Sun shines on lady captain’s special day

Last Saturday was Lady Captain’s Day at Sidmouth Golf Club, and to everyone’s relief we were bathed in sunshine all day, writes Gill Paddon.

There are many sun gods, Egyptian, Greek and Roman but we don’t know which one lady captain, Anne Blackler was worshipping last week but with an Olympic theme for the day I guess it was Helios, the Greek god that was shining down.

The ladies played a Stableford format in teams of three and, continuing the Olympic theme, were divided into gold, silver and bronze players according to handicap.

To add interest there was the dreaded ‘yellow ball’ which had to be used only once by each player. The gold player could use the yellow ball on any par five, the silver on any par four and the bronze player on any par three and the score on these holes was doubled.

There was also a ‘nearest the pin’ competition so ladies had to keep their wits about them, especially after indulging at the Pimms tent which was manned by Blackler’s husband Terry. Fortunately all the instructions were printed on score cards to avoid confusion!


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The winners on the day, scoring 75 points, were Janet Humberstone, Jaqui Bent and Yvonne Anning.

In second place, with a score of 74, were Penny Lyne, Sheila Tallon and Jenny Shearer and in third place on countback also with 74 points were Margaret Thompson, Angela Coles and Jane Renken.

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The prizes were well thought out by Blackler with thoughts of the forthcoming Olympics - the winners were presented with beautiful candleholders depicting the Olympic flame.

A bouquet of flowers was presented to the lady captain in appreciation of all her hard work and it was announced that Liz Chance will be the lady captain for 2014.

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