Jack grabs tankard at Churston
CHURSTON juniors finished the year with their traditional Christmas Tankard competition. Despite the recent rain there were just three temporary greens thanks to the efforts of Kelvin Millar and his green keeping team.
In the 8 hole Christmas Cup, Lauren McGinnis' 19 points secured her first place from George Furneaux ahead of Freya Marney in third. In the 18 hole competition off black tees it was Freddie Smith (Handicap 36) who finished ahead with a solid 38 points from Oliver Gagg (41) in second with 36, one more than Paul Tadman-Troup (36) in third.
In the main Tankard competition, played off red and white tees, in the non-CONGU handicap division there were some very impressive scores. Jack Job (handicap 54) carded his best round of the year with an excellent 44 points, in second, Jacob Priestley (32) continued his successful year with 41 points, just beating Jack's brother Callum Job (50) on a better back nine.
In the CONGU division the recent successful trip to sunny Spain obviously benefitted Tom Simpson (4) who topped the division with 38 points, two points ahead of Luke Tooley (20) with Danny Guy (5) just behind in third..
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The overall tankard winner with 44 points was Jack Job. He put his success down to the recent hard work on his putting that has clearly paid off.
Parents and juniors packed the clubhouse to celebrate the juniors' achievements with a Christmas carvery and Year end prize-giving.
The review of the year included confirmation of newly elected 2013 junior captain, Matthew Curnoe who, along with outgoing captain Alex Booth, presented their own overview of the juniors' 2012 achievements.
In the annual awards, the most improved players were announced. Lexi Dart won the non-CONGU award having reduced her handicap from 41 to 23. In the CONGU handicaps, Tom Simpson took the award reducing his handicap from 8 to 4. The order of merit was won by Alex Booth who also won the scratch award, sponsored this year by club professional Dan Leins.
The committee's merit wward went to ten year old Luke Tooley in recognition of his endeavour and hard work in improving his game and in recognition of his sportsmanship this year.
The juniors meet again on Sunday, January 13 for Curnoe's drive-in competition open to both existing and ex-junior members of the club. The chosen charity is Children's Hospice South West.
DARTMOUTH: Needless to say, there's not been much golf played at Dartmouth over the last two weeks, when, at one point, even the bridge across the stream on the 18th was under water!
A Texas Scramble was planned for the 27th and the weather calmed down enough for the competition to go ahead. Nineteen players stepped on to the sodden fairways and watched for the splash as the best drive hit the ground.
Bob Wotton, Brian Mushins and young Sam Knight were a man down due to a late withdrawal, but that didn't stop them playing their way into second place with a good score of 64.4.
It was no coincidence that the strongest team on paper were the winners, that being the dream team of Mark Lord, Ian Metchette, Kevin Eighteen and Alison White, scoring 64.3!
The following day John Thompson organised another Texas Scramble. The forecast wasn't good but that didn't stop several ex-rugby players turning up. Colin Wilson even came in shorts, prepared to run the course!
All set out in buggies but it wasn't long before the winds reached 70-miles an hour, driving the rain horizontal. Dave Fahy and co played two holes, some played three or four and Vinny Taylor managed nine holes and scored 19 points! Had the competition been completed he would have won lock, stock and barrel.