Spitfire fly past inspires Sidmouth seniors to Axe Cliff triumph
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Sidmouth seniors entertained Axe Cliff Seniors, and as the first pairs were ready to tee off, two spitfires flew over and did a display that was enjoyed by both teams, writes Chris Grubb.
The aircraft must have inspired RAF veteran John Billingsley who opened the match with an eagle on the first hole!
Partnering captain-for-the-day Bruce Harcourt, they built a steady lead throughout the game with John playing some outstanding golf and Bruce popping up to fill the gaps when he flagged.
They were four4 up at the turn but the Axe Cliff pair still had some fight and hit back on the tenth.
However, by the fourteenth Bruce managed a half to seal the first match four-and-five.
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The second pairing of Bob Johnson and Colin Mitchell were also inspired and despite some good golf from the Axe Cliff pairing secured a six-and-five victory.
Bob Johnson in the process of his fine round managed to get nearest the pin on the 12th. The next pairing of Tony Crow and John White had a much closer contest and it came down to Tony Crow to take the day for the Sidmouth pair with a good final putt on the 18th to win by one.
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The fourth pair of Glyn Hewitt and Phil Spencer established a good lead of five up and five to play only to see Axe Cliff come storming back, but they finally halved the seventeenth for a two-and-one win.
The fifth pairing of Les Pratt and John Hicks were never behind in their game being three up at the turn they were pegged back by losing the next three holes which brought them level, until they finally sealed the win on the 17th to a two-and-one score line.
Last out were John Bainbridge and Terry Blackler who went four down from the first four holes, but then fought back with the next four holes, from the ninth on there was nothing in it, as they fought through to the 18, all square on the last green with Terry holding his nerve to putt out and win the match.
The overall score did not reflect the good golf played by the visitors but did show the fine form the Sidmouth players were in on the day. Final score, Sidmouth 6, Axe Cliff 0.