Sun shines and Watson seals win

PUBLISHED: 14:18 24 April 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 10 June 2010

THE sun shone on the opening day of Budleigh Saltertons outdoor season which was deemed a great success by all the participants, writes Paul Griffin. New captains, Don Huish and Bunty Hudson, presided over the afternoon s activities which commenced with a

THE sun shone on the opening day of Budleigh Saltertons outdoor season which was deemed a great success by all the participants, writes Paul Griffin.

New captains, Don Huish and Bunty Hudson, presided over the afternoon's activities which commenced with a charity 'spider' competition, where everyone simultaneously delivers one wood at a central jack.

Club president Dianzee Lowe welcomed new members to the club, wished everyone a successful season, and presented the prize of a bottle of whisky to the winner of the 'spider', Stuart Watson, the proceeds from which are to be donated to the captains chosen charity, the Shandford Residential Care Home.

Eighteen teams then played a round-robin competition of 16 ends which was won by Tony Lim, Marilyn Jackson and Brian Hubbard with a score of plus 14 with the runners up being Pat Harvey, Bernard Brace, Bob Rivers and Ron Tyler on plus 12. Prizes were awarded to these two teams.

After a superb Dutch tea, organised and prepared by the ladies, the men's captain thanked Jeff Rigg, the groundsman and helpers for all their hard work in preparing the greens and grounds, which are in magnificent condition.

He also thanked all members who had used their considerable skills and time to replace the hideous old 'cowshed' with a magnificent new structure for use on rain affected days and to store outdoor equipment.

He went on to inform members of the donation of two new seats, one from the family of Alan and Ivy Young and the other from Jean Watts in memory of Ken Feeman.

Dick Mitchell and members were also thanked for their hard work covering and transforming the two indoor rinks into a fully functional pavilion to be proud of. He finished by wishing everyone sunny weather and happy bowling.

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