Am Am Sunday 3rd September
On 2nd Sep 2017
In view of the forecast weather the Club will make a decision on play in tomorrow's scheduled Open event around 9am. By that time the likely weather for the day will be set, enabling a sensible assessment.
Please bear with us until that point. Call the Club and speak either to the Pro Shop or Office from 9.15 onwards
Seniors Mixed Open
By Sian Charlesworth
On 1st Sep 2017
SeniorsMixed Open 2017
Despite the awful British Summer weather, the Seniors Mixed Open went ahead . Although the weather got the better of some of the players, spirits were still high. Hopefully our prayers will be answered for better weather next year.
The date for your diary for next year's Seniors Mixed Open is Thursday 30th August 2018.
Attached is the Results sheet
Senior Mixed Open
By Sian Charlesworth
On 23rd Aug 2017
The Seniors Mixed Open on Thursday 31st August still has some vacancies. If you wish to enter please contact the office .
The current start sheet is attached
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!