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Axe Cliff Ladies enjoy Courtesy Cup success

 Axe Cliff Ladies enjoy Courtesy Cup success

Anne Jarvis receives the Courtesy Cup from John Hanna following the playing of the annual competition at Axe Cliff. Picture ROB GROVE

The past week was both a busy – and successful one – for the Axe Cliff Ladies, writes Dave Bruce.

On Monday they took on the Seniors’ in the annual Courtesy Cup.

This is a competition in which the ladies are afforded courtesy shots in addition to their handicap difference in match play format.

This year they got five which helped towards what was ultimately a three-and-two success and, post action, Captain Anne Jarvis accepted the trophy from Seniors’ Captain John Hanna in the clubhouse after we had all enjoyed some excellent soup and roll choices from Harry and the team behind the bar. Whilst I can’t speak for the rest of ‘our team’, Captain John and I were paired against the Devon County Very Venerable Champion Stella Thompson and Jill Wellington and, whilst John was driving long and well, the girls mostly out drove me, but thankfully it was Foursomes so we could choose the best drive!

Then we had Stella either chipping in or dead around the greens with Jill not missing a putt. I think we did well to only go down four-and-three! At least the Seniors, because they lost, will only have to give four Courtesy Shots next year – see, there is always a silver lining!

On Friday, the Seniors held their Second Winter League Round in mostly dry weather but with a healthy South Westerly to contend with over the 15 holes.

The competition originally started in 1987 as a Foursomes but has recently changed to individual Stableford.

We have found this format to work better making it easy to play on most of the designated dates when, with a partner, it was not always so easy to arrange.

As far as I can tell John Purdy, still playing well, won with a respectable 27 pts taking his grand total, so far, to 56.

Last year’s Captain Rob Grove was second with 26 and then we had four players all on 25; Bill Dearling, Paul Curtin, Captain John again and Kyle Philpotts.

Mike Wickins obviously does not like the wind as he only got 18, but that was still two more than yours truly!

Mike does have a 30 in the first Round so he can easily discard this one. 

Early days yet, but Kyle is probably in the lead with 59 pts and so clearly ‘the one to watch’!

During the week, Vice Captain, David Lacey led our Jurassic Winter League team competing against Lyme Regis and Sidmouth and came a credible second. The next game will be at Sidmouth in December.

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