Honiton Ladies Open success for Cathy Uttley and two of her former club mates
PUBLISHED: 07:20 17 June 2019 | UPDATED: 07:20 17 June 2019
The weather gods smiled on the Honiton ladies, who held the first of their two annual Open meetings, writes Ann Desmoulins.
The first Open, more popularly known as the 'Handbag Open' owing to fact that the prize table had plenty of classy handbags from a well-known brand, all capably arranged by Elizabeth Ward.
As usual the event was well supported by many clubs from the whole of the South West. The format was a three-ball better ball stableford, two scores to count, and, with the course looking at its pristine best, some good scores were posted.
The winners were the team of Honiton's own Cathy Uttley and her two guests, Jen Dunn and Cathy Malpas from her former club, Malkins Bank in Cheshire, with the top score of 77 points.
Countback was required for the minor places with Nicola Pointing, Cathole Mc Govern and Jennie Grinter with 76 while third, also with 76, were Janice White, Gill Mcgrath and Katrina Foote from Wells.
The Nearest the Pin on the second hole was won by Liz Blight from Royal North Devon who did it style by scoring a hole-in-one.
Nearest the pin in two on the 10th was won by Honiton's Ann Trayling and the Nearest the Line winner, with her drive on the 18th, was Honiton's Mona Carter.
The prize for the top home team went to the trio of Olwen Eaton, Jackie Seager and Ann Trayling, with 72 points.
There were two twos, both recorded on the second hole.
One of them was scored by Liz Blight (who also had the hole-in-one) and Lulu Carolan from The Mendip.
In keeping with tradition, the halfway hut was well stocked with drinks and a variety of home-made confections and the contributions from this, together with the raffle, helped to raise the magnificent sum of £285 for FORCE, the two captains' chosen charity for this year.
The event was very well organised by last year's lady captain, Elizabeth Rogers and the prizes were presented by this year's lady captain, Cherry Liell.
The Honiton Golf Club Coppers group played a special 10-hole Midsummer Champagne Scramble and were lucky with the weather with dry conditions for the competition which ended just as the rain arrived.
There were special prizes with a summertime theme.
The winners were the threesome of Steve Leyland, Linda McLaughlin and Jane Hinton and the runners-up were Brian Hammond, Julie Smalley and Neil Price.
While the rain held off for the Coppers group, sadly it washed out the latest Tuesday Mixed meeting.