Young claims Tiverton's Meat Fayre title with level-par round
SIMON Young carded an excellent level-par gross 71 in winning the men's Meat Fayre with 43 stableford points on Saturday.
The seven-handicapper enjoyed a two-point victory over Neil Megarry in division one. Martin Selby also had a gross 71 in scoring 40.
Dave Holland took the division two prize with 40, beating Roger Fetherston and Cliff Hagley on a countback.
Results, Division 1: 1 Simon Young 43, 2 Neil Megarry 41, 3 Martin Selby 40, 4 Carl Skinner 40, 5 Steve Carey 39, 6 Simon Legassick 39. Division 2: 1 Dave Holland 40, 2 Roger Fetherston 40, 3 Cliff Hagley 40, 4 Dan Smith 39, 5 Nick Lear 38, 6 Steve Hayes 37
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The ladies' nine-hole stableford on Wednesday saw four players top-score with 16 points – Rachel Bray, Ivy Radford, Sally Fetherston and Chris Williams.
Bray took the silver division prize by one from Jo Lloyd-Davies, Radford pipped Fetherston on a countback in bronze division one while Williams edged out Wendy Frost by one in bronze division two.
Tiverton starlet Bethany Baker has become the first girl ever to win the Henry Dibble junior matchplay competition at her second club Minehead.
The event was played over four rounds in October and November and, after an initial bye, 12-year-old Baker comfortably beat three boys to secure the title. She has only been playing competitive golf for a year and has a handicap of 36.
Tiverton provided seven of the 20 girls who took part in an end-of-season fun competition at Exeter that was set up by county organiser Annie Norman.
Continuing their excellent record this year, Tiverton girls filled five of the top six places.
The event was reduced to eight holes due to the conditions and Maddy Esau won it with 20 stableford points.
Sianne Leary was second with 19 while Hannah Carthew, Bronwyn Ayre and Grace Jackson all scored 18.
The other two Tiverton girls involved were Sarah Sweetland and Kayleigh Hutcheon.
Tiverton junior organiser Mark Sangster said: "The girls did us proud both on and off the course and are a real credit to the section."
Mike Collins and Andy Ogden moved into the knock-out stages of the men's winter foursomes after winning the third qualifying event.
Collins and Ogden posted a six-under medalford score of 12 to beat Brandon Stopforth and Keegan Maunder by one.
Cameron Bundy and Mike Partridge (14) and Tony Allsopp and James Lambden (15) were also in the prizes.
Joining the first four pairs in the last 32 in January were Gerry Franklin and David Grieve (16), Tony Sykes and Mike Cottrell (16) and Peter Boax and Dean Farmer (17), while Dave Buxton and Gary Aitchison (18) scraped through in eighth spot.
In the medalford format, each pair's stableford score on the back nine was deducted from their medal total on the front nine.
Jo Lloyd-Davies and Bridget Grieve won the ladies' yellow ball competition – despite being a player short.
Lloyd-Davies and Grieve, a two-ball up against teams of three, posted 39 stableford points over eight holes.
Anto Hajduk, Marian Stevens and Anne Franklin came second with 37, pipping Sue Norris, Judy Phripp and Maureen Postles on a countback.
With the third, fourth and fifth out of play, the competition was reduced from 11 holes to eight.
A Facebook page has been set up where members and friends can keep up to date with events and activities at the club.
'What's On At TGC' includes news about a number of festive events, starting with the Christmas draw and quiz this Saturday.
The New Year's Eve party at the club, for members and friends, will raise funds for the junior section.
The club minibus will drop guests home after midnight, with donations of £5 all going to the juniors.
The ladies played their Christmas stableford on Thursday and it was won by Jo Coe, ahead of Doreen Warren and Betty Willey in bronze division one.
Fran Shrubsole edged out Judith Ezard on countback to win the silver division, while Di Parsons, Sue Sparham and Jill Aldworth were the top three in bronze division two.
The spirit stableford was won by Gary Greenwood in division one with 40 points, beating Ben Rowe, Alan Draper and Graham Dyne by three.
In division two, Jerry Thornton (38) beat Nick Staddon on a countback, with Ian Steer a shot back, while in division three Alan Willey, Wayne Moore and Arthur Moughton were the top three. Sharon Leach won the ladies' prize.
The seniors' stableford last Monday was easily won by Brian Williams with 42 points, four clear of David Jordan with Tom Pettifer in third.
Results, ladies' Christmas stableford, silver division: 1 F Shrubsole, 2 J Ezard. Bronze division 1: 1 J Coe, 2: D Warren, 3: B Willey. Bronze division 2: 1 D Parsons, 2 S Sparham, 3 J Aldworth
Spirit stableford, division 1: 1 G Greenwood 40, 2 B Rowe 37, 3 A Draper 37. Division 2: 1 J Thornton 38, 2 N Staddon 38, 3 I Steer 37. Division 3: 1 A Willey 36, 2 W Moore 36, 3 A Moughton 35. Ladies: S Leach
Seniors' stableford: 1 B Williams 42, 2 D Jordan 38, 3 T Pettifer 37
Summer singles champion Phil Moore was brought down to earth with a first-round exit in the winter event. He lost to Mike Partridge.
Beaten summer finalist Duncan Hepburn is also out after losing to James Reed in a tight match.
Defending winter champion Martin Cherry also failed to make it past the first round as he was beaten by Neil Woodman.
Hong Chau got the better of Will Blundell in the stand out tie of the round.
Winter singles, first round results: I White lost to P Reed, I Carvell bt P Knight, J Palmer lost to D Turner, H Marshall bt G Purcigo, M Want bt A Pym, D Silversides lost to A Jermy, G Parker lost to P Waters, D Stamp lost to M Thomas, R Hutchings lost to T Evans, H Chau bt W Blundell, M Cherry lost to N Woodman, J Smith bt G Stevenson, J Reed bt D Hepburn, M Perrott bt D Payne, M Partridge bt P Moore
Second round draw: P Reed v I Carvell, D Turner v H Marshall, M Want v A Jermy, P Waters v M Thomas, T Evans v H Chau, N Woodman v J Smith, J Reed v A Rooker, M Perrott v M Partridge