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 - Annie Saunders
Presidents Trophy - Yvonne Medlam
Sheelah Creasy Bowl - Nicky Sandom
Devon League - Julie Gavin
North Devon Friendly League - Pauline Sparkes
MENS TEAM CAPTAINS:
Palairet - Will Hunt
Parker Trophy - Brian Medlam
North Devon League - Ross Hunter
Emerton Court - Jo Ertman
On the day and evening before our match, emails were flying everywhere, from the Devon County Secretary to me, me to the team and the team to me. The reason being as always, the weather. Would the predicted 40mph winds prevent play?
Finally, at 6.15am on the morning of play, we were given the green light, come rain, wind or both, we were playing! It was a relief not to have to reschedule but the wind and rain tested everyone’s ability on the course and I am so thrilled and proud of my team who, with their caddies’ support beat Wrangaton at RND in those conditions. Many congratulations to all.
Our Semi-Final will take place at Downes Crediton on Thursday 5th September against Ilfracombe.
Huge thanks to all the caddies, Julie Bowskill, Gina Ollier, Danny Wallace, Richard Beer, Peter Bristow, Ali Down & Brian Medlam and to my acting deputy, Jackie Aitken. Your support was very much appreciated.
Team: Tess Souter. Lee Bristow. Ann Wallace. Julie Brookes. Barbara Beer. Michelle Ward. Yvonne Medlam
Pictured - Jovial scenes - well done to all on a fantastic win
This was our last divisional match for this season, which although we lost, was great experience for the team to play on a Parkland golf course. Congratulations to all the Ladies who have played President’s this season and for getting us through to the quarter-finals, which will take place at RND on August 9th. More details to follow.
Team L-R: Tess Souter. Julie Bowskill. Helen Lethbridge. Jayne Begley. Ann Wallace. Lee Bristow. Michelle Ward.
The team, consisting from L-R of, Jayne Begley, Jackie Aiken, Barbara Beer, Julie Brookes, Tess Souter, Lee Bristow, Caddy, Julie Rotchell and player, Ann Wallace, produced another great victory over Holsworthy. Very well-done team. This now puts us on top of the table in our division, with only one match left to play before the quarter finals. We’ll all be looking intently for the results of East Devon’s last match as they are our only threat at this stage. Our remaining match will take place at Exeter on July 22nd. Come on President’s, we can do this!
Another amazing win for the President’s team playing against another tough team, East Devon. The wind was at its height and the temperature soared but the girls came through with a fantastic 6/1 victory. No losses, just 5 wins and two halves, a fabulous result in such testing conditions. Thank you to our lone caddy, Stephen, who aided Julie in her win. We all got caught out by the heat on the day and water was in short supply, so huge thanks to Jess & Andy from the Pro shop for coming to the rescue and for Jess who very kindly delivered water out onto the course to both teams.
Team L-R: Jackie Aitken. Yvonne Medlam. Barbara Beer. Lee Bristow. Julie Anstee. Caddy Stephen Anstee & Julie Brookes. Just missing the team photo this week, Ann Wallace (pictured below):
Another great team 4 ½ / 2 ½ win, this time at home against our tough competitors, Okehampton. We began play on what looked- liked being a dull & drizzly day, only for the sun to shine on my super team. Julie Brookes teed off against a fierce 3 handicap opponent, she gave Julie 7 shots but what an amazing game was had by both ladies who managed to halve the match. All of the team contributed but I have to mention our most inexperienced match player, Jaunita Gobby, who was playing her 3rd only ever match. Her opponent played a shot up to the front of the green on the 18th and a cheer rang out, especially loud cheering and clapping from a male Okehampton caddy. Jaunita, who, with a veranda full of visitors, members, Okehampton players and caddies and our own team intently watching, went to play her shot from the green side bunker on the 18th. Jaunita played a fantastic bunker shot on the first attempt to rapturous applause from the crowd, going on to win her match 2 up. Just brilliant.
Team Back Row L-R: Jayne Begley, Amanda Baker, Helen Lethbridge, Tess Souter, Front Row L-R: Julie Brookes with caddy Julie Gavin & Jaunita Gobby. Missing the team photo and standing solo, Lee Bristow (I’ll get you in the next one Lee 😊)
Happy caddies Bridget Briggs and Julie Rotchell with players, Helen Lethbridge & Jayne Begley. A HUGE thank you to all the caddies
Our next match is at home on Friday 28th June.
We are now playing our Home games and have managed a variety of results!
1) Lost to Honiton 4 and a half to 2 and a half
2) Beat Axe Cliff 5 - 2
3) Drew with East Devon 3 and a half each
As our competition is coming to an end, it looks as though it is going to either Honiton or East Devon who will go through to the quarter finals. It is then close between Saunton and Fingle Glen. A tough section to be in!
One more to go next week, against Fingle Glen.
To see the latest Draw Sheet (up to date as of July 2019) please click here
Match report - Semi Final
I am delighted to report a semi- final victory over Ilfracombe in the Rose Bowl match held at Holsworthy on Sunday last.
The 10 man -foursomes- team acquitted themselves well in a 4-1 win on a course which probably suited our opponents better than Team Saunton. The early Saunton pairs struggled against their strong opposition, with Saunton giving 3 shots in both opening matches.
Our ‘young guns’ Finn Begley and Will Hunt managed to get 2 up at one point but eventually fell back losing on the 15th.
Phil Venn and Andy Ackland were also up against it until a run of winning 4 holes on the spin turned the match around for an eventual 2 up win.
Third out were Brian Medlam and Ross Hunter were giving 2 shots and after a very tight front 9 of nip and tuck golf they also went on a 3 hole winning streak and finally closed out a good win on the 14th hole with largely par golf.
Dean Sampson and Mark Kiff - giving 3 shots - have had 2 seasons of great Rose Bowl performances and never looked like losing in a match that also closed out on the 14th hole after they had reeled off a series of birdies to take the match comfortably.
Steve Horn and Gary Golombeck,- receiving 2 shots- were out last but by no means least, and sealed the win with an icing on the cake finish on the par 3 14th, once more, just as news filtered through of the second pairs victory on the 18th …a sweet moment !
Will Hunt & Finn Begley lost 4 & 3
Andy Ackland & Phil Venn won 2 up
Brian Medlam & Ross Hunter won 5 & 4
Dean Sampson & Mark Kiff won 5 & 4
Steve Horn & Gary Golombeck won 5 & 4
Many thanks to the team and indeed the squad who have succeeded in getting Team Saunton into the Rose Bowl Final for the second successive season.
Its important to recognise there have been a number of different players selected to get Saunton into a position of winning this local foursomes trophy.
All that remains is to go one step further than we managed last time out.
Also a huge thanks to those who have come out to support the side this year. Both squad players and club officials have contributed to the support structure which plays a large part in making the side feel a little bit ‘special’
In particular John and Carol Venn, Graham Virgin, David Banbury, Stuart Charnock, Shaun Thorne, Gwyn Lewis and John Deacon have managed to get out for a number of our fixtures.
THE DATE, VENUE AND OPPOSITION FOR THE FINAL ARE STILL TBC
NB. ANY SUPPORT FROM CLUB MEMBERS AT THE FINAL WOULD BE HUGELY APPRECIATED
Match report - Saunton V High Bullen
Team Saunton made progress into the Rose Bowl Foursomes Semi Final with a hard fought win against High Bullen last week on a beautiful evening at a well presented Ilfracombe course. Once more the opponents fielded some far higher handicapped players and our pairs were giving between 8 and 12 shots which severely tested all the Saunton pairs in all 5 matches, which meant the match went down to the wire !
Match 1 was well won by the High Bullen pair 4 and 3. One of whom played some fantastic golf which was by his own admission “the best he had hit a ball in some time ! “
Saunton tied things up with their second 2nd pair, before matches 3 and 4 went down 19 and then 20 for narrow Saunton wins !
Our last pair finished on hole 16 for an overall 4-1 win.
Yet another result that proved far more difficult than the match play I witnessed would suggest.’
Andy Ackland & Graham Virgin lost 4 & 3
John Deacon & Dean Sampson won 4 & 2
Brian Medlam & Steve Payne won on 19th
Ritchie Joslin & Richard Shannon won on 20th
Steve Horne & Gary Golombeck won 3 & 2
Team Saunton now move forward to meet Ilfracombe in the semi Final at Holsworthy. Date TBA.
To see the latest Draw Sheet (up to date as of July 2019) please click here
North Devon League v Ilfracombe
Congratulations to the team for a great result at Ilfracombe last weekend and a comprehensive win on the day with an impressive 181 points.
In particular 2 players making their Saunton NDL debuts posted terrific scores – Xander Davis, a newcomer to Saunton shot 39 points, to finish Saunton's highest placed player and joint second on the day overall, and William J Hunt, who at 15 and one of our young and upcoming players, who amassed a creditable 35 points, including a superb back 9 score of 21.
Individual stableford points scores were as follows : ( top 5 scores to count )
Phil Venn – 32
Andy Ackland – 30
Ross Hunter – 37
William J Hunt – 35
John Deacon – 38
Xander Davis – 39
This result now pushes us up to second in the league, following on from a previous win at home, a joint second at Easewell, and a poor 5th place at Libbaton.
Libbaton remain top of the league but with one fixture to play at Holsworthy, its all still to play for!
North Devon League – 18th May 2019
The second North Devon League meeting took place on Saturday 18th May with Mortehoe hosting the Division 1 teams. The Saunton side, top of the table after the first meeting were much changed for the latest fixture, with availability reduced owing to it clashing with our own Pro Day.
However the ‘chosen few’ scored well on the ‘sandy’ greens on the Easewell course finishing a credible joint second behind the hosts Lions Artisans.
Full results as follows :
John Deacon 39
Ross Hunter 39
Steve Sparkes 37
Shaun Thorne 35
Richard Ebbage 31
Gwyn Lewis 27
So another decent return in this years campaign sees us remain top of the league.
Next fixture is at Libbaton on Sun 23rd June.
Support always welcome !
If there are any club members interested in playing in this format of league golf, or would like more information about it, then please contact one of the 3 selection committee members. Ross Hunter, Will Hunt or Brian Medlam. “