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 - Graham Virgin
Rosebowl - John Deacon
Men's Match v Woodbury Park - Sunday 19th June
Last year an in form Saunton team prevailed 6-0 on our West course, so we had a real challenge to maintain that kind of standard !
Our team was of pleasingly mixed ability, with handicaps ranging from 4 to 21, including a lot of 12-14 handicap players. The format was 4BBB match play, 90% handicap.
We all made it to Woodbury in good time for a very decent breakfast. Like Saunton, the view from their clubhouse is stunning. Unlike Saunton it features lush fairways and lots of hills, lakes, and trees … so Pete Day was going to struggle with his 70 yard Texas wedge !
The course was in excellent condition and it was great to play somewhere that is so different in character to our East or West. Without exception we all really enjoyed the course, the company, and the general set up.
So to the golf. All the matches were pretty close. We just lost out 2/1 in each of the first three matches, and it would be fair to say Woodbury hit us with some pretty impressive golf, including a holed 8 iron for an eagle !
At 3-0 down things looked a little uncomfortable for Team Saunton, HOWEVER, matches 4, 5, and 6 all came good with 3 straight wins, 3/2, 2/1 and 2UP. Well done to these magnificent 6, who managed to level the team result at 3-3, thereby enlivening the post-match beer and post mortems.
For many of us it was our first experience of Woodbury, and one well worth the relatively long drive beyond Exeter to get there. Many thanks to our hosts, especially Pete Lawrence the Woodbury Captain and Duncan Ratley their Organiser.
Our team, in order of play:
Geoff Graham and Peter Bristow
Mark Pearce and Lee Martin
Mike Rooke and Andy Dickson
Jim Teale and Noel Donovan
John Evans and Alan Payne
Pete Day and John Gavin
Andy Dickson - Team Captain
Ladies Devon League v Churston
Our Devon League team Captain Julie Gavin reports:
We had a scorcher yesterday against Churston in more ways than one! On a hot day (lots of sun cream and water) the team played a blinder on the West winning 6 out of 7 of our matches and gaining us another 10 points. Many thanks to the team of Lee Bristow, Louise Brown, Sue Granville-Smith, Sue Hart, Jenny Kirley and Tricia Payne.
We are now sitting top of our division with two matches left to play; Tiverton away and Boringdon Park at home. Onwards to the next challenge.
Ladies Presidents Team v Sidmouth - Friday 10th June
The Presidents Team played away to Sidmouth on the 10th June and what a fabulous day we all had. The Sidmouth ladies were so welcoming and I think the terrain of the course was a bit of a surprise to some of our ladies! They gave it their all but the final result was 5 1/2 to 1 1/2 but we shall hopefully get our revenge when they come to us. Our team was Nicky Sandom, Jayne Begley, Julie Bowskill, Lee Bristow, Julie Gavin, Steph Long & Jackie Aitken - thank you to you all.
Ladies North Devon Friendly League v Portmore - Wednesday 8th June
Our North Devon Friendly League played on Wednesday 8th June -this was our first away match against Portmore. Saunton’s team consisted of Alison Pollok, Jenny Womersley, Frankie Gordon, Christine Gilio and Sara Frankland.
Wild, blustery weather made driving hard work into the wind but nothing we aren’t used to at Saunton and only wet for a short time which was a bonus given the forecast. The course was in superb condition and we very much enjoyed meeting mostly the same Portmore ladies we had played against at home with some good battles once again. We lost 3-2 which on an away course isn’t a bad result and in fact the direct opposite of the home match so nice and evenly matched. Well played team!
North Devon League at Libbaton
The third round of the First Division of the NDL was held at the lengthy Libbaton course. After his win in the Celebration Greensomes the day before, Paul Hillman came in with a magnificent 40 points. Adam Grant on his debut scored a very creditable 33 points. After amassing 161 points Saunton came third on the day. With two fixtures still to be played the current League positions are:
Libbaton - 10.5 points
Torrington - 10
Saunton - 9.5
Portmore - 8
Saunton Artisans - 7.5
Palairet Match v Tiverton - Sunday 5th June
Our quest to retain the Palairet Trophy came to an end last Sunday when we were beaten by Tiverton at Okehampton. Although our opening pair of Andrew Norman and Stan White were beaten 5/4 and our 5th pair of Chris Norman and Mark Pearce, who kindly stood in for the injured Graham Virgin, had a similar fate losing 5/3 the other three matches could have gone either way with James Chappell and Ritchie Joslin losing on the 17th, Ian Barnes and Alan Payne losing by 1 hole and James & Oliver halving their match. It is sad to be knocked out so early but on the day the better side won helped by the number of supporters and caddies they had. Although the rain the day before washed the sand out of all the bunkers taking them out of play the course otherwise was in good condition. The match was played in the true spirit of the game and I wish to thank all those who took part in the two matches for their commitment. I also wish to thank John Venn, Michael Rooke and Graham Virgin for making the effort to come and support.
Mixed Match v Thurlestone - Saturday 4th June
It was delightful to be able to host this match again in our 125th year.
Our team: Peter & Lee Bristow, Peter & Elaine Bone, Martyn & Nikki Gimber, Adrian & Sue Granville-Smith with Team Captains Trevor Reynolds & Jane Chappell won 3.5-1.5.
It was great to have the Red Arrows fly past as part of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Our Visitors were very complimentary about our course and the catering especially, and they were the most enjoyable company.
We are looking forward to our return match at Thurlestone on Saturday 10th September when we help celebrate their 125th year.
Ladies Still Cup Team v Tavistock - Wednesday 1st June
Our Still Team has a fantastic away win at Tavistock on Wednesday 1st June 4.5 v 1.5!!
Congratulations to all the team shown below – Ali Down, caddy - Annie Saunders, Julie Brookes, reserve – Barbara Beer, Jayne Begley, Kathy Young, Julie Rotchell, Hele Standen, Myself & Sally Charnock. A fabulous result – our next match is home against Tiverton on Sunday 26th June.
Ladies North Devon Friendly Team v RND - Wednesday 1st June
Another sunny day saw RND come back to us for the second time in a week with three of their players playing in both matches.
Our team consisted of Jenny Womersley, Jackie MacAlister, Tricia Payne, Rusty Bostock and Sara Frankland.
We had a good home win 3.5 to 1.5, making it 4 out of 4 which is a fabulous start, very well done to all the teams.
The first of our away matches is next week at Portmore so we are very much looking forward to playing on a different course and the challenges that brings!
Ladies Creasy Team v RND - Monday 30th May
Our Creasy Team took on RND at home on Monday 30th May. Despite every Saunton member having to give shots (from 3 to 10!), we got our 1st win of the season, beating our opponents 5-2. Five of the matches were extremely close, with two ending 'all square'. Congratulations to the team (from left to right): Steph Long, Pat Barker, Laura Marsh, Jane Cockcroft, Tricia Payne, Hannah Marks and Elaine Bond.
A great result Ladies - well done!
North Devon League - Sunday 29th May
The second round of the North Devon League First Division was hosted by Saunton. The East Course was still set up from the Pros Day on Saturday (and we played off the White Tees!!) so it was always going to be tough. Mark Clatworthy who was the first off was our Star of the Day, coming in with 38 points, not only the best score for Saunton but on countback the best score of the competition. Simon Murfet also achieved 33 points which helped Saunton come second on the day with 151 points but beaten by Portmore who amassed 161 points. The current table now puts us equal second so looking to do well at our next venue which is Libbaton on 12 June.
Ladies North Devon Friendly League v Libbaton - Friday 27th May
The North Devon Friendly League Captain Sara Frankland reports that they played their 3rd match against Libbaton on 27th May on a lovely sunny day although there was still a chilly wind. The team of Deborah Wheatstone, Hannah Marks, Laura Marsh, Deborah Chaffe & June Shadbolt had a good win 4 1/2 to a 1/2 with every match being very close. Well played everyone!
Ladies Annodata Team v Bude - Friday 27th May
The Ladies Annodata team travelled to Bude last Friday for their second round battle with Bude at Bude. It was a beautiful day and the Julie Team (Brooks, Bowskill, Gavin, Rotchell and Sandom - even Nicky converted to Julie for the day) were all prepared after travelling down the week before for a practice round. They fought hard but unfortunately we lost 3/2 - a close encounter but it’s always a tough ask when you’re away. So we will just have to wait another year to get to the finals in Spain.
Ladies Presidents Team v Honiton - Monday 23rd May
We had our away game at Honiton and although the weather was squally with heavy rain, the team played extremely well, especially not being used to thick grass and hundreds of trees! We lost 1 1/2 to 5 1/2 but the ladies played extremely well. The team consisted of Nicky Sandom, Julie Bowskill, Helen Lethbridge, Lee Bristow, Ann Wallace, Lesley Pamment and Steph Long, along with caddies Danny Wallace, Julie Rotchell and myself. My thanks to all of you.
Lady Vets v RND
This game was nearly cancelled as it was so wet in the morning, a good job it wasn’t as the afternoon turned out sunny.
The games were very close and friendly, we halfed all our matches.
Lady Vets v Ilfracombe
Although we had rain, we had some good games. We lost 3-2.
Lee Bristow and Ann Wallace also played but were not in the picture.
Friday 13th May - North Devon League Match v Saunton Artisans
On Friday evening we contested our first round Rosebowl match against the Artisans at Mortehoe. The format was foresomes matchplay with no more than 2 shots given to any pair. Unfortunately it was not a good evening for Team Saunton and we were resoundingly beaten 5-0 by a very competitive opposition. The game was played in a very friendly and warm spirit. They had recently been narrowly edged out of the Palairet in a tight tie against a very strong Ilfracombe team and so were absolutely determined to progress in this competition and we wish them well. Ironically, getting a full team together was harder than the actual match! I really do want to thank all of my team (Ben R & Mark P; Martyn G & James L, Stephen S & Barrie B, Jun R & Shane M; Paul H) for putting yourselves out to play, it was immensely appreciated. Thank you also to Jan and Trevor Reynolds for coming along to support.
Monday 9th May - Parker Trophy Match v Honiton
After our success in the 1st Round of the Palairet unfortunately the reverse was true when we met Honiton at Downes Crediton in the 1st Round of the Parker Trophy. The course was in excellent condition, surprisingly green considering the recent drought conditions, although both Teams found the greens a little slow and bumpy. All matches were close after the front 9 despite the difficultly of avoiding trees. The top match of Andrew Norman & Stan White came back from being 2 down early on to take control of their match with a strong performance on the back 9 to win 4/3. Unfortunately the reverse was true for the remaining 2 matches were the Honiton pairs were too consistent for our pairings of James Chappell & Ritchie Joslin and Paul Vicary & Alan Payne. So we bow out of this year’s Parker Trophy with a loss of 2 matches to 1.
Sunday 1st May - Palairet Match v Thurlestone
On Sunday May 1st we started our quest to retain the Palairet Memorial Trophy which we won last year after a 21 year wait. We were drawn against Thurlestone at Dawlish Warren and woke up to the first rain for over a month and this lack of rain was evident throughout the course with gorse being the only thing flourishing. Our first pair of Jon Sutherland and Stan White although giving shots were always in contention but eventually succumbed the Thurlestone pairs short game losing 3/2. The second pair of Ian Barnes and Phil Venn had a tight game but won our first point on the 17th 2/1. The third pair of James Chappell and Ritchie Joslin were always in control and won on the 17th 3/2. The forth pair, father and son James & Ollie Teale were outstanding not giving their opponents a look in winning 7/6. The fifth pair of Graham Virgin and Chris Norman fought valiantly at the end of the field but eventually lost 3/1. This gave us a victory of 3 matches to 2 although there were times when it could have gone either way. The 2nd round is on Sunday June 5th when we take on Tiverton who beat Downes Crediton in the 1st round. The venue is Okehampton. There was a great spirit amongst the Team not dampened in any way by the rain. Many thanks to last year’s triumphant Captain Mark Pearce and John Venn for making the trip to support.
Sunday 1st May - Ladies Creasy Match v RND
Sadly our Creasy team lost 10 - 6 (points) away to RND today team Captain for the day , Pat Barker reports:-
Tricky day with a north westerly wind, greens were a little difficult also. So we had 2 half’s and one win.
One missing at picture time as was busy practicing, that’s Sarah (Frankland) she’s the one that had the win.
Two of our ladies had to give 11 shots as they had high handicaps out on the last 4 games.
Wednesday 27th April - Ladies Presidents Match v Exeter
The President’s team played against Exeter at home on 27th April – team Captain, Gina Ollier reports:-
The team consisting of Barbara Beer, Helen Lethbridge, Lee Bristow, Ann Wallace, Steph Long, Julie Gavin and Jackie Aitken, plus Alison Down who very kindly offered to caddy for Barbara. We won 5/2 which was an amazing result as the Exeter ladies were extremely good players and the wind on the day was really cold but we came through with glowing colours. Thank you to all the ladies, an absolutely brilliant start to the season.
Sunday 24th April - North Devon League
On Sunday, the first North Devon League match of the season, was contested at Torrington. It was a beautiful sunny afternoon and good conditions for scoring, but
players from all 5 teams generally struggled to post decent scores. The slightly slower than usual greens seemed to fox many and this course certainly punishes a wayward tee shot. I can testify to that! Ross Hunter led our team scoring with an excellent 34 points and also Xander Davis with 31. Unfortunately the rest of us had mixed fortunes, averaging 26. Though last year’s champions, Portmore, were dragged even further downwards by 2 sub 20 point finishes and the Saunton Artisans had a DQ for a non return of card. At the end of the day, we finished 4th, with unsurprisingly Torrington winning on their own course. We now look forward to the next match, our home tie at Saunton at the end of May!
Saunton NDL Captain
Thursday 21st April - Ladies Still Cup Match v Exeter
The Still team lost to Exeter away last Friday 4/3 which was a really good effort- we picked up 9 points to Exeter’s 10. Well played everyone, Abbie Welsher , Sally Charnock, Julie Rotchell, Alison Down, Julie Brookes, Nicky Sandom & Jacqueline Clink & reserve Barbara Beer. Unfortunately there is no photo as the team captains (me!) forgot to take one! Sorry I’ll try to do better next time.
Thursday 21st April - Ladies Still Cup Match v Tavistock
Still Cup match against Tavistock at home yesterday was a great win for us 6/1! Congratulations to the team – Abbie Welsher, Hele Standen, Sally Charnock, Julie Rotchell, Amanda Baker, Julie Brookes & Nicky Sandom with Barbara Beer as reserve. Thanks also to caddies Julie Bowskill, Alan Bennett-Brown & Barbara Beer. We had beautiful weather & our team looked great out there in their sorbet tops!
Friday 15th April - Ladies North Devon League Match v Torrington
Following straight on yesterday was the North Devon League match against Torrington. Captain Sara Frankland reports a win 3 & a half to 1 & a half. It was the first time three of our players had played for a team & they did very well indeed – congratulations to Jackie MacAlister, Deborah Wheatstone, Laura Marsh , Debbie Chaffe & Christina Gilio.
Wednesday 6th April - Ladies Creasy Match vs East Devon
Our Creasy team lost 3-4 to East Devon at home - Team Captain , Nicky Sandom & her team - Steph Long, Sue Hart, Kate Brown, Pauline Sparkes, Sue Granville -Smith, Alison Pollok & Christine Gillio had a tough first match against defending champions East Devon in very difficult conditions.
Monday 4th April - Ladies Presidents Match v Honiton
Our Presidents Team won at home to Honiton 7 -0 - congratulations to team Captain Gina Ollier & the team - Julie Bowskill, Lee Bristow, Debbie Webb, Helen Lethbridge, Pat Barker, Steph Long & Nicky Sandom - what a fantastic start!
Monday 28th March - Ladies Devon League Match v Boringdon Park
Julie Gavin’s Devon League Team went to Boringdon Park on 28th March and did very well coming away with 6 points to Boringdon’s 8 – they are looking to readdress the balance on the return match.
They looked very smart in the new team colours & everyone said they felt great in them too!