Lyme Regis October Medal joy for Dave Riches while Mark Thirlwell impresses

PUBLISHED: 19:18 15 October 2018

Lyme Regis Ladies, club and junior captains, Kathy Briggs, Gareth Williams and Alfie Crisp. Picture CONTRIBUTED

Lyme Regis Ladies, club and junior captains, Kathy Briggs, Gareth Williams and Alfie Crisp. Picture CONTRIBUTED


In the Lyme Regis October Medal division one, having started with a nett birdie, Dave Riches sharpened up his game on the back nine to enhance his solid front nine as he came in with a nett 70 to take top spot as he was the only one in the division to better par, writes Richard Jackman.

In the testing conditions, hard on his heals were Mark Scott and Bob Taylor, both with very creditable rounds of nett 71, and it was Scott who just edged it on countback.

With the best score of the day, Mark Thirlwell took gold in division two as he had an excellent round, only carding a nett six on one hole, but scoring less on all the others, as his sublime round ended with a nett 68.

Terry Peadon also broke nett par as he stormed home on the back nine in his 70 to finish second while Christopher Service had a good steady back nine to take third with 71.

The seniors’ October stableford produced a flurry of brilliant scores as the leaderboard often changed hands in both divisions. Division one was particularly competitive, none more so than Alan Jones, with the best score of the day, 43 points.

After a relatively modest front nine, Jones really accelerated, scoring 25 points on the last nine, which included a gross birdie on the last hole to take top spot.

On most other days Ken Lavery’s 42 points would have won the day as he played two steady nines, which also included a birdie on the last hole.

This second place marks a continued steady improvement in his game.

Peter Mayles had a 21 point back nine as he came third with 39 points. Division Two belonged to John Gannaway.

Despite some poor holes, he really made others count as he scored three or four points on 11 of the holes finishing with a burst on the last few holes to chalk up 41 points and win.

Alan Weavers came quickly off the blocks with an excellent front 9 of 22 points which included four, three-point holes, but could not maintain the momentum to finish with 39 points in second place. After a blob, blob start, Denis McCallum improved throughout the round with 23 points on the back nine to finish third on 38 points.

Despite the blustery weather and drop in temperature there was a good turnout to welcome the new captains at Lyme Regis for the coming year.

With sporting humour, each captain was warmly welcomed onto the tee for their traditional drive in as junior captain Alfie Crisp thumped his drive up the fairway.

Ladies’ captain Kathy Briggs proved true and straight with hers, and club captain Gareth Williams did not let the side down.

Good luck to all three during the coming year.

● In wet, swirling conditions, the Lyme Regis ladies played their monthly medal and Jill Swainson, if not mastered, then overcame the conditions brilliantly.

A well-taken birdie on the second paved the way for a nett one under par round of 73.

Putting this in context was second placed Ros Clemmans who, as a relative newcomer to golf, coped well with the conditions to come in second with nett 79.

Jenny Scott had two consistent nines to finish third on 80.


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