Phear Park signels title for Owen after thriller with Marks

PUBLISHED: 17:39 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:39 12 August 2015

The Phear Park Mixed Triples winners with club president John Anderson

The Phear Park Mixed Triples winners with club president John Anderson

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Phear Park's annual tournament kicked off on a bright sunny morning with the popular mixed triples competition, writes Lawrie Harries.

Played on a round-robin basis play lasted all day with an interval for an excellent lunch served up by Liz Nelson, Joy Mottershead and team.

Fortified by lunch which included assorted delights including those tasty Cornish new potatoes, play continued until time was called when Madeira’s Millie and Mike Powell and Cliff Skinner emerged winners in a very close contest. Perhaps it was the extra potatoes they consumed!

The men’s pairs went to Rob Mottershead (Phear Park) and Richard Hardman (Exonia) who defeated the home pair of Bob Smith and David Evans by 21 – 17.

Both finalists were involved in thrilling games in the semis. Mottershead and Hardman beat Norman Owen (Babbacombe) and Nigel Goodfellow (Topsham) by one shot while Smith and Evans overcame Powell and Skinner (Madeira) after an extra end.

The ladies pairs title was claimed by Catherine King and Sarah Westacott (Phear Park). While the mixed pairs went to youngsters Hannah Morfey and Kieran Daniels from Honiton who beat Heavitree’s Janet and Rod Henderson by 19 shots to 13.

Arguably the blue ribbon event of the tournament is the men’s singles with the Calcutta Cup the prize. This year’s finalists were Norman Owen twice a previous winner, and Mike Marks (Madeira), last year’s winner.

This turned out to be one of the best men’s finals of recent years with little to choose between the finalists for most of the afternoon. But Owen emerged the winner by 21 shots to 17.

We did not see a family double in the ladies singles as Carol Binmore (Honiton) overcame Shirley Owen (Babbacombe).

Altogether, a most pleasant, and enjoyable tournament week. Park members performed well both on and off the green. The tournament committee and helpers deserve considerable praise. Especially the committee member responsible for organising the weather!

Finally, Park’s B squad clocked up another victory in the over-60s league, this time defeating visitors Okehampton. John Anderson skipped Paul Beresford and Ron Rooke to a straight forward 18 shot win.

The second triple of Peter Bagg, Dave Maunder and Rob Mottershead (skip) drew 18 shots each, but seven points overall to Park.

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