Archive Reports 2015

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DMVGA AUTUMN MEETING
The Devon Men Veteran Golfers Association recently held their last major tournament of the season at Woodbury Golf and Country Club in south Devon on a glorious sunny day. According to all the players this quickened the greens making them very fast and difficult. Hence the fairly low scoring.
The Mike Kelly Cup
Winner: Terry Barwell, Tiverton. 38 points.

The Haarer and Motts Trophy for Over 70s
Winner: Tony McHale, Teignmouth. 37 points
Runner-up: John Gregory, Boringdon Park. 35 points.
Third: Chris Padgett, Woodbury. 34 points.

Prizes for handicap categories 0-18
Winner: Steve Buchanan, Tiverton. 38 points.
Runner-up: Terry Harris, East Devon. 37points.
Third: Peter Clarke, Honiton. 37 points.
Fourth: Steve Richards, Torquay. 35 points.
Fifth: Ron Screech, Libbaton. 35 points

Prizes for handicap categories 19-28
Winner: Pete Barraud, Wrangaton. 36 points
Runner-up: Dave Hitchcock, Boringdon Park. 32 points.
Third: Dave Peat, Teign Valley. 31 points.
Fourth: Bob Andrews, Wrangaton. 30 points.
Fifth: Paul Manning, Wrangaton, 30 Points.

All the 153 players from 23 Devon clubs thoroughly enjoyed the day and the help from Woodbury Park staff and management, who put a lot of thought and effort into making the day go so smoothly.

 Devon Men Veteran Golfers Association beaten by Devon Juniors
This annual event was played last week at Tiverton Golf Club. There were eight pairs playing a four ball, better ball competition and the Juniors won seven games to one. The Devon Juniors, up to the age of seventeen, are organised by the Devon Golf Union and the President, Mike Jewell, spent the day at Tiverton organising his very impressive teams. The DMVGA Captain, Peter Stuckey presented the county juniors section after the game, with cheques by the DMVGA and Tiverton Golf Club veterans section to assist with annual running expenses. The Junior Captain, for the last time, was James Thompson of Torquay. The DMVGA players always find this an inspiring match and are always impressed by the skills of the well taught Juniors. The conditions were ideal and the course was testing as usual, with those long narrow fairways playing to the advantage of the long straight drives of the Juniors. Well done the Devon Juniors, “Again”!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA Devon Juniors 1(Left)  Peter Stuckey, DMVGA Captain presenting the Trophy to Devon Junior Captain, James Thompson of Torquay golf club

( Right)    DMVGA captain, Peter Stuckey presenting the cheques to Mike Jewell, President of Devon County Golf Union.

DMVGA v KENT 2015

The annual match between the Devon Men Veteran Golfers Association and The Association of Kent Golfers was played last week at Churston Golf Club. The Kent team held the trophy but Devon won the match 5 ½, to Kent 2 ½, The picture is of the Devon Captain, Peter Stuckey (left) receiving the trophy from the Kent Captain, Reg Greenwood (right)
Next year the Devon Team will travel to Kent to play this very popular match, first played in 1999, and organised by Gordon Emerton-Court, the founder of the DMVGA.

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Report by the Vice Captain on the WMN Meeting held at Tavistock G C

The Western Morning News Inter-club Challenge Trophy, one of the annual events run by the DMVGA was held this year at Tavistock golf club in ideal weather conditions, warm and calm. The course was playing a little easier than usual, giving many of the 57 ‘three man’ teams, from 23 Devon clubs some high scores. This has always been a well contested event since it started in 1972.
The winning team was Wrangaton golf club(1) with 116 points. Robin Davies 39, Geoff Reese 35, Paul Manning 42.
2nd, Woodbury golf club(2) with 111 points. William Mason 36, Terry Welsh 34, Robert Dart 41.
3rd, Libbaton golf club(1) with 110 points. Derek Mott 37, Jim Wilsmore 38, Jim Spreadborough 35.
4th, Tavistock golf club(1) with 109 points. Peter Anglis 31, Chris Henderson 41, Paul Congo 37.
The ‘Presidents Putter’ for the best individual score of the day was awarded to Ian Hemmings of Holsworthy with an excellent score of 44 stableford points.

The Captain with Ian Hemmings                                                                   The Captain and 2/3rds of the Winning Team from Tavistock

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Report by the Vice Captain on the Spring Meeting held at Libbaton G C
The wind and the rain were a challenge to all the 130 players from the 29 Devon clubs taking part this year
The top award of the day, ‘The Bert Wills Scratch Trophy’, went to Ron Screech of Libbaton, scoring 30 (stapleford points minus handicap). Eric Whyte of Yelverton, was 2nd with 26 and Chris Norman of Saunton was 3rd with 24.
Jeff Laing of Libbaton won ‘The Presidents Tray’ with 37 points followed by Don Maud of Dainton Park,35 and Colin Mitchell, of Sidmouth with 34.
‘The Over 65s Trophy’ was won by Michael Cox of Libbaton with 35. Second was Bob Radley of Teignmouth, 34 and third, Nobby Wheatley of Libbaton with 34 points.
The next DMVGA event will be The Western Morning News three man team event at Tavistock on Wednesday 1st july.

D.M.V.G.A. versus CORNWALL SENIORS GOLFING ASSOCIATION

On Monday 11th May the DMVGA team headed into Cornwall to play the first leg of the annual match against the Cornwall Seniors Golfing Association. This was held at the Point at Polzeath, hidden away in the deep countryside off the North Cornwall coast. It was the first time this course has been used for this match. Many of the Devon players were Cornwall1a unfamiliar with The Point but found it interesting, long and challenging.  Cornwall1bIt was in excellent condition with very playable fairways and fast greens and we were helped and guided in the usual friendly manner by the Cornish team.  The match was followed by an excellent dinner in the new clubhouse on the upper floor where the two captains thanked both teams and gave the results of the first leg, Devon-6 ½ Cornwall-4 ½.
The return match was played the following week at Tavistock in very contrasting conditions, with strong NW winds and rain showers. Everyone played with and against different team members from the previous week and apart from the weather it was a very enjoyable afternoon followed by the usual excellent dinner and brief speeches by the two captains, Peter Stuckey from Tiverton and Colin Marshall from St Austell. The final results of the two matches were;
Devon won 7-4 at Tavistock, giving the DMVGA an overall win of 13½ -8 ½. This is the first time since 2010 that Devon has won this contest!

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“Thanks to those members who took part in the two matches against Cornwall – away at The Point at Polzeath and at home at Tavistock on May 18. Everyone did a great job for the DMVGA: win, lose or draw it didn’t really matter as much as having taken part and enjoyed the games and the company of those you played with.
Well done for helping us get our first win over the Cornishmen since 2010.”
Peter Stuckey, Captain.

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THE PRESIDENTS SALVER

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The ‘President’s Salver’ was held at Churston Golf Club, the home course of the DMVGA president, Ian Drawbridge. The day was fine and dry and the course was in excellent condition with very testing greens that kept the scores quite low if compared with the same event last year.

THE PRESIDENT WITH THE SALVER AND THE WINNING TEAM

The three man team from Honiton Golf Club won with a total score of 104 Stableford points. Jim Wallis [11] 36, Tony Williams [13] 43 and Dave Maggs [14] 25, each won £50 in prize money.
Second were Oakhampton with 100 points, John Leonard [14], Adrian Tilly [13] and Graham Hows [14]
The Team of Steve Buchanan [13], Peter Stuckey [12] and David Grieve [13] from Tiverton were third with 99 points.
Fourth was Stover Golf Club, Harvie Taylor [17], Barry Ravenscroft [10] and Martin Wright [8], with 99 points on countback.
Wrangaton Golf Club team, Peter Barraud [20], Kieth Bailey [11] and John Naylor [16] were fifth with 99 points also on countback.
The ‘Harry Keen Salver’ for the best individual score was awarded to Tony Williams [13] of Honiton Golf Club for his score of 43 points [including two 2s].
Nearest the pin on the 17th was Nobby Wheatly of Libbaton and nearest the pin in two on the 18th was Stuart MacKerrell of Dainton Park