Thomas team triumph at Sidmouth

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Last Sunday saw a large field playing on a slightly damp, but fair course, in a Texas Scramble, writes John Barnard.

The format for this meeting was that each team fielded three players and each team member has to have at least four drives counting.

Across the club, there are some long-standing, strong playing partnerships.

Although each claim the other is no friend of theirs, club manager Jonathan Lee, and chair of greens, Mark Thomas, seem to play together most days and then consume the occasional beer after.

On Sunday, they were drawn in separate teams, but Lee was straight after Thomas, in more ways than one.

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One the day, Thomas triumphed. His winning team, including Moray Bosence (minty) and Jim Anderton (the enforcer), always looked very strong, and they achieved an excellent score of 56.5.

That score is nine-and-a-half better than par!

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Strangely, as Mark is the low handicapper, after fourteen holes, Minty had got seven drives in.

The Enforcer had six drives counting so the ‘class player’ had one. Fortunately, his team mates played well to allow Thomas the bragging rights, at least for a day. Minty also won nearest the pin on the fifth.

In second place was the team of Lee, Bob Skelly and Steve Channing, scoring point-four less, closing with 56.9. Lee obviously was in a determined mood Ten of his drives counted, with his team mates each having the required four!

In third place were Graham Rogers, Paul Shoobridge and Malcolm Smith with the respectable score of 57.6.

Ron Gandy won nearest the pin on the 15th.

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