Singles whitewash seals the Picture Match

Picture Match 2021

Picture Match 2021 - Credit: Sidmouth GC

Trailing 5:9 after the away leg of the historic ‘Picture Match’ against East Devon Golf Club – the task to secure 9 points from 14 was reminiscent of the Ryder Cup 

Sidmouth fielded probably its strongest side ever but, whilst the top match of Holland and Jones went to plan, Moore and Grover were seen of on the 17th.   

The Club Captain and David Pepperell restored the balance with a fine victory only to see an out of sorts James Spiller and Andrew Thomson restore equilibrium in the foursomes – this leaving the scores at 7:11 in East Devon’s favour with 14 the target. 

Sidmouth had to rely on its Big Guns. Gee, White, Taylor and Aggett against formidable opposition took the first 4 wins. Lewis Perry backed this up with 5 out of 5 with his first ever picture match win after 10 years of trying. 

Then came the tail that well and truly wagged. Stuart Coles, Dan Colson and debutant Tiku Patidar all running out winners as Sidmouth romped home with a whitewash in the singles and an overall 16:11 win. 

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The 89 year-old event was sealed with the presentation of the original ’16 rabbits’ going to battle picture. Jonathan Lee receiving the picture from Neil Sear (Team Captain of East Devon).  

The Seniors Autumn Cup was played last Monday in great weather, remember that? Winning three-man team was Mark Laird, new boy David Hall and Roy Smith with an unassailable 96 points.  

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Second on countback were Phil Spencer, Bruce Harcourt and Tony Willson on 87, with Tony also claiming the nearest the pin prize on the twelfth. In third were Chris Grubb, Bob Cook and Vernon Ruffle, also with 87 points.  

The Sidmouth Jewellers Friday Stableford result saw David Fitzhenry winning with a strong 40 points ahead of Graham Davies, 38 and Tom Butler also with 38. On Saturday the Presidents Trophy competition was won by Lester Willmington on 42, winning on countback from John Cowan with the same score and with Mark Bathard taking third with 40. 

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