Golf Pros Blog – Thursday 7th July

Greetings from Gary

Microsoft Masters
Last week, the third Order of Merit event of the West Region PGA was held at Bowood in Wiltshire. A lovely setting and a great golf course for this prestigous event. You may have already read in Saturday’s Express and Echo that Exeter Golf and Country Club finished one and two! Chris Gill won the event, pipping ‘Yours Truly’ by one shot over the 36 holes. Chris now tops the Order of Merit with the ‘old man’ in sixth position!

President’s Day
This past Saturday was the Men’s President’s Day hosted by the 2011 Club President, Alan Wilson. With the main aim of the day to create awareness and money for the President’s charity, FORCE, the day was a success with the competitors donating generously raising a total of £405. Alan, throughout the course, had a number of nearest the pins and longest drives for both divisions of the competition. Don Haycox won the nearest the pin on the 4th, with Jon Mitchell winning nearest the pin on the 5th (in two). Rob Gough won nearest the pin on the 6th, with Lee Graham winning the 12th. The 13th nearest the pin in two was won by Geoff Stockman and Wayne Chant won nearest the pin on the 16th. The longest drives were won by Simon Taylor and Harry Greenberry on the 3rd and 18th respectively.

Stuart Shire came third in Division Two, with Tony Severn coming second with an extra point. Don Haycox won with a fine 41 pts. Both Harvey Jones and Stuart Luxton had 38 pts – with Stuart winning on a countback to take second place in Division One. Ian Plowman took the Division One title with 40 pts, a round that included two twos.

The overall prize was won by Steve Buzza with a score of 43 pts. The round consisted of eight birdies and one bogey equating to a 7 under par gross 62. This score equals Harry Greenberry’s course record that was set earlier in the year. This is the second time Steve has won the President’s Trophy.

In 2007, Steve won in Ruth Smith’s year of Presidency with a gross 64 which was the previous course record. This must be Steve’s favourite event!

His card read as follows:
4 4 4 2 3 2 4 3 3 = 29 3 4 2 3 4 5 3 4 5 = 33 62

Palairet Trophy
Congratulations to Paul and his Palairet team on winning their third round match against Bovey Castle at Yelverton! Most matches were giving around 10 shots. One notable performance worth a mention was Sam Rockey – on his debut – playing with Harrison Greenberry at number 5. The boys agreed to a half, as the match had been won, even though 1 up with 4 holes to play. This was potentially a tricky match for Exeter but the team came through comfortably, in the end, 3.5 to 1.5.