Sidmouth trio triump in Famous Easterbrooks

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The Famous Easterbrooks event played on Saturday is named after the Sidmouth golfing family of that name, writes John Barnard.

This is an annual event which this year, had an unusually low but high-quality entry!

The format is a three-man team, playing off three quarter handicap with two scores to count on each hole.

Leading the way were Kevin Legg, Eric McMath and Roy Turner scoring 73 and amazingly, this is the third year on the trot they won the event.

The scores were low across the board and they wouldn’t have expected to be successful but they won on countback with a better back nine.


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Kicking themselves figuratively very hard – I know as I am one of them – was father and son, Rob and Lester Willmington and club captain John Barnard. 72 points represents level two’s and at the turn, they were three better than level two’s.

They then picked up another three shots so by the 13th tee they were looking at a good score.

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Unfortunately, two shots were dropped at the 13th hole and assuming that a score in the mid 80s was needed to win, they then relaxed as they assumed the round was lost.

A few more shots frittered away, a good lunch enjoyed and then on Monday, they realised the folly of their ways.

In a third place were Ken Mylne, Mike Davis and Phil Spencer with 68 points.

Nearest the pin on the 12th was Lester Willmington (he missed the putt) and the longest drive was achieved by Simon Jones.

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