Timms takes top spot

Following the heavy rain the previous day, the course at Sidmouth Golf Club dried sufficiently for the Mixed Open to go ahead, writes John Rockey.

This was a well-attended event attracting visitors from outside the county.

Following their recent indifferent form in the Mixed County Foursomes in Exeter, Sheila Thomson and Neil Faulkner got to grips with their own course to win the Mixed Open with 37 points.

The format of the competition allowed Faulkner to play to his strength by electing to take most of the second shots, following Thomson’s superior play from the tee.

Second with 35 points was the combination of Linda Reynolds and John Welch.


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Welch is a recent convert to mixed golf following his retirement from driving his ship across the Irish Sea and the alternative shot format in this event suited him very well as it cuts out half his bad shots.

In third place were Sheila and Paddy Tallon with 32 points who just edged Yvonne Anning and Don Cooper into fourth place with their 31 points.

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In a turnaround from the recent family takeover of the top spot in the Friday League, this week saw a new name win this popular Stableford competition at Sidmouth Golf Club, writes John Rockey.

Whilst the various combinations of John Jones, George Barber and James Spiller all figured in the prizes once again, the first place went to Chris Timms with 37 points.

Chris, who is just getting back to regular golf following hip surgery, just managed to edge out James Spiller on a countback by having a better back nine.

In third place was George Barber whose 35 points just held off John Jones, also on a countback.

In the Friday League table, Chris Roberts went back to the top with 51 points just ahead of Mark Lavers and Marc Shoobridge on 50 points with John Jones a further two points adrift.

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