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.