Axe Cliff Texas Scramble success for trio

 Axe Cliff Texas Scramble success for trio

Axe Cliff golfer David Morgan with his prize – see the article for why he won it. Picture BRIAN THOMPSON

Axe Cliff seniors were in Friday action when they contested their first ‘team’ event since restrictions were eased to allow golf to resume, writes Dave Bruce.

The popular Texas Scramble format meant each team could chose the best drive and the others in the team could drop their balls close and continue in this strange medal format, even when on the green for putting.

The important thing to remember is to mark your first putt and, if it does not fall in to give team mates a chance to do so. In a team of three a percentage of the whole handicap is then taken off the final score.

The end result is that you should get a very good well below par score and that was the case on this occasion with the winners scoring 66.2.

That winning trio comprised of Mick Swann, Paul Curtin and Tony Snell.

Pushing the winners all the way, and returning a core of nett 66.7, were Alan Morgan, Stuart Mackie and Nigel Pritchard.

It was equally close in terms of the battle for third place and two teams both recorded a score of 67.6. That meant countback being called into play leaving the trio of Mike Wickins, Gerry Binmore and Peter Petherbridge taking third while Chris Read, Richard Bush and Kevin Miller had to settle for fourth place.

In what was the first week back playing golf again after the relaxing of pandemic restrictions, captain John Hanna decided on a fun competition to see who returned to golf with the longest hair and that honour went to David Morgan who is shown in the picture that supports this article.

It was certainly good to be bale to have a drink and takeaway served by our lovely Clare outside on the terrace overlooking Seaton Bay.

The Axe Cliff ladies were also able to enjoy their first competition since ‘golf re-start’ and this was contested as a Centenary Niblick, played in Stableford format.

Lady captain Anne Jarvis was in fine form and won the competition with a score of 38 points.

In what was another close contest, Jill Wellington took second place with a score of 36 points while Alison Cook, with a score of 33, took third place.

Last but not least for this latest round-up of news, Stuart Mackie and Bill Polley were able to complete their final which was to settle the outcome of 2020  Scratch Cup and it ended with with retired bus driver Stuart beating our club treasurer, Bill, five-and-four.

According to Bill they had a very good game with both driving well, but Stuart’s close game was the difference. Mind you Stuart has a much lower handicap and Bill did well to beat some good players to get to the final. Well done lads. 

Stephen Birley

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