THURLESTONE Golf Club hosted a mixed team from Dainton Park on Sunday June 30. They were very impressed by the weather and the course was much appreciated by all.

The home team emerged victorious in this friendly contest thanks in part to the familiarity of the moderate wind conditions, the score being 4.5-2.5.

John & Jane Mahood, Graham & Barbara Smith, Liz & Peter Coates and Richard & Kath Cordy all won their respective clashes whilst Alan & Maggie Best added a half point as well.

It wasn’t quite as successful an outing for the Ladies’ President team when they made the trip to Staddon Heights the following day. There were glorious views across to Plymouth and the moors but the team were concentrating very hard on the match at hand instead.

Staddon are a strong team and so losing to them isn’t an embarrassment by any means, the score being 5.5-1.5. A final match at home to Dartmouth awaits on Friday July 12.

Meanwhile, on a lovely sunny day, 98 competitors came from as far away as Newcastle to take part in the Summer Mixed Open at Thurlestone.

Ladies' captain Pam Adams presents Irene Lowry with the Betty Ord Memorial trophy
Ladies' captain Pam Adams presents Irene Lowry with the Betty Ord Memorial trophy (Contributed)

The green-keeping team worked as hard as ever and chose some difficult pin positions too, those on holes six and seven requiring particularly pinpoint accuracy and a degree of check spin, something which the men’s nearest the pin victor performed with great aplomb.

Visiting players all had so many compliments about the golf course, the warm, friendly reception they’d received from the Pro Shop Team, and how much they appreciated the service and food from the bar and catering team- especially enjoying the hot and cold buffet after their games.

Club Captain Jim Stewart hosted the prize-giving ceremony whilst Ladies’ Captain Pam Adams was giving out vouchers to the winners, runners-up, four nearest the pin winners and then golf balls to those who managed a two.

Toby Downer and Toni Jones came out on top with a whopping 44 points- they not only received the coveted Mixed Open Cup but also pro shop vouchers and engraved Thurlestone wine goblets.

Mark Scrivener and Maria Warman were next with 43 points, beating Anne and Jonathan Kirton only by countback.

Lastly, there was the matter of the Betty Ord Memorial Trophy which took place on Wednesday July 3 and turned out to be very close. The winner was Irene Lowry (18) with a score of nett 70, second was Julia Dorey (16) with nett 71 and third was Maggie Best (19) with nett 73.

Congratulations to Pam Adams and Jane Smyth who both had a birdie two on the 13th hole.