Exeter Away team posted on the Diary Page

  Dainton Park team posted on the Diary Page

Pentathlon Round 3 Results now shown under Special Events

                   Upcoming Friendlies:   Teams are posted on the Diary page when selected. 

                 AUGUST MATCHES :                Wednesday 15th 12pm Yelverton Home,          Friday 17th 12pm Exeter Away,          Tuesday 21st 12.04pm Dainton Park Away,               Thursday 23rd 12pm Ilfracombe Away,   Friday 24th 12pm Launceston Away,          Thursday 30th August 12pm Okehampton Away

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 after nine holes and settle on a draw. The remainder of the Team won their matches. 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!