Express and Echo, Thursday 1st November 2012

WITH notepad and pen plucked from the anarchy of my desk, I prepare to depart for my latest sporting endeavour.

“Where are you off to today,” a colleague asks.

“I’m off to find out if I can still swing a golf club without maiming myself,” I reply.

“Golf?” he says, with thinly disguised disdain. “So it’s going to be a bit of a jolly.”

And this steers us directly to the rather large problem golf has with perception.

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Directors Cup

The much anticipated Directors Cup was contested last weekend, with 92 golfers competing in the 36 hole event. The conditions for this annual fixture started out very cold for the 6.45am starters and did not get much warmer throughout the day. Cold winds set in and with the course playing is true length due to the recent inclement weather, scoring was tough.

The winner of the handicap Directors Cup was a man in great form. George Robinson won the Laurie White OOM the previous week and followed it up with a fine 36 hole score of net 139 (+1) to take home the trophy.

Exeter members dominated the prizes with Stuart Jose taking second place in the overall net category scoring 141. Third was Mark Taylor (yes – there is another one) from Tavistock. Another Exeter Member took 4th place, Dan Holt carding a net 142. Completitng the Directors Cup prizes was Nick Bunn from Crediton Golf Club.

The Andrew Redfern Salver is played alongside the Directors Cup. This is the Scratch prize for the lowest gross score for the 2 rounds. Ryan Mapp claimed victory with a very good 36 hole score of 141 (+3). Ryans two rounds of 69 and 72 were enough to take 1st place from Peter Lawrence 71 71 (Woodbury Park) by a single shot. Also on 142 was the 1st round leader David Blick 67 75 (East Devon).

Other prizes from the day were Best Gross AM won by Tom Woodhouse (71); Best Gross PM James Smith (Yelverton, 67); Best Nett AM Adrian Hansell (68) and Best Nett PM Robert Allen (Broadstone, 66)

Congratulations to all the prize winners.

For a full list of results from Intelligent Golf, CLICK HERE

Ladies Pro-Am 2012

Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton) and Christian Vine (Axe Cliff) cut a dash with the fairer sex in the season-opening Exeter Ladies Pro-Am run very successfully by home club professional Gary Milne.

They shared first place with rounds of one-under-par 68 to win by two strokes from Chris Gill and Steve Buzza (Exeter), Andrew Fox (Exminster), Barry Austin (Downs Crediton) and Welshman Richard Dinsdale (Parc) a guest at the dual county Devon and Cornwall PGA event.

Dinsdale looked a probable winner after picking up four shots over the first eight holes, but followed with four bogeys and a double bogey at the narrow dog-leg par four 15th measuring 465 yards.

All the leading players dropped shots at the hole that was by far the toughest on the course. The exception was home assistant Mark Taylor who holed his second shot for an improbable eagle.

Hendriksen’s round was also booted by an eagle at the 415-yard eighth and he was out in three-under-par 32 before shedding four shots on the way home.

Vine, who spends his summers at Austrian golf club Kaiserwinkl Koessen once the skiers an snow leave the fairways, made birdies at the second, fourth and 14th and his double at 15 was his only blemish.

Spare a thought for Robin Goodey (Downes Crediton) who was level par standing on the 17th tee but then took nine. He recovered with an eagle on the last.

Almost 100 lady golfers enjoyed a day’s golf in brilliant warm sunshine and the team from Killiow crossed the border to take first prize with 82 stableford points on countback. Emma Burrows, Mel Byrne and Sue Dickinson were chaperoned by club pro Richard Sadler.

Gill, the Race to Woodbury Park winner who has qualified to represent the Region in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth in May, led Exeter trio June Nightingale, Jane Wayman and Sheila Ball into second.

East Devon assistant Matthew Lockey brought home Sarah White, Lisa Tinsley and Elaine Coral in third spot on 81.