Catering Menus for this weekend
By Sian Charlesworth
On 17th Oct 2017
Friday Night is the Caterers A'La Carte menu night . Andy has a choice of a'la carte dishes for you to enjoy. If steak is your preference then come along and enjoy 2 delicious steaks and a bottle of House wine (red or White) for just £25.00
Please see the website or the main notice Boards for full details
Bar and Catering Opening Hours
By Sian Charlesworth
On 17th Oct 2017
Could members please be advised that from Monday 16th October the bar and catering facilities winter hours will be in operation. Please see the attachment for full details.
A superb double for Torquay Ladies
On 6th Oct 2017
What a double! Thursday September 28th, Teignmouth GC is the date and venue, Devon County Ladies’ Final’s Day the event.
In the pretty chilly first light at 8am Charlotte Dommett and Keeley Clarke find themselves on the 1st tee for the Doris Willes-Little inter-club foursomes Finals, playing Chris Mayer and Lorna Elliott from Dartmouth. A couple of hours later, including a welcome stop for a bacon butty after 9, Charlotte and Keeley have won 6/5, winning the Trophy for Torquay for the first time since 2006, when Charlotte won playing with her mother Jill.
That was an important and morale boosting curtain raiser to the Still Cup Final later that day, which was why the foursomes started so early. Torquay were back in the Final defending the title won last year at Saunton, this time facing East Devon. Keeley and Charlotte led off again with victories, and in the 7-a side team match Torquay emerged victorious by winning 4 of the first 5 games on the list.
It is a fantastic achievement by the on the day team of Keeley and Charlotte, Vicky Holloway, Sally Spokes, Karen Hough, Laura Colman, Lesley Rowe and Fiona Parsons. As we all know it had been a very long time since the Club had won the Still Cup, and to then rack up back to back wins is just brilliant.
With Keeley as the reigning Ladies County Champion, and winner of the Devon Champion of Champions event, plus Vicky’s victory in the County Senior’s Championships this has been a phenomenally successful year at the County level for Torquay.
To domestic matters. The re-run of the Birmingham Cup took place on Saturday, and a tough day for scoring it was too. The wind blew, and the heavy rain of the previous day meant the course played very long. Once all the scores were finally entered, of which more in another email, Kevin Gaskell emerged victorious with 38 points. There were three 37s, Nick Powell and Simon Pethard filling the overall 2nd and 3rd spots, whilst Craig Passmore’s impressive year continued with a 1-under par 68 for 37 points and the scratch prize.
Divisional winners were Peter Firkin and Steve Ball in Divisions 1 and 3 both with 36 points, Matt Roberts in Div 2 with 35. With CSS at 71, anyone with more than 34 points had a handicap reduction.
The competition also marked the end of the Order of Merit, which is comprehensively won by Richard Overton. Richard has enjoyed one of the most consistent years I’ve seen, routinely scoring well throughout the season’s events, and is a worthy winner. Nick Powell’s score on Saturday just pushed him past Chris Overton into the runners-up slot for the year
We can see the year starting to run down as we see Turkey Trots and the A v B Team match sign-up sheets appearing. Let’s hope for a continuation of some half decent weather, although the weekend looks potentially showery I must say.
Captain Peter Jeffery
By Sian Charlesworth
On 25th Sep 2017
I was born September 29 1952, five minutes after my identical twin brother Mark. We were brought up in Kenya. We both loved all sports; encouraged, for the most part, by our parents. Dad thought boxing was a good idea but when the coaches stuck to the system of picking opponents of similar height and size it threatened the equanimity of our family; poor Dad used to drive us home with Mark and I still trying to land punches. Boxing apart we had a wonderful childhood, full of freedom and great adventures. Camping out in the bush and game hunting; I find it hard to kill a fly these days but times were different then.
When I was 15 my father became terminally ill and the family had to return to England. It was a really difficult time for all of us but golf and Torquay Golf Club were a great help. Hence I have been a member of Torquay Golf Club 'man and boy' for 50 years, Yes I am 65 this year.
I followed in my Dad's footsteps and became an electrician. Starting work for Havills and going on to form my own company South Devon Electrics in 1982. There are not many roads in Torquay and South Devon that I don't know.
I have two daughters; Natalie, tall and blonde, Katie dark and petite. They are very different but get on like a house on fire. Once they are in the same room it's difficult to get a word in edgeways. I am proud of them both.
I was thrilled to be invited by Malcolm to be his vice. Malcolm has been a fantastic, hardworking and popular Captain. Throughout his year he has given me guidance, help and encouragement. I am very grateful to him for his kindness and consideration; he is quite simply a very nice man.
Torquay Golf Club has been a huge part of my life; to be the Captain is a dream come true. I am so grateful to have been given this opportunity; I promise to do my best.
Torquay win Parker Trophy for the first time
On 18th Sep 2017
What a brilliant day. For the first time in its history Torquay GC lifted the Parker Trophy County inter-club Scratch Team knockout defeating Tavistock 5½ points to 3½ in an enthralling final at Exeter. Former County President Phil Parker was on hand at the end of the day to present the Trophy to an absolutely delighted skipper Pete Jeffery, cheered on by his players, their caddies and supporters. Commiserations to an excellent Tavistock side, who contributed to a really fine game in the quality of their play and the spirit in which they competed.
The day did not begin well for Torquay. When Scott Davey holed from 10 feet for birdie at the 7th it took he and Alan Gawman 5-under par for their round and 5 up on Tim Aggett and Craig Passmore. A Torquay dropped shot at 8 and lost ball from an aggressive, birdie-chasing tee shot at 11 meant just a half at 12 secured the first point for Tavvy.
Fortunately, Torquay were almost as in control of the last of the three morning foursomes, as Nathan Gilpin and Harry Thorne comprehensively outplayed Kenny McKenzie and Dave Turnbull, making an excellent birdie at the 14th hole to win 5/4.
All the attention turned to the remaining game, Will Farley and Steve Thorne playing Adam Bridgwater and Will Stenhouse. Bunker trouble for Tavvy at 12 put Torquay 1 up. 13 was halved in birdies, Steve reacting to Adam’s sensational approach by chipping dead. Torquay had a chance to go 2 up at the next, but a nasty short putt was missed so the hole was halved as were the next two, Adam holing an excellent 8-footer for half at 16. Adam again pitched brilliantly dead to the hole at 17, and although Steve also hit it close the short downhill birdie putt didn’t drop, so all square playing the last.
Neither pair could go for the par 5 green over the water in two, but Tavvy’s third was mis-clubbed, leaving a very long uphill putt. Steve’s third just ran through the green but Will chipped back dead for par. Tavvy left the first putt 5 feet short and the next was missed, giving Torquay a vital 1 game advantage going into the afternoon singles session.
First up was Steve, playing County Men’s OOM Champion Bridgwater. Steve found himself down at the turn, but fought back strongly, under par for the back nine. Adam, though, is a terrific competitor, and whilst perhaps a little fortuitous with the helpful intervention of a big tree on a wayward second shot at the 18th held off the charge to win 1 up. Nathan was out second playing Scott Davey, and by his own admission “putted the eyes out of it”. Scott did really well to hang in as Nathan made the hole look the size of a bucket, but a key 20-footer from the Torquay man at the 17th sent him down the last 1 up. He made birdie to win that hole too, so 1 single each.
Third game saw Will Farley playing Alan Gawman. Will remained absolutely solid, producing a par golf performance which Alan simply couldn’t match. Will ran out a comfortable 5/4 winner, in the process capturing a very notable scalp. Behind them in the fourth game Harry Thorne was having a real battle with the hugely experienced Dave Turnbull, and the Tavistock man was not to be moved, winning 3/1.
All would come down to the last two games, Craig Passmore playing Chris Gawman, Tim Aggett playing Will Stenhouse. Both the Torquay players established good early leads, but the Tavistock guys showed real heart in fighting back. The short par-4 14th looked to be pivotal in both games; Craig hooked his tee shot and the ball disappeared – being Craig he then hit another tee shot onto the green and holed the putt for an unlikely par, but Chris made a brave birdie to cut the deficit to just 1 hole. Behind Tim, 1 up at this point, saw his tee shot carom into the hard face of a greenside bunker; arriving at the green the ball was found wedged between a bunker rake and the back lip of the bunker. Bogey was the result and back to level.
Both games halved the next two holes. At the 290-yard 17th Craig hit his tee shot so far that it flew the green, the greenside bunkers on that hole and ended up in the greenside bunker on 8. Chris had hit a solid tee shot in the fairway in front of the green, and thought Craig’s position so difficult that he could even win the hole with a par 4. In the event Chris hit a good pitch within 15 feet of the hole, and stood back to watch what Craig would do.
The heavy rain of the previous days had made the bunkers really awkward. Although the greenstaff had been able to create a surface, it was sticky and difficult to make good contact. Not an issue for Craig, though. From a poor position he produced a stroke of the very highest quality, a bunker shot laden with spin which bounced once and hauled up within 4 feet of the hole. Chris thought he had made his birdie putt, his arm briefly in the air as it reached the hole, but the ball stayed out. Craig calmly holed out to win his match and the Trophy in real style.
Tim and Will hit their tee shots up the penultimate hole, but with the overall match decided shook hands on a friendly half to leave the final score 5½ - 3½
This has been very much a squad effort throughout the season, with as well as the six guys who played on Sunday notable contributions from Keith, James and Robbie Thompson, and from Lester Barnes, with VC Mark Passmore picking the teams and, importantly yesterday afternoon, the order of play. The team would also like to thank the many caddies and supporters who have come along to cheer the side on, not just yesterday at Exeter but in the four previous rounds as we fought our way to the Final.