Pritchard crowned Axe Cliff Masters champion

 Pritchard crowned Axe Cliff Masters champion

The past week was a busy one for the golfers at Axe Cliff, writes Dave Bruce.

A number of ladies travelled to Okehampton to play in the Devon County Seniors Championship where Stella Thompson finished in second place.

Sandra Walker also did well, but just missed out of the prizes. Last Wednesday they had a good turnout for the Medal and second round of the Axe Cliff Cup which was played in near perfect conditions.

Paula Heasman certainly enjoyed herself, serving up a magnificent net 73. Jill Wellington suffered a  nine on the 18th, but still ended with a most credible net 78.

The Seniors have been competing hard in the difficult Masters competition which requires a lot of patience and skill over the four rounds that are played, especially when you couple the rounds with other events!

Round Three produced an amazing result with Nigel Garwood not losing a ball and scoring a fantastic below par net 68 which, I believe, included an eight and a two!

Pete Casey also played well and scored 71 to take second place while Nigel Pritchard kept his hopes alive with a 73, to take third spot.

Round Three was coupled with The Least Putts Cup, a trophy kindly donated by John Pugh, if I remember correctly.

David Evans is the new holder with 25 putts or only 1.31 recurring per hole which takes some doing I can tell you! Gilbert Cox also showed off his skills with only 26 putts and must have missed a short one somewhere, probably on the seventh downhill.

Last Friday was quite a test for the final round of the club’s Masters competition with a cold Northerly swirling strong wind, making me hang onto the buggy more whilst I was pouring Geoff Hughes coffee from my flask without spilling it over him!

It is often said that the weather does not affect a good player and so it proved with Paul Curtin  winning with a net 75. However, he was pushed all the way by Peter Petherbridge and Nigel Pritchard who both carded scores of 76.

The exciting finish left Nigel Pritchard the undisputed new Masters Champion on a gross result of 291 or 72.75 average per round, edging Paul Curtin into second place on 293 and leaving Roger Hill third with 299 or 74.75 average.

The Warren Cup was also played along with the final round of the Masters and it was won by Richard Bush with a net 80.

This week we are playing for the prestigious Charity Bowl which is a competition for the 65 years plus age group with our captain, John Hanna, marking the occasion by organising a raffle in the clubhouse, this being his first opportunity to raise money for his charity FORCE.

We will all be raiding our OAP (senior citizen pensions) to support such a worthy cause!

Stephen Birley

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