3 Man Team Open, the Torbay Cup and Ladies' Captain's Day
On 9th Aug 2017
Time to reflect on the week just past. You can truly tell the school holidays are now here since the weather is really problematic. I can only hope for an improvement!
We’ll start with the 3 Man Team Open on Saturday, which attracted a big entry of almost 200 golfers with representatives from clubs in Cornwall and Somerset as well as all over Devon. Great to see so many folk come to Torquay. Everyone enjoyed their day, but it has to be said conditions were not easy.
The Bastow family, Terry, Ian and Colin set the early mark with 80 points. For a long time this didn’t look likely to be beaten, with the swirling wind making scoring extremely difficult. It was the 3rd from last group on the course, Paul Hebdon, Ollie Saxton-Jambor and Simon Proctor who finally broke through and put the best score of the day on the board, 82 points.
The Sidmouth team of Lewis White, Adam Hull and Jake Tinsley had 76 to be third, with our own Paul Keen, Rob Gilpin and Chris Newbold taking fourth with a better back nine than Glyn Pearce, Pete Bailey and Mark Andrews of Oake Manor after both had 75. Last of the prizes went to a very surprised Dave Cadwallader, Richard Overton and Gary Richards with the best back nine of the teams on 74.
Whilst that was going on the Club had a side deeply involved in the Torbay Cup at Dainton Park. For those unfamiliar with this event it is the South Devon Clubs inter-club scratch team event. Everything is scratch medal (no pressure there then) and three formats are contested – foursomes and fourballs on Saturday, singles on Sunday. Each player/pair is playing a medal match against one player/pair representing each of the other 5 clubs. Lowest score gets 6 points, highest 1 and tied scores share the points – no countbacks. 4 groups in each series on Saturday 8 on Sunday; hope you’re following, we will be asking questions.
Dainton took the lead after the Saturday morning foursomes with 22 points from a possible 24, giving them a 4-point cushion with us 2nd. The fourball series on Saturday afternoon had its controversies as a rash of disqualifications impacted on the players in the 2nd group of the series, but once that smoke had cleared another solid Torquay performance, with especially Will Farley in dominant form, and 17 points placed us in the lead, now 2 points ahead of Dainton.
It was all set up for a cracking Sunday, and so it proved. By the time the first 4 series of singles were over Dainton had cancelled out their deficit and turned it into an 11.5-point advantage as they won 3 of those 4 through Ben Gauntlett, Matt Kneebone and Matt Millar, and were 2nd in the other. The next three went more Torquay’s way, with wins in the 5th and 7th groups for Harry Thorne and Nathan Gilpin and 2nd in the 6th group for Tim Aggett, but still beating Dainton into a tied 3rd. Dainton’s lead was now just 3, but Nathan Brown was compiling the best score of the day and although Will Farley challenged him all the way he had to settle for second in that final group. Dainton’s final margin was just 4 points, 74.5 to our 70.5; to put that in some perspective Stover had a very good Sunday too to come through into 3rd on 52.5 points, 18 behind Torquay. Our congratulations to the Dainton guys, who played some fantastic golf
It was a tremendous squad effort from the Torquay side. Whilst there is no doubt that there were key players away on County duty, and that this had the biggest impact on us, nonetheless everyone who participated played their hearts out, and can be justifiably proud of pushing the home team so close.
That County duty saw Robbie and James Thompson away with Devon’s 1st team, playing Gwent at Celtic Manor in a match Devon halved. Playing together in the morning they were beaten in their foursomes, but James came back to best Matt Harris of St Mellons in the singles. Robbie found himself out top against the home club’s Lewis Sanges, a Full International coming into the match on the back of a tied 4th in the Welsh Amateur. In a close game Robbie took him to 17 before losing. Great effort.
Meanwhile Craig Passmore and Scott Pym have been in North Devon at the County Junior Summer Medal at Ilfracombe. Both shot gross 69s, Craig winning the overall prize with Scott finishing high up the Under 18 categories both gross and nett.
For the Ladies’ Val continued the 2017 Captain’s tradition of a slightly (!) soggy Captain’s Day. Around 4pm Tuesday the heavens opened for a monstrous downpour which made continuing play impossible. Results were declared based on how far the last groups had managed to get before the rain flooded some of the greens on the back nine, which produced a win for the team of Jane Phillipson, Sharon Birchall and Libby Porter. The Ladies then had a highly entertaining evening meal and disco – judging by the photos a good time had by all.
And one final but by no means least note; another Torquay Ladies success as Keeley Clarke and Charlotte Dommett defeated their Teign Valley counterparts to progress into the Final of the Willes-Little foursomes. Great playing that.
On 31st Jul 2017
Before we look back to the last week in the Club’s life let’s look forwards.
On the social front the sign up list for the Summer Ball is on the Social Board in the Lounge. Within days of it going up it is already close to half full, which is terrific.
On the golfing front the Brockman Cup goes live on the Computers on Saturday morning. We’re also moving the planned August Sunday Stableford forward a week. Originally intended for 13th August it will now be 6th August. The reason is the replaying of the County Ladies’ Fund Raising day, which we lost to the weather at the end of April and we’re having another go at on August 13th.
It’s Torbay Cup this weekend at Dainton, so the scratch team will be over there for the weekend, bar the Thompson brothers representing Devon in the County Matches against Gwent. Hoping for a good run over there. We still await news of our Parker semi-final opponents, though we know that Staddon Heights, Honiton and Tavistock have all won through alongside us.
Whilst the Torbay Cup is on we have our 3 Man Team Open on Saturday. Only the last two times just before 4pm remain. There are 4 start times completely free for the Robinson Cup Mixed on Sunday.
Captain’s Day – well, the weather was definitely not on our side, especially in the afternoon, but the course and in particular the greens remained fully playable throughout the day, in no small part due to the micro-tining work Jason and the team did on Monday and Tuesday. There was some terrific scoring, not least from the winning team of Rob Gilpin, Paul Keen, Steve Thorne and Chris Newbold, who set an early and unmatched target of 88 points in the 2 scores to count format.
Although no teams matched that mark, two got to 87, Mike Lees, Colin Brimicombe, Dave Kenward and Robin Lovering beating Mark Passmore, Keith Thompson, Jason Brooks and Greg Jones on the last three holes. Brian Cappello, Andy Eyre, Craig and Gary Passmore were fourth on 86. I’m not going to list all 32 of the twos, but yes, there were quite a few. Pete also gave some spot prizes of free 4 balls kindly donated by other clubs. The full list is on the Notice Board.
Pete was certainly resplendent in tribal gear for the presentation, and a good time was had by all at the party in the evening, where Andy served a great meal and Phil Clarke supplied the tunes.
It is also my sad duty to let you all know that Bill Moors passed away on Friday after a lengthy illness. Bill has been a member since the early 1990s, but sadly his health and that of his wife (who passed away last year) have restricted his golf over the last few years. The funeral is on Friday 11th August, and once we have details we’ll circulate them.
Away from domestic play Tim Aggett had a significantly less than stellar South West Counties Seniors at Orchardleigh GC in Somerset, finishing 20th. In truth it was a pretty terrible 2 days for Devon as just about everything that could go wrong did, and although the side’s effort on day 2 was the 2nd best team score, the complete disaster on Day 1 ensured a 6th place finish, or if you prefer, last!
Club Champs and team successes
On 25th Jul 2017
Will Farley is the new Club Champion, winning the Gold Medal in fine style on Sunday. The morning round set things up beautifully, James Thompson taking the early lead with 66, ahead of Craig Passmore on 68 and Will on 69, which included a treble bogey 7 at the 7th. Also in the mix Nathan Gilpin, Robbie Thompson and Scott Pym, all on 71.
Harry Thorne shot 68 in the afternoon, but started too far back to really threaten. Nathan took 73. James, Craig and Robbie were next back in. Robbie had 70; 141. James also had 70 but Craig shot another 68 so they were tied on 136. Would it be a play off? No – Will produced a brilliant afternoon 66 for a 3-under par total of 135 and victory by 1 shot.
Three golfers under par for 36 holes on a breezy July Sunday is pretty impressive golf.
In the Silver Medal handicap competition James really ruled the roost after his morning net 64, adding 68 in the afternoon to beat Craig by 2 over the 36 holes. Richard Overton came through with an afternoon net 66 to add to a morning 69 and beat Will on countback for third spot. Scott’s morning 66 was an excellent round, and there were 67s from Colin Bastow and Mike Lewis. Harry had 66 PM, and there was a 67 from Danny Relph and 68s from Lloyd Hale, Jason Heath, Stuart Storey and Chris Binmore.
You can see the full results on the boards in the Clubhouse or by visiting www.howdidido.com where you will find this and all the Club’s competition results
Will becomes Torquay’s Men’s representative at the Devon Champion of Champions event at Dainton Park in September
Saturday was interesting with the rain. We were playing a South Devon League match against Churston in the midst of that monsoon, and it has to be said that if Jason Brooks hadn’t turned up to watch we would never have got the game played. We had a 25-minute delay whilst Jason with the able assistance of Keith Thompson got the squeegees out to render the course playable. That wasn’t enough, so Jason then put the green iron into action as a massive powered squeegee. Fascinating watching him sort the 13th green with a bow wave running ahead of the green iron.
All their efforts were in a good cause as we ran out 5½ to 1½ winners and moved up to 3rd place in the table, just ½ a match point behind Dainton. They won at Stover whilst Teignmouth got yet another away win, triumphing 4-3 at the Warren. 6 wins out of 7 for Teignmouth this year, their only loss coming here in mid-May. They lead by 8 points with 3 games remaining and look strong.
Our Parker Trophy semi-final against Saunton at Exeter on Friday night was a really tight affair. To be honest with the weather during the day we were fortunate to be playing at all, and kudos to Exeter for the way their course held up to the conditions. Bunkers were all partially flooded and washed out, so being in them was not fun. It stopped raining just as we were due to start.
The Saunton guys had huge issues even getting to the course through the traffic and the weather, taking 2 hours from Barnstaple where it would normally be less than half that. Didn’t seem to affect their play though, as it became clear all the games were really close through the front nine. James and Robbie Thompson got on a bad run through the holes across the road and lost 3/2 to Alex Marks and Will Hunt. Will Farley and Nathan Gilpin went 1 down at 14, but clawed that back to be all square going up the last. Will had to hole a long putt from the front of the green for par there, which he did to take the game into extra holes. They then won the 19th, so 1 match all.
Craig Passmore and Tim Aggett came to the last 1 up against the Begley brothers, and despite Craig observing that the younger brother Keir couldn’t reach the par 5 18th from where Finn had hit the tee shot Keir promptly did, and they secured the birdie which we couldn’t match. 19th and 20th holes both halved in pars, Tim lipping out for birdie from 30 feet at 19, Finn hitting the hole for birdie from 20 feet at 20. In the rapidly fading light (Robbie T had already lit up the mobile phone in case of need!) the Saunton approach to the par 5 21st found the bunker and the Torquay par was never threatened. On to the semis, opponent and venue yet to be announced.
We’ll stick with Craig here. Those of you who know him will already be aware he was competing at Burnham and Berrow last week in the English Under 16s Stroke Play Championship, the MacGregor Trophy. He had a very good week, despite putting himself in a bit of a hole in the first round with not his most stellar front nine. He played the next 27 holes in 1 over par to make the cut, and then moved up with another excellent round in the 3rd, getting into the top 25 where he stayed with his final round. An excellent performance in an international event, and one in which he can play again next year as he’ll still be eligible.
Hope you all enjoyed the Open over the weekend. Can’t understand the apparent lack of love for Jordan in some spheres, or the whingeing about how long things took on 13. For me the man showed incredible clarity of thought when under the greatest of pressure to find the best solution to his problem, for which he should be applauded. Kuchar was so put off by it all that he birdied 2 of the next 4, so that’s not an argument either. A worthy Champion Golfer of the Year is Mr Spieth
Let’s all hope the weather takes a turn for the better but it is, of course, school hols now, so we’ll probably get a warm dry September again!
AM/AM Start Sheet
By Sian Charlesworth
On 25th Jul 2017
There are still some vacancies for the Am/Am Mixed Competition on Sunday 3rd September. If you would like to play please contact the office and i would be happy to allocate a tee time for you. I have attached the Start Sheet so that you can view the available tee times.
Mixed Seniors Open Start Sheet
By Sian Charlesworth
On 25th Jul 2017
Please find attached the Start sheet for the Seniors mixed event on Thursday 31st August. If you would like to play there are still some vacancies so please contact the office and we shall allocate a tee time for you.