East Devon ladies enjoy a busy June

 East Devon ladies enjoy a busy June

Carole Brailey presents East Devon Golf Club ladies’ club champion Gudrun Nolan with her cup. Picture BARBARA MELLOR

The East Devon Golf Club ladies section enjoyed a busy month of June during which time they produced some excellent results, writes Lorna Sealy Nichols.

First up, on June 3, playing at Teignmouth in the Devon Golf Division Oneand Two Open was Barbara Mellor, who won the Devon County Stableford Cup in Division Two (of Division Two) (for players with handicaps between 29.5 and 40.4).  Two other East Devon GC ladies; Deirdre Mackness and Peggy Lomas, were both placed in the top 10.

Next, on June 15, at Okehampton, the Ladies Seniors Championships was played with a field of 52 ladies.

Congratulations go to East Devon GC’s Eilidh Cameron whose gross score of 82 gave her first place.  EDGC’s Rosemary Pratt came in with 85 and a fifth place in the gross competition.

Eilidh commented that due to the steep slopes of the Okehampton Course, placement of the drive was crucial to keeping the ball in play else it would roll and roll, finishing behind trees or in the rough.  (Your writer comments from sad experience that it’s not just the drive … it’s most of the fairway shots!)

She found the greens faster and more undulating than those that East Devon GC offers so the day was altogether challenging.

On 23 June, our Annodata Ladies team of Judy Murray, Jenny Dobel, Sue Loynes, Deirdre Mackness and Nina Hawkins played their second round game at home against Axe Cliff Golf Club.

They reported an excellent result with four wins and one loss and so now move through to Round Three which will see them entertain Saunton Golf Club in a home fixture.

Our Devon inter-club teams have played strongly this month with our Still Cup team (a scratch event) winning their first round away match against Stover GC.

Our Presidents Two team won their first round match against Exeter Our Sheelah Creasy team won their first match, playing away at Exeter and followed up a week later with a second win, playing at Woodbury Park.

Returning to our Tuesday, Ladies competition day at East Devon Golf Club, Tuesday, June 1, saw the first of our Ladies Open Days.

We didn’t have quite the usual number of visiting players but, of course, the restrictions due to Covid-19 had an impact on the numbers.

Nonetheless, on a pleasant day, we had 14 teams of 4 players competing and all our visitors said how much they had enjoyed playing our course.

Tuesday, June 8, saw the playing of a Medal and Palmer Cup game.  In Division One, Ali Miller came in with a 73 nett score and Barbara Middleditch netted down to 71; both excellent results against a Ladies Red Tees par of 74, and Barbara winning the Palmer Cup.

On June 22, we played a County Stableford competition combined with the Horton Cup (for players with a handicap between 20.5 and 54.4).

Anne Serle came top of Division One with 39 points, Maureen Reynolds was top of Division two with 40 points and Vikki Bowes topped Division Three with 36 points, winning the Horton C   .

Well done, to all the winners of our Club competitions.

A major event of the ladies’ season is the Ladies Championship which was played on June 29.

The championship entails two rounds played on the same day and this makes for a taxing event!

The weather was generally kind throughout on the day.  From a field of 15 brave souls, Gudrun Nolan emerged as our new champion, returning an excellent gross score of (78+80) 158, just 10 shots above the course par of 74

Sally Underwood came home with combined 170, nett 148 which placed her as winner of the nett competition.

Congratulations, to our two winners and to all 15 players who made it round the course twice.

Carole Brailey (left) presenting Sally Underwood, winner of the nett competition with her Cup
Photo courtesy & copyright of Barbara Mellor
Refreshments at the 10th. Picture BARBARA MELLOR
The long up-hill par five twelfth. Picture BARBARA MELLOR
Rhododendrons on the EDGC course.
Orchids on the EDGC course
Harebells on the EDGC course

Stephen Birley

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