Golf Pros Blog – Thursday 22nd September

Monthly Stableford
This past Saturday the men’s section played their monthly Stableford. At times the weather was brutal with a strong wind blasting across the course. This especially affected our tough finishing stretch making it a day for the brave-hearted. The scoring however did not disappoint with a fantastic winning total of 43 points posted by Steve Westaway beating division one winner Andy Rocky into second place, a shot further behind.  Both players have had a lesson from yours truly in the last ten days! I have been coaching Steve for the last year and have been very pleased with the progress he has made. His steady progress through the year has been a pleasure to watch and to shoot his lowest ever score in such difficult conditions showed all his hard work coming together. One defining moment was following a disastrous seventh hole with a birdie on the eighth. This bounce back stat is what the tour pros strive for. Congratulations.  In division one Roy James came in second position with 37 pts beating Ben Sclater on countback. In division two Roy Grantham came in second with 40 pts beating Chris Bryant by a point.

Mixed Open
The Mixed Open was played on Sunday with a full field participating. The weather was as windy as the day before with the added bonus of rain to really test the pairs. An enjoyable day was achieved with the course presented in fine conditions for all the visitors to see.
The event was won by last year’s lady captain Dot Butler and her husband Brian with a fine score of 41pts. This was good enough to win by a single shot over the teams of Richard and Lesley Pascoe and Mr and Mrs Mackness with the Pascoes taking second on countback. Three Exeter husband and wife pairs achieved 39 pts with on count back, Nick and Sally Rimmer coming fifth, Colin and Jane Wayman coming sixth and Tim and Anita Harris coming seventh. Other notable Exeter performances were Sue and Will Gannon in ninth with 38 pts and Lydon and Debbie Bent in tenth position, also with 38 pts.

Wednesday Stableford
Tony Severn won the Midweek Stableford with 39 pts beating Alan Eveleigh on count back. In division two Bill Pattinson came in third place with 37 pts. In division one Wayne Chant’s 37 pts was good enough to take the title with David Rimmer and Jimmy Heal a shot further back. David took second place on count back. 2s were hard to come by on the day with only four recorded. This meant each one was worth thirty pounds each.

Yellow Ball Competition
Jenny Nightingale, Gill Whitehead and Jane Wayman won the Yellow Ball competition this past Tuesday. Debbie Bent, Viv Worthington and Mary Fox came in second and Gill Richards, Sally Rimmer and Sue Gannon in third.

Duke of York Young Champions Trophy
After Harrison Greenberry’s British Boys win he was invited to The Duke of York Young Champions Trophy at Royal Liverpool, Hoylake Golf Club. The event included some of the best junior golfers, both male and female from around the world with the likes of Rory McIlroy (2007) playing in previous years. The conditions were incredibly difficult the first couple of days around the British Open links and this was reflected in the field’s scoring. Harrison’s first round 81 put him mid-table, however a fine 75 on the second day put him right back into contention. On the last day Harrison spent the majority of the day in the top ten, but unfortunately pushing to catch the leaders came unstuck on the par 5 16th and finished in a tie for 22nd. Considering the quality of the field this was still a fantastic result.

In the meantime Harrison has now been invited to join the England Boys’ Elite squad and attended his first training weekend at Woodhall Spa, another fantastic achievement! He has also been invited to the grand final of the Daily Telegraph final to be held in Abu Dhabi