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Wins for the Still Cup, Sheelagh Creasy and SDL sides

By Tim

On 20th Jun 2017

There was a concentration on matches for the Club over the weekend, with a really big win for the Still Cup team and a hard-fought home victory for the South Devon League side.


The Still Cup squad went across to Churston on Friday and inflicted a white wash on the home side, winning all 7 matches. Coupled with their big home win over Exeter on the Monday the squad have put themselves in prime position to qualify for the latter stages again, with home games against Royal North Devon and Churston to come next month.


The Sheelagh Creasy side were also playing Churston on Friday, here at Torquay. They also secured a win, by 5-2. Mathematically they are still in with a chance of progressing, but will need two wins and then other results to go their way.


The South Devon League side did it the hard way on Saturday, forcing out a 4 ½ - 2 ½ win at home to Stover. The last three games all won up the last, all having been behind until late in their matches to turn what looked likely to be a bad day into a good one. Despite the win Torquay slip to 4th, although only ½ a point adrift of Dainton and Warren who are tied 2nd. Teignmouth now have a 6-point advantage at the top of the table. The next round of games is on 8th July and are the reverse of this weekend’s fixtures. In addition to our trip to Stover, Teignmouth go to Dainton and the Warren to Churston. An away win would be dead handy.


It was a long hard week for Robbie and James Thompson at Weston Super Mare playing for Devon in the SW Counties. Devon had a really tough week, sadly finishing bottom of the match play table recording only one win against Dorset on the last day. However, Robbie did finish a highly creditable 14th in the SW Championships on the Tuesday, shooting a 2-under 36-hole total.


Looking ahead to the coming week we still have a couple of spots for anyone wishing to play in the Devon Seniors OOM event on Wednesday. It is handicap and scratch, with prizes for both. Start sheet is on the County website.


Thursday evening we play the Warren at Teignmouth in the Parker Trophy with a 5pm start. Let’s hope for some success in that. This coming Saturday is the Centenary Cup. It is currently completely full from the 7am kick off until 3.08, but we also know that gaps will appear the closer we get to the weekend.


On the topic of the weekend, for those with an interest the Lions Test will be on the TV early on Saturday.


Looking further ahead the Millennium Cup which we lost on the May Bank Holiday Monday courtesy of the weather will be replayed on Monday August 28th, with a start sheet from 8am to 2pm. It will go live 14 days prior, as usual.


Enjoy the weather whilst you can as I fear it will start to break later in the week.

The Chatton Cup and the week to come

By Tim

On 20th Jun 2017

It’s been interesting to have things a little quieter than was the case for Riviera week. If we can ever identify what constitutes normal I guess last week was it. Still there is some good stuff to report.


We start with the Chatton Cup on Saturday, which was affected by the extremely unpleasant afternoon rain. A number of competitors quit the field, which I guess isn’t too much of a surprise when coupled with the attraction of the England/Scotland game.


Best score of the day came from Chris Searson with 41 points, winning the trophy by 2 points from Keith Sutton. Chris Relph took overall third with 38, on countback, whilst Steve Thorne won the scratch. Division 1 went to Colin Rowland with 38 ahead of Paul Hughes with 38 and Neil Wreford with 37, Div 2 to Ian Sanderson beating Roy Harvey and Mike Coleman after they had all scored 36. Div 3 was won by Nick Powell with 40, ahead of Paul Russell Smith on 39 and James Hendry on 38. CSS was 71, 34 points.


We took the opportunity to do some other Presentations on Saturday night, with Glenn Harris receiving the Riviera Cup having defeated John Donovan in the Final last Saturday, and Craig Passmore collected the Willes-Little, the Winter knockout which he won by defeating Paul Sutherland in the Final.


The Captain registered a Trophy win on Sunday as he and Claire Carey won the John Price Mixed Salver with 39 points, ahead of Terry Bastow and Kerry Hurley with 35, Malcolm and Di Swift on 34. Final prize went to Jim McConnell and Philippa Affleck with 33.


Monday has been a busy one. First the Seniors played the Alan Dale Trophy. Best score is 41 points from Garth Grundy, ahead of Abi Heidarpour on 39 and Terry Steer with 38. CSS was 70, 35 points.


Then the Ladies’ Still Cup side had a very important home win against a strong Exeter side, coming up with a convincing 6 ½ - ½ win over the only side they have lost to so far this season – they went down 4-3 at Exeter. In the context of the campaign a very important result indeed.


Away from the Club it is great to report that Lee Buckingham has qualified for the Bridgestone Chase Your Dream National Final to be held at Woodhall Spa in August during England Golf Week. The event is open to anyone who won a Club Trophy competition in the previous season. Lee was in the qualifier at Minehead on Sunday along with a number of other Torquay players. His net 72 placed him 8th. Keith Thompson finished 12th on countback, agonizingly close to the top 10 who qualified for Woodhall.


On the topic of agonizing, Tim Aggett missed the cut in the English Seniors Open Amateur at Saunton by just 1 shot, finishing the initial two rounds in tied 81st as the top 80 of the 288 starters progressed to the Final round. Robbie and James Thompson are engaged for Devon’s 1st Team this week in the South West Counties at Weston Super Mare, and both played in Sunday’s initial match against the auld enemy, Cornwall, which Devon lost by 6 ½ -7 ½. There’s a theme developing here. James played in the match against Gloucs yesterday, but sadly lost his singles 1 down to Heider Hussain of the Kendleshire. And just for fun he and the Warren’s Chris McGill played Hussein again in the afternoon, getting a half in the foursomes as Devon again lost 6 ½ - 7 ½. Neither of the boys were nominated in the Devon team of 6 involved in the County Finals Team qualification which forms a part of the South West Championships being played over 36 holes. They played as individuals only.


Looking ahead we have our 5th SDL game of the season this coming Saturday, at home to Stover, and there’s a real need to put the Churston result behind us. On Sunday there is a Sunday Stableford which is open to everyone. Please enter through the computer and put your cards through there as well. More the merrier, and its open to all comers, Men and Ladies


The Centenary Cup on Saturday 24th is up on the computer, and the Riviera Championships is on the board, our 36-hole scratch and handicap event which is also a part of the County Men’s Order of Merit.


There are two spaces left in the Devon Senior’s Order of Merit stableford here at Torquay next Wednesday, for which any Gent over 55 is eligible. There are handicap and scratch prizes for that. Entry is through the County website. In mid-July we are also staging the County Senior Foursomes; again entry is through their website.


Nice to finally see a bit of sunshine out of the window. Let’s hope that continues for a while. We’re due, I think. Have a good week.


A Review of the Riviera week events

By Tim

On 20th Jun 2017

Before we get to all the golf played in Riviera week at Torquay, a piece of news to reflect that there was golfing life outside our Club over the week, although it didn’t always feel like it! 


One golfer who has had a fantastic week is Craig Passmore. He started with the South West Schools Championships where he finished 7th with scores of 74 and 75 at Minchinhampton. This will qualify him for the English Championships later this month. Wednesday he was at Yelverton for the Devon Junior Whitsun event, where he won the Under 16s scratch prize with a 74. Not content with that it was off to the South West Under 16s/Under 14s Championships at The Kendleshire in Bristol, where a fantastic gross 70 beat the field comprehensively – South West Under 16 Champ doesn’t sound too bad, does it. Down half a shot in handicap to 1.8 over 4 days too. A brilliant week on which he should be congratulated, as should Gary and Paula on the volume of taxi work!


A full result sheet for every event in Riviera Week is on the website. Go to the Diary entry for the relevant event and you will find a pdf file lsiting the full outcome.


So the Riviera week came to an end with the two knockout finals on Saturday morning. The Ladies have played their event over a number of weeks with just the Final this week, whilst the chaps have played knockout from Sunday morning through the week.


In the Ladies’ match Marilyn Firkin was always in control of the game as Evelyn Grant perhaps didn’t have her best day, Marilyn playing really solid golf throughout and emerging victorious by 3/2. The Men’s Final was a very up and down affair, John Donovan getting out to an at one point 3 hole lead before Glenn Harris pegged him back to all square after 15. After halving the last 3 holes and the 19th, John’s tee shot to the 20th found serious trouble allowing Glenn to win. It was the only time in the match Glenn was ahead.


Riviera started a week earlier with the Stableford Qualifier for the knock out. Top score was the 40-point return from Lou Brook, who beat Tim Quick on the back 9 for the 1st prize voucher. It was disappointing that we had fewer than 32 golfers enter for the knockout stages, especially in view of the demands from certain quarters for its reinstatement.


Sunday saw the first round of the knockout at the start of the day, to produce the 16 who would carry on from Tuesday evening forwards. After that came the Mixed Savage Salver competition. This had a bigger field in 2017 than the previous year, good to see after changing the format from Medal to Stableford. Tim Aggett and Sarah Hoff from Stover produced the top total of 42 points with their 2 shots, ahead of Mark Thompson and Keeley Clarke and Roger Johns and Linda Charters from Isle of Purbeck and Wareham on 41


Monday brought us to the Four Ball, and a good field of around 150 golfers played through some at times not too fantastic conditions. We came very close to a fog postponement as visibility up on the top of Petitor dropped in the sea fret, and our thanks go to the golfers who very sensibly waited that brief period out. It was a very humid day, which took something of a toll on some of the participants. Didn’t seem to worry Jason Brooks and Graham King, who from handicaps of 4 and 13 produced a brilliant score of 48 points, beating Nathan Gilpin (0) and Keith Thompson (5) into second on 45. Stuart Loader (12) of Beau Desert and Jenny Rhodes (3) from South Staffs were the best of the visitors, 3rd on 44.


Tuesday was a day off from the Riviera golf for the usual weekly Ladies’ competition, but we were all back again on Wednesday morning for the Greensomes. This was a disappointing turnout, as we only just got past the 100 men playing. At the end of the day an excellent 44 points from Tom Blumire (11) and Andy Bradbury (16) in the penultimate pairing took the day, ahead of Greg Duke (15) and Mat Harkin (5) on 43 who had led from early as the second group on the course.


Thursday things really got into gear, with 180 contestants for the Team Event, 1 score to count from 3. There was a tie on 47, John Ireland (10), Jake Dommett (7) and Tom Keniston (5) losing out on the back 9 to the “team that never was”. At 1.55 Colin Rowland (7) and Jeff Hewett (13) arrived at the Club and found there was a gap in the start sheet at 2.36 - could they play? One short but of course; we’ll find someone they said, and at 2.20 Danny Relph (6) arrived. 4 hours after that Colin holed a 25-footer across the 18th green to achieve 47 points, and a back nine of 24, 1 point more coming home than John, Jake and Tom.    


Which brought us to the last stroke play event of the week, the Florida Scramble. 200 people played in this, which also partially contributed to some slow play. Scramble golf is always slow, we know that, but regrettably there were also a couple of groups in the last quarter of the field who lost ground. The top three scores were all in the 50s gross, 57 being the mark set by Own Williams, Danny Relph, Richard Crook and Mike Crutchley who with 2.1 shots set the leading mark at 54.9. Terry and Mark Giffard with Gary Dubben and Terry Lee (Churston) had a gross 59 for a net 55.8, whilst Nathan Gilpin, Robbie Thompson, Will Farley and Colin Rowland equalled the gross 57 but with only 0.8 deduction came third on 56.2.


Best of the visitors were Howard Smith, Tom Haley, Nigel Connolly, Kevin Smale from Bowood on 57.5 whilst the best alternative (i.e. any combination of genders that isn’t two men and two ladies) was Ben and Pete Ravenwith Kenny MacKenzie of Tavistock and Sue Raven from Bridport. Val Atkinson, Karen Hough, Claire Carey, Rosemary Bailey

Took the Ladies prize on 59.6, whilst Malcolm and Di swift, Mike and Helen Jones won the Mixed prize.


There were some really good things about the week, and some bits that didn’t work very well. We’ll be fully reviewing everything, from entry procedures, the sheer volume of changes to times and personnel during the week (which was, frankly, insane) to the formats and amount of competition being played.


Yet there are other things to report; the Ladies have had another excellent Still Cup win, defeating Saunton 6 ½ matches to a ½ here at Torquay. On the downside the South Devon league side ran into a little local difficulty. With a few of this year’s regulars missing the side was on the wrong end of a whitewash at Churston. We still stand 3rd, Teignmouth having duffed up the Warren 6-1, but with Dainton winning at home to Stover 4-3 we are now 5 ½ points adrift.


Neil Wreford and Graham Hale have come to the end of their wonderful run in the Daily Mail Foursomes losing away at Teignmouth to a very strong pairing of Nick James and Ali Smith. It has been a great effort, with victories against Fingle Glen and Thurlestone as well as away at Dartmouth, not to mention qualifying to represent the Club by winning the Atlantics in the first place.


Palairet golf was back on the agenda as the side played Woodbury Park at Staddon Heights on Sunday. Sadly the result was not what we needed, as the side went down by 4 matches to 1. Both the top two pairs, Robbie Thompson and Nathan Gilpin and Steve and Harry Thorne lost at the last. Tim Aggett and Scott Pym provided some relief with a win at the 17th, but Craig Passmore and Lee Baker lost at the same hole, Will Farley and Andy Eyre one earlier. It would be easy to talk about the shots conceded, and there were lot, but I think we have to be honest and say we didn’t perform well enough on the day.


Riviera 1st Round matches

By Tim

On 27th May 2017

The first round matches in the Riviera Cup on Sunday May 28th are as follows: - : -

8.28 Lee Hemmings v Mike Crutchley

8.36 George Barbour v Roy Bovey

8.44 Steve Groves v Mark Carpenter

8,52 Bob Copping v John Mifflin

9.00 Terry Steer v Lee Baker

0.08 Laurence Augusti v Sean Fitzgerald

9.16 Paul Russell Smith v Danny Relph


Alan Tucker, Andy Land, Lenny Pym, John Donovan, Simon Baker, Glenn Harris, Richard Overton and Ollie Saxton-Jambor have byes througyh to Tuesday evening's 2nd round, which will commence at  5pm that day


Keeley Clarke is the new County Champion, plus a memorable SDL win for the guys

By Tim

On 8th May 2017

It has been a great weekend for Torquay golfers and Torquay teams, and it very much starts with the Ladies.

Keeley Clarke is the new Devon County Ladies’ Champion. Having completed the 36-hole qualifying rounds at Tavistock in 4th place with a 5-over par total, in the semi-finals Keeley played +2 handicapper Chloe Howard from Boringdon, who had set a new course record of 68 in the qualifier. Keeley won that game 3/2, pushing her into the Final to face Abi Turner from Okehampton. Keeley played solid, controlled golf and wore Abi down to emerge victorious again at the 16th.

Torquay came close to a double; Vicky Holloway finished 8th in the qualifier and thus into the Lloyd Williams Salver semis. In the semi-final she defeated the home club’s Kayleigh Cann, who had lowered the Tavvy course record to 71 on May Day before Chloe’s round on the Saturday. Vicky won 2/1 to face East Devon’s Emily Morey in the Final. The youngster’s power told in the end though, Vicky losing out at the 17th.

With Fiona Parsons, the Torquay girls also won the team nett prize in the qualifier.

On the Thursday the Still Cup side went to Saunton and recorded a 4-3 away win, a great boost to this year’s campaign in defence of the trophy. On Friday Vicky had been lying second the County Ladies’ Senior Championships on the Friday, before it was called off due to the 40mph winds hammering the Tavistock course and rendering it unplayable.

Sticking with the individual Craig Passmore finished a highly creditable 8th on Saturday in the Director’s Cup at Exeter, a Devon County Men’s Order of Merit event with scores of 71 and 74, missing out on 4th place on countback – there were a lot on 145! Will Farley was 14th on 148. The event was won by the home club’s Jack Pope, with rounds of 70 and 66 for a 2-under total and a 5-shot winning margin.

Meanwhile the Club’s South Devon League side produced the surprise of the second round of matches, as the first team to win a League game at Dainton Park for over 5 years. With Neil Wreford and Andy Eyre winning the top match and 3 ½ points coming out of the last four games from wins for Rob Davey and Oz Williams, Jason Brooks and Keith Thompson, Nathan Gilpin and Robbie Thompson, plus a half for Tim Aggett and Chris Overton, Torquay recorded a memorable 4 ½ to 2 ½ win.

This coming Saturday the side play table topping Teignmouth here at Torquay -  Teignmouth have 12 ½ points from a possible 14 following their first two matches whilst we lie 4th with 8. Should be an interesting game.

What was terrific at Dainton on Saturday was the amount of support for the team. There were more Torquay members than from the home club out watching the games on Saturday. That kind of thing is absolutely priceless, and everyone in the side is immensely grateful to everyone who came along to support.

Moving swiftly back to last weekend and the Gray Cup, many of you will remember we had one excellent score from Ollie Saxton-Jambor who appeared to have a non-competitive handicap. Investigation has made it clear that the information we received from the Central Database of Handicaps about Ollie’s handicap was in fact wrong; he had played sufficient qualifiers in 2016.

As the result of the event has been announced, and so done in good faith based upon the information to hand, it stands as announced at 8pm last Saturday. However, Ollie’s excellent round needs to be acknowledged and recompensed, which we will do. What our local issue appears to have done, moreover, is to reveal a possible problem with the CDH itself on handicaps being transferred between clubs. That matter has been taken through England Golf to CONGU to resolve. We need confidence that the data we receive from the central source is accurate; Ollie’s situation was absolutely not of his own making but we hope some good will come of it with a better system for everyone.

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