Budleigh Captain's Day is enjoyed by one and all
PUBLISHED: 11:56 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:56 21 September 2017
Captains' Day at Budleigh Salterton Bowls Club is always a special day as members take the opportunity to celebrate the outdoor season successes and acknowledge the hard work that has been undertaken throughout the summer months, enjoying the company of their colleagues and family - and this year's event lived up to its billing as over forty members attended the day, writes David Roberts.
The afternoon event was a round-robin competition with each team playing each other over four ends with the winner being decided by the difference between the number of bowls scored and the number of bowls against.
Proceedings commenced with the ‘spider’ (all bowlers simultaneously bowl at the Jack placed in the middle of the green and the nearest is the winner) and after a few claims and counter claims from the excited bowlers it was Mo Bond who took the prize.
As the main event commenced it was clear this was going to be a very competitive affair, as the teams moved from rink to rink, and the triple of Jill Morgan, Tony Barnes and Paul Griffin triumphed with an undefeated display in four matches to finish with a plus eleven score. Runners-up were Anne Goddard, Brian Ward and Rod Davidson with plus seven.
Following the afternoon activity, the awards for the club’s internal competitions played on the previous weekend were made with Leighton Burston once again being crowned Men’s Club Champion, defeating David Roberts with some fine bowling, whilst Mo Bond was on top form to defeat Joan Shaw and be crowned Ladies’ Club Champion.
In the Open Singles, Brian Summers and Rod Davidson played a very close match with Brian Summers winning through by five shots, whilst in the Men’s Handicap Brian picked up his second final win, outplaying David Roberts in very heavy conditions. Leighton Burston picked up his second winner’s trophy in the Two Wood competition, keeping up his high standards as he beat Gerry Roberts.
Melissa Camp was a winner in three competitions with victories in the Ladies’ Two Wood to runner-up Eileen Burston and also won through handsomely with Mo Bond in the Ladies’ Pairs against Anne Clark and Joan Cowing. To complete her hat-trick of victories and in a very close Mixed Pairs final, the win was sealed on the very last end when partner Rod Davidson picked up three shots with his final bowl much to the dismay of runners-up Brian Goddard and Bobbie Vanstone.
The Ladies’ 106 competition saw a very close encounter with Mo Bond pipping Eileen Burston 108-101 with Mo also achieving a hat-trick of wins. Congratulations must go to Mo and Melissa for this great achievement.
In the Men’s Pairs played over two days because of rain, Rod Davidson and Tony Lim beat Gerard McCarthy and David Roberts. With the match tied after the twenty-one ends it was Rod Davidson’s accuracy on an extra end which made the difference.
David Roberts, having reached four finals, finally picked up a winner’s trophy in the Novice Cup with Gerard McCarthy a worthy runner-up and in the Tom Bridger Trophy, a round robin competition was well won by Anne Goddard, Bunty Hudson and Di Dixon with a plus thirteen score.
A delicious tea was provided by the club’s president, Joan Shaw, and tribute was paid to Brian Evans with special recognition for all his hard work for the club over the years. Eileen Burston was acknowledged for all her support on the County Trophy evenings and captains John Vanstone, Di Dixon and president Joan Shaw reflected on a successful summer season and thanked all the committee members and helpers for their hard work.
It was highlighted that the successful integration of our new members has been key to the ongoing progress of the club and, for the club to be able to fulfil its potential going forward, it is vital that members come forward to fill the vacant committee posts to ensure the club remains strong to deliver first-class bowling for its members.