Teignmouth keep a watch on Sid Seniors

PUBLISHED: 14:06 25 May 2012

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Weather conditions were again wet and windy as Doug Goodall and Ian Brown led off against Teignmouth’s opening pair Eddy Stephenson and Ray Chubb, with Chubb giving two and 10 shots respectively to our pair, writes Terry Carter.

This was a closely-fought contest with both pairs hitting birdies on the first. The resulting draw was a fair reflection of the game, although the team captain was shaken on the par three 11th hole.

Hitting the distant elevated green is an annual event for many of us, but playing off 18 handicap, Stephenson drove it with ease using a wood he had bought brand new for £17.

In the next game off, Ken Rothwell and I were evenly-matched with the long hitting Don Creber and Ray Illingworth (no, not him) but we took the lead on the first with a par.

The close game continued, playing to par until the visitors levelled with a birdie on the par three fifth, and took the lead with another birdie on the aforementioned distant and elevated 11th!

The decisive turning point was when our opponent miscounted his score, we gave him the hole and his error was not spotted until we had left the green.

The game was lost on the 17th, but help was in hand as Brian Le Masurier and Brian Cole won their contest 3 and 2 to level the match again.

Mike Anderson and Chris Grubb were giving the shots to their opponents in the next game off, and this also ended with a sharing of the point and the match still level with only two games to finish.

The deadlock was finally broken when Nigel Sharp and Chris Rowe off 24 and 22 faced Don French giving them eight and seven shots.

Our pair lost on the 17th to leave Doug Goodall rewriting his after dinner speech, but again making last minute changes when Charles Brown and Vernon Ruffle appeared on the 18th green with their game already won 4 and 3.

Following the usual banter in the clubhouse, it appeared that the visitors’ better use of technology may have helped them earn a draw, as Sharpe and Rowe noticed that both opponents had wrist watches which not only gave the distance to the pin but also told the time.

Result: Sidmouth 3½ Teignmouth 3½

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