SPANNING over 12 hours on Sunday 23 June, Thurlestone Golf Club had a team of four completing a 72-hole challenge for the Captains’ joint charity.

The competitors hit their first shot at around 4am and then putted-out on the 72nd and final hole at 16:40.

Thurlestone’s captain would like to thank his special band of brothers: Chris Jones, Colin George and Toby White.

Unintentionally, the 72-hole challenge was combined with a Speed Golf record attempt, the second round being the quickest at two hours and then the final one taking the longest at three hours, due to other events going on around them on the course.

Toby was certainly aided by the speed of play as she shot an amazing 24 under-par gross. Eagling the 14th twice, the first time with a driver, eight iron and putt- it was a golfing education and pleasure for those alongside him.

The day couldn't have happened without all the help from our Ladies' Captain, Pam Adams, who not only played and caddied, took photographs of the event throughout the day and cheered us on, she even baked hot croissants for the team ready for our 4am start. Joan Booth, was also up bright and very early with strong, hot coffee on tap to fire us all up for the day.

Everybody else who helped make this possible deserves a shoutout as well- from the pro shop to the kitchen, and from the caddies to the guest golfers.

£3,342 and counting was raised in aid of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust which is a superb amount and so there needs to be one final, huge, thank you!

Moving on to other club affairs and 40 points was the winning score in the Killard Leavy Foursomes, courtesy of Barbara Smith and Maggie Best, who now qualify to play in the County Finals at Libbaton on September 11.

Diane Baker and Lesley Daley came in second with 38 points, ahead of Pam Adams and Victoria Gibbens on countback.

72 members took part in the Professional’s Day on Saturday 29 and the quartet of Nick Baker, Peter Hartley, Andy Perks and Martin Phillips led the way thanks to a very low score of 54.

There were also various prizes available out on the course, with Leo Willmott winning nearest to the pin on the third, Nick Clayson on the fifth, Matt Reed (sixth and 13th) and lastly Finn Wheelan on the 17th.

Paul Taylor (straightest drive), George Inch (men’s longest drive and chipping competition) and Bernice Sweetman (women’s longest drive).

Thurlestone’s Devon League team had the pleasure of playing yet another unfamiliar course and yet they still won, picking up nine points to the six of Tiverton Ladies.

Finally, there was another win for the Sheelah Creasy team, this time overcoming Torquay four matches to one.