The sun shines on East Devon knockout finals
- Credit: Peter Dowling
The 2020 knockout competitions were finally decided at East Devon Golf Club and it proved to be a terrific day of golf for everyone involved.
After a challenging year with the competitions being suspended twice because of Covid lockdowns, the sun finally shone on the Captains, competitors and spectators on Finals Day, when the 2020 Captains Malcolm Pressey and Jill Dunsford finally got to enjoy one of the best parts of their role… presenting the trophies to deserving winners.
All finals were played in great spirit and even those involved in the hardest fought matches could spare a moment to enjoy the stunning views across Devon and Lyme Bay on what was a sparkling, sunny day.
In the men’s competitions, Simon Harding and James McMurdo were victorious over Neil Rice and Chris Tonking in the Evans Rosebowl, while John May beat Neil Sear to win the Heywood Bowl.
Robin Murray won the Banfield Trophy after defeating Ruairi Cunnane and Roy Barber took the honours over Charlie Kerslake in the Seniors. Moxon Wagtail, Bunty Bird and Dennis Chivers took home the mixed Law Salvers after defeating Rowan Edbrooke and David Standley.
There was more drama and tremendous golf in the ladies Aplin Foursomes, with Sarah Jones and Helen Chivers victorious over Lisa Tinsley and Barbara Middleditch.
Some of the other 2020 finals already decided saw Helen Chivers awarded the ladies Bennett Cup after defeating Sally Underwood, and Yvonne Lythgoe took home the Celebration Plate.
There was a handful 2021 trophies also played and awarded on the day, with Sally Underwood taking home the Pegasus Cup after defeating Leslie Dawson and Barbara Middleditch winning the Bronze Horse.
After such a long break from the regular routine of golf competitions, East Devon GC members and visitors are clearly enjoying the return to action.
If you ever fancy a round or just want to try a new course, the East Devon course situated on the cliff above Budleigh Salterton is a memorable challenge and even if the golf doesn’t go as planned, the spectacular views are a fine consolation.