Axe Cliff Golf Club say a huge ‘thank you’ to Andy Jeffrey

 Axe Cliff Golf Club say a huge ‘thank you’ to Andy Jeffrey

Axe Cliff Seniors’ captain John Hanna makes a presentation to Andy Jeffrey in recognition of Andy’s sterling work at the club over the past three years. Picture BRIAN THOMSON.

Axe Cliff Golf Club news from Dave Bruce.

A small group of ladies played in a fun midweek Stableford that saw Karin Cox taking the honours with a fine 37 points and it was a close contest for second place with Paula Heasman edging out Jo Hopgood on countback with both players having 30 points.

Axe Cliff  sent a team of five ladies to East Devon Golf Club to compete in the National Annodata match play event.

Despite losing 4-1, it proved to be a very enjoyable afternoon and many of the matches did indeed, go to the wire. The lone winner for the team was captain, Anne Jarvis.

There was sparkling sunshine for a good turnout by the Seniors’ last Friday and the excellent conditions were matched by some very good scoring.

It was particularly good to see Brian Thompson return to his winning ways as he had one birdie and eight pars in his round that saw him win Division One with a  nett 69.

In what was a mighty close contest, Brian was  pushed all the way by Kyle Phillpots and Nigel Tarr who finished second and third respectively – and, like the winner, also scored nett 69s, but lost out to Brian on countback.

Brian has now seen his handicap cut to 10, but I predict that that will be down to single figures before the end of the year.

Division Two was won by John Purdy with a 71; John just edging Nick Jones (72) into second place while third place went to Pete Casey (75).

Roger Hill was ‘over the moon’ with his two on the short par three 11th hole, especially as  it proved to be the only two of the day.

After the competition, Seniors’ captain John Hanna was pleased to present a cash gift to Andy Jeffrey for his wonderful work, for the club. Over the past three years, Andy has been bar steward, bar manager and green keeper just to name a few roles and was very popular and appreciated by all of us for his care and dedication to his duties.

It’s good to know that he is staying in the area and should soon start his new role in hospitality in the Town.

He is also able to continue his captaincy of the men’s section so we should see him more often playing on the course.

John wished him well for the future on behalf of the Seniors.

Once again I am delighted to say that that we will be holding Free Open Days for anyone interested in playing golf or wanting to improve and these will take place on the weekend of July 24 and 25.

Anyone is welcome to book their spots which will include expert training lessons, some golf play with free drinks and food. Just phone the club on 01297 21754.

Brian Thompson has been in fine form recently at Axe Cliff Golf Club, pictured on the balcony outside the clubhouse, overlooking Seaton Beach and Bay.

Stephen Birley

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