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DMVGA v Devon Juniors

The Match was very competitive, played in a great spirit. Unfortunately for the DMVGA team we lacked the necessary fire-power to compete at the level required.    Although playing off the yellow tees, with the Devon Juniors off the White Tees, we always appeared to play our second shots first.   The Juniors eventually won 6-2.     A good day was enjoyed by all, and we look forward to next year’s match with great expectations (and hope!)


Churston Golf Club won the DMVGA Emerton-Court final at Dainton beating Saunton in a close-fought match.
The teams of five pairs of seniors (over 60) played fourball matchplay with Churston winning 3 1/2 to 1 ½ and taking the title for the fourth time since the competition was started by the Devon Men Veteran Golfers Association in 1976.
One highlight of the event was a hole-in-one by Churston’s Mike Jeffs, The seven handicapper aced the 142 yard par 3 15th.
Thirty-five Devon clubs entered the competition at the beginning of the season. To reach the final Churston beat Dartmouth, Ilfracombe, Crediton and Torquay and Saunton defeated Exminster, RND, Thurlestone and Stover.
DMVGA captain and Stover member Harvie Taylor and president Peter Stuckey, from Tiverton, presented the winners with the trophy and both teams with engraved tumblers marking their success in making the final.
Results (Churston pairs first): Mike Jeff and David Dudderidge halved with Paul Vicary and David Banbury; Jim Pettigrew and Terry Dart lost 6 and 5 to Brian Medlam and Geoff Briggs; Tom Holland and Tom Yeoman won 5 and 4 over Alan Bennett-Brown and Peter Swales; Paul Newman and Dave Lightfoot won 2 and 1 over Chris Norman and Peter Besnard; John Wood and Dave Mytton won 4 and 3 over Graham Virgin and Grahame Davidson.

Captain Harvie Taylor presents the DMVGA Emerton-Court Trophy the Churston Captain

The Winning Team obviously enjoying their success

Captain Harvie Taylor presents the Runners-up Salver to the Saunton Captain

Mike Jeff of Churston who had the Hole-in-One


             New CONGU Handicapping Rules  See item 6

1.                 The Spring Meeting (East Devon) has always had a competition for those ‘Over 65’; there being other competitions in the fixture list for that age group, we are replacing the Spring Meeting ‘Over 65’ competition and trophy with an ‘Over 75’ competition – normal prizes will apply. We hope that the increasing number of our members in that age group will take the opportunity to participate in this new competition.

2.                The DMVGA are aware that there is an increasing number of lower handicappers within our ranks and we wish to encourage them to play in our competitions. As a result we have introduced a prize for the best Stableford score in the Summer Meeting  for handicappers 0 – 10. There will only be one prize this year for this competition; if it proves to be popular and successful the prizes may be increased in future years. This competition will run alongside the present competitions.

3.                DMVGA v Kent – with the importance of forward planning the squad for the tour to Kent has already been selected so no further information on this event will be sent out – other than to individual squad members.

4.               Fixture cards – these have now been distributed to all Club Reps

5.               Membership: CDH Numbers, DOB’s and email addresses;     You will have already received your membership forms for completion and return to the Secretary by Thursday 28th February.    Please be sure to complete the form in full, as this will ensure the smooth running of competitions and matches, and the inclusion of all members in their correct age categories.  It will also mean that when the software is in place, all members will receive personal notifications of their Tee Times.

6.             With the introduction of new CONGU handicapping rules from 1 January last year, it has been decided by the DMVGA that only players with CONGU Handicaps with ‘c’ status [Competition Handicaps – that is up to and including those with 54 handicaps), will be eligible to play in DMVGA competitions.  In the light of this, the Executive Committee have decided that a playing maximum of 36 will be in force for all DMVGA Competitions and Matches this year.

For those who are not familiar with the terminology used by CONGU, I have added two paragraphs, taken from the CONGU Manual that hopefully explains the meanings behind CONGU handicaps;

CONGU® Handicap
A CONGU®Handicap is a handicap allotted and adjusted by the Home Club.   A CONGU® Handicap must only be allotted to a Member of an Affiliated Club. Any other handicap is not a CONGU® Handicap. The upper limits are 54.0 for men and 54.0 for women.

Competition Handicap
A Competition Handicap is a CONGU®Handicap of a player who has returned at least three  Scores in the current or previous calendar year. Such a handicap is annotated with a ‘c’ symbol after the numeric value of the handicap.   Clubs may use the possession of a ‘c’ status handicap as a qualification for entry to competitions.