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Axe Cliff end season with victory over Honiton

 Axe Cliff end season with victory over Honiton

Some of the Axe Cliff Seniors with the Albert Skinner Shield that they played for last week. Picture ROB GROVE

The Axe Cliff Ladies finished their friendly matches with a close three-and-one win at home to Honiton in a contest played out in good weather and also played in very good spirit – such a nice way to end the season, writes Dave Bruce.

The ladies also enjoyed last Wednesday’s Bowmaker competition that was contested in teams of three where the best two scores count on each hole. Once again a close contest was played out with Jill Wellington, Karin Cox and Jo Donmall taking the spoils with a par 72 points.

Meanwhile, the Axe Cliff Seniors had a great turnout for playing of the popular Albert Skinner Shield last Friday.

This Trophy was presented to the Club in memory of Albert who always wore something red when he played so we now carry on that tradition as you can see from our photo that supports this article, one of a number of us all trying to get their hands on the Shield after the game!

Personally, I like Captain, John Hanna’s red Scottish beret but is Mick Swann, in the front, wearing shorts ? Somebody should tell him the temperature has now dropped to single figures.

However, none in the picture got to take the trophy home as that honour went to Bill Dearling with a magnificent 40 points, but he had to fight all the way for their were three players in hot pursuit, each with 39 points.

I don’t know for sure but I will give odds that Phil Christmas took second spot with his, (as a little bird told me)  he got 23 points on the back nine with a blob I believe. Tony Snell and Barnard Hanson had the other two.

John organised his last raffle of the year before the game with the support of his lovely wife Barba Cummings. They managed to sell £310 of tickets to support John’s chosen Charity, FORCE.

After our competition on December 17 John hopes to present the charity with a cheque from all his excellent fund-raising through the year.

Although I was last in the clubhouse, we still had five or six members leaving all carrying three or four prizes each and there was one each for Geoff Hughes and I – a flagon of cider and tin of chocolates.

The wife and I finished the cider watching Strictly and had a delightful Carvery, at the club on Sunday with our son James, which was well attended again.

Oh yes, and with regard to the afore mentioned superb Sunday Lunches at the club – do not forget to book yours to avoid disappointment!

Our picture that supports this article is of some of the Axe Cliff Seniors with the Albert Skinner Shield that they played for last week. The picture was taken by ROB GROVE

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