By Exeter Express and Echo | Thursday, July 26, 2012, 06:45
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EXETER pro Chris Gill broke 70 for only the third time this year as he finished fourth at the Torquay pro-am.
Gill finished four shots behind winner Paul Jones, with four birdies and three bogeys.
Okehampton's Ashley Moon also hit a 70, as did Honiton's James Pickard, with Exeter's Steven Buzza a shot further back alongside Christian Vine (Woodbury Park) and Andrew Fox (Exminster Golf Centre).
Padbrook Park pro Stuart Disney carded a 72, as did Downes Crediton duo Robin Goodey and Barry Austin.
Billy Hemstock won his first event since turning professional at the Kingspan Concra Wood Open in County Monaghan, Ireland, via a play-off.
Hemstock shot a two-under par 70 in the final round for six under and tie for first.
The play-off started at the ninth, where Hemstock holed from 15 feet for a birdie two to win and move him up to the in the PGA Europro Tour 2012 Order of Merit.
"I've been working really hard on my game and it's fantastic to secure my first significant win as a pro," said Hemstock. "Hopefully, this will give me the confidence to push on and make real progress.
"I'd like to thank everyone for all their support, especially my family, my sponsors and everyone back at my home club, Teignmouth Golf Club, where I started playing golf 13 years ago."
National Pro-Am Championship
A trip to Mexico awaits amateur Ollie Taylor and his Tiverton PGA professional Lewis Manney – but only if they can come through the regional final of the Virgin Atlantic PGA National Pro-Am Championship.
Taylor took his first big step towards the grand final at the Moon Palace Golf and Spa Resort in Cancun from December 4-8 when he won the club qualifier with a nett 69.
He and Manney will play one round of better-ball medal play at Frilford Heath Golf Club on Monday, July 30, with the winners progressing to the 36-hole grand final being staged at the Jack Nicklaus-designed course at the tropical resort.
Exeter Golf & Country Club won back the Stan Parker Trophy by beating Honiton 3.5-2.5. In the away leg, Exeter beat the holders by four games to two.
Saturday's Order of Merit Medal saw Dean Jordan win the overall prize with a nett 66.
Jordan also claimed division two, beating Ray Banfield on countback and Martin Howe (68). Division one was edged by John Mills (66), holding off James Mills (67), who beat Andrew Coombs on countback.
Division three was won by Luke Crocker with a nett 70, pushing Steve Sheldon into second on countback. Rob was third Strachan with a nett 76.
Ryan Pope posted the best gross score of the day with a one-under par score of 68.
Steve Bates made it two wins in two weeks as he clinched the men's 36-hole open on Sunday.
Bates, who won the Martell Bowl the previous weekend, lifted the Brayne-Baker Cup with a nett 64 in the morning and a 70 in the afternoon for an eight-under total of 134, cutting his handicap from 15 to 13. Bates finished two ahead of junior Tom Hanson, whose scores of 67 and 69 reduced his handicap from eight to seven.
Harry Konig scored 72 and 68 to take third place on a countback from Lee Davey, who posted rounds of 71 and 69.
Results: 1 Steve Bates 134, 2 Tom Hanson 136, 3 Harry Konig 140, 4 Lee Davey 140, 5 Kevin Ruscoe 141, 6 Bob Tye 141, 7 Daniel Perry 141, 8 Colin Taylor 141
Stacey Ford won the Lady Captain's Prize on Wednesday with 37 stableford points, which cut her handicap from 10 to nine.
Fellow silver division players Carol Scott (35), Jane Gould (34) and Maureen Postles (33) were her nearest challengers.
Results, silver division: 1 Carol Scott 35, 2 Jane Gould 34, 3 Maureen Postles 33. Bronze division 1: 1 Anne Franklin 32, 2 Anto Hajduk 31, 3 Angela Short 29. Bronze division 2: 1 Sarah Lockwood 31, 2 Wendy Frost 25, 3 Enid Harding 25. Straightest drive (1st): Margaret Cottrell. Bronze division nearest the pin (4th): Sue Barlow. Silver division nearest the pin (14th): Rosemary Perry. Nearest the marker (13th): Alison Hilton. Silver division longest drive (10th): Stacey Ford. Bronze division longest drive (11th): Oki Northwood.
The ladies lost 4-2 at home to Saunton in the Devon League on Friday. Margot Seamer won 1-up while Dori Bracken and Janice Haynes both halved.
Tiverton provided 24 out of 68 entrants for the junior open at Downes Crediton.
Ben Hearn was second in the boys' scratch event with 73. Harry Konig (77) was fourth.
In the nett competition, Alex Gibson (77) was third in division two while Jay Buckingham (74) was third in division three.
In the nine-hole non-CONGU event, Kayleigh Hutcheon was the girls' winner with 18, ahead of Sianne Leary (16) and Maddie Esau (14). Jamie Waterman's 22 took third in the boys' section.
The seniors' July medal was won in division one by Laurie Taylor, who fired a 68 to hold off Mike Conder (69), Alan Willey and Gerry Hodder (70).
Roger Wellaway won division two from Dan Druce and Frank Morrell.
The midweek stableford saw Alan Hatherley and Martin Garnsey tie at the top with 37 points, beating Jeremy Harris by a shot.
Saturday saw the John Veale Challenge, in aid of the Captain's Charity, Dreamaway.
The vice-captain's team cruised to victory, while Jack Cross fired the best individual score (44) to beat professional Barry Austin (42) into second.
Sunday's junior open saw success for the Crediton boys, as Lewis Ponsford won division one with 67, while Jack Cross was runner-up in division three.
Matt Russell was also second in the nine-hole stableford.
The Shiphams Trophy was won by Tim Lee on Wednesday with 38 points, followed by Jeremy Harris and Ollie Greenslade.
Fran Shrubsole hosted her ladies' captain's day on Thursday and, along vice captain, Sylvia Marklew, fired 41 points.
This would have meant a two-shot advantage over Sue Sparham and Anne Jones, but they generously refused the prizes.
Margaret Mapledoram and Stephanie Moffat, along with Ruth Ford and June Mitchell, rounded out the prizewinners.
Results, seniors' July medal, division 1: 1 L Taylor 68, 2 M Conder 69, 3 A Willey 70. Division 2: 1 R Wellaway 70, 2 D Druce 71, 3 F Morrell 73
Midweek stableford: 1 A Hatherley 37, 2 M Garnsey 37, 3 J Harris 36
Shiphams Trophy: 1 T Lee 38, 2 J Harris 36, 3 O Greenslade 35
Ladies' captain's day: 1 F Shrubsole, S Marklew 41, 2 S Sparham, A Jones 39, 3 M Mapledoram, S Moffat 36, 4 R Ford, J Mitchell 35
Ashley Pym continued his good form by winning the latest midweek stableford.
Pym, who won the handicap event at the club championship earlier this month, edged out Mark Perrott on countback after both scored 17 points.
Mike Partridge has an eight-point lead in the race for the John Emerton Cup which is contested in the midweek events.
Results, midweek stableford: 1 A Pym 17pts, 2 M Perrott 17, 3 D Stamp 16, 4 S Held 16, 5 C Manley 16, 6 K Curtis 15
John Emerton Cup, latest standings: 1 M Partridge 22, 2 D Stamp 14, T3 I Carvell, J Reed 12, 5 G Campbell 8
Hamish Marshall begins the defence of the Golden Eagle Scratch Cup with a tie against the improving Mark Perrott.
Cary Rawlings, who Marshall beat in last year's final, has been paired with Chris Fisher.
Golden Eagle Scratch Cup, first round draw: H Chau v J Reed, H Marshall v M Perrott, N Woodman v M Partridge, D Hepburn v G Campbell, C Rawlings v C Fisher, M Thomas v T Evans, D Payne v P Reed, P Jones v G Stevenson
Norman Gordon won the seniors' July medal on countback after three players tied on 73.
Results, seniors' July medal: 1 N Gordon 73, 2 S Penfold 73, 3 R Cavill 73, 4 R Harvey 75, 5 I Davis 75, 6 D Dixon 76, 7 A Bromfield 77, 8 D Hellings 77
Kate Blake was the overall winner of lady captain's day with 35 points, five ahead of second-placed Ellen Norton.
Amanda Winsor (34 points) won Wednesday's event. Pat Greenfield was second, pushing Yvonne Alford to third on countback after both scored 31. Ann Hazelwood was fifth with 28.
Fingle Glen seniors secured a 3-2 home victory against Yelverton in the Emerton Court quarter-final match. The return fixture is at Yelverton next Tuesday.
The first team recorded an emphatic 5-0 victory over Exminster at Axe Cliff in the East Devon League.
Saturday's Swans Nest Monthly Medal was won by Terry Webster.
His 63 was good enough to win division two by six shots from Simon Holmes and Martin Read after both returned nett 69.
Division one was won by Sam Finnimore (66) ahead of Joe Winsor on countback. Jon Durbin was third with 67.
Phil Reed won division three with 68 ahead of Steve Taylor (74) and Brian Donald (75).
Tuesday's Chaucer's monthly medal was won by Martin Read with a nett 68. Rich Stevens (nett 69) beat Steve Medway into third on countback.
Paul Jepp won division two with 70 ahead of Terry Cann in second and Gordon Bird in third after both returned 73.
The annual vets versus ladies match ended in a draw, with two wins, two halves and two losses to each side.
In the Wednesday stableford, division one was won by Luke Ebdon with 36 points, closely followed by Heath McDonald on 35. Richard Parfitt was third with 34, while division two was won by Chris James on 38 points.
The Warren's pro Darren Prowse held his professionals day, with the three-man team Texas scramble being won with 58.4 points by Richard Parfitt, Luke Ebdon and Alex Williams, followed closely on 58.72 points by Lawrie McClellan, Colin McClellan and John Bardgett.
Jonny Rattenbury and Will Searle won the pro day organised by club pro Ashley Moon with a score of 47 points.
The event consisted of consisted of a fourball better ball stableford on holes one to six, a greensomes stableford on holes seven to 12, and a foursomes stableford on holes 13 to 18.
Mike Lang and Geoff Fidler came second with 44 points, one ahead of third-placed Matt Soby and Paul Prouse with 43 points on the back nine from Alan Grimshaw and Mike Davis in fourth.
Nearest-the-pin prizes were given on all par threes along with various other spot prizes.
The seniors' weekly competition – a team stableford – was won by Peter Warner, Mike Haddon and Hugh Blagdon with a score of 72.
Donald Johns, John Kelly and Dave Freeman were runners-up on 68.
The seniors also played away in their return friendly match against Exeter, where they suffered a heavy defeat.
The Acorn ladies drew their friendly match against Bovey Tracey, with both teams winning two games and drawing the fifth.
The mid-week stableford was won by Paul Crocock (38), followed by Steve Maddern on 36.
Su Calver and Terri Mason have won through to the 'Ping' finals to be played in September at Lincoln.
Earlier in the year they won the first round at Woodbury with an excellent score of 45 points, which gave them sixth place in the country-wide competition.
The weekend competition for the ladies was the Warren Crocus stableford qualifier.
The top two ladies in both the silver and bronze divisions go through to a play-off against players from other clubs at Warren Golf Club in September.
The players going through in the silver division were Lynda Palmieri (29) and Angela Mullerworth (27), while Sue Persey (34) and Olly Foat (30) made it through from the bronze division.
The men's weekend competition was a fourball better ball non-qualifier, with G Bourne and M Bird seeing off P Reed and J Anderson on countback.
John Marchant won the three-irons-and-a-putter stableford with 34 points.
Elizabeth Ward and senior vice-captain Bob Underwood won the American foursomes event with 36 points.
Maureen Tollemache and Richard Pyle were second with 35 points, seeing off lady captain Jackie Seager and Terry Lindsdell on countback.
Seager celebrated her lady captain's day with an individual stableford, with Ann Trayling winning the silver division with 36 points.
Diana Gee was second with 32 points, one ahead of Chris Pearce (31).
Jan Dickinson was first in bronze one division with 29 points, one ahead of Linda Northover (28), who beat Joan Smith on countback.
In bronze two division, the winner was Majsan Stroud with 31 points, while Jean Putt and Sue Long were second and third with 28 points, also separated on countback.
The 10-hole competition was won by Caroline Wickenden, and overall winner of the lady captain's prize went to Henrietta Bradshaw with a fine 39 points.
There were also prizes for nearest the pin on holes two and 12, won by Anne Verplanke and Bradshaw. The 'secret hole' was won by Maddie Price.