East Devon win the much vaunted Picture Match with Sidmouth
PUBLISHED: 14:59 22 May 2013 | UPDATED: 14:59 22 May 2013
The first leg of the 2013 Picture Match took place at Sidmouth on Sunday, writes Paul Willoughby.
This is an annual fixture between East Devon and Sidmouth Golf club dating back to 1932 and the trophy is The Picture – a cartoon drawn by a Sidmouth golfer (and Sidmouth issued the challenge) who, sadly for Sidmouth had to recall that the first ever match was won by East Devon!
The picture remains in the clubhouse of the winning team, but there has been a gap on the East Devon clubhouse picture wall for the past few months as Sidmouth won the second leg of the 2012 competition last September.
You can imagine therefore, that the East Devon players were delighted when their win secured the Picture to what they believe is its rightful place and Club captain Dennis Chivers will have the honour of re-hanging it.
The competition is over two rounds, one at home and the other at Sidmouth. The match is played off scratch (for the non golfers that means no handicaps) and both teams fielded their best players. Eight foursome matches are played in the morning followed by 16 singles in the afternoon. After the morning foursomes, Sidmouth had a lead of four-and-a-half to East Devon’s three-and-a-half. However, East Devon came back strongly in the afternoon singles winning 9 to 7. This gave East Devon an overall first leg score of twelve-and-a-half to Sidmouth’s eleven-and-a-half.
Winning an ‘away’ match is always a challenge – the ‘home’ team know all the lumps and bumps and places to be avoided - so the East Devon team can be well pleased with the result. However four East Devon players won both their foursomes and singles matches, James Thomas, Fraser Hasell, Harry Nodwell and Lewis White. Very well done to them.
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