Kenworthy and Gibbons win thrilling match to see Axe Cliff to Palairet success over Dawlish Warren

PUBLISHED: 11:09 08 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:10 10 May 2019

The Axe Cliff Palairet team who defeated Dawlish Warren at Teign Valley Golf Club to set up a next round meeting with Stover.  (Back row, left to right) R Gibbons, S Reed, P Clode, A Hellier, M Coburn, N Maddocks  (Front row, left to right) T Wakeley (captain), P Hellier, M Cottom, A Kenworthy. Picture TRISTAN WAKELEY

The Axe Cliff Palairet team who defeated Dawlish Warren at Teign Valley Golf Club to set up a next round meeting with Stover. (Back row, left to right) R Gibbons, S Reed, P Clode, A Hellier, M Coburn, N Maddocks (Front row, left to right) T Wakeley (captain), P Hellier, M Cottom, A Kenworthy. Picture TRISTAN WAKELEY

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The Axe Cliff men's section team of 10 travelled down to Teign Valley to take on Dawlish Warren in the Devon Palairet competition, writes Tristan Wakeley.

The format for the Palairet is foursomes with half the combined handicap difference making up any shots to be given.

Five pairs make up the team and each match must be played until there is an outcome, so 18 holes may not be enough to see a match result, and this was the case in two of the games.

Axe suffered defeat in the first two matches, with the second game needing to go down the 20th hole to decide the outcome, but this was won back thanks to the last two pairs winning their matches.

The third game served up the spectacle of the match as Alan Kenworthy and Richard Gibbons dug deep to take the game down an additional four holes with the Warren team pulling off arguably the shot of the whole match to save the half and then had added pressure with an excellent par on the 21st.

Now with some 30 people watching, the players took to the 22nd hole where, after both teams missed the green with their approaches, the Warren looked in control with a three-foot par putt to win the match.

However, the putt was missed leaving the Axe Cliff pair to seal a three-and-two success.

With 3-2 match success, Axe Cliff are into the next round of the competition which will see them take on Stover Golf Club on Sunday, June 2 at a venue to be announced in due course by Devon Golf.

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