Dartmoor side battle to narrow defeat away at Tavistock

Thursday 24th May 2018 1:10 pm

The ladies' Devon League team, from back left, of Gill Markham, Liz Sharman, Jane Mason, Lesley Saffin, Hayley Pepperrell, Sue Curry and Judith Lungmuss

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Thurlestone Golf Club

The ladies had a very cold day on Wednesday with slight drizzle for most of the round, which was reflected in the low scores writes Liz Line.

The winner in division one was Jennifer Roberts (3) with 35 points from Sally Huntley (15) 34, third was Gill Hicks (13) also with 34.

In division two the winner was Jill Beavis (23) with 34 points, from Jane Smyth (22) also with 34, and third Sue Curry (23) 31. There was only one two, by Sue Esplin on the 13th. Jennifer won the Golf Foundation Brooch with the best stableford score.

The winner of the nine-hole stableford was Yvonne Pike with 13 points, from Jan Stevens also on 13.

A resounding 5-0 away win against Seaton-based Axe Cliff put Thurlestone firmly into the next round of the Emerton Court knock-out competition for Devon-based seniors. It follows on from their 4-1 success at home last month and means that they will face either Dainton Park or Tiverton in the next round.

Captain for the day Bill Campbell praised Axe Cliff’s hospitality and excellent condition of the course while also acknowledging that four of the five matches were tight-scoring affairs only decided on the 17th or 18th greens.

Partnered by John Davie, Bill led the way with a two and one win, followed by John Mahood and Patrick Robinson with a similar score. The other winning combinations were Graeme Fairley and Peter Jones one up, Malcolm Toone and Paul Dunne four and three, and Bill Hutchison and Derek Harwood one up.

The juniors had a fantastic day at the first Devon Golf U14 Access Tour event on Sunday, May 13. They gave a massive thanks to Dartmouth Golf Club for hosting the event. The nine-hole Dartmouth course was in great condition with 34 competitors playing. The results in category one saw Joseph Aldous (Boringdon) win with 22 points, beating Alfie Messias (Thurlestone) into second place, with Lucas Bellamy (Thurlestone) third. Alfie scored 13.5 order of merit points and Lucas Bellamy scored 9.5.

In category two for higher handicaps, Thurlestone juniors Louis Tollins came third with 9.5 points and Dom Holt Wilson came sixth with six points.

Category three is for new golfers and they are assisted by a caddy. This was the first event for the Thurlestone players and they all performed amazingly. Well done to William Hoskins, Alfie Tabiner and Finn Moore.

Last Sunday three pairs from Thurlestone played in the Devon Mixed League against 10 other clubs.

Jane and John Mahood, Jo and Nick Crispin, and Graham and Barbara Smith scored 96 points to take third place. The team enjoyed the challenge of Wrangaton and they heard their first cuckoo of the year.

The Men’s Annodata team narrowly lost at home to Polzeath by two matches to three. However, Ashley Crow and Matt Reed kept the flag flying for Thurlestone in the Daily Mail Foursomes. They beat a pair from Wrangaton on the last hole to progress to the fourth round. In the corresponding ladies’ competition Liz Hay and Liz Sharman narrowly lost on the 18th at Yelverton.

Sue Curry, team captain of the Devon League, was happy to report a 101/2 to five point victory away over Exminster. Liz Sharman led off with a convincing win 6/4. This was cancelled out as Jane Mason was not so fortunate, losing by the reverse score. Judith Lungmuss too was unable to overcome her opponent and lost 4/3. With six shots to give, Hayley Pepperrell secured a 4/2 win. Lesley Saffin, giving seven shots, played steadily to halve her game, Sue Curry winning 2/1 and Gill Markham taking victory 4/3. Well done team.

The Dartmoor League team played their fourth league match of the 2018 season away against Tavistock and lost 3-2, a good result away from home.

There were two main contenders for the spoon, Connor for losing three balls on the first two holes and Martin for allegedly shanking the ball twice. After a vote, Connor took the spoon. Next match is away at Bovey Castle on May 26.

The Kennedy Cup bogey winner on Sunday was James Mitchell (3) with +3, from Steve Pike (1) +2 and third Dave Eva (1) +1.

It was very cold on the course with a strong wind which made scoring difficult, but six players came in with zero and had to be separated by computer for fourth place.

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