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Devon County Championships a huge success

 Devon County Championships a huge success

Devon County Championship winners. Back Row: East Devon Captain Ray Dawson, Lauren McGinnis (Gold Medal), Champion Abigail Turner, DevonGolf Incoming Vice President Pam St Leger, Rebekah Nicholls (Lloyd Williams Salver), Emily Morey (Phillis Collett Bowl), Helen Chivers (Lloyd Williams Runner Up Salver) Front Row: Peter Lawrence (Gold Medal), Champion Sam Williams, Jack Jeffery (Wish Slater Salver), David Blick (Gold Medal Runner Up & Champion Runner Up), Ben Sclater (with Team Challenge Cup & Wish Slater Runner Up) Picture: DevonGolf

Last weekend (25-26 September) East Devon Golf Club played host to the 2021 Devon County Championships.

The course was set up in superb condition and we received nothing but praise from the participants, Devon County officials and supporters.

DevonGolf said “Huge thanks to everyone at East Devon Golf Club, staff and members alike, who gave us a fantastic welcome, all the support DevonGolf could have hoped for and a course that was a joy to play, if not with a few tricky pin positions on the second day”

The Men’s and Women’s Championships were both played over the weekend and, as usual at East Devon, the weather played its part in the competition.

The Saturday saw the players due to play 36 holes strokeplay competitions, but the ‘Golfing Gods’ blew in fog which gave an hour-long suspension of play and reduced the women’s competition to 27 holes. Sunday saw the wind pick up for the matchplay semi-final and final knockout rounds, bringing a new challenge.

The players rose to the challenges of the course and weather and there was some great golf on show.

The Club was well represented throughout the weekend and three players featured in the prizes.

David Blick was runner up in the Men’s Gold Medal competition on Saturday and lost by just 1 hole in the Men’s Championship Final on Sunday.

Emily Morey was the Women’s Gold Medal Nett Winner (the Phillis Collett Memorial Bowl) and narrowly lost the Ladies Championship Semi-Final on the 19th hole.

Helen Chivers finished in the top eight on Saturday was runner up in the Lloyd Williams Salver Final on Sunday.

Reflecting on the weekend Club Captain Ray Dawson said: “I would like to thank General Manager Maria in particular, Paul and the Greenstaff, Dani and the bar and Restaurant 19 team, plus all the members who volunteered to help, in both the Clubhouse and out on the course as starters and numerous ball spotters all of whom were greatly appreciated by the players.”

You can find full details of the weekend competition and all the winners on the DevonGolf website here

Stephen Birley

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