Saunton Golf Club

Team Saunton

Welcome to the Team Saunton information page, where you can catch up on all things relating to Team Golf here at Saunton Golf Club, from team selection to results and match reports. 


Ladies Team Captains: 

Still Cup - Jane Chappell

Presidents Trophy - Gina Ollier

Sheelah Creasy Bowl - Nicky Sandom

North Devon Friendly League - Sara Frankland

Annodata - Julie Rotchell

Devon League - Julie Gavin

Men's Team Captains:

Palairet - Trevor Reynolds

Parker Trophy - Trevor Reynolds

North Devon League - John Deacon

Emerton Court - Jo Ertman

Latest Results

Champion of Champions - Sunday 24th October

On Sunday 24 October, Saunton (as North Devon League Winners of 2019) competed in the Champion of Champions event against the Winners of each of the 4 other Devon Golf Leagues for that year - Axe Cliff, Teignmouth, Okehampton and Staddon Heights. The match had been cancelled several times due to the pandemic but finally was staged at Thurlestone. Teeing off at lunch time, the initial driving rain subsided and soon we were bathed in bright sunshine and just a stiff breeze to contend with. The format of the day was 6 pairs per team playing 4BBB format with 5 best scores to count. Not only were all our pairs soon delivering some fantastic golf but we were all wowed by the beautiful coastline scenery and the spectacular views of Burgh Island which looked amazing in the Autumnal light.

The scoring of our players was equally spectacular!

John Deacon and Ross Hunter - 46 points

Alexander Davis and Darrian Lilley - 38 points

Phil Venn and Mark Clatworthy - 39 points

Mark Pearce and Andrew Natt - 41 points

Barrie Buller and Matt White - 46 points

Steve Beveridge and Steve Sparkes - 40 points

We had an unbelievable team total of 212 points which was enough to be the overall winners!

What a fantastic win and just a wonderful and truly memorable day. The team spirit, fun and banter we all had there was just great. It was simply one of the best days of my life. I was so thrilled and proud to receive the trophy and what a great way to finish the NDL year. A special thank you to John Venn, for driving all the way to cheer us on. He is truly a one-off and fantastic ambassador for Saunton Golf Club. Top, top man!! Finally, thanks to all my magnificent team and for everyone who has played in the NDL team both during Ross’ winning tenure as Captain in 2019 and mine over the last 2 years.

John Deacon

Saunton NDL Captain

North Devon League Finals Day - Sunday 3rd October

The North Devon League Finals Day was held at Ilfracombe last Sunday. The conditions were not conducive to great scores. Scores fluctuated but the Saunton team of Mark Clatworthy, Steve Beveridge, Alexander Davis, Mark Pearce, Ross Hunter and Simon Murfet battled well and when our last man Simon came in with our best score of 32 points we were the leaders in the Clubhouse on 172 and looking good. At the very end of the day Peter Manley of Saunton Artisans came in with the best score of the day, an incredible 37 points which gave Saunton Artisans the trophy with ourselves in second place. Well done to all our team and at least the Trophy will be at Saunton for the year!!!

John Deacon

Palairet Finals Day 2021 - 12th September 2021

We are delighted to let you know that our Palairet Team have won the Palairet Trophy for 2021!

The competition began in late June, where Saunton beat Honiton in the first round. Saunton then went on to beat Libbaton, RND and then Woodbury Park to secure a place at Finals Day.

Finals Day took place yesterday at Teignmouth Golf Club. The final 4 teams remaining were: Saunton, Staddon Heights, Stover & Great Torrington.

The morning semi-finals were as follows:

Stover v Great Torrington

Saunton v Staddon Heights

We were behind for most of the morning, however we managed to get over the line for a hard-fought 3-2 victory vs Staddon Heights (results below).

After a quick lunch break, the team were ready for their afternoon final vs Stover GC.

Once again, Team Saunton were behind for large parts of the game, but the final two pairings dug deep to secure a dramatic 3-2 victory to become Palairet Champions 2021 (results below).

What a great achievement by all. 

Firstly, congratulations to all those who represented Team Saunton in this year's competition!

Congratulations must also go to Mark Pearce (Club Captain), who has put in countless hours selecting teams, choosing pairings and much more. Many thanks also to Albert & Jon who have also assisted with this along the way.

Thank you to those of you who travelled down to Teignmouth to support the team yesterday - it was very much appreciated by all.

This is Saunton's first Palairet win since 2002 - we are delighted that the Team have brought the trophy back to Saunton.

Please see below a picture of yesterday's winning team:

From left-to-right we have: Chris Norman, Steve Hunt, Ian Barnes, Alan Payne, Phil Venn, James Lintin, Ritchie Joslin, Daren Thorne, Graham Virgin & Brian Medlam. With the trophy in the middle we have Mark Pearce (Club Captain).

Thanks again to all and we look forward to defending our title in 2022!

Ladies Still Cup Semi Final - Thursday 9th September

Our Ladies Still Cup Team unfortunately lost their Semi Final match yesterday vs Stover at Churston Golf Club. 

Below is the team pictured with Pat Barker (Ladies Captain).

From left-to right is: Alison Down, Sarah Watts, Pat Barker, Ruby Davis, Sally Charnock & Nicky Sandom.

Ladies Creasy Match - Friday 3rd September

Our Creasy Team - Pauline Barrow, Liz Fielder, Kate Brown, Sara Frankland & Sue Granville-Smith - lost their Quarter Final against a strong East Devon team at Downes Crediton last Friday. Well done to Sue who had the only win with a 4 & 3 victory.

Many thanks to caddies Annie Saunders, Rick Fielder, Alison Pollok, Pauline Sparkes & Adrian Granville-Smith together with supporter Sally Charnock for all their help last Friday.

Well done to our squad for winning the division and qualifying - the above team plus Tricia Payne, Alison Pollok, Jill Lawley, Nikki Gimber & Elaine Kingdon - thank you for all your efforts and support this season!

Jane Chappell

Palairet Match v Woodbury - Sunday 29th August

Sunday saw the Saunton Palairet squad back in action for the quarter-finals at Tiverton.

Our opponents on this occasion were Woodbury Park. Looking through the Woodbury team sheet it was clear that our opponents meant business. Their top three pairings consisted of players ranging from a plus 3 handicap to a maximum handicap of 2!!

Unintimidated, our lead pairing of Brian Medlam and Stan White (only 15 years old), took everything in their stride to convincingly beat their plus handicap opponents 4&3. A very fine result!

Next out were Ian Barnes and Alan Payne. As I have become accustomed to seeing from this pairing, they gradually took control of their match and never let the opposition back in.

Phil Venn and James Lintin found themselves up against another very strong pairing and on this occasion, despite fighting hard were beaten.

The same fate awaited our fifth pairing of Steve Hunt and Darrian Lilley. They were down early in their match and after threatening a late revival finally shook hands on the 16th. The match now stood at 2-2.

This was now really tight!

With the match result hanging in the balance, our hopes rested with the experienced pairing of Graham Virgin and Chris Norman. Their game had been close for most of the day with never more than a hole or two between the teams. With a good sized gallery following the game, Graham teed off on the 18th hole with a narrow one hole lead with just a half required!

Graham’s tee shot was looking quite safe but unfortunately just caught the rough down the left hand side. Upon reaching the ball, it became clear that Chris was going to have to deal with some tree trouble. With their opponents in great position to get their par, things were looking tough.

Thinking that Chris’s only option was to hit a low runner under the branches I was amazed to see him launch a fast rising 8-iron over the trees to the back of the green. This was the shot of the day for me, although there was still some work to do with a 3 putt not being out of the question. Graham was up to the task and stroked a long putt to within 3 or 4 feet of the hole. This left Chris with the chance to close out the match with ‘one of those’ putts. Thankfully Chris nervelessly (probably not), successfully holed out to secure the win and earn Saunton their first trip to the Palairet Finals Day in 20 years.

A fantastic team effort.

Thank you guys! Finals day will be held at Teignmouth on 12th September. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Mark Pearce

Ladies Presidents Match vs Tiverton - Monday 9th August

Unfortunately we only tied 2.5-2.5. We wait to hear if we have got through to the next round. Thanks to Julie Gavin, Lee Bristow, Gina Ollier, Isabelle Slater and myself, Ann Wallace (captain).

Ladies Creasy Match vs Tiverton - Friday 13th August

Our team, left to right – Jill Lawley, Pauline Barrow, Nikki Gimber, Liz Fielder & Sara Frankland – won 3.5 v 1.5 to give us a resounding win of our division. The girls all had to battle on with every match but Sara’s (who won 6&4) going to the 18th.

Well done to all our players – Jill, Pauline, Nikki, Liz, Sara & Elaine Kingdon, Sue Granville-Smith, Alison Pollok, Tricia Payne & Kate Brown who have played in the divisional matches and contributed to our win!

We are now looking forward to the quarter finals at Downes Crediton on Friday 3rd September.

Jane Chappell

North Devon League - Sunday 1st August

I arrived at RND at 4:15pm to find John Venn looking both hopeful and optimistic. We needed a good result today to secure our Division One status. John and I reminisced nervous memories of several years ago, when on the last League match of the season at Holsworthy, we lay second in a very close table. We hoped to win it that day, but ended up being relegated instead as results all went dramatically against us. I remember playing and then driving home completely and absolutely gutted. It was such a smack in your face sort of moment!  Surely it could not happen again? Hopefully not!

Our first 2 golfers were already in the Clubhouse and Steve Beveridge had delivered a fantastic 43 points and Mark Clatworthy a steady 31. John added that the rest of the team had started their rounds well, so my anxieties quickly faded.

Next in was Club Captain, Mark Pearce, who had bravely played despite injury and scored an excellent 35 points. Then Xander Davies returned with an equally impressive 34.  Paul Hillman added a 29.  My spirits were lifting considerably.

Then John had it confirmed that actually, only one team would be relegated this year, with Division One to return to 6 teams in 2022, with the top 2 teams to be promoted from Division Two. We were certainly safe now.

But better news was to emerge. Simon Murfet, playing his first match for us and first round at RND, scored a sensational 45 points. This was not only top score of the day but helped secure both second place behind RND in today’s match and guaranteed us runners up spot in the League! Well done to Simon, an outstanding round, and also to Portmore, who were crowned Champions! Phew!

It’s certainly been a rollercoaster season. My sincere thanks go to all players who represented Team Saunton. You have made me very proud in my time as Captain. Special thanks to John Venn for his unerring support, help and dedication all along the journey. Our last outing will be on October 3 at Ilfracombe, when we try to retain our trophy as last year’s winners of Finals Day!

John Deacon

Team Saunton NDL Captain

Team scores:

Simon Murfet 45 and top score of the day!

Steve Beveridge 43 and second top score of the day!

Mark Pearce 35

Xander Davies34

Mark Clatworthy 31

Paul Hillman 29

Match Result

1st.     RND.     190

2nd.   Saunton. 188

3rd.    Portmore. 183

4th.    Lion Artisans. 172

5th.    Libbaton. 171

Final League Table:

1st.  Portmore 19 (Champions of 2021)

2nd. Saunton  16 (Runners Up)

3rd.  Libbaton  15 (784 s/ford pts)

4th.  RND  15 (775) (Relegated)

5th.  Lion Artisans 10 (Relegated)

John Deacon

Ladies Creasy Match vs Tiverton - Friday 30th July

The Creasy team halved their match away at Tiverton last Friday. It was a very windy & wet day but the team - Elaine Kingdon, Pauline Barrow, Alison Pollok, Sue Granville-Smith & Liz Fielder all did really well with Elaine & Sue coming back from being well down at the turn to win & Pauline dug in being 2 down on the 17th tee to halve her match.

We now have to play Tiverton at home on Friday 13th August. It’s very close as we’re neck & neck with Tiverton - but we could still win the division.

Jane Chappell

Palairet Match  vs RND - Sunday 25th July

Saunton’s Palairet journey continues!

Sunday saw us play our third round match against RND at East Devon. Due to Covid self-isolation requirements we found ourselves making a few changes to the team. Playing for the first time in this year’s squad were Steve Cresswell, Mark Clatworthy and Chris Norman. In my enforced absence, John Venn kindly offered his services as match captain for the day. My thanks go to all!

This result means that we have now progressed to the quarter finals.

Our next opponents will be Woodbury Park and the match is to be played on 29th August at Tiverton.

Your support on the day would be most welcome!

Mark Pearce

Men's Captain

A terrific result by Saunton to reach the quarter finals of the Palairet for the first time in many years. We were led out by Ian Barnes and Alan Payne who along with Graham Virgin and Chris Norman both won their matches most convincingly 4 and 3. Unfortunately Brian Medlam and Steve Payne struggled against a strong RND pair and lost 5 and 4. After eight holes Mark Clatworthy and Steve Cresswell were 4 down but fought back magnificently to be All Square after 18 holes. They looked back to the 17th green to see Steve Hunt, paired with Darrian Lilley slot in a 20 foot putt to win their match 2 and 1. So a great team effort and congratulations to them all.

John Venn

Ladies Creasy Match vs RND - Sunday 18th July

The Creasy team - from left to right Tricia Payne, Kate Brown, Liz Fielder, Nikki Gimber & Sara Frankland - won their match against RND at home last Sunday 3-2.

It was a great match played in very hot conditions & a credit to all players that they managed to fight their way around the East course.

We are now level pegging with RND in our division & our next match is against Tiverton away on Friday 30th July. Tiverton are currently in the lead having beaten RND at home 5-0 - we are obviously going to try to do better!

The team for the Tiverton match is Kate Brown, Pauline Barrow, Sue Granville-Smith, Alison Pollok & Liz Fielder.

Jane Chappell

From the Lady Captain

Our Still and Creasey teams both took to the course on Sunday 18th July in 30 degrees of heat.

I have to say it was a little warm!

My congratulations go to both teams for the grit and determination to get the job done.

They both came in with very creditable wins, very well done we are all very proud of you.

Pat Barker

North Devon League Match vs Portmore - Sunday 18th July

We had a disappointing game on a sweltering hot day at Portmore! Good rounds from Martyn Gimber (32) and Will J Hunt (31) were not enough as the remaining 4 of the team battled hard but melted in the heat. We finished 4th on the day with a strong home performance from Portmore, securing the victory. After 4 matches, the League position is as follows:

1. Portmore 16 points

2. Libbaton 14 points

3. Saunton 12 points

4. RND 10 points

5. Lions Artisans 8 points

With the final match at RND in 2 weeks, we now a need good result to maintain our first division status as the home team will be favourites!

John Deacon

Saunton NDL Captain

Palairet Match vs Libbaton - Sunday 18th July

Once again, the Palairet team have been in action.

This time our opponents were Libbaton GC and the match was played on a swelteringly hot day at Ilfracombe. The course was in fine condition and the views were spectacular!

Ian Barnes & Alan Payne were our first pair out and on paper looked to have a very tough match against Libbaton’s lead pair. Ian & Alan played some great golf to secure a 2&1 win. Ian’s unexpected chip-in birdie from thick rough on the 15th was a highlight!

Next up was Phil Venn & James Lintin. The guys were finding it a little tough on the front 9 but managed to dig deep and finally came through with another 2&1 win.

Ritchie Joslin and Daren Thorne were down early in their match. Despite fighting hard they were finally beaten 3&2.

The final two pairings were involved in matches that were tight throughout most of the day. It seemed to me that every time I caught up with them, the position of the match had changed. Coming down the stretch Graham Virgin & Steve Payne were fighting back hard.
Behind them, Steve Hunt & Darrian Lilley had fought back from behind and were slowly taking control of their match.

At this stage things were looking good for the team and when Steve & Darrian closed out their match for a 4&2 win, victory had been secured, allowing Graham & Steve to graciously concede their match so we could all head back to the clubhouse for a well-earned drink!

The final result was a 3-2 victory that puts us in a third-round fixture against RND to be played at East Devon.

Thanks to the whole team for all their efforts.

Special thanks go to John Venn for his stellar support, it is much appreciated!

Mark Pearce

Ladies Presidents Match vs RND - Wednesday 14th July

Sadly our team lost on Wednesday 2- 3 away at RND.

The players in beautiful sunshine on a busy course were Julie Bowskill, Julie Gavin, Lee Bristow, Tess Souter, and Gina Ollier. We hope to reverse the score when they come to us on 26th July.

Ann Wallace (Captain)

Ladies Sheelah Creasy Match vs RND - Monday 5th July

Our Ladies Sheelah Creasy Team narrowly missed out in their match on Monday vs RND. The team pictured below (left to right): Tricia Payne, Pauline Barrow, Liz Fielder, Alison Pollok and Sara Frankland lost 3-2 overall to RND. 

Palairet Match vs Honiton @ Teignmouth GC - Sunday 4th July

Last Sunday saw the Saunton Palairet team taking on Honiton at Teignmouth.

For a short while conditions looked ominous, and we were beginning to think that this match was destined to be abandoned yet again.
However, after a couple of delays the fog cleared and we were finally underway.

Our first pair out saw Ritchie Joslin and Daren Thorne make short work of dispatching their opposition and they were able to enjoy their lengthy walk back to the clubhouse, taking in the magnificent scenery as they went.

Ian Barnes and John Clink were to find themselves four down after 14 and fought well to take their match to the 19th where they finally succumbed.

Match 3 saw the reliably formidable pairing of Brian Medlam and Steve Payne put their opponents to the sword with some very solid golf.

John Deacon and Steve Beveridge found their opponents to be a little much to cope with on the day despite their best efforts and this was to leave the match in the balance at 2-2.

This left all our hopes in the hands of our rookie pairing of Stephen Hunt and Darrian Lilley. Let’s just say that I will be sending them the following images before their next match!


Thankfully, the innumerate duo were able to fight their way valiantly to a 2&1 win to secure the result.

My thanks go to the team on a very enjoyable and exciting day.

Mark Pearce                      

Parker Trophy Match vs RND @ Ilfracombe GC - Sunday 4th July

The match started with steady rain blowing in from the west which continued for over an hour making for testing conditions despite which the players from both sides managed to maintain a high standard of golf throughout.

Jon Sutherland and Alan Payne were first out and came up against opponents at the top of their game taking an early 4 hole lead, but the Saunton pair fought back to take the game to the 17th before conceding defeat.

Richard Ebbage and Will Hunt were third out and were far too strong for their opponents winning convincingly 7&5.

The result of the match then rested on the shoulders of the two juniors Stan White and Will J. Hunt. As the sun came out they proved up to the task, drawing level on the 15th, halving the16th only to go behind on the 17th, but Will's drive found the 18th green allowing them to draw level again. Both teams were over the back of the Par 5 19th in two and then proceeded to duff their chips from difficult lies, then missed their putt leaving Will with a 20 foot putt for birdie to win their game and the match which he calmly did - what it is to be young and fearless.

Trevor Reynolds

Ladies Presidents Match vs Tiverton - Friday 2nd July

Our Ladies Presidents team played away at Tiverton last Friday 2nd July, but it was the home team that were victorious, winning 3.5-1.5. 

The team consisted of: Barbara Beer, Isabelle Slater, Lee Bristow, Julie Bowskill & Ann Wallace (captain). 

North Devon League - Sunday 13th June

Last week, Team Saunton competed in the third match of the North Devon League season.  It was a very hot sunny June day, on a Libbaton course, that looked absolutely fantastic after several years hard work and dedication from former Saunton green keeper, Brian Stevens. It was one of mixed fortunes for our players. Club Captain, Mark Pearce, played superbly to hit 35 points. Both Phil Venn and Shaun Thorne delivered very respectable scores of 32 points. Also, Xander Davies, after a very rocky start, battled well to land 29. While debutant, Martyn Gimber, and Andrew Natt gave their all but couldn’t quite find their “A” game. Overall, the home team were victorious but our performance was enough to land us third place. With two matches to play, the League remains tightly contested, with Libbaton and Portmore leading on 11 points, with Saunton on 10, Lions Artisans 7 and RND 6. Next game is at Portmore on 18 July.

Thanks to all of my team for their tremendous commitment and great spirit as always.

  John Deacon

North Devon League - Saturday 22nd May

Team Saunton competed in the second North Devon League match of the season at the weekend. Four of us had played a practice round on a wet, windy evening a few nights earlier, on uncut, very slow greens. With an average of 35 points on that night, and a great round from Paul Hillman, we approached the match with quiet confidence.

By Saturday, the wind had reversed, the greens had been cut but were still sluggish and awkward, and the course was playing particularly tricky. As always, the Home team of Lions Artisans fared the best, whilst we struggled with the conditions. Our first 4 players, Andrew Natt, myself, Mark Pearce and Shaun Thorne scored 28, 32, 30 and 32, whilst Paul hit a steady 33 and Xander Davies finished strongly with 35. On the day, we finished 4th out of the 5 competing teams.  But felt very proud of my team and their tremendous effort and commitment as always.

 After 2 of the 5 matches, the standings are now as follows:

 1st Saunton - 7 points (305)

2nd Portmore - 7 points (301)

3rd Libbaton - 6 points (299)

4th Lions Artisans - 6 points (288)

5th RND - 4 points (278)

 All very tight with 3 matches to play and all to fight for - the final result could certainly go down to total stapleford points scored across all games. Next match is at Libbaton in 3 weeks time.

  John Deacon

North Devon League - Sunday 25th April

I know not all of you were able to stay to see the final result and in fact, a late card marking error came to a light after we had left, so the result did change again!

I’m delighted to confirm that we were confirmed ‘Winners’, with the scoring as follows:

Saunton 143 points

Portmore 131

RND 129

Libbaton 128

Lions Artisans 111

Thank you to all of you that played today. The strong gusting Easterly wind and hardening course conditions made for a tough challenge to all. Special well done to Steve B with his incredible 35 points, top score of the day! A fantastic performance which had his playing partners drooling in awe!! Also another great knock from Andrew, with a superb 32 points. All 5 of the counting scores from our team were in the top half of the 30 competing players. So I’m a very proud and satisfied Captain tonight, with 2 successive winning results to start my tenure. 

Thanks also to John V, for his work in sorting and administering today, so that everything ran so smoothly. I heard nothing but praise for Saunton in providing a hugely enjoyable day. So good to be out competing on the links again!

Well done everybody!

John Deacon

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