A Very Merry Christmas to All.....and great golfing in 2019

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Monday 10th December – Canadian Foursomes – Nick Bromell reports:

With no breeze to speak of, good underfoot conditions and receptive greens, the format of the competition, the first to be played on the full winter course, ensured very good levels of scoring, with almost half the field scoring 40 stableford points.  The competition, in which both players of each pair played two shots before choosing their better ball, is reasonably unique and with half combined handicaps, twenty-seven teams competed for top honours.

Four prizes available and for a long time it looked as though the early starters would finish ahead, but a flurry of high scores from later entrants saw them overtaken at the very last hurdle.  Finishing fourth with 44points were Cyril Dawes and Paul Fricker. Also tabling 44 points but with a better back nine score and thus in third place were Andrew Chandler and Alun Lewis. Early birds Gerry Hodder and Alan Willey recorded 45 points and looked set for victory until the very last pair of Kevin Woolacott and Peter Carr edged ahead to take top prize with a very impressive 47 points.

Nine ‘twos’ were recorded and most people left the clubhouse having enjoyed an interesting competition, as always played in good spirit and bonhomie.

Friday 7th December Roll-Up Nick Bromell reports:

With heavy overnight rain causing the course to be closed until 10.30am, only nine intrepid (some would say foolhardy) ‘rollers’ arrived to engage in play of some description. As the skies cleared play began and despite the heavier conditions, all main greens were in play. With bunkers GUR, the local rule of pick and place through the greens was applied to avoid confusion over the nebulous nature of fairway boundaries, a matter which, when coupled with the failing eyesight of the protagonists was best settled at the start of play.

In third place and collecting ‘the balls’ was the team of Jim Kenshole, Paul Fricker and Roger Field who scorched around the course, posting an early clubhouse lead of 75 points. Runners-up and winning nothing was the stately trio of Tom Pettifer, John Essery and Nick Bromell who returned a very creditable score of 81 points. Close but no cigar, as the winners and capturing the total prize pot with a very impressive total of 83 points, which included a score of 46 on the back nine, was the triumvirate of Dave Fleming, Dennis Wright and Chris Vercoe – well played gentlemen.

So, with only eighteen more sleeps until Santa comes, some were left pondering on what he could bring to improve their golf game; perhaps a new range finder or personalised balls, even a membership form for Crediton Bowls Club might be well received; while others were left to bask in the splendour of their winning and how they would spend their richly deserved gains. Ah well, just another pint of Guinness then!

Monday 3rd December - 3 Clubs and a putter, 2 scores to count - Jim Enright reports;

For the start of December the weather was mild, full greens in play and trolleys allowed. Only the bunkers were a casualty of the recent rain. There was a bit of occasional drizzle but this hardly interferred with play.

A total of 19 teams, 57 players, took up the challenge of playing the course with only 3 clubs and a putter, the remaining clubs left in the car or the shed. For many, making these few clubs cope with shots of a varying length, was not as difficult as it seems. In fact the differences in length were quite normal play with shots well and badly hit. And in fact the lack of choice on many shots could be viewed as a blessing.

There were 4 team prizes. In 4th place with 75 points was Wally Phillips, Paul Dorothy and Peter Dewhurst . In 3rd place with the same points was Mike Conder, Laurie Taylor and Rick Eidam. In 2nd with 80 points were Cyril Dawes, John Essery and John Cann. And the winners, also with 80 points, were Nick Bromell, Jim Kenshole and Dave Vowden.

There were 8 twos with one each to the team of Jim Dunlop, David Lee and Colin Parr .....who finished 5th. Also with a 2 was Denis Wright, Jim Kenshole, Tom Long and Paul Willcocks.

Friday 30 November 2018 - Roll-Up - Cedric Chapple reporting;  

Six early birds and sixteen for the ten fifteen draw, possibly the last one for a couple of months. Weather good and as forecast keeping relatively dry with just the lightest shower. A little wet underfoot but still some run on the fairways the greens being receptive and although slow still  improving. Still on the summer course excepting the twelfth really good considering the time of the year but I understand full winter course next week. 

So with the early starters in two groups of three there was an almost unanimous decision for the second group to go out in fours, a very sporting decision. Must have been influenced by the Christmas decorations, good will to all men and women of course. 


In third place, Mike Conder, John Cann, Jim Downing and Nick Bromell 81 points,bb9.

In second place, David Fleming, Tom Pettifer, Andrew Chandler and George Crabbe, 83 points.

Winners, Alan Matthews, Robin Tooze and Peter Dewhurst with 86 points, well done.

The winners of the balls, Roger Field, Paul Willcocks, Paul Fricker and myself. This score was engineered by four own goals, Roger and myself playing outside the tee box on the sixth with Paul Willcocks and Roger managing to play each other’s  balls on the seventeenth, such is life. 

A good day, lively and noisy in the clubhouse after match,  always a good sign.

Wednesday 28th November  No Play, weather poor.

Monday 26th November 2018 - Three player team medal - Cedric Chapple reporting. 

Cold start for all but particularly the early starters with frost closing the front nine greens. Not too sure what happened with the previous days forecast as I remember it they talked about a slight frost in sheltered areas? 

In the end forty seven starters, sixteen teams just one pair due to a late withdrawal, talk of future contest being changed to an individual comp when carrying rules ban certain members, another discussion for the seniors committee. 

The trolley ban being lifted and the weather quite reasonable most members seemed to enjoy the day, certainly there was the usual after match chat, discussion and some hilarity with those remaining having  managed to claim some seating space from the days visitors. Certainly a great difference from the previous Friday when the remaining rollers, nine were the only inhabitants of the club.

 Results on the club webpage but main points below. 

Seven twos recorded each team member receiving £1.11 except for messers Phillips, Dorothy, Wilson, Willcocks, Crabbe and Conabeare who managed to double their money, well played. 

In fourth place,  Wally Phillips, Paul Dorothy, and Richard Wilson with nett 133.

In third place,     Kevin Woollcott, Peter Carr and Ian Steer with nett 130.

In second place, Jim Dunlop, Tom Berry and Peter Caston with nett 129.

Winners,              Nick Bromell, Jim Kenshole and Dave Vowden with nett 128. 

Just to remind everybody….From Wednesday 5th December roll up second draw at 10.00 not 10.15.

The Kenmar Trophy

This competition was scheduled for 10/4/18.

However the competition was postponed because the course was closed due to heavy rainfall. Nevertheless the meal went ahead as had been planned-see main picture over.

The competition eventually took place on 17/7/18 but due to other commitments only 6 turned up for 18 holes and 2 for 9 holes.

Of the two Geoff had the better 9 scoring 18 points. However the best 9 hole score was recorded by Tom Pettifer with 23 points. Accordingly he won the 9 hole cup.

Tom could not sustain his form. He scored three 3 point holes and one 4 pointer on the back 9 but five blobs ruined his chances.

This allowed the 2017 captain to come through on the rails with 20 points on each 9 giving Bill a comfortable win and the trophy.

An informal buffet followed the golf with Ken Coe taking a few snaps of the attendees.

Roll up Friday 23 November 2018, Cedric Chapple reporting.

Black Friday, seemed most Downes Seniors were out chasing bargains, either that or the weather forecast resulted in just twelve arriving for the roll up. Never mind, for those who did it was a taste of millionaires golf, really good conditions for the time of the year and an otherwise deserted course. Seventeen main greens the fourth being spiked, remarkably good conditions underfoot, no frost and the slightest breeze. Some forward tees really great for hackers like me, even enjoyed the sixteenth.

Just three for the early draw delaying their start to let a shower pass through, the later group experiencing just the slightest rain, more an inconvenience than any chance of getting wet. Due to the low turnout prize distribution not registering on the list so a suitable compromise reached with the guidance of Mr Pettifer.

Winners with 85 points, Paul Fricker, Dennis the menace Wright and myself.

Second place with 81 points, Paul Willcocks, Andrew Chandler and Nick Bromell.

In the clubhouse with 79 points claiming the balls, Tom Pettifer, Jim Kenshole and Dave Fleming.

The other players, Wally Phillips, Tom Berry and John Wigginton scored 78 points so not a lot between any of the teams.

Fingers crossed the roll up numbers get back to reasonable figures, in my short time at the club I can never remember them being so low.

PLEASE NOTE……. From 5th December onwards the second draw on roll up days will be held at 10am not 10.15am. We have decided to move this time forward due to the loss of light and to help the nine holers get an earlier start. Please pass this information on.

Wednesday 21st November – Roll-up – Nick Bromell reports:

As the first serious frosts of the winter arrived some players were left disappointed that all winter greens and the trolley ban remained in place until well after the allotted 10.30 start. This left eight early-birds to play in two fourballs within their own 9 hole competition (with full handicap) and nine intrepid ‘rollers’ in the later draw using proper Rules.  Much of the golf was uninspiring as the half handicap condition was applied and indeed only five birdies were recorded in total – Mike Conder (3rd), visitor Kevin Nickells (10th and 16th), Nick Bromell (10th) and Tom Berry (16th). Colin Parr achieved an eagle on the short 16th as did Rick Eidam who was awarded ‘shot of the day’ as his second shot narrowly missed the hole for an albatross.

The results revealed a winning score of 77 for the team of Tom Berry, Colin Parr and Nick Bromell. Runners-up with 75 points were Rick Eidam, Kevin Nickells and Dave Fleming, leaving the team of George Crabbe, Chris Vercoe and Mike Conder to collect ‘the balls’ with a total of 68 points. Mike drew a Titleist ball and seemed pleased with his luck for once. Chris drew a Hippo ball and he himself acknowledged the appropriateness of the brand. George drew an orange ball of questionable pedigree, which he will use to avoid confusion with the yellow tee marker on the eight that he hit on his follow-through, sending the marker directly towards and narrowly missing Chris as his ball careered into oblivion, never to be seen again.

It was indeed a day of rare occurrence, confirmed by the siting of Dennis Wright in the clubhouse after play – drinking coffee!! Let’s hope for slightly warmer starts to future days and all main greens in play, as it is on days like today that we appreciate just how smooth and true our greens really are. Never happy are we, but I guess that’s the nature of our group and Seniors golf in general.

Monday 19th November – Texas Scramble – Nick Bromell reports:

Temperature markedly lower for today’s competition and the twenty teams of three who took to the fairways.  The explanation of the Granby scoring system employed for this format of competition remains a mystery to most and its origin is not easy to trace. Nonetheless, with receptive greens scoring was impressive with many birdies on show.

Four prizes available today, and with just one point separating the top four teams, many players were left to reflect on the putts that narrowly missed the target. In fourth place with a net score of 64 (bb9 = 34) was the team of Jim Dunlop, Simon Mannell and Phillip Lee. Placed third was the team of Dennis Wright, Peter Carr and Kevin Wollacott, also returning a net score of 64 (bb9 = 31). Runners-up also scoring 64 (bb9 = 30) were David Cousins, John Warren and David Taylor. The outright winners with a very good score of 63 was the team of Frank Sanders, Colin Baker and Graham Jones.

For the rest of us it’s onwards and upwards as we look forward to the next competition and dreams of better days.

Friday 16th November – Roll-Up – Nick Bromell reports:

24 ‘rollers’ today with nine in the first draw and fifteen in the second which made for good competition and much easier mathematical calculations. A rather dismal day that our friends from the north might call ‘dreich’ meant that ball flight was reduced and with all 18 main greens in play, the course did play long. Leaves still falling made finding an unhindered path for putting almost impossible.

Nonetheless, scoring was impressive with the first three teams a full seven points clear of their nearest rivals.  In third place was the team of Jim Kenshole, Dennis Wright and Paul Willcox who scored 83 points.  Runners-up with 84 points were John Cann, Brian Williams and Mike Conder. A further seven point clear with an excellent score of 91 points was the winning triumvirate of Dave Vowden, Dave Fleming and Nick Bromell. The lowest scoring team remaining in the clubhouse at the time of announcing the results and thus collecting ‘the balls’ was made up of John Essery, Chris Vercoe and Jim Downing.  Of particular note in this three-ball was the proximity of Chris’s tee shot on the thirteenth which went very close to securing his first ace. He duly holed the birdie putt to deliver 5 points for his team.

So as the group was left to ponder on the draft Brexit agreement, how Harry Redknapp will fare in the jungle and the result of the test match in Sri Lanka, the Senior section of DCGC can reflect on the ‘if onlys’ and the ‘what might have beens’ and be thankful that another day’s golf was completed in such excellent company.

Wednesday 14th November - Roll-Up - Dave Fleming reporting

Eight early-birds, two foursomes and eighteen players in the second group, six groups of three. Eighteen counters went in the bag and eighteen came back but who drew disk number 15 still remains a mystery.


In third place, Ian Pring, Wally Phillips, J Wigginton, Tom Berry with 80 points bb9.

Second place, Herbie Smith, Dennis Wright, Mike Conder with 81 points

Winners, Nick Bromell, Chris Vercoe and myself with 89 points.

Fingers crossed for an improvement in the weather.

Monday 12 November-4BB Stableford: Andrew Gilg reports

A day of showers and even a clap of thunder, but good conditions considering the time of year, except for the abundant leaves, probably due to the two hard frosts in October followed by two gales last week. In a close fought tussle, mainly by the late starters, four teams contested second place, but by a clear margin of two points on 46 points the winners were John Warren and Colin Parr. One personal gripe as late entrants myself and Allan Barr found ourselves unable to compete as there were 58 entries, leaving 29 teams. There is a high chance that this will happen again, and why could we not have marked our own card? This happens with all our other winter permutations, where each team marks their own card? Incidentally, we scored 39 points which would have put us 9th equal, if we had been able to compete and pay our entry fee.

Wednesday 7th November - Roll-Up - Cedric Chapple reporting:

Few arrivals probably due to the weather forecast. As it happened not too bad and with just one group in their own words “retiring after nine holes”. Thanks to Paul Fricker for minding the shop.

Seventeen starters three groups of three and two foursomes.


In second place, Dave Fleming, Herbie Smith, Jim Kenshole and Nick Bromell, 84 points bb9.

Winners Laurie Taylor, Tom Pettifer, Mike Brown and myself with 88 points.

Fingers crossed for an improvement in the weather.

Monday 5th November - 123 Stableford, team of 3 - Jim Enright reporting on behalf of Alan Draper;

A lovely winter day seeming more like Spring with some sun peeping through a generally cloudy sky. There were 57 senior golfers taking part in teams of 3. One score to count on the first 6, two on the 2nd 6 and all three on the most challenging final 6.

The course was in good condition with some roll despite yesterdays rain. Pity about retrieving balls from the muddy track to the 15th green and trekking to the 16th green with the crossing at the far end. No doubt it will be worth the pain in the end.

There were 4 team prizes, the last of which went to Paul Willcocks, Joe Hull and Eric Parkes with 75.

3rd place was taken by Paul Fricker, Cyril Dawes and Tom Petifer on 77.  A 79 total earned 2nd place for Roger Gratton, Hugh Fernyhough & Graham Pateman.

And the worthy winners with 82 were the team of Tom Berry, Roger Field & Peter Caston.

There were 8 two`s worth £1.18 to each player in the 8 successful teams.

Friday 2nd November 2018 - Roll up -  Cedric Chapple reporting;

Heavy frost, winter, a little bleak inside and outside the club. Just two ready to play when I arrived. Fortunately I managed to persuade them to wait just a while and four hardy souls ventured out, carrying of course. Those early starters worth naming, Robin Tooze, Paul Dorothy, Bob Rippon and Eric Fee. Temporary greens so half handicap and ninety percent of the remainder, a hot point of discussion later in the clubhouse.

With expectation of the trolley ban being lifted some twenty seniors were gathered, quite a surprise considering the earlier conditions. Twenty there were, no Cyril or Mike, the late arrival of one of them would have facilitated groups of three as normal. Bearing in mind the early group of four I was bullied yes bullied into following suit so off we went, half handicap, joy. You will notice no ninety percent leading to the writer tracking down to the fifth tee to inform the perplexed early starters.

Never mind it all worked out in the end, I think.

As the day wore on we in the later group were afforded the advantage of more main greens. The twelfth scenario was interesting and the sixteenth with work in progress probably providing the shortest par five ever experienced at Downes Crediton. Must have distracted Dave Fleming on the fourteenth who finding the bunker played his shot looping the ball some two yards in the air. It transpired that said ball was in fact a shell, the core being removed at some stage by machinery. Fortunately John Essery was in Dave’s group and able to give an immediate ruling and a later report.

In essence a good day twenty four rollers being very acceptable given the early frost but it looks as if we’ll have to get used to it. Nine hole rollers also pretty strong in numbers, great stuff.

Results, considering the conditions and the half handicaps quite good and those remaining in the clubhouse seemed to have enjoyed it.

In third place, John Cann, Rick Eidam, Brian Williams and Tom Berry, 74 points.

In second place, Ed Copp, Jim Kenshole, Ian Pring and Chris Vercoe, 76 points.

Winners, Trevor Firth, Dave Vowden, Nick Bromell and myself, 82 points.

Collecting the balls, Andrew Chandler, Dave Fleming, John Essery and Paul Fricker 68 points.

The writer takes no responsibility for the half handicap, ninety percent ruling and is subservient to those members with greater experience and age advantage.

Tuesday 30th October - Home Bude Friendly - Jim Enright reports:

A difficult start to the day. On arrival an hour and a bit before the scheduled tee off the temperature was close to zero, there was a trolley ban, the front 9 were all temporary greens and the back 9 were closed!!

Fortunately the weather warmed up and the trolley ban was lifted a few minutes before the chosen hour. Furthermore the greenstaff went ahead and moved the flags so that all greens were in play.

But not everything was to run smoothly. On walking back to the tee with my ball visible on the fairway I was informed that one of our players was having to withdraw due to an injured wrist.

Thereafter the game went well and was played in the typical give and take Friendly manner but with more time than usual searching for balls amongst the very large collection of leaves.

A very magmanimous gesture by the Bude Team playing against our solitary player to offer a Half before the first ball was hit resulted in a 3-3 drawn match on the day.

The food afterwards was a choice of Steak & Ale pie or Gammon, both of which were delicious. and a tasty crumble. And the great food was matched by equally great service allowing the Bude team to head home only an hour after sitting down.

The last of this years Friendlies came to a very satisfactory conclusion.

Monday 29th October – Hip Hooray Stableford – Nick Bromell reports:

The first real frosts of the season meant that the course gave up five greens to winter conditions and thus handicaps were reduced to three-quarters allowance for the competition. Overhead conditions were set fair for the day but with limited carry and unreliability around the putting surfaces, scores were modest in most cases.

There were 53 entrants in all with 7 ‘twos’ recorded in total. The first three players in Division 2 all scored 31 points. As a result of a better back nine score, top spot went to Colin Ray with Robin Tooze second and Paul Dorothy third. Tom Long took the plaudits in Division 1 with a very creditable score of 38 points, ahead of Peter Russell in second and Edward Copp in third who both scored 36 points.

For the Senior section, this competition marks the end of individual competition as team events take precedent over the winter months. Camaraderie amongst the troops remains high and banter before and after play is always good. Opinions over a wide range of topics are freely shared with some made more keenly than others. The magic of this section of the club however is that no matter what is said, no one takes umbridge for long as nobody can remember what was discussed by whom from one week to the next. Long may it remain so! Enjoy your winter golf.

Friday 26th October 2018 - Roll up - Cedric Chapple reporting.

Where have all the rollers gone? Just fifteen today bit of a disappointment, six on the early shift with a struggle to make up nine for the later draw, Jim  Kenshole obliging. Weather looking threatening early on but just a couple of showers, albeit heavy to disrupt the day. For those who haven’t been out for a while the course is recommended everything coming into place after the hot summer.

Just two prizes on the day.

In second place, Jim Kenshole, Ian Pring and myself with 82 points.

Winners, Peter Caston, Dave Conabeare and Paul Dorothy with 85 points.

Collecting the balls, Paul Fricker, Laurie Taylor and Cyril Dawes with 76.

 Friday 19th October - Roll Up - Cedric Chapple reporting:

Driving out of Exeter, nice morning, sun shining Newton St Cyres traffic lights quiet, what could be nicer. Approaching Downes heavy fog, mist, quite different, delay to the start giving Barry and Ollie a chance to test the air horn recalling the early starters.

Eleven for the early draw with Wally and Tom agreeing to join the late starters giving the other nine the chance to go out in threes. The result twenty one for the late draw so a good balance and of course an improvement in overall numbers, may it continue.

After the fog lifted a lovely day, must remember to keep a pair of shorts in the bag. Ground underfoot wet but what an improvement on the greens, slow but the grass recovering, you just can’t beat rain. Biggest problem the ladybirds on the fourteenth / sixteenth fairways, what a distraction and a pain, they bite! One player with a back strain namely Rick Eidam, apparently caused by repairing several pitch marks on the second green, please also seen the Greenkeepers report on the same subject.

The results.

In fourth place, Andrew Chandler, Rick Eidam and Tom Berry, 80 points.

In third place, Andy Gibson, Dave Conebeare and Eric Fee, 81 points.

In second place, Ed Copp, Paul Willcocks and Tom Pettifer, 82 points.

Winners, Laurie Taylor, Wally Phillips and Dave Vowden, 82 points, BB9.

Collecting and in two cases rejecting the balls, Dave Fleming, Ian Pring and John Cann, 73 points.

Please note, the writer this week attending “Presenting yourself effectively and scorecard order recognition”course. Those who stayed to the end will understand and it was a blast.

Wednesday 17th October 2018 - Roll up - Cedric Chapple reporting. 

Twenty three for the roll up, still down on expected figures but some reporting for pentathlon and other presumably resting after the visit to Saunton on Monday. Eleven early birds so a three and two fours, could have done with Richard Wilson. Second group, twelve entries so getting the better of the draw. 

Weather dodgy, a light shower as we started the round leading to some miserable stuff later in the afternoon. With the underfoot conditions being heavy and the slopes slippery, leading to Chris Vercoe’s retirement on the twelfth, it was not the best of days with one of the early groups terminating their round presumably after the ninth hole. On the bright side the greens are improving day by day with some of the ugly patches disappearing, also much more receptive the downside being an increase in unrepaired pitchmarks.  Greenkeepers also out slicing the greens with a newly repaired machine  thanks to Dave Taylor apparently. 


In third place, Paul Dorothy, Tom Berry, Peter Dewhurst and John Wigginton 74 points.

In second place, Dave Jordan, Andrew Chandler and yours truly, 74 points, BB9.

Winners, Gorgeous George Crabbe, Paul Fricker and Mike Conder with 79 points.

Winners of the balls, Cyril Dawes, Trevor Firth and David Fleming with 65 points. 

Not happy with the weather and his game Andrew Chandler was a little grumpy.

On receipt of his £2 prize share he was head up and looking forward to Friday, funny old game.

Monday 15th October 2018 - Saunton Away - Alan Draper reports:

Alan Draper, Seniors Captain, took a team of 14 to Saunton, the weather was fine and dry but not sunny.  As usual the course was in very good condition but the greens probably not as slick as they usually are.

The match was very closely fought with Alan Draper and Tom Long winning 5 & 4, Andrew Chandler and David Jordan winning 6 & 5 and Peter Bryan with Alan Barr winning 1 up.  Unfortunately the team lost 4 to 3 on the day but won the overall match as the home match was won by Downes Crediton 6 ½ to ½.

All members enjoyed the hospitality at Saunton, the meal as usual being superb.  We now look forward to welcoming Saunton to Downes Crediton in 2019.

Monday 15th October – Roll-Up – Nick Bromell reports:
With several regulars absent at Saunton GC and involved in the Medal Winners’ Cup Competition, 28 hopeful ‘rollers’ embarked on an individual stableford competition. Despite the introduction of winter rules for the first time this autumn, the cooler overhead and damper underfoot conditions resulted in only modest scores being posted.

Six prizes in all with honours going to Dennis Wright in sixth place with 34 points, Roger Field was fifth and Paul Fricker fourth, both with 35 points. Jim Downing was placed third and Nick Bromell second, both with 36 points, leaving Keith Blake the outright winner with a creditable 38 points. The CSS was 69 meaning that all other competitors gained 0.1 shots on their handicap.

Interesting conversations ensued during the post-match debrief with our resident Cornishman waxing lyrical (his pint glass was at least half full on this occasion) about the merits of St Austell brewery and the quality of Trelawny beer in particular. His views received much support from the gathering with one connoisseur describing it as a ‘good session beer’. Nonetheless, our favourite son of Kernow was educated on the number of Cornishmen who according to the lyrics of ‘The Song of Western Men’ marched on London to petition against the imprisonment of Bishop Trelawny by James II in 1688. Incidentally this ballad has nothing to do with Cambourne Hill or for that matter our 16th fairway, where many a Cornishman and intrepid golfer has seen their ‘wheels going around, their trollies stood still’ and has gone up only to come down again!

Monday 15th October 2018 - Seniors Medal Winners Cup -  Cedric Chapple participating and recording. 

What a difference a few days make. The course now playing long, preferred lies the order of the day. For what we lose on the fairways we gain with the greens being receptive, all very well if you can play golf. 

Just nine entering the competition, two withdrawals and a no show which might have been due to a communications problem. Two early birds and the other seven following the nine holers around midday. Weather reasonably fair closing in after four, very nasty. 


Two no returns and only one person breaking par and what a show. David Cousins who in his own words played the best golf of his life returning a nett of sixty four incurring a cut of three shots. In second place John Dean with seventy three and third Peter Russell with seventy four, I played with him and thought he had a good tight round. For the rest of us best forgotten, there’s always another day.. Enjoying  the course, the squirrels, they’re everywhere on nut runs.


Wednesday 10th October - Roll Up - Bill Dick reports


On the 10th of the tenth the temperature was in the twenties and we had a plethora of ladybirds.

27 of us in 9 teams which gives 4 prizes.

At final score the two teams with the lowest points had left, so the balls were picked up by Laurie T, Mikey C and Cyril D with 74 points. Cyril likes the new beer but he has had better. He thinks that the new catering might well be very good but the chef does not wear a tux.

Two teams scored 79 points but they were in no man's land.

With 81 points we had the "Bandits are us" team of Cedric "the dancer", Chris "the lip" Vercoe and "clever" Trevor Firth.

On 82 points were the departed trio of Pol Dot, "Bawbie" Rippon and "hoots" Gibson.

Sitting smugly on 83 points thinking they had won were John "Rabbit" Warren, Jim "Flash" Downing and Bill "Brill" Dick.

There was a significant time lag between the penultimate team finishing and the last team finishing.

A large group in the clubhouse watched as Dave "boy" Vowden, Dave"another boy" Fleming and Dennis "Sharp and sober" Wright played the 18th tee scoring 7 points with a birdie and a par. " A fluke" " Could be their only good score" "They have been out there so long must be a poor score" Boy were we wrong, they scored 96 points winning by a distance.

Reactions to the announcement that they had scored 96 points.

"Your not serious" "You are aving a bubble". "Is this the real thing or just a fantasy" and finally "Well blow me". Not blooming likely replied Cyril.

Monday 8th October Seniors Friendly Match at Bigbury

The original match was postponed due to Sea-mist, but the reorganised event was played in better weather. It was the last match of the season for Bigbury and they were excellent hosts. The course played well with the greens quicker and a little trickier than ours currently are at Crediton, but that didn’t seem to trouble our boys too much.  The match was played in a good spirit and with some close results it all came down to the last game. Crediton were 3 -2 up and Peter Bryan and Herbie Smith won to give us a 4 - 2 victory. 

Nearest the pin winner for Downes Crediton was Tom Berry. 

Longest drive went to Herbie Smith who having forgotten the event, first went to Crediton then was redirected onto Bigbury. Unfortunately, it might have all been too much for his car as it needed several members to provide a push start for Herbie to drive home. (The alternative was for Herbie to stay and be the first to arrive for next seasons match, but he didn’t appear too keen on that option).

Thank you to all the Downes players, we achieved an overall win of 11 - 2 over the Home and Away legs.

Graham Cox (Match Captain)

Monday 8th October 2018 - Mick Thompson Trophy - Cedric Chapple reporting.

A clear day, just about acceptable for shorts and temperature up at midday,  ball still running well

And the greens looking better from the previous weeks dressing.

Fifty five entries, still below expectations but a friendly being played at Bigbury and one or two still on holiday, including Andrew Chandler who appears to have moved to Wales. A few nine holers going out late, that’s twice in two golfing days, they are keen. Quick mention about Herbie who turned up to “ see what was going on “ soon hotfooting it to Bigbury as selected, no internet you see.

On the day seven twos paying £3.92. 

Results, Division Two….. 7th Richard Burston 36 points, 6th Alan Matthews, 37 points, 5th Steve Blackmore, 39 points, 4th Peter Dewhurst, 39 points, 3rd John Rance, 39 points, 2nd  Alun Lewis, 39 points and the winner Richard Wilson with a super 43 points

Division One….. 6th Brian Kelly 37 points, 5th Peter Caston 38 points, 4th Paul Fricker 39 points, 3rd Nick Bromell 39 points, 2nd Wally Phillips 39 points and the trophy winner Jim Dunlop with  a matching super 43 points with a better back nine, well done Jim, smiles all round.

End of report but just a quick note on the catering, only a small sample but very good feed back from those who tried it, good quality good value.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - Roll-Up - Bill Dick reports;

It might be October but this roll up was played on a lovely day.

A gaggle of guys were at R.N.D. and B.B.C. were playing the last leg of their Pentathlon. Only 18 in the roll up but 3 prizes

Despite their only being 6 teams there was a wide variety in the scores.

The lowest score was 69 by Dave Jordan, Dennis Wright and Chris Vercoe which "won" them 3 balls.

The best score was 88 returned by Ed Copp, Mike Palmer and Dave Fleming. Mike carded 8 times on the back 9 racking up 21 points.

In 2nd place were Colin Parr, Ian Pring and Roger Field with 83 points and in third place with 76 points were Bob Rippon, Paul Dorothy and Joe Lawrence.

Senior Singles - Bill Dick reports;

A healthy entry of 19 meant 6 players had to compete in round 1 with 13 receiving a bye into round 2.

One of the 6 was Gerry Hodder who was drawn against the reigning (at that time) doubles winner Mike Charnock.

Gerry got through that round and proceeded to get past Dave Conabeare, then Richard Wilson and in the semi final John Dean.

In the bottom half of the draw the only pair in round 1 were Herbie and Paul Dorothy who in a twist of fate met in the doubles final later in the year. Paul won that one but did not survive against Steve Gidley in the second round. In another twist Paul beat Steve in the doubles semi-final.

Also in round two was Jim Dunlop who got through to round 3 after overcoming Peter Johnson where he met and beat Steve. In the semi he faced Stan Gibson who surprised some people by beating John Cann (but not me). Jim was two strong for Stan and so got to the final to play Gerry. 

The final was a tight affair with nothing much in it. They were all square on the 18th tee. Jim attempted a high fade to get the ball to land softly on the green. However as another son of Ayrshire wrote "the best laid schemes of mice and men etc" Jim hit what the pros call a double cross and his hopes sank along with the ball. Gerry is too good a player to pass up that opportunity and did what he needed to do to close out the match and win the cup. A worthy winner having got through 5 rounds.

Friday 28th September - Seniors Pairs Finals - Bill Dick reports;

The final was between Alan Willey & Paul Dorothy against Herbie Smith and Bill Dick.

These teams took contrasting routes to the final. Alan & Paul had to overcome two hard matches beating Paul Fricker & Richard Wilson and then Steve Gidley  & Gerry Hodder. Only 14 players entered which gives 7 teams. One of these had to get a bye into the semi-finals. It was Herbie & Bill. They then got a walk-over into the final. That does not seem right somehow.

Alan & Paul stated off with 3 pars followed by a one over then a net par. This put them 1 up. Herbie tied the contest with a rather fortuitous par on the 6th hole.

The turning point came on the 8th hole with Paul on the green in net two Bill chipped in from about 30 yards for a birdie and the win.

One up on the 11th tee the wee men went par, birdie, par and net par to win all four holes and close out the tie. The final margin was hard on Alan & Paul as it was a closer match than the score suggested.

It is hoped there will be a bigger entry next year as Sencom. will be looking to increase the prize fund.

Thursday 27th September -  Friendly Boringdon Park Home - Andrew Gilg reports;

The Indian summer continued and after the recent rain the course and notably the greens were improving. We welcomed Boringdon Park for their first friendly match at Crediton, though a few have played in our Senior Opens. They had to struggle past yet another series of crashes on the A38 which seems to be nearly a daily occurrence on that very dangerous road.

Maybe this explained the results, but more probably the lack of trees on the newish course at Boringdon spooked them when they saw our forest. Anyway, Crediton won well in most matches (full results on Calendar page).

Finally, a big vote of thanks to Corry who was on his own all day and did all the bar and kitchen work, till Jack arrived mid-way through our meal. We rewarded him with an extra tip.

Wednesday 26th September - Roll Up - Bill Dick reports;

A friendly on 27/9 plus pentathlon reduced the number of players to 22. By a quirk we had four 4 balls.

3 Prizes with the winners on 83 points being Nick Bromell, Jim Kenshole and Rick Eidam. Looking at that team beforehand who would have thought that they would do well.

Second with 82 points were Robin Tooze, Peter Caston, Joe Lawrence and Nigel Evans.

Cyril,s team which included Cedric scored 45 points on the front 9 but a poor back 9 meant that their 79 lost out to the four ball of Tom Pettifer, Brain Ware, Dave Fleming and Ed Copp on countback. Incidentally Ed has been happily married for a long time. His smart little sports car is not a babe magnet nor is the copp in his number plate short for coppulation. Some people have sick minds.

Tuesday 25th September - Lin Ashman Trophy - Jim Enright reports;

The Annual Seniors v The Ladies match took place in lovely sunshine with equally enjoyable bon-homie. 

The format was slightly different from previous years with the Ladies playing from the Ladies Card off red tees and the Seniors playing from the Mems Card and yellow tees. This led to playing differeing stroke indexes on most holes and 3 extra par 5 holes for the Ladies but par 4`s for the Men. Confusion, not really!!

The 5 matches were followed by a lovely meal over good natured conversation.

Nearest the Pin was won by Fran Shrubshole for the Ladies and Paul Willcocks for the Seniors.

After a very enjoyable day`s play the Seniors maintained their grip on the Trophy.

Monday 24 September 2018 - David Moss Vase - Cedric Chapple reporting.

A much better day for golf, little wind and the sun really warm when the clouds lifted. Greens still quite heavily sanded but the rain over the weekend washing it into the soil and hopefully promoting growth. Fifty eight entries a thirty two, twenty six split between divisions.

Scores becoming a little more realistic with the ground softening and the long runs we have got used to reducing. However in saying that a quarter of entries achieved par or better. There were twelve two’s the happy recipients winning £2.41 each.

So the results.

Division Two,  Ed Copp 36, Rick Eidam 37, Andrew Gilg 37 bb9, Alan Matthews 38, Cedric Chapple 39 and the winner Richard Wilson 39 bb9.

Division One, Dave Vowden 36, Simon Mannell 36 bb9, Denis Wright 37, Graham Pateman 37 bb9, Richard Tomkins 39, Nick Bromell 39 bb9 and with the best score and trophy winner Peter Caston with 41, well done.

For those who wish to attend the funeral of Bob Skuse it is being held at the Devon and Exeter Crematorium on Monday 1st October at 2.30pm in St Peters Chapel.

Friday 21 September 2018 - Rollup - Cedric Chapple reporting.

Another low turnout for the Rollup, just six in the early draw and ten in the second. Friendly on the previous day and the Welsh tour in progress so hopefully numbers will rise in the coming weeks. Also course maintenance in progress but green staff doing well to get the main greens in play.

Conditions on the day very difficult with strong winds particularly down fourteen and seventeen making already difficult holes very tricky. Also much debris from the trees, broken branches and swirling leaves making ball spotting difficult and the ability to stand up straight a further problem.

Other than these small problems everyone seemed to enjoy the day.

Just two teams collecting winnings.

In second place the fourball of, Dave Fleming, Trevor Firth, Paul Fricker and John Cann off three quarters  handicap securing 69 points with a better back nine, well done.

Winners, David Taylor, Dave Vowden and the in form Cyril Dawes with 71 points reflecting the difficulties on the day.

Collecting the balls, lowest scoring team remaining in the clubhouse, Dennis Wright, James Downing and myself.

To conclude will all players note. The rollup is one competition and there is no split between the early and late draws. If there is no organiser available for the early start then it should not be beyond the wit of those present to obtain the numbers from the pro shop and do the draw in the normal way. This is not a criticism just a reminder that these are fun days and involve the whole of the seniors wishing to play eighteen holes of golf. As the friendlies, holidays and comps are almost out of the way normal service should be resumed and we’ll be back to larger numbers.

Thursday 20th September - Friendly V Sidmouth Away - Jim Enright reports:

The forecast was looking bad a few days earlier with heavy rain and strong winds. However by the day the forecasted bad weather had been postponed to 6pm....and that is what happened with all Teams completing in the dry.

The Sidmouth welcome was, as usual, very good as was the meal. The course is stll recovering from the dry summer but played fine.

Sidmouth were victorious on the day winning 3 1/2 to 2 1/2 but with the result on 3 games going to the 18th for a decision.

Nearest the Pin was won by Nick Bromell for Crediton and Glyn Hewitt for Sidmouth.

Following on from our significant Home victory a month ago overall Downes Crediton came out on top this year 8 to 4. 

Wednesday 12th September – Roll Up – Jim Enright reporting:

There were 9 for the first roll up who went out just as the drizzle stopped. Apparently 4 turned up for the 2nd Draw but they decided to “Do their Own Thing” rather than compete.  The winners were Peter Caston, John Bundfuss and Paul Dorothy with a very credible 82 and well ahead of the other two teams.

Thursday 6th September 2018 -  Teignmouth away - Cedric Chapple reporting.

A really good day at Teignmouth, lovely course, lovely people.

On the day the course playing short, the fairways as expected bare,  best lies on the first cut but the greens in really good condition fast and true. The weather in the main good with some wind and rain sweeping through but at quick intervals, jackets on and off. Quite low cloud at times but advantageous as we all saw a Spitfire flying low over Dawlish, I expect some eyes lifted to the sky as it disturbed a putting stroke.

Well we lost the match but there was a great atmosphere throughout the game, joint efforts being made by all to find golf balls hidden in the brightly coloured heather. After match celebration enjoyed, good food, great pie and sweet, super catering staff.

Result on the calendar but our one winning pair being Nick Bromell and Bill Dick with a 3 and 2 result. Halves from yours truly and Paul Fricker, Brian Williams and Chris Vercoe and Andrew Gilg and Dennis Wright. Losses by Tom Berry and Andrew Chandler beaten by Andrew’s ex colleague and playing partner 2 and 1. Finally  Rick Eidam and David Lee my cert bankers who lost to a pair playing comfortably off their 23 and 24 handicaps.

Really good for all the team to play the full course after the previous years fog and rain interruptions. Thanks to my team and our generous hosts, roll on next year.

Wednesday 5th September - Roll Up - Bill Dick reports:

A fine early autumn day. Society at 11.00 so we had NHS guys going off earlier than usual. Not a problem but it would have been better if they remembered where their trolley was parked for their opening tee shot. Slows things s bit if they walk down to where we park near the new nets then are told that their trolley is up at the first tee.

Anyway 28 rollers managed to get off in time. 4 prizes with 4th going to Tom Berry Mike Conder and Bill Dick with 79 points.

On 80 points Jim Enright, Peter Caston and Dave Conabear. Peter's two on 18 being significant.

2nd with 81 points were Wally P., Bob Rippon and Richard Nicholls 

Winning with 82 points Rodger P., Ed Copp and Paul Fricker. Not the youngest team but on the day the best.

Monday 3rd September - Monthly Medal - Eric Parkes reports:

A total of 55 players contested the Monthly Medal on Monday 3rd September. There were 32 in Division One and 23 in Division Two. It was noted that a number of regulars were missing due to various reasons hence the lower than normal turnout.
Although the weather was overcast for a good portion of the day with just a hint of light rain at times, conditions for playing golf were good
The course was in good condition but the greens were a bit of a mixture and difficult to gauge the pace at times. This did not prevent some very good scores from being achieved with a 61 from Frank Sanders and just two strokes separating the first five positions in Division Two.
Division one.   1st Frank Sanders  61  2nd Jim Dunlop 65  3rd Cyril Dawes 67 (bb9)  4th Mike Hammond 67  5th Simon Mannell 70 (bb9) 6th Alan Willey 70 (bb9) 7th Gerry Hodder 70
Division Two     1st  Cedric Chapple 67 (bb9)  2nd Nigel Evans 67  3rd Robin Tooze 68  4th Edward Copp 69 (bb9)  5th Richards Wilson 69
There were 8 two's
There was a rosy glow about Cedric's countenance when it was announced that he had not only won Division Two but had also achieved a two on the 13th hole.

Friday 31st  August 2018 - Roll Up -  Cedric Chapple reporting.

 A nice bright day, summer returning or making a last gasp appearance. An easterly wind, unusual I understand and making the par fives just a little bit harder. Late start for us all again due to a society booking but being prepared we were all able to get on the course at a reasonable time. Very  evident that the green staff had been out on the new machines the course looking much tidier the mowing stripes defining the fairways. Also very noticeable the club Chairman trying his hand at dry walling at the back of the ninth green, looked like a tough job to me.

Scoring on the day still high following the teams efforts on the previous Wednesday. Twenty four players, nine early, fifteen late and plenty in Den’s NHS group.

The results.

In third place, Robin Tooze, Paul Dorothy and Joe Lawrence with 83 points.

In second place, Bill Dick, Ed Copp and Mike Conder with 84 points.

Winners, Chris Vercoe, Dave Jordan and myself with 89 points.

The balls went to, Dave Vowden, Dennis Wright and Paul Willcocks with 71 points.

Of note, Mr Willcocks looking very swish in his new Dangerous Golf shirt, that’s a brand.

                Mr Vercoe playing out of his skin, that’s in stroke play and putting.

                Mr Dick very nonchalantly hitting the green in two on the seventeenth, just a casual three

                wood from the semi rough, 220 yards or perhaps a wee bit more.

                 Mr Wright ( welcome back ) spotted doing a bit of hedge trimming on the fourteenth with

                 a  seven iron I understand.

A good day and a good laugh in the clubhouse both pre and post competition.

Thursday 29th August - Okehampton Away - Eric Parkes reports:

The away leg of the fixture was played at Okehampton on the 30th August. The weather was sunny and warm and the course was in good condition.

The end result of the match was a win for Downes Crediton by 4.5 to 1.5 The overall result of the two legs was an outstanding win for Downes Crediton by 10.5 to 1.5  Sadly the only person to lose on the day was the Captain and his partner but having said that it would not have been nice to have the result even more embarrassing for the home team at least they had one victory plus a half.

Nearest the pin for Downes Crediton was Barry Lias and for Okehampton Ivan Caws.

The most amusing grace was given by the Resident Vicar Stuart Wilson which was the best that I have heard for some considerable time.
Wednesday 28th August - Roll Up - Bill Dick reports:

A slightly delayed start because of the boy's inter county match maybe that is why only 24 of us rolled up. 8 teams of 3.

The previous day when the weather was very similar there were 14 teams of 3 playing in the same format as the roll up in the Stan Setter trophy. The winning score was 77 by Saunton. With that in the roll up they would have been lucky to get the balls.

There were 3 prizes. 3 teams scored 83 and they were nowhere.

Dennis (he got fed up with Bermuda so he came back), Herbie and Dave Jordan scored 87 points. Mr Jordan in full Victor Meldew mode could not believe they had not won. No Dave you came third.

Another team who could not believe they had not won were the trio of Andrew Chandler, Brian Williams and Bill Dick. They scored 89 points. They might have got a few more if they had not used up some energy in stopping Brian from teeing off from the ladies tee.

The winners with an almost unbelievable score of 94 (52 on the front 9) were Rick Eidam (h'cap 20) Peter Bryan (24) and Chris Vercoe (25).

Of those remaining the lowest score was recorded by Laurie Taylor, John Hooper and Cedric Chapple which was 77. They got the balls.

Cedric is going to top up the balls with a dozen brand new pro V 1s or so he said. Some present doubted his word but not me for Cedric is an honest man. (If you don't get it read Julius Ceasar)

Tuesday 27th August - Stan Setter Salver - Eric Parkes reports:
It was the 36th Anniversary of the Stan Setter Salver which was competed for on Tuesday 28th August.
In all there were teams of three players representing 14 Clubs that we play friendlies against during the course of the year.
It was nice to welcome teams from Borrigdon Park and Launceston this year but sadly no team was entered from Okehampton or Bigbury.
The teams played off a two tee start onto the course which was looking in fine condition. The weather though slightly overcast was fine with just a hint of a breeze.
The winner of the Salver was Saunton  with 77 points, second was Dainton Park with 76 points(bb9)  third was Teignmouth with 76 points.
Nearest the Gin was won by David Wright of Tiverton and  nearest the pin by Alan Osbourne of Teignmouth.
The gathering enjoyed a first class meal afterwards and the banter between the Teams in the lounge and dining room was tremendous fun.
After the meal the welcome address was given by the organiser Eric Parkes and the presentation of prizes by Seniors Captain Alan Draper assisted by his Vice Captain Jim Enright

Friday 24th August - DCGC v Launceston GC Away – Nick Bromell reports:

The forecasted sunny spells with squally showers was accurate, but this did not detract the focus of the determined Downes Crediton team, who were made to feel most welcome.  The course at Launceston was very well presented with receptive greens which ran true. Crediton took a 3½ - 2½ lead form the home fixture and managed to achieve the same score against a Launceston team who battled hard to overturn the deficit. Downes Crediton therefore securing an overall victory by 7 points to 5. Well done team!

The pairings of Nick Bromell and Dave Vowden; Rick Eidam and Cedric Chapple; and Cyril Dawes and Jim Enright all delivered points, whilst Paul Fricker and David Lee gained a good half from their keenly contested encounter. The nearest the pin prize was won by captain Nick Bromell.

Each game was played in a sporting and well-tempered manner as expected from this level of competition and the bonhomie continued as the variety of meals that were on offer were much enjoyed by both teams. 

This was the inaugural Seniors Friendly fixture between the two cubs and everyone agreed that games should continue long into the fixture.

Thursday 23rd August- Friendly v Ilfracombe Away- Andrew Chandler reports:

In the absence of Bill Dick and lack of other volunteers I was dragged out of retirement to Captain this match.
Despite late notice 5 volunteers were found at the last minute for the trip north. Whether they regretted this is for them to judge, but the wind was a real factor as was the chill it brought.

The welcome at Ilfracombe is one of the warmest we receive anywhere, and their course has recovered from the drought remarkably well. The food was an outstanding carvery and Tom Berry should be delighted with his bottle of red for securing nearest the pin on the 100 yard 4th. We did not have the services of in form Bill Dick (holed in one on the home leg) and Ilfracombe played out of their socks.
Yes the build up to the bad news is that we lost 1-5, but since we did the same at home the result overall was an honourable draw.

The full results are posted in the usual way but special mention to Ian Pring and Tom Berry on their tremendous win which retained some respectability for DCGC.
A good day  for all and it wasn't so bad coming out of retirement after all. ( I quite enjoyed it if the truth be known)

Wednesday 22 August 2018 - Roll up - Cedric Chapple reporting:

Not a bad day, still too much cloud but the ball still running well, flattering our shot distance ability.

Grass starting to grow and the ball trying to hold on the 10th, “hit it to the left” said Cyril, we did what we were told then he smacks his up the middle, tactics?

Twenty two on the day the early birds being lumbered with a four ball. Similar situation with the late group but Roger the dodger Phillips and Richard Burston filling the gaps to allow four three balls to enter the fray.

So not too bad a day with everybody beating par, thus the results.

In third place with 85 points, Keith Ham, Roger Phillips and Paul Fricker, of note Roger Phillips chipping in from 155 yards on the 4th for a mere 5 points.

In second place with 86 points Chris Vercoe, Paul Willcocks and Thomas Berry, Mr Berry managing to score on 14 holes.

Winners with a better back nine, Laurie Taylor, Cyril Dawes and yours truly with 86 points, Laurence and Cyril doing their normal thing and me filling in the gaps.

Runaway winners of the balls with 77 points, Rick Eidam, pronounced with an I, Dave Fleming and Richard Burston, the last named giving an insight to Exeter Chiefs photography situation at the after game natter.

Anyway a good laugh after the game, may it continue.

Tuesday 21st August – Friendly v Dainton Park Away – Alan Draper reports:

With a mixture of cloud and sun, the odd very light shower, and a gentle breeze, Dainton Park was very welcoming as usual. The greens were recovering from hollow tyning and therefore playing a little slow which took a bit of getting used too.

Captain Dave Ripping fielded a strong team resulting in a Dainton Park win 4 ½ to 1 ½ on the day.

The food was good as usual and the service was excellent.

Eric Parkes was Nearest the Pin for Downes Crediton and David Wilks for Dainton Park.

Monday 20th August 2018 - Mike Dunk and Phil Ollis Trophy - Cedric Chapple reporting.

A good day for golf, course greening up but still firm underfoot, weather mixed, cloud, some sun hot when out and a light sprinkle of rain. Sixty nine entrants, improving, no clash of friendlies although three later in the week. Demand for rental buggies outstripping supply, one of them apparently only drivable when in reverse, could match some players pace.

Good scores recorded and most prize winners matching par or better.

Results.  Division Two, 7th Paul Willcocks 35, 6th Chris Vercoe 36, 5th Richard Wilson 36, 4th Dave Fleming 37, 3rd Rick Eidam 41, 2nd George Crabbe 41 and the winner of the Mike Dunk trophy, Andy Gibson with a splendid 44 points.

Division One, 8th Mike Hammond 36, 7th Richard Tomkins 36, 6th Jim Dunlop 37, 5th Paul Fricker 37, 4th Quintin Payne Cook 37, 3rd Cyril Dawes 37, 2nd Brian Kelly 39 and the winner of the Phil Ollis trophy, Tom Berry with a super 41 points. Hot group of the day Messers Fricker, Dawes and Berry all in the winners enclosure.

Handicap adjustments, Andy Gibson, 29 to 27, Gorgeous George Crabbe 22 to 21, Rick Eidam 21 to 20 and Tom Berry 15 to 14.

Upwards, Gerry Hodder 14 to 15, John Essery 16 to 17 and Graham Jones 24 to 25.

To conclude there were thirteen Two’s.

Friday 17th August – Seniors Friendly versus Exeter Away – Jim Enright reports:

The weather was ideal for the second leg of our Seniors Friendly against Exeter at the G&C; a bit of cloud, a bit of sun, a bit of breeze and about 20 degrees.

With 7 teams in contention our carried forward Home win of 5 ½ – 1 ½ was a reasonable buffer but the Exeter Team would always provide a challenge as great as their welcome and hospitality.

After the first 6 matches the leg was finely balanced at 3 wins and 3 losses each. Unfortunately for us a missing player meant that our 7th was a one-man-team of Paul Willcocks who, despite battling bravely, was eventually defeated by giving too many shots to a good opposition on the day.

The Overall Result was therefore a Downes Crediton win.

Nearest the Pin was won by Cyril Dawes for Downes Crediton and by Richard Cleave for Exeter.

Tasty Fish and chips for supper, apt for a Friday, and a short journey home after a lovely day of golf.

Friday 17th August Roll Up; Nick Bromell reports.

 A bright day with the course improved for recent rain and with no wind to speak of, conditions were ideal as fifteen of us entered the contest full of hopes and expectations. 

With two prizes to play for the battle for top spot was evenly poised for two of our gallant teams. The others also were closely locked for bottom spot.  Rick Eidam was well and truly ‘rogered’ all the way round with his playing partners of Messrs Field and Phillips and they finished as runners-up with a very good score of 82 points. However, the clear winners were Chris Vercoe, John Warren and Keith Ham who drew away on the closing two holes with an excellent tally of 84 points. Well played. The dubious honour of selecting from the bag of balls went to Dave Vowden, Ian Pring and Colin Parr who amassed 71 points from their round. 

There were many highlights during the competition with the 10th hole yielding birdies and four points to Keith, Ian and Rick. Dave Fleming was also very close to the 10th pin with his second shot - unfortunately he was playing the 17th at the time! 

Much of the after-match entertainment was provided by Dave Jordan and Tom Pettifer with their heated discussion about the distinction between the inside and outside of a boundary fence. For their playing partner George Crabbe, this provided a very uncomfortable passage as he remained firmly on said fence! 

As always the banter was enjoyed by all, with everyone looking forward to the next encounter.

Wednesday 15th August – Seniors Friendly versus Yelverton Home – Eric Parkes reports:

The return fixture was played at Home on Wednesday 15th August. The day was overcast and very humid with just a brief glimpse of the Sun.

At 8.15am the Captain of the day received a call from the pro shop asking which Team we were due to play. One of the Yelverton Team wishing to note the start time had logged on to the Club Web site which erroneously stated we were due to play Torquay.

This prompted a frantic call to the Club to see if the Yelverton Team should turn up. After some further clarification the answer was Yes, we were due to play them. The problem was that the Seniors Web site was correct with the calendar of events clearly stating Yelverton, NOT Torquay.

Fortunately we have access to the Seniors Diary hence it was updated back in March whereas the Club web site had not been updated as requested at the time. The Pro shop had entered Torquay on the board outside the Office thinking that the fixture was against Torquay and thus sought out the truth.

After all this confusion I am pleased to report the team from Yelverton turned up and that everyone enjoyed the day of golf, friendship and banter in the Clubhouse afterwards.

Nearest the pin for Crediton was won by Andrew Chandler ( I doubt that he will be saving the bottle of Red for Christmas ) and for Yelverton, Brian Kelly.

Brian was drafted into the Yelverton team at the last minute and was pleased that he turned up.

The overall score was an honourable draw with DCGC 3  Yelverton 3.

The combined total for the home away legs gave an overall victory to DCGC by 7.5 to 4.5

Monday 13th August – (Senior) Captains Cup – Jim Enright reports on behalf of Senior`s Captain Alan Draper:

An almost maximum sized field of 69 took part in this shot gun start with the added attraction of a free buffet and additional Senior Captain`s Prizes. The Goldilocks weather held too, not too hot and certainly not too cold!!

Division 1 and Captains Cup winner was the in-form Tom Long with a magnificent 43 and a cut from 7 to 6 . 2nd John Cann with 41 and cut from 18 to 17, 3rd Jim Dunlop 38, 4th Martin Howe 38, 5th Laurie Taylor 38 and 6th Gerry Hodder also with 38 and whose success was sufficient to result in a cut from 15 to 14.

Division 2 was won by Graham Cox with 40 and a cut from 21 to 20, 2nd Eric Fee 38, 3rd Andrew Gilg 38,          4th Graham Jones 37, 5th John Hooper 36, 6th David Jordan 36 and 7th Rick Eidam also with 36.

There were 8 two`s.

The Senior Captain`s Nearest the Pin prizes were won by Paul Fricker for the 7th, Martin Howe for the 9th in two and Nick Bromell for the 15th.

The Senior`s Captain also provided the highly desirable main raffle prize, a 4 ball at Exeter G&CC, won by Ian Pring.

Wednesday 8th August – Home Friendly v Sidmouth – Jim Enright reports:

The forecast was rain later but in the event it came early and caused the raising of umbrellas and cover under trees. Fortunately after 20 minutes it had passed and the greens were fine.

Concern over John Veale slipping on the wet banks caused him and playing partner, Paul Willcocks, to agree a stop with the oposition after nine holes and settle on a draw. The remainder of the Team won their matches giving a 5 1/2  to 1/2 win on the day. It will of course be tougher at Sidmouh late September.

Monday 6th August 2018  -  Monthly Medal - Cedric Chapple reporting.

Numbers down only Fifty six on the day, seems the use of yellow stumps hasn’t encouraged people to play and indeed there were eleven NRs and one WD on the day. Weather pretty good, course looking good following rain and the greens looking better, well done to the Greenkeepers starting work when most of us are still in bed, probably about second toilet break time time.

Good carry on the ball and I bet there are more irons being used than normal with approach shots seeming much closer than normal. Many moans about the sixteenth with the biggest problem keeping the ball on the fairway regardless of how high it was hit towards the seventeen tee. Similar playing the seventeenth the ball just whizzing away towards the right hand trees.

Results then:

Division One, 5th Jim Dunlop 71, 4th Peter Russell 70, 3rd Brian Kelly 68, 2nd Alan Draper 68 BB9, winner with a super 65 one John Dean, well done.

Division Two, 6th Robin Tooze 69, 5th Danny Enright 68, 4th Chris Vercoe 67, 3rd Paul Willcocks, 66

2nd Bill Dick 66, BB9. Winner Brian Johnson 66  BB9 and that is best back nine.

Editors note, Lucky I reread my stuff, had Danny Enright name starting with an F.

Monday Captains jobbie, be there 9 am shotgun start.

Friday 3rd August – Home Friendly v Torquay – Andrew Gilg reports:

After a 5-1 win away expectations were high, and luckily were achieved with a 5.5 to 0.5 win with nearly the same teams. The results are on the Calendar pages. Nobody from Crediton was on the 15th thus making Bill Dick’s day as the wine was stashed away till the next time, but my partner from Torquay was just 3 foot away getting Torquay back to level.

On another very hot day smart casual was the order of the day and we enjoyed a meal cooked by Dave Willis all by himself.

My match with Peter Stunell was the closest of the wins helped by our cunning use of Q’s underground tracking designed to direct Crediton member’s putts to the hole from whatever position on the green. Sadly, the system seemed to go away on John Veale’s charity day. Well done John, you are a great asset to the club and the community.

One sad note is that team Captain from Torquay, Jim Hicken is leaving for the fabled courses of Dorset.

Monday 30th July & Wednesday 1st August – Seniors Club Championship – Alan Draper reports:

The Seniors Club Championship was played over 36 holes spread over 2 days. Fortunately for the players the weather was a bit cooler with very light patches of drizzle on the Monday and dry but overcast for much of the Wednesday.

The Competition attracted a field of 45 spread over 3 Divisions.

The winners of Combined Category 1 & 2 Gross Medal (Div 1) were Tom Long with a total 155, 2nd Peter Russell on 161 and 3rd Quintin Payne-Cook with 162.

Category 1 & 2 Nett Medal was won by Peter Russell with 137, 2nd was Tom Long on 141 and 3rd Alan Draper on 142.

Category 3 Gross Medal (Div 2) was won by Peter Caston with 168, 2nd was Graham Pateman on 169 and 3rd Laurie Taylor with 171.

Category 3 Nett Medal was won by Peter Caston with 138, 2nd was Laurie Taylor on 143 and 3rd, also with 143, was Laurie Taylor. 

Category 4 Gross Medal (Div 3) was won by Bill Dick with 176, 2nd was Robin Tooze with 187, and 3nd was Andrew Chandler, also 187.

Category 4 Nett Medal was won by Bill Dick with 136, 2nd was Paul Dorothy on 142, and 3rd was 2nd David Jordan with 145.

There were 24 two`s each worth 93p.

The Seniors Championship Stableford Day 1 attracted 23 players and was won by Tom Pettifer with 41 points, 2nd was Eric Fee on 40 and 3rd Chris Vercoe also with 40. There were 2 two`s.

Stableford Day 2 attracted 6 players and was also won by Tom Pettifer with 36 points and 2nd was John Cann with 34. There were 2 two`s.

Thursday 26th July – Friendly v Exeter Home – Jim Enright reports

Exeter brought 7 pairs to Crediton prepared to take on the Best of Crediton Seniors Team who were looking for a Home win.

It was a 2pm start with a partial cloud cover and a very light breeze. It was not long before extra supplies of water were needed to fend off heat stroke on the heralded warmest day of the year.

I chose the much in form Seniors Captain, Alan Draper, to accompany me and we made a good team on the day. Four other home pairs won, one halved and one lost, thus providing Downes Crediton with a 5 ½ to 1 ½ win. The results are on the Seniors Calendar page as usual.

Wally Phillips was Nearest the Pin for Crediton; no Exeter player made it on the day.

Dave decided to serve up a cold buffet and it was very well received on such a balmy evening.

Wednesday 25th July - Quarter Final Emerton Court vs Churston at Downes Crediton - Alan Draper, Emerton Court Captain reporting.

Although DCGC managed to win this tie on the day 3-2, a very good and closely fought match, the overall match home and away was lost 4-6. DCGC could not recover from losing 4-1 at Churston.

After Tom Long and David Taylor lost 4&2 in the first match, DCGC were always going to struggle.

Richard Tomkins and Gerry Hodder, Martin Howe and Tom Berry achieved very good drawn games whilst       Jim Dunlop and Graham Pateman, Alan Draper and Bill Dick, achieved very good wins.

We wish Churston GC every success in the semi finals to come.

Monday 23rd July – Don McRae Trophy – Jim Enright reports

Another lovely day with a bit of cloud to slightly reduce the ambient temperature and partially shield the players. Overall there were 70 of us who entered this Medal, 37 in Division 1 and 33 in Division 2.

The CSS was reduced to 68 which aptly demonstrated the amount of roll that the prolonged period of sunny weather has generated thereby bringing the greens more into reach in regulation for many.

There were some outstanding scores starting with Alan Willey who claimed the Trophy and Division 1 with a Nett 62 and a 2 shot reduction to 15. In overall 2nd place with 64 and winning Division 2 was John Hooper who was rewarded with a 1 shot reduction to 64. 3rd place was taken by Stephen Gidley who gives up one shot to 15.

The top results in each Division were as follows:

Division 1 winner Alan Willey with Nett 62, 2nd Stephen Gidley 64, 3rd Richard Tomkins 65, 4th John Dean 66, 5th Peter Russell 66, 6th Brian Kelly 67, 7th Gerry Hodder 68, 8th Dennis Conibear 68 and 9th Tom Berry 68.

Division 2 winner was John Hooper with a Nett 64, 2nd John Warren 65, 3rd Vaughan Gallavan 68, 4th Andrew Gilg 68, 5th Richard Wilson 70, 6th Graham Jones70, 7th John Rance 71 and 8th Danny Enright 71.

There were 10 players who achieved a two.

Friday 20th July 2018 - Rollup -  Cedric Chapple reporting.

Low numbers again, in fact there seemed to be more playing in various knockout games than in the rollup. Six early birds with fourteen in the late starters, so two groups of four. Very warm conditions with plenty of ball roll, greens well watered.


In third place, Roger Field, Cyril Dawes and Keith Ham with 77 points.

In second place, Bill Dick, John Warren, Dave Fleming and Rick Eidam with 80 points.

Winners, early birds, Joe Lawrence, Andy Gibson and Peter Dewhurst with a super 83 points.

Lowest scorers and still in attendance, Jim Kenshole, Mike Conder and myself with a modest 71 points.

NOTE : No rollup next Friday, visitors shotgun start at 12 noon, so if you want to play at golf you will need to be early and off the course by said time.

Thursday 19th July 2018 - Friendly, Match report versus Teignmouth -  Cedric Chapple reporting.

Another hot day, ground very firm, still great difficulty controlling the ball, no doubt we’ll be complaining when the ground gets softer and we’re looking for ball travel.

Arrived at Downes an hour and a quarter before tee off still got beaten by keen Teignmouth members. Stories from some being directed by their sat navs via Tedburn then Whitestone, not a pleasant drive. By the end of the day they were all educated and hopefully followed a quicker route home.

On paper we had a strong team and it proved to be with the final result panning out at 4 games to two, I’m sure Teignmouth will be looking for revenge in September.

Paul Fricker and myself managed to win on the 15th a great game and really good company with captain Simon and his partner Alan enjoying a laugh with us although they were banjaxed with the run of the ball particularly on the 12th where it’s currently difficult to stop the ball in the valley. Second out Andrew and Tom were beaten 3&2 by a strong pair led by Alan Osborne ex friend / colleague who Andrew had asked to be paired against.

Third out our Captain Alan Draper with Roger Gratton prevailed 5&3 against a 12 and 28 handicapper, well done el capitano, we know he loves playing against high handicappers!

The next game on paper looked to be the most evenly balanced but Brian Williams and Chris Vercoe triumphed 7&5, well done to the pair.

Fifth out Andrew Gilg and John Bundfuss playing the brothers Martin and Trevor Tead. This a very close game with the visitors winning 2&1 and mister Trevor winning nearest the pin. Last but not least Rick Eidam and Jim Enright getting the better of Roger Stone and John Bowie winning by the tightest margin 1 up, this game of course completing the victory.

A really good day, great fun, great camaraderie and a good meal, looking forward to the return and hoping fog will stay away from the South Devon coastline. Apologies if this report is a little lengthy.

Wednesday 18th July - Roll Up - Bill Dick reports

Emerton Court, Kenmar and friendlies hit our numbers this week. 7 Early fellows and 16 later chaps thanks to Rodgers 11th hour decision to play 18. This was warmly received by a number of his companions. Incidentally Rodger played well picking up 4 points on the 5th and 10th holes as well as parring 18.

However his playing partners Ian Pring and Bill Dick have had better days as they picked up the balls with 76 points ( Poor back 9).

Three prizes on offer. Two teams tied on 86 points. Losing out on countback were Cyril Dawes Nick Bromell and Dave Fleming.

Even though according to one source Cyril almost broke the course record. That meant second place went to the four ball of Chris Vercoe, Keith Ham, Mike Condor and Jim Kenshole. Mike holed three times from off the green. Are you sure that was with your putter Mike?

Winning with a highly impressive 89 points was  the trio of Laurie Taylor, Dave Jordan and Trevor Firth. Trevor had 8 three point holes.

In the ranks of the Senior section handicap bandits I think Trevor has nudged Dave Jordan into third spot by taking over second spot. Cedric maintains the lead still by a distance despite being cut 1 shot on Monday.

Tuesday 17th July - Emerton Court match vs Churston GC - Alan Draper Reports  

In the first leg of the quarter finals played at Churston on Tuesday 17th July, Downes Crediton lost badly 4-1. The weather was boring,  sunny and dry,  the course was running fast and bouncy. Downes Crediton players had problems with the greens which were faster than ours,  particularly the downhill putts which were very fast.  Churston players played to the lower side of the green giving them an uphill putt and this was probably the difference.

All is not lost, Churston come to Downes Crediton next Wednesday, 25th July and they will not be used to our narrow fairways and in particular our trees which will welcome Churston Balls! We need to win at least 4-1.

Tuesday 17th July - Kenmar Chalice - Bill Dick Reports

The delayed (because the course was closed on the original date) playing of the Kenmar Chalice took place on 17/7/18.

The numbers involved were only 8. 1 absent because of Emerton Court, 2 with injuries and 1 on holiday.

Tom Pettifer won the 9 hole competition with a score of 22 for the front 9. He had an interesting back 9 with three 3 point holes ,one 4 point hole and 5 blobs. He finished third with 35 points, 1 point behind John Cann in second. The winner of the competition in his first eligible year was Bill Dick with 40 points. Bill was relieved that Cedric was not eligible. Paul Willcocks scored 5 points on the 8th hole with a birdie 3 and 2 shots. His other 17 holes only yielded 24 points.

Monday 16th July -  Alan Ruddock Trophy - Eric Parkes Reports

The Annual Alan Ruddock Trophy was played for on Monday 16th July with 43 entries for Division one and 39 for Division two.
The weather was overcast at times with a promise of showers which never materialised. Overall, the course was in good condition with plenty of run on the ball  ideal for good Golf.  As the humidity increased during the afternoon, a number of players were finding the back nine hard going. One senior spent ages rummaging in the rough on the 14th when in fact his ball was sat up in the middle of the fairway. Specsavers would have been proud of him
It was nice to welcome Alan and Molly Ruddock to the end of Contest presentation but sadly the Winner had departed for home thinking that 40 points had carried the day. What he did not appreciate was that the Trophy could only be awarded to a player over 70 years of age. In the end it was between  two players, Dave Warren and Cedric Chapple both with a score of 39 points. The Trophy was awarded to Dave Warren due to having a better back nine than Cedric.
Division One
Winner Hugh Fernyhought 40 points    2nd David Cousins 39 point (bb9)   3rd  Dave Warren 39 points 4th Roger Field 36 points (bb9)  5th  John Cann 36 points  6th Jim Dunlop 35 points (bb9 )  7th Brian Kelly 35 points (bb9) 8th Peter Russell 35 points
Division Two
Winner Cedric Chapple 39 points  2nd Ron Berry 38 points  3rd Chris Vercoe 37 points 4th David Moss 36 points (bb9) 6th Bill Dick 36 points (bb9)
7th Andrew Chandler 36 points (bb9) 8th Colin Ray 36 points  9th Robert Dobson 35 points
There were 8 two's on the day

Thursday 12th July - Downes Crediton versus Honiton Golf Club - Cedric Chapple reporting.

Good day at Honiton Golf Club, usual great welcome from John Pawley and his team everybody  eager to get out and try their skills on this super course.

Late inclusion for the Downes team Cyril Dawes standing in for Nick Bromell who was feeling the effects of the hot weather more than most. Great support to a worthy cause, Cyril being given a late pass by his wife at 9.20am. Bill Dick sat in the clubhouse with a sandwich and salad garnish, very nice shame he hadn’t realised it was a 11.30 start, slight panic and sandwiches carried out to the first tee.

The course similar to Downes in condition but the fairways not as firm and the greens and fringes well watered. Playing short in some cases the par fours being reached in the regulation two, however putting a little tricky so making it a contest for all. Weather hot but great to be out.

Bill and I were in the clubhouse first have secured a good win over the Honiton Captain and his partner Rob Saxton. Next in John Wigginton and Cyril who won, one up, I’m sure I saw a fist pump from Cyril on the eighteenth green, very competitive young Cyril.

Next in Graham Pateman and Barry Lias who lost 5&4, a surprise but they were against Phil Wall 23 and Steve Butcher who was off 5 and played extremely well. Steve is next years Captain so good luck to Jim Enright if he chooses to play against him.

Fourth group Dave Lee and Rick Eidam, a good win 2&1 over Derek Keen and Ted Chandler, well matched opponents. Fifth group Wally Phillips and Herbie Smith who were on the wrong end of a 6&5 score. Didn’t get a report but as Wally is nearly a regular at Honiton it would have been interesting. Anyway it didn’t dampen their spirit as they were both lively at the meal.

The result then depending on the last group with Dennis the menace and Jim Enright playing against Nick Mitchell and Pete Morgan another well matched pair with a one stroke difference in their handicaps. Not sure what was going on around the eighteenth green with Dennis in amongst the trees and having difficulty extracting himself. Out eventually they putted out for a draw but what green it was settled on I don’t know.

Nice meal, nice choice of sweets, good fun, plenty of chatter, the ending of a good day.

Thanks to the players from both clubs.

Monday 9th July 2018 - Devonians versus The Rest, Cedric Chapple reporting.

A really good day at Downes Crediton with the Devonians facing their annual contest against the rest aka ROW.

A very hot day with all the contestants gathering early in the clubhouse looking forward to the challenge. Much chatter and banter but all very friendly, great atmosphere.

As stated before really hot, perhaps too hot for some, certainly my group felt it in the valley leading to the twelfth green. On the good side the ground really firm,  the ball travelling many more yards than the norm, good for the higher handicappers.

Two tee start both groups getting off in good time. Sixty players in total with eight playing nine holes, very competitive in our group probably reflected throughout the field.

Early results had the Devonians in the lead 5 ½ to 2 ½  the nine holers then reported in and the leader board revised 7 to 3. There were no drawn matches in the last five groups with Devon winning 2 and the rest 3. So the overall result Devon 9 The Rest 6 with the running total of comps now standing at Devon 15 ½ The Rest 9 ½. Now I do hope all these figures add up but no doubt I will be told if they don’t.

Of note the rest didn’t manage to win any of the games that started on the 1st tee but won those on the 10th tee start 4 ½ to 2 ½.

Nearest the pin on the 7th Mr Dennis the menace Wright, 13ft 9 ½ inches.

Nearest the pin in two on the 9th Mr John Essery, 2ft 2inches, for Devon

Nearest the pin in two on the 9th Mr Andrew Gilg , 2 metres 83mm for the rest.

To enable him to keep up appearances a special presentation was made to Mr Tom Berry of a spectacular pair of braces that he refused to try on fearing his trousers would fall down.

A really good day followed by a good meal and great friendship, may it long continue.

Rollup -Friday 6th July 2018, Cedric Chapple reporting.

Another great day weather wise, course looking great, greens in the main watered, all good.

Numbers again not brilliant just twenty one, heat or perhaps the knowledge Launceston seniors were booked in to start their away day at 11 am.

Nine early birds off sharpish, draw done out on the first tee. The second group virtually out in threes as they arrived to clear the way for the nine holers and visitors. All more or less to plan, surprising though how when a little speed is required those white orbs become difficult to find.

So some pretty good team scores recorded and individuals excelling; of note Rick Eidam with 41, Bill Dick 37, Wally Phillips 38. Last but not least Paul Dorothy with 43, I’ll settle for that when he plays for the Devonians on Monday.

Team results

In third place, Bill Dick, Chris Vercoe and Tom Berry with 81 points.

In second place, Bob Rippon, Peter Caston and Paul Dorothy with 84 points.

Winners, Paul Fricker, Dave Fleming, and Rick Eidam with a super 87 points and a very neat card.

The balls were collected by Ian Pring, Tom Pettifer and George Crabbe with 73 points, lowest recorded score.

Late news flash…… Bill Dick, mister modest, failed to report his hole on one on the seventh hole during the friendly against Ilfracombe on Wednesday. The ball soared through the air and ended up in the cup, shame nobody saw it, surprise, surprise, thanks for the wine Bill.

Wednesday 4th July - Devon Vets Golf Captains -Paul Willcocks reports 

Devon Vets Golf Captains held their Summer Meeting at Boringdon Park. This is an invitation event for 3-man teams comprising the current Seniors Captains, their Vice-Captains and the club DVGC representatives. Our Seniors Section team therefore comprised Alan Draper, Jim Enright and Paul Willcocks. Twenty-three teams took part and for the second year running Downes Crediton took first place, this time with an impressive 91 points in a 2-scores to count format to create a 3-point lead over the runners-up.

Alan played superb golf throughout to anchor the team with Jim and I using our shots to put the icing on the cake.

Players were treated to a first class carvery on their return to the clubhouse and Boringdon Park really pulled out all the stops to ensure we enjoyed a first class day. Three in a row next year? Now there’s a challenge.

Wednesday 4th July - Home Fiendly v Ifrracombe - Bill Dick Reports

The day started damp and misty but improved as the day went on.

In game 1 Tom and Bill had a better ball score of 35 gross which had them 5 up. Their opponents gross parred holes 10 to 14 but they only improved  by 1 hole. Martin won nearest the pin on 15 the only man on the sheet but 3 putts only got him a half and ended the match.

Game 2 saw Dennis carry on with his impressive win record this time in partnership with Brian Kelly. They won 3&2. This was one less the the victory recorded by Brian Williams and Andrew Chandler of 4&2. Andrew's tee shot on 11 bounced down of the right hand bank and was only inches away from going in. Lucky on 2 counts.

Game 4 saw 2 virgins to these friendlies, namely Ron Clark and Ray Cluer, who had a very impressive win of 5&4. Not a bad week for Ron who won Div. 2 medal on Monday. Game 5 saw Cedric and Andrew Gilg lose the first 3 holes but then go on to record a 6&5 win.

If you want a ball by ball commentary see Andrew.

Game 6 had our only loss and the closest of all the matches. All square on the 18th tee Dave Jordan tried to find the green via the pond. He took a drop and then chipped on to the green but the ball did not stay there. Chris took the safe route by playing up the first fairway but that did not work out to well either.

Overall we won 5:1. Just like to record that I thought the visitors were a real pleasure to play and dine with.

Roll up - Friday 29th June 2018 - Cedric Chapple reporting.

Numbers still down but two friendlies, both away, in the week so with the heat perhaps to be expected. Course now burning up with the ball travelling miles, exaggeration of course but everybody struggling to hit the greens and managing to keep the ball on them. Great for the ego though with drives and iron shots scooting down the fairways.

Eight in the early draw with pleads for the committee to consider nine tenths handicap for the groups of four, can’t see it happening but the early birds seem to suffer most. Thirteen in the second draw with a foursome bringing up the rear,their result perhaps supporting the early birds plea.

So a safe return to the clubhouse for all, given the heat a good result, copious amounts of water consumed and a great effort as the temperature appeared to dissuade casual golfers, a very deserted car park confirming this. Of note some of the tee grounds watered helping the insertion of tee pegs, thank you Greenkeepers.

The results

In third place, John Essery, Roger Field and myself with 78 points, three pounds tucked away.

In second place, Wally Phillips, Bob Rippon, Robin Tooze and Peter Dewhurst with 78, BB9.

Winners, Tom P, Ian P and Bill D, that’s Pettifer, Pring and Dick with 83 points, a nice balanced return from the two P’s but William again stealing the headlines recording scores on sixteen holes!

Lowest score in the first group but as not in attendance the balls were claimed by the last foursome

of Rick Eidam, Trevor Firth, Mike Conder and Paul Fricker with 70 points.

Devonians versus ROW being drawn on Monday, could do with some locals getting off their muck spreaders and joining us local boys.

Thursday 28 June-Torquay Away-Andrew Gilg reports

At a sunny, but cooler than Crediton, Torquay, the team assembled having grappled with the new coded gate to the overflow car park which was overflowing so much that some players could not find a space.

The team found the course in the process of change, a new 8th yet to be in play, a shortened 8th-an inviting tee shot over the 9th- and a much shortened 18th. The changes did not seem to deter the team and Crediton scored a creditable 5-1 triumph.

The full results are on the Calendar web pages where the miscreant losers can be identified, but they will be picked for the return match (team on the web pages) when it is expected that they will turn their result around.

Interestingly, the Torquay handicaps were concentrated between 17 and 19 and a range of 14 to 21. In contrast, the Crediton team ranged from 14 to 28 with 8 players 20 or above compared to only two from Torquay. An indication that Crediton is a difficult course, which till the slope index system comes in seems to give us an advantage.

Wednesday 27th June - Roll-Up - Bill Dick Reports

Only 15 all told rolled up. The heat taking its toll.

The 15 included Ian Pring playing his first 18 holes since January.

He did not have the best of days but there were a few flashes of form to suggest he could be a threat to the Scotsman's attempt to make it 3 in a row in Wales come September. Ian's team came third out of 4 but collected the balls.

The winning team of Paul Fricker, Tom Pettifer, Roger Phillips and Nick Bromell scored 81.

Second with 72 were N. Evans, J. Bundfuss, A Gibson and W. Phillips.

Cheers Bill

 Tuesday 26th June - Holsworthy Away - Bill Dick reports

"High Noon At Holsworthy"

At 12.00 on a beautiful day at Holsworthy the return friendly got under way on a dry hard course which was nevertheless in excellent condition.

First up wasBill and Laurie. They had a better ball of 80 gross which would have returned a stableford score of  45 points.

Not good enough-they lost 2 down. The balance was restored in the second match when our Senior Open winners Dennis and Dave Vowden outplayed what on paper was Holsworthy's strongest pairing. They scored a comfortable 3&2 win.

We had another strong pair out third in Tom Berry and Brian Kelly. Brian's putter, which had worked so well in helping him win the Joe Liversage Trophy the day before, went cold on him. They went down 3&2.

It did not get any better from here onwards. We lost the last 3 matches. All the games were close unlike at Crediton were we won two of the matches on the 14th. However home advantage made the difference. Overall score 5-1 to Holsworthy.

Roll Up - Friday 22nd June - Bill Dick Reports...... using as alias

"From our special correspondent in Vladivostok"

Sorry dear readers I have nothing fresh to report on our wonderful squad since our last report on their bowel movements.

I can report on golf on a glorious June day at Crediton where 10 rolled up for the first draw and 15 for the second.

Worth noting that there were 20 in the N.H.S.

I was lucky enough to be paired with the little master who was looking great in a bright green shirt. You might remember the song which contains the line "there are no flies on me". Well that did not apply to Dennis who for 9 holes was covered in them. Despite this he had a very strong first 9. At the turn he switched shirts and played the back 9 in a very smart dark blue shirt. The flies deserted him but so did his golf.

I was hoping to join the likes of Herbert Chapman and Alec Ferguson by winning 3 in a row when paired with Dennis and the excellent Rodger. Don't be silly, you know which Rodger. However I reckoned without the new bandit in chief. Move over Jordan, Cedrico Chappata has somehow engineered a handicap of 29. What is the handicap committee doing. Cedric, Paul Fricker and Ed Copp scored 88 points despite what their card said, beating my team with 84 points into second place . The third and final prize went to Keith Ham, Tom Pettifer and "Chips" Dawes with 80 points. The 3 lowest scores of the day were recorded by the three early teams but they had left.

The balls went to George Crabbe, Chris Vercoe and Nick Bromell who scored a perfectly respectable 77 points.

Now I am off to the nearest Synagogue to pray that Panama do not kick our wonderful young team off the park.

Ciao baby

Wednesday 20th June - Roll Up - Bill Dick Reports

Another fine summers day. The course is getting quite fiery and could do with some rain. Still we short hitters are getting good distance from our odd good shot

10 in the early draw. Nigel's late arrival but still in time for the draw being a source of great joy to the nine. Thanks to John Veale 21 in the second draw. Johns late agreement to play 18 holes, again being a pleasure to the other 20. This gave us 4 prizes.

In 4th with a score of 79 but only 36 on the back 9 were Richard Wilson, Paul Dorothy and Roger Southgate.

Also with 79 but a back 9 of 38 were Dave Conibere, Joe Lawrence and Nigel Evans.

Playing along with Rick Eidam and Tom Berry, Dave Jordan birdied the 14th hole which with his 2 shots gave him 5 points on the hole. This helped his team to a total of 81 but that only got them second place.

Paul Willcocks could only par the 14th hole for 4 points but thanks to his and Laurie Taylor's fine play they scored 82 points. They also had a little help from the third man, Bill Dick.

To everybody's surprise the balls went to Dave Vowden, Dave Fleming and Rodger Phillips. I wont mention their score because it is rather embarrassing. Heinz-bless you.

Millennium Trophy Qualifiers, report by Eric Parkes, DMVGA Rep. 

From the results of the June Medal the following have qualified to represent the Club in the Millennium Trophy which is being held at Ilfracombe Golf Club on Friday 17th August:
Alan Draper            10.5                  Millennium  Trophy H/C category     0 to 14
Frank Sanders        16.5                       "                  "         "         "                   15 to 20
Graham Cox           20.8                      "                   "        "         "                    21 to 28

Well done to all of you, regards, Eric

Monday 18th June - Seniors match vs Yelverton away, Alan Draper Seniors Captain reporting:

On a damp, dreary day on Dartmoor when the mist came in so that the drives from the tee could not be seen and the wonderful scenery was completely shrouded in mist, Downes Crediton recorded an outstanding win, 4 ½ to 1 ½. The victory was lead by Tom Berry and Bill Dick with an outstanding 6 & 5 victory, obviously trying to impress the Emerton Court Captain of their good form with a message that they should be in the next team!

The only downside was the loss by John Bundfuss and Eric Mundy.

Downes Crediton were afforded a very warm welcome from the Yelverton members and we look forward to welcoming them back to DCGC in August.

Friday 15th June - Senior Captains Away Day, Report by Alan Draper, Seniors Captain

Thirty Senior golfers supported the Captain on his Away Day at Enmore Park on Friday 15th June.  The weather started off quite sunny and warm, drizzled a bit during the middle of the day and then the sunshine returned in the afternoon.

The course was superbly turned out, quite hilly and although the greens looked quite fast, they did not play that way.  Three of the Par 3’s were single figure stroke indexes including nearest the pin on the 15th, which was stroke index 9, 157 yards over a small pond.  This compares to a similar Par 3 at Downes Crediton, which is stroke index 16.

The day was won by Andy Gibson playing off a 29 handicap and scoring an outstanding 41 points, including a back nine of 25 points, to win the Colin Smith Trophy for Division Two and three bottles of wine.  He also won a sleeve of balls for being nearest the pin on the 15th.  Second in this Division was Andrew Gilg (22), with 38 points, winning two bottles of wine and third was Peter Dewhurst (28) with 34 points, winning a bottle of wine.

The Gerry Mannell Trophy for Division One was won by Alan Draper (11) with a score of 40 points. Winning three bottles of wine was second place Wally Phillips (17) with a score of 32 points, winning two bottles of wine was Laurie Taylor (14) with a score of 31 points and winning one bottle of wine was Paul Fricker (15) with a score of 29 points.

The team prize was won by the team of Laurie Taylor, Andrew Gilg and Cedric Chapple with a score of 81 points, winning two bottles of wine each, second was the team of Brian Williams, Peter Bryan and Andrew Gibson winning one bottle of wine each.

The golf was followed by an excellent carvery meal plus sweet and coffee.

The day was rounded of by John Bundfuss (17) winning a bottle of wine to drown his sorrows after a score of 17 points!

 Captains away day, Cedric Chapple admitting a Senior moment. 

Left my expensive toilet bag at Enmore Park, fortunately on ringing today, Sunday, it’s been found. I’m collecting on Tuesday but of note there is a Downes top which was also left behind, I’ll bring that back so if you hear anybody bemoaning their luck l have the answer.

Rollup Wednesday 13 June 2018, Cedric Chapple reporting

Buffalo Bill either at the Little Big Horn or in the Pot wollapers, wot pollapers or whatever being played against RND, I think. 

Low turnout again but perhaps just too much going on with the Emerton Court practice on Tuesday and the aforementioned Pot whatsit happening in the afternoon and Captains away day on Friday. 

Six early birds and twelve in the second draw with a good turnout for the NHS. Course better by the day, Rob assuring me that they are now on top of it, greens also faster. 

The results…

In third place BB9, Chris Vercoe, Dennis Wright and Keith Ham with 75 points.

In Second place, Paul Willcocks, Dave Jordan and Mike Conder  with 79 points

Winners, Peter Caston, John Bundfuss and Joe Lawrence with 81 points.

Last but not least, Dave Fleming, myself and visitor Terry Woods with 64 ( sixty four ). Mr Wood wary of the back nine cracked 12 and 16 with a pair of sixes. 

For information, Dennis the menace doesn’t like Fingle Glen, I don’t know why but he did tell me several times, I don’t think he’ll go back.


Monday 11th June - Jack Painting Memorial (Eclectic) – Jim Enright Reports:

The sun shone throughout but once again a relatively small field with 21 Players in Division 1 and 32 in Division 2. Full handicap, yellow tees and the start of a new week all being in favour.

For some, the longer run is an advantage, but for others with their ball heading towards a bunker, running under bushes or speeding through the green, it can be a mixed blessing.

With only 6 players equalling or beating handicap perhaps we are still suffering from the delayed start to the year.

Division One Results: 1st and Trophy Winner, Dennis Conibear, with 40 points. 2nd Stephen Gidley 37, 3rd Joseph Hull 35, 4th John Essery 34, 5th John Cann 34.

Division Two Results: 1st Bill Dick 40, 2nd Eric Mundy 39,  3rd John Warren 37, 4th Cedric Chapple 36, 5th Andrew Gilg 35,                          6th Tom Pettifer 35, 7th Nigel Evans 34.

There were five 2`s Peter Caston, Mike Conder, Stephen Gidley, Robin Tooze and Dennis Wright.

Roll up, Friday 8th June 2018, Cedric Chapple reporting.

Another low turn out but again probably due to much action in the week, however one or two Salisbury tourist arrived, obviously missed the club and it’s lovely members.

Weather a little overcast with temperatures varying throughout the round. Course playing well the Greenkeepers keeping the grass levels down aided by the club captain on the day.

Seven early birds so the dreaded four ball. Twelve in the second group rounded up nicely by Bill Dick who volunteered his body for the cause, he really only wanted to play nine.

The results with one DQ.

Third place, Bob Rippon, John Bundfuss and Nigel Evans with 75 points.

Second place, Paul Willcocks, Ed Copp and Keith Ham with 76 points.

First place, Bill Dick, Chris Vercoe and Tom Berry with a phenomenal 89 points, was Bill pleased he played the eighteen?

Winners of the balls, Rick Eidam, Roger Field and yours truly with 69, must have played a different course.

Of note well done to Paul Dorothy on Wednesday winning the Les Pope cup with 40 points a two shot cut and keeping the young bucks in their place.

Wednesday, 6th June 2018 - Emerton Court 3rd  Round v Fingle Glen (1st leg at Downes Crediton), 

Alan Draper, Emerton Court Captain reporting

After much deliberation by Fingle Glen over the date of this fixture, it was finally played on the 6th June. On a fine afternoon, some very good golf was played, especially by DCGC players. This resulted in Fingle Glen being resoundedly beaten 5-0.  Tom Long and David Taylor led the way by winning 4&3, followed by Jim Dunlop and Graham Pateman winning convincingly 5&4.

Richard Tomkins and Paul Fricker continued to turn the screw with a 4&3 win followed by Alan Draper and Nick Bromell winning decidedly 5&4. Martin Howe and Tom Berry finally won a close fought game on the 18th, winning      2 up.   

Well played to all the team, we must ensure that we don’t become complacent going to Fingle Glen!

 Tuesday 5th June - Match v Bigbury - Graham Cox reports

In good weather and the course in great condition, the match was played in a friendly and convivial atmosphere which continued through to the after match meal. Bigbury brought many of their lower handicap players, perhaps in an effort to revenge their Emerton Court defeat, and, despite the efforts of Alan Draper (Emerton Court) and Tom Pettifor (Salisbury soirée) to diminish the pool of available talent for Crediton, it seems that they missed the “on-form” players. 

All six Crediton Pairs won, achieving a whitewash against Bigbury. (For full details see the Results sheet on the Seniors Calendar link).

Only one member from each Club actually landed and stayed on the green for Nearest the Pin on the 15th, and with only one bottle of wine remaining in the Seniors Cellar (has Devon been having a crafty tipple at his desk?), it was awarded to the Visitor, and John Essery had to make do with an I.O.U.

Note. The “Away”match at Bigbury was postponed due to adverse conditions and we are waiting for their Fixtures Secretary to provide alternative dates.

Monday 4th June, Medal, Cedric Chapple reporting.

Numbers down a bit on the norm but much going on with members visiting Salisbury, friendlies, Les Pope Cup and Emerton Court both on Wednesday, too much for a group of old blokes.

Again a good day for golf, not too much sunshine a bit humid and little wind so nothing to complain about but of course it was a medal. Fifty one entries, twenty seven in division one, twenty four division two.

The results, or in this case the top twelve prize winners, full results on line and on the notice board.

Division one 6th Richard Tomkins 70, 5th Frank Saunders 70, 4th Martin Howe 69, 3rd Alan Draper 68, 2nd Joe Hull 68, 1st Simon Mannell with nett 68.

Division Two 6th Richard Wilson 74, 5th Graham Jones 73, 4th John Hooper 73, 3rd Stan Gibson 72, 2nd John Smale 72, 1st and overall winner, Graham Cox with 67 nett and a cut.

Five twos, Peter Caston, John Essery, Simon Mannell, David Moss and earning some holiday money, John Wigginton.

Great fun trying to type in Simon Mannell, machine kept trying to tell me it was Manuel, no Spanish here matey!

Roll up Friday 1st June 2018, Cedric Chapple reporting. 

Figures better, twenty seven arrivals including a visitor, nine times three groups, everybody happy with full handicaps. Nine early starters headed by three on buggies selected for expediency and the need to share the cost of a club buggy, my decision but perhaps not shared by everybody who prefer the blind draw, never mind we live and learn. 

 Course looking good, weather a bit sticky with intermittent showers but nothing to spoil the day. Greenkeepers working hard to keep the grass short, new water pump fitted for back nine irrigation things getting better by the day. 

 Results mixed with some unexplained low scores perhaps down to the extra run on the fairways and the firming up of the greens, anyway it is perplexing some good golfers.

Live reports from the course, in my group Paul Uphill, guest, missed a tiddler on the fifth and it was a tiddler, nothing said well not then but Mr Essery did manage to mention it after the round was over, several times, obviously good mates.

Secondly, Laurie playing his ball from under a tree on the fifteenth exiting the low branches lifted his head at the wrong time, nasty, a long, cut, graze on his pate, risk assessment I fancy. 

To the results.

4th place, Roger Field, Rick Eidam and Dennis the menace, 76 points.

3rd place, Joe Lawrence, Alan Matthews and Richard Wilson, 78 points.

2nd place, Jim Kenshole, Cyril Dawes and Dave Vowden, 83 points.

1st place, John Essery, Paul Uphill and myself with 84 points, I can pick my partners. 

Great excitement over the winners of the balls with all three teams being present but having the lowest score in a close run finish of 68, 67 and 66 points were the deserved claimants, Bill Dick, Laurie Taylor and Mike Conder. 

And just to please Mike Conder, if there is anyone available to play against Bigbury on Tuesday they would be welcome.

 Thursday 31st May - Friendly v Okehampton Home - Eric Parkes Reports

On rather a dull day, the Home leg of the annual contest against Okehampton was played at home on Thursday 31st May.
The Course was the best I have seen it for some time and in superb condition partly thanks to Andrew Chandlers efforts with the mower recently.
On paper the Okehampton Team contained a number of High Handicap players which meant we would have to concede quite a lot of shots
for each match. I am most pleased to report that Downes Crediton rose to the challenge magnificently with an overwhelming Win of Six matches to Nil.
The entertainment for the day was provided by Match Captain Eric Parkes who managed to take a heavy fall off the bank on the 16th which put him out of action for the rest of the remaining holes. His playing partner, John Cann, held firm for the remaining holes which turned out to be a Win by 2-1 for the home side. Sadly Eric has a badly sprained wrist ands bruised hand plus bruised ribs which will keep him from playing for at least 3 weeks.
We look forward to the return leg when I am sure the Okehampton Team will be looking to gain revenge.
Nearest the Pin      Downes Crediton   Nick Bromell  13; 4"       Okehampton  Stuart Wilson     33 ; 10"

Wednesday 30th May - Roll Up - Bill Dick reports:

 On a cool cloudy day with the odd shower only 5 turned up for the early draw. An impossible number for the roll up so they played their own game.

Only 15 turned up for the second draw but then we had at least 6 pentathletes and there were friendly matches either side of the Wednesday and quite a few guys do not like to play consecutive days.

Just two prizes with the winners being Keith Ham, Tom Pettifer and Cedric Chapple with 82 points. Second with 80 points were Wally Phillips, Nick Bromell and Chris Vercoe.

My pre game favourites were Tom Berry, Brian Williams and Jim Kenshole but what do I know they collected the balls with a score of 65.

They had a very poor back 9 only scoring 28 points with a total blob on hole 14. I perhaps should not have been too surprised having seen Tom look for his tee shot from the 14th in the rough on the railway side of the 16th green. It was Jim's scoring or lack of it that really surprised me having played with him on a few occasions. Still as Joe E Brown said "Nobody's perfect"

Friday 25th May - Roll Up - Cedric Chapple Reports: Summer must now be on it’s way a healthy twenty nine rollers twelve in the early group, seventeen in the second so two groups of four playing off three quarter handicap in the latter group. The weather holding up and shirtsleeve order for almost all. A mixed society teeing off at eleven so a great effort to get everybody away with time to spare.

Course improving by the day and the run on the fairways improving and already rumbles about stopping the ball on the greens. Scores are creeping up and it will be interesting to see how they Improve over the summer. Also good to report a good atmosphere post game with the majority of the late attenders still there to hear the results which were as follows.

In fourth place, John Bundfuss, Ken Galvin and Paul Dorothy with 77 points.

In third place, Cyril Dawes, Chris Vercoe and John Veale with 76 points.

In second place, Roger Field, David Fleming, Paul Willcox and Paul Fricker with 78 points.

Winners, Robin Tooze, Richard Wilson and Alan Matthews with 82 points, Robin Tooze looking on

particularly good form with 34 of his points counting.

With the two lowest scores in the early group and the teams not there to collect the balls went to, Roger Phillips, Ed Copp, Keith Ham and myself, we scored 76 points and claimed the prize on a worst back nine, if that is anything to boast about.

Wednesday 23rd May - Roll Up - Cedric Chapple Reports: Very low turnout for the day with just five early birds and twelve in the later draw. The early birds did there own thing, little choice with five so not sure what format they settled for. So the twelve in the second draw played the normal format two of three scores to count, stableford. So no pick and place on the fairways seemed like the first time for years not months, however the course looking great so definitely no need, with the fairways cut to a nice length. In second place, John Hooper, Dennis Wright and Tom Berry with 74 points. The winners, Paul Fricker, Laurie Taylor and Cyril Dawes with 75 points. The winners of the balls, Chris Vercoe, Roger Phillips and David Fleming with 62 points.

I disqualified my own team, bah, humbug. A little aside, Cyril as competitive as ever and discombobulated about his teams miserly two points on the last was still ruminating in the shower when he realised he still had a sock on. Senior moments are made of this, unless of course he’s joined some sort of club we don’t know about.

Footnote, followed the last few holes of the Emerton Court, great win and very tight at the end, the trees protecting the second green playing a massive part in the result.

 Match Vs Bude Away - Tuesday 22nd May - Jim Enright Reports

Fortunately for 6 of us Steve Gidley collected us from our various homes. Starting at 9am it was 11.30am before we arrived, partly delayed by a road closure. The remaining 4 made their own way, one no show being investigated. The weather was great as was the welcome. The Links course however was most definitely on the side of the Home Team who had learned to keep away from the very long gorse. Even when found only a scythe would get the ball out. Yes I am leading to the fact that we played sort of well but the course did not co-operate!! We lost 5 to 1 but that Away goal may help when Bude come to Crediton.

Well done to Mike Hammond and Paul Dorothy who had a great win 7 & 6 and to Roger Gratton who battled along on his own and led after the first. Nearest the Pin was won by Mike Hammond for Downes and by Ray Ellis for Bude.

A big thankyou to the Team for supporting the longer distance Friendlies.

Monday 21st May, Emerton Court v Exeter (Home) - Alan Draper, Emerton Court Captain reports

 The second leg was played against a much stronger Exeter team who were obviously still smarting from being beaten 3-2 at home. The weather was brilliant, the match was hard fought but played in a good spirit.

It became apparent that Downes Crediton were not to repeat their good win at Exeter despite the Captain encouraging his team not to be complacent. In the end it was only the stand in team of Alan Draper and Jim Dunlop, who played after two withdrawals on Sunday, who won their match, winning 5&4. The pair of Richard Tomkins and Tom Berry won a ½ point as did Colin Parr and Paul Fricker.

This gave a final score of Downes Crediton  5, Exeter G&CC  5 and a playoff resulted with the first pairs playing off against each other. Tom Long (6) and Dave Taylor (13) had been selected to play together with a playoff in mind as DCGC had lost 4 playoffs in the last 5 years in the Emerton Court.

Dave Taylor managed to hole his putt on the 2nd to score a 5 net 4 and win the match for Downes Crediton, very well done Dave, it has broken our run of losing in playoffs! 

May Medal - Monday 21st May -  Eric Parkes Reports

A warm and sunny morning, the May Medal was contested by 23 entries in Division one and 27 in Division two. The Division one numbers were depleted due to a number of players taking part in the return leg of the Emerton Court match against Exeter.

The course looked in superb condition with the competition being played off the Yellow posts.

The morning commenced in rather traumatic terms for one Division two competitor. He had hired one of the course buggy's but his playing partner had not arrived by the time he was due to tee off. I did wonder if he was worried that he would have to fork out for the full hire charge himself. It was noticed that his playing partner arrived at the Club house some 20 minutes after he had departed onto the course. 

As the day progressed so did the temperature and by mid-day there was a touch of " Mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noon day Sun" with some competitors finding conditions heavy going.

The Prize Winners were as follows:-

The Winner of Division one was Brian Williams with a score of 68,  2nd Alan Willey 69,  3rd Simon Mannell 70,  4th Brian Kelly 72(bb9),

5th Jim Kenshole 72.

Division two was won by Rick Eidam with a score of 69,  2nd Chris Vercoe 71 (bb9), 3rd Andrew Chandler 71,  4th Peter Dewhurst 73,

5th Alan Mathews 74 (bb9),  6th John Rance 74.

There were just 3 two's,  Simmon Mannell, Peter Russell and Jim Kenshole. 

Thursday 17th May Match v Tiverton (Home) - Alan Draper, Seniors Captain reports

The return fixture nine days after our defeat at Tiverton there were wins for Alan Draper and Nick Bromell, David Lee and Roger Gratton,  Andrew Gilg and Dennis Wright. Nearest the pin on the 15th  and winning the bottle of wine was Roger Gratton. So a 3 - 3 result at home, with an overall loss of 9-3 over the two matches.

Alan Vass, Tiverton Seniors Vice Captain , proposed a toast to the health and future prosperity of Downes Crediton Golf Club.

Match Vs Honiton - Wednesday 16th May - Cedric Chapple Reports: A great day for a game of golf. Following brilliant conditions on Monday for the open we were blessed with another day of sunshine without too much heat.

The Honiton team headed by John Pawley were in the clubhouse early, much earlier in fact than many of our players, perhaps we should post a meeting time. All well with them but not for the home team with Barry Lias on the missing list. Oli phoned Honiton for me with no success and John was not at home possibly a case for inspector Clueso? No matter within minutes the  Honiton  Clubhouse had been on the phone to Devon, Barry had indeed travelled to Honiton and was revving up his Mercedes on the way back to Downes, relegated to the last group I should add. We managed to win the game three and a half to one and a half. Myself and Buffalo Bill managed to overcome John Pawley and Barry Rogers on the sixteenth, they were a bit stressed to be three down after nine but pleased that they were able to get close on the back nine.

Graham Pateman a late replacement and Wally Phillips halved with Steve Butcher and Dave Lee, the former playing off 5.

John Wigginton and Dennis the menace Wright a strong combination overcame John Birch and Sydney Martin, 2 up.

David Lee and Rick Eidam overcame Steve Blundell and Derek Keen 2 and 1 obviously a very close thing.

At the rear Herbie Smith and Barry Lias beat Andy Dawe and Wallace Weaver 5 and 4. There was an offer for the foursome to repair to the bar after the 14th but declined as the visitors were keen to finish their round on their first visit to Downes.

Nearest the pin on 15, Rick Eidam for Downes and John Birch for Honiton.

That is all, Cedric Chapple, captain but only for the day thank goodness.

Seniors Open Monday 14th May: A very successful Seniors Open, blessed with some outstanding weather, I have ordered the same weather for next year! Our thanks must go to Rob and his team for the work they put into the preparation of the course, it looked stunning when looking down from the carpark, especially considering the rain we had in March and the first half of April.
The overall winners were Dave Vowden and Dennis Wright with 44 points. The 1st away team was Ray Shinners and Charles Vane Percey from Lyme Regis with 41 points. The first prize home team was Steve Gidley and Mike Hammond with 43 points.

David Lee was nearest the gin, Brian Ridgeway from Fingle Glen was nearest the pin on the 9th in two, Peter Carr was nearest the pin on the 15th.

Our thanks must go to our Lady ballspotters, all those who put in hours of time to make the day run well, particularly to the Seniors Committee members who helped to organise and put in up to 11hours on the day.
Finally to all those who supported the Open, particularly those from away who we hope to see again next year.

Friday 11th May, Emerton Court V Exeter (Away) - Alan Draper reports

Downes Crediton played Exeter Golf and Country Club in the second round of the Emerton Court, the first leg played at Exeter in rainy conditions.  Downes Crediton achieved an outstanding win 3 – 2.  To do this at Exeter was a mammoth achievement.  Exeter G & CC had four low handicappers in their team but Tom Long and Alan Draper achieved a half match, Quin Payne-Cook and Graham Pateman had a very good win 3 – 2.  Unfortunately Martin Howe and Tom Berry lost their match 1 down.  Colin Parr and Paul Fricker managed to halve their match, but the outstanding result of the day was Nick Bromell and Bill Dick winning their match 5 – 4.

This was a tremendous win away from home, especially remembering that three years ago we were beaten 5 - 0.

But it is important that we don’t become complacent and achieve a very strong home win to promote the idea of Downes Crediton GC being a very strong team to play at home.

Alan Draper, Emerton Court Captain

Friday 11th May - Roll Up - Cedric Chapple reports: Twenty rollers, not too bad suspect some were at the Emerton Court competition supporting except for Cyril who would have been advising. Early group outnumbering the late starters and getting the best of the draw, three groups of three. Course looking better by the day and the greens settling in nicely. Much activity with the boys working hard also of note there were many early starters and others other than mouldy oldies on the course. In third place… Chris Vercoe, Laurence Taylor, Brian Williams and Andrew Chandler with 71 points. In second place John Wigginton, Rob Tooze and Alan Matthews with 73 points. In first place John Bundfuss, Eric Fee and Paul Dorothy with 76 points. Not in last place, with a better back nine and there to receive the balls, Keith Ham. David Fleming, Roger Field and yours truly with a magnificent and well deserved 64, top team.

Wednesday 9th May - Roll Up - Cedric Chapple reports: Where have all the rollers gone? Just twenty one today nine in the early group and twelve in the second, ah well at least no foursomes. Now there was an early committee meeting and some were off for Emerson Court practise but we still seem to be shy of the normal numbers, perhaps people are off on early holidays. So for those missing I’m pleased to report that the course is looking in fine fettle. The greens have still not settled down but are better but beware the filled in trench on the fourteenth, still a little wet and likely to plug your ball. With reference to the course, I met a scratch golfer at American golf who had played on the course last week and he was full of praise, enough said. So the result.

In third place, Dave Fleming, Peter Bryan and Keith Ham with 76 points

In second place, Mike Palmer, George Crabbe and myself with 76 point BB9.

Run away winners, Rob Tooze, Peter Caston and Eric Fee, 82 points, Dope test required.

Last but not least, favoured, John Chater, Laurence Taylor and Andrew Chandler.

Anybody reading this before Monday, if you haven’t entered the open do it, over a hundred on board

Tuesday 8th May Match v Tiverton (Home) - Alan Draper, Seniors Captain reports

Report on the away and home fixtures played against Tiverton Seniors on Tuesday 8th May and Thursday 17th May.

Downes Crediton were soundly beaten in the away fixture, not one pair registering a win. During the meal afterwards, Alan Draper as Seniors Captain proposed a toast to the health and future prosperity of Tiverton Golf Club.

In the return fixture played at Downes Crediton nine days later there were wins for Alan Draper and Nick Bromell, David Lee and Roger Gratton,  Andrew Gilg and Dennis Wright. Nearest the pin on the 15th  and winning the bottle of wine was Roger Gratton.

Alan Vass, Tiverton Seniors Vice Captain, proposed a toast to the health and future prosperity of Downes Crediton Golf Club.

Thursday May 3rd Match v Saunton - Alan Draper, Seniors Captain reports

On  Thursday Downes Crediton Seniors played Saunton Vets at DCGC. Very impressively Saunton had 7 pairs who wanted to play in this fixture which gave more players from Downes Crediton the chance to feature.

The course was playing very tough as many of the pins were still in the same difficult places as they were  for the pros.

Downes Crediton had a very impressive win of 6 1/2 to ½, Sauton seemed to expect such a commanding beating but hopefully still enjoyed it. Now the challenge is to go to Saunton in October and achieve at least 1 point for an overall win !

Roll Up, Wed 2nd May - Bill Dick Reports:

Zebedee having hit (for him) a good tee shot on the 12th hole surveyed his second shot. It needed to go through the gap behind the 4 trees. He hit (for him ) a good one. Feeling rather smug he watched his shot till it stopped rolling.

He then turned to put his club in his bag which was resting on his trolley, but it was not there. He did a 180 degree scan then saw his trolley heading for the woods. However the trolley could not see the woods for the trees as it crashed head first into a tree which brought it to an immediate stop.

In addition to Cedric there were 20 other players. 21 players means 3 prizes, Numbers down because it was an unusually cold and windy day

3rd with 67 points Robin Tooze, Graham Cox and Joe Lawrence.

2nd also with 67 points but with a better countback were Dennis Wright, Cyril Dawes and Paul Willcocks.

The winners with 73 points were Dave Jordan, Laurie Taylor and Keith Ham.

The balls went to Nigel Evans, John Essery and the kid from Caledonia. The sensors have blocked their score.

Monday 30th April - Niblick Competition - Cedric Chapple Reports:                                                                                                                           A good day for weather, much better than that forecast by all the media feeds. A bit parky for the early birds but getting much warmer as the day progressed. The course still a little difficult as shown in the results,  the greens still being on the bumpy side and difficult to read. The greenkeepers are working hard after a particularly hard winter so a little patience, give it a fortnight and there should be a great improvement.

 A field of 67 started the day a little down on normal but perhaps a result of the poor weather. We are back on the full course and scores are being affected with twelve and thirteen coming into the equation, certainly for me the big pines on the twelfth are *!*!*!*!!!!!.  Speaking of this hole one Andrew Gilg, Hon Sec was on the fringe of the green in three, joy!! score on the hole nil points oops! Also of note in my group Keith Ham on the third a lip out for a two, it looked as if it had to drop,  cost him a few bob, namely £16.75.

The results…….

Division 2

Chris Vercoe 31

Graham Cox  32

Brian Johnston 32

Robin Tooze 32

Rick Eidam 32

Eric Mundy 33

John Smale 34                    

                                                   Just one 2 recorded, Frank Sanders winning £33.50

Division 1

Frank Sanders 32

Cyril Dawes 33

Wally Phillips 33

Dennis Wright 33

Mike Hammond 33

Graham Pateman 34

Colin Baker 34

Peter Caston 35

Well done  Peter nearly played to Par, difficulty of the course can be seen by the better back nine separation of the winners.

Don’t forget to sign up for the open on 14th May, Pro shop will enter you on line if you have problems. Also looking for players, Bude and Ilfracombe away

 Friday 27th April Emerton Court Match v Bigbury - Alan Draper reports:

On Friday 27th April we played the second leg of our Emerton Court match against Bigbury at home. It rained all morning and for most of the match until 4.00pm in the afternoon, but the course stood up to it very well with only a few of the bunkers holding water.
The course played very tough as it had been set up for the professionals the day before, with many of the pins in difficult positions. Downes Crediton golfers produced an outstanding result winning 4.5 to 0.5, with an overall score of 8.5 to Downes Crediton and 1.5 to Bigbury.
The team was ably led home by Tom Long and Dave Taylor winning 4 & 3, following by Quin Payne-Cook and Graham Pateman winning by 5 & 4. Martin Howe and Tom Berry won 3 up and Colin Parr and John Dean won 1 up. The last pair of Paul Fricker and Mike Charnock finished their match all square. Well played to them all for such an emphatic win!