Sidmouth seniors have it all to do in September return with Libbaton

PUBLISHED: 13:29 22 August 2014 | UPDATED: 13:29 22 August 2014

Sidmouth seniors’ inaugural match against Libbaton Golf Club was threatened with bad weather, which in the end gave over to just three or four heavy showers, which did not affect the enjoyment of playing at a new course for most of the team, writes Chris Grubb.

Seniors captain for the day Hugh Dorliac, playing with Charles Brown eventually conceded on the 18th having never gone behind, just to generously put both drives out of bounds on the last to let it slip for a half.

Brian Cole and Graham Rogers also went nip and tuck before slipping up on the 17th to lose narrowly by one.

Colin Paddon and Dieter Ritz, seasoned campaigners, sadly were giving away too many shots and lost four-and-three, despite Colin’s self motivation style of putting!

Rain man (he dislikes playing in the rain) Chris Grubb, playing with Lawrence Hill made a good fight of it, until losing towards the end by three-and-two.

Bruce Harcourt and Peter Wells played well away from home losing two-and-one and, according to Bruce, being too adventurous towards the end, both losing their golf balls on the same hole!

The final pairing of Brian Le Mesurier and Vernon Ruffle acquitted themselves well and stole a half with some stoic play, causing their opponents to feel the pressure and develop a masterful display of shanking, which helped Sidmouth’s cause.

Whilst it was probably inevitable that the home team won, most of Sidmouth seniors gave a good account of themselves.

The final result was four wins and two halves giving a 5-1 win to Libbaton, with the return match to be played at Sidmouth on September 11, which hopefully will redress the balance.

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