TEXAS SCRAMBLE PROVES POPULAR

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THE TUESDAY Mixed competition at Honiton Golf club was a Texas Scramble which proved very popular, with 36 players taking part.

The top team, with a splendid net score of 57.8, were Sue and Paul Ritchie with Di and Phil Wall who had a combined handicap of 92. They narrowly beat Steph and Bob Barnes, Jan Portlock and Cyril Dann into second place with their nett score of 58.1 resulting from a combined team handicap of 79.

Third place was calculated on countback and went to Georgia Hope-Edwards, Linda Curtis, Andy Dawe and Rob Sexton with a nett score of 64.4 from a combined team handicap of 96.

The Honiton Ladies played a Stableford qualifier for the Warren Crocus event hosted later in the year by The Warren Golf Club. The trophy for this was originally donated by The Warren member Mrs Sheelah Creasy-well known for the Sheelah Creasy Bowl, competed for by clubs throughout the County on a league basis for their Bronze players.

In Silver Division, the winner was Jackie Seager with 38 points, 2nd Heather Clarke with 37, 3rd Janet Hughes with 36.

Bronze 1 winner was Liz Rogers with an outstanding 43 points on count-back from 2nd Linda Blundell, 3rd Joan Smith with 37.

Bronze 2 winner was Linda McLaughlin with 37 points, 2nd Susan Hyde with 35 on count-back from 3rd Cathy Pawley.

Needless to say, there were a number of handicap reductions.

Meanwhile, conditions were good for the Honiton seniors’ weekday match against East Devon at Budleigh and it turned out to be a close encounter. Whilst Honiton went down 4-2 in the end, two matches turned round on the 18th in East Devon’s favour. Match Captain Steve Butcher hopes to keep the same team when both sides meet up again in August.

Nearly 70 players took on the challenges of a Bowmaker competition on Friday where the returned scores were not as high as first predicted. The dry course provided a lot of run on the ball and careful placement was needed.

Two’s were obviously far too easy with 10 members achieving them on the 2nd, 4th, 7th and 12th greens.

Fourth were the team of Tony Williams, Nick Mitchell and Ron Jones with their 65 behind Barry Rogers Bill Phillips and Kit Barker with 69. Second were Paul Ritchie, John Fleetwood and John Bevan with 71 but the winners with 73 were Derek Keen, Bill Eaton and Rob Stickland.

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