Busy times for senior section at Dainton Park

By Tim Leigh in Golf

The seniors at Dainton Park have had a full diary of competitions for March together with the opening four friendly matches versus other Devon clubs.

The eighth and final round of the Seniors Winter League was played on Monday, March 13. On the day the division one winner was Paul Rich (18) on countback from Graham Hull (9) both with 40 points, and John Ridge (15) third with 36 points.

In division two Gordon Aspland (23) was the winner with 39 points, and Stephen Upping­ton (19) was second on countback from Ian Vaughan Clarke (19), both with 38 points.

Points were awarded for top 20 finishes in each of the Winter League rounds, with a player’s best four finishes to count. In the overall Winter League table there were 81 players who featured in the top 20 of their division in at least one of the seven rounds played. Congratula­tions go to the winners after some excellent winter golf.

The division one winner was Graham Hull (9) with 110 points, and in division two Ivor Oatridge (20) was the victor with 99 points. Prizes will be presented at the next seniors meal.

Two standard stableford competitions have been played. The first was on Monday March 6, when the division one winner was Steve Smith (9) with 42 points. In division two the winner was Steve Porter (24) with 46 points.

The other stableford was on March 20, when Brian Smith (15) was the winner in division one with 37, with Michael O’Sullivan (22) winning division two also with 37.

A three-man team competition was held March 27 with all three scores to count on all 18 holes. The winning team of Alan Rastrick (17), Martyn Pendle­bury (27) and Law­rence Webster (15)   came in with a score of 104 points.

In second place were Roger Newcombe (11), Andy Bell (20) and Derek Conbeer (17) with 98 points.

The 2017 season of friendly matches against other clubs in Devon got off to a disappointing start with a 6-0 white wash away at Churston, who had fielded a very strong side clearly still smarting from their defeat in this fixture last year.

The next match went no better for Dainton Seniors as they were again white washed 6-0 away at Tavistock this time.

The first victory of the season arrived in the next match however with a 4-2 win at home against Bigbury – although captain Pete Northcott must have feared the worst after two opening losses.

Mick Roberts and Colin Ferris won four and three, Wolf Engle­mann and Andy Bell won two and one, as did Terry Membery and Martyn Pendl­ebury, and Mike Beer and Clem Fisher won six and five.

The month of March ended with Dainton Seniors first away win of the season with a 4 – 2 victory at Exeter.

Phil Wiltshire and Howard Chapman – lost four and three, Don Maud and Wolf Engelmann lost five and four, Steve Smith and Terry Membery won four and three, Pete Kelly and Mel Langdon won two up, Dave Martyn and Robert Seaton won two up, and Colin Evans and Roger Carpenter won three and two.

So with four matches played the seniors have a two and two record, and hope for victories in matches against Torquay, Lyme Regis and Wrangaton in April.

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