East Devon seniors march on in Emerton Court Trophy with triumph at Teignmouth

PUBLISHED: 11:35 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:35 18 July 2013

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The seniors of East Devon Golf Club moved smoothly into the last eight of the Emerton Court Trophy by winning at Teignmouth where they overcame stubborn opposition as well as unseasonal weather, writes Mike Whitehead.

It was a cold, windy day with drizzle in the air and fog swirling all around the clubhouse above the Teign estuary which could be seen only occasionally – hard to imagine now.

The course had been closed by fog, but this cleared in time for the match to start as planned at 2pm.

East Devon only needed to halve one of the five matches to go through, having won the home leg 5–0 on June 7. There was always a strong risk that the fog would return and curtail the match, but the pair of Rob Humphrey and Malcolm Pressey made sure that a result was achieved by racing off to an early lead, reaching the 12th tee seven holes up and thus securing the half point needed, before winning six-and-five.

Malcolm played some very impressive golf indeed!

The top pair of Bill Norris and Brian Spurrier also notched up a win by three-and-one before the fog returned and the course was closed. Still out on the course were John Pulman and Martin Bright, 3 down; Geoff Walden and Kim Johnson at three up and Stewart Jackson and John Thatcher all square.

This match was therefore recorded as a win for East Devon by three-and-a-half to one-and-a-half, leaving them clear winners overall. East Devon will meet Dainton Park in the Quarter-finals on dates to be arranged before August 11.

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