2018 Club Diary
By Sian Charlesworth
On 8th Dec 2017
2018 Diary update
Storm Brian weekend A v B and Am Am Open
On 23rd Oct 2017
Storm Brian was pretty unpleasant, but it does feel that for all the dire warnings we probably got off quite lightly. There was some minimal damage on the course, small tree limbs down and a lot of leaf litter. A total of 6 souls took on the course before the A v B game on Saturday. Very brave.
Despite the slightly tricky conditions (!) 51 ventured out onto the course on Saturday for the Jim Bell Memorial Trophy match. It has to be said that a couple of halves and a concession took place a good way before the end of the games were reached. Whilst it would be easy to question their manliness it seems probably better to praise their sanity, since those of us who did stay the course came off battered!
In the end it came down to a B Team stalwart representing the A Team to deliver the decisive blow, Jon Tedder winning the last hole to win their game and leave the overall match tied at 6½ matches each. This left the A Team in possession of the Trophy. Everyone sat together for a meal and were entertained by Malcolm and Mark, Past and Future Captains, after which there was a quiet reflective evening in the Bar.
We reconvened on Sunday for the re-run of the Am Am Mixed Open. It was still extremely windy, albeit not quite with the previous day’s severity. A wet course played very long. 79 points was the winning number, from the team of Charlotte and Jake Dommett and Sec Tim Aggett and with Stover’s Sarah Hoff. That was a winning margin of just 1 point from Fiona Parsons with the Tavistock trio of Nick Mier and George and Nicky Gawman. Craig Passmore and Mark Thompson with Wrangaton’s Wendy Roberts and Yelverton’s Karen Friendship beat Terry and Colin Bastow and Alison Hulley and Kerry Hurley on the back 9 for 3rd after both scored 75
The two final prizes went to the Enmore Park team of Steve and Hannah Woodley with Dan Andison and Michelle Orris on 74, Dawn and Clive Cottam, Rob Starling and Cheryl Watson from Bovey Tracey on 73. In all the 100+ field featured representatives of 18 visiting clubs, and we got some real praise for the golf course, the greens in absolute terms and the presentation in view of the weather
Away from domestic matters Craig Passmore was in the Devon side for the final Channel League fixture of the year, away to Somerset at Mendip Spring GC. Somerset won the match by 10-5 to also win the Channel League outright in a game where an equally big win for Devon might have given them the title. Craig contributed a point in the foursomes, combining with East Devon’s Leigh Jones for a big 6/5 win, but couldn’t get past Worlebury’s Alex Winn in the singles, losing at the 15th.
To finish an admin point. I would be very grateful if everyone could ensure that when they play their member bag tag and current year sticker are on the bag and visible. If you don’t have one on their at the moment we do have a supply here in the Office.
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.