East Devon bag Emerton Court Trophy success against Stover

PUBLISHED: 17:01 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:01 30 April 2013

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East Devon were drawn against Stover in the first round of the Emerton Court Trophy competition this year writes Mike Whitehead.

This is the flagship event between clubs in Devon where Seniors from each club play four-ball, better-ball in a home and away knockout formula, five pairs count for each team and, if the result is level after the completion of both legs, the first pair from each team play a sudden death decider from the first hole.

The away leg was played at Stover on Friday April 19, and produced 1.5 points for East Devon. The pairing of Rob Humphrey and Malcolm Pressey had a comfortable win six and four, with each of them recording two birdies. The half point was gained by Terry Heard and Stewart Jackson who were unlucky to be denied a whole point by a birdie on the 18th hole from the opposition.

This result meant that East Devon needed four points from the home leg on April 25, to be successful. The third pair of Bill Norris and Brian Spurrier unfortunately lost their match and the second pair of John Pulman and Nigel Goode were pegged back by their opponents to concede a half.

The other three pairs won their matches, with both of the last two pairs, Terry Heard/Stewart Jackson and Bob Cummins/Mike Wisdom, winning on the 16th hole.

The first pair of Rob Humphrey and Geoff Walden who had won a tight match on the 17th then had to go out again down the first hole. This did not start well for East Devon with Humphrey driving out to the left and Walden to the right - both Stover players drove down the centre of the fairway.

Second shots were played, leaving Walden just short of the green, Humphrey just off the back and Stover just on the green with one and off left with the other. Walden’s putt from off the green hit the hole to roll about three feet past, Humphrey also hit the hole with a lob from the back and neither of the Stover players could convert for four, leaving Humphrey to tap in for a great win.

The whole match was played in an excellent spirit, competitive and sporting, reflecting well on the competitors from both sides.

East Devon now play Elfordleigh in the second round, to be completed by June 2.

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