By Richard Jackman
THE seniors at Lyme Regis Gold Club held their club championships over two days and in relatively benign conditions. On day one, there were no spectacular scores so in both the gross and nett championships there were probably 15 in each competition who were in with a shout.
In the nett competition, Jeremy Linnert added a 75 to his very worthy 69 on the first day to set a marker of 144 for others to catch.
Neil Smith and Arthur Daines were playing together and clearly spurred each other on as Daines added a nett 69 to his 73 to score 142. However, Smith, starting with a gross birdie, was in sublime form, his putting, especially on the last few holes, was excellent, so it was no surprise that his second round nett 65 was the best round of the competition, giving him the Cyril Gallie Cup, for the best nett score of 137 over the two rounds.
In the gross competition, the lead changed hands several times as the leaders improved on their 1st round scores. Last year’s winner, David Fidg,e finished third with 160. Adrian Morgan and Roger Seed battled it out as Seed improved by six shots on his first round score with a birdie on 17 to come in with gross 158, but Morgan – with birdies on 12 and 16 – came in even better on 156 over the two rounds to be crowned a very worthy seniors’ club champion.
The midweek stableford attracted the youngsters while the seniors were playing round two and Roddy Donaghy was on top form as, despite having a blob, he still blasted his way round the course scoring 39 points to comfortably win from Matthew Watson and Stuart Scott who both scored 36 but on countback Watson’s better back nine secured second.
Although the weather had not provided a clue a clue, it was time for the ladies’ Midsummer Madness waltzing stableford competition. This team game was won by Cyndy Mudford, Geraldine Wickes and Amy Mudford who danced round the course in fine style picking up a very creditable 75 points, by each of them playing some good steady golf.
Gilly Madill, Jane Andrews and Ros Cox came second with 73 while Rosie Jackman, Debbie Shinners and Kate Helm were third on 70. Karen Buchanan-Harlow won the ladies nine hole competition on countback from Jean Moss, both on 15 points while Julie Kabia came 3rd on 13.
Lyme golfers in semi-final of Beckford Bowl
THE Lyme Regis scratch team, weakened by the unavailability of four main players, travelled to Bramshaw Golf Club in Hampshire for the quarter final tie of the Beckford Bowl. Played on the Forest course, known as the oldest course in Hampshire, whose layout can only be described as living in the 1800s where the fairways are mechanically mown twice a year, otherwise the land is left to the New Forest ponies and nature, to take care of itself.
The selected Lyme Regis squad dug deep in the morning foursomes and a significant point was earned by the debutant pairing of Mark Lewis and James Souter-Phillips. At lunch the match was finely poised at 2 – 2. In the afternoon a strong Lyme Regis front section of Steve Mudford, Scott Love and Ian Mudford secured an early three points.
Bramshaw recovered in the following three matches to level the tie but then, right on cue, up stepped the ever-reliable Dave Fidge to post a body-blow win on the eighteenth. The match was now poised at 6 – 5 and all eyes turned again to Souter-Phillips as last man. Word came through he was two up with two to play – and when he comfortably halved his 17th hole the celebrations began. Lyme Regis had won 7 – 5. They now move on to the new and dizzy heights of a semi final.