcolm Willoughby and Paul Renken came back with a resounding five and four win in spite of having to give shots to the home players and give some hope for Sidmouth. However, this was soon dampened when Peter Northcott and Mike Dommett (suffering a reaction from his win the previous day) came to grief in a big way and went down five and four. It was left to the last Sidmouth pair of Keith Newton and Steve Milton to restore some pride for the away side and their two up win, even though they were giving shots, gave Sidmouth some hope for their forthcoming fixtures.

With a smaller field than usual because of the Seniors Open and England’s first appearance in Euro 2012, the Charles Stanley Monday Stableford relied more on quality than quantity.

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Coming in with a winning 40 points was Martyn White who is playing as well as he ever has off his four handicap, but had an uncharacteristic mixed round, rather than his normal steady play.

Although White had six birdies, he partially cancelled these out in two holes by having double bogeys, but still came in with a level par round.

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Second, with 39 points, was John Jones, who reduced his handicap from five to four and must have rued the double bogey six on the 16th hole to scupper his chances of a winning score.

Third was Paul Sexton with 38 points. Sexton who is regularly finding himself in the prize list is now playing off his lowest ever handicap of 11 and threatens to reduce this even further.

In the latest round of the Friday League at Sidmouth Golf Club, some new names appeared on the winners list, writes John Rockey.

First, with a very good 41 points was Mike Dommett who must have used his ‘dancing feet’ to full benefit to shoot such a total and win by three points, and with it a handicap reduction from 18 to 16.

Second was Chris Timms, who is making a welcome return to the course after his recent hip surgery. Timms came in with 38 points to edge David Pepperell into third place on a countback.

In the overall League standings, Chris Roberts leads the way by eight points from Marc Shoobridge, with a cluster of players following these two.

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