East Devon seniors make Emerton Court Trophy porgress

PUBLISHED: 09:55 30 May 2013

Close-up of Golf Club and Golf Ball

Close-up of Golf Club and Golf Ball

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The seniors of East Devon Golf Club have progressed to the third round of the Emerton Court Trophy competition after a comfortable victory over Elfordleigh recently, 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 first leg was played at East Devon on May 15, with three pairs winning on the 16th green – Bill Norris and Brian Spurrier, Geoff Walden and Kim Johnson, Alan Dent and Malcolm Pressey.

Terry Heard and Stewart Jackson won on the 17th and Bob Cummins and Mike Wisdom won a tight match on the last hole.

Although the result was 5–0 most matches were extremely competitive until home advantage kicked in on the last few holes.

In the away leg on May 21, the top pair of Bill Norris and Brian Spurrier were one-up until they were hit by a succession of birdies from their opponents around Elfordleigh’s equivalent of ‘Amen Corner’ losing on the 16th hole.

The second pair of Bob Cummins and Mike Wisdom started with two birdies for an early lead, but were pegged back to a half by the 18th.

The next pair of John Maidment and Keith Ward lost on the 17th hole, but the last two pairs both won on the 16th hole – Geoff Walden and Kim Johnson, Stewart Jackson and John Thatcher.

This left both teams sharing the five points with East Devon victorious overall by 7.5 points to 2.5. They will now face Teignmouth in the third round, to be played by July 7.

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