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Dainton juniors reach Basil Steer last four

By This is Devon  |  Posted: August 05, 2010

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DAINTON PARK'S juniors are through to the semi-finals of the Basil Steer Trophy after beating Portmore 2-1 at Downes Crediton.

In the three singles matches, Ross Beer got Dainton off to a good start, winning on the 18th hole.

Portmore won the second match to draw level, so it was down to Joe Rowbotham, who was giving his opponent six shots in the last match.

They were all square going up the 18th hole, a 190yd par three.

Both players missed the green to the right, about 20 yards from the pin. Joe played first and thought he had struck lucky when he chipped in, but amazingly his opponent matched him to force a play-off.

Both players parred the first extra hole but, on the second, Joe two-putted for a par to clinch victory.

Dainton will now play Fingle Glen, who defeated Tavistock, in the semi-final.

Back at Dainton, the junior club championship was played over 36 holes in blustery conditions.

Junior captain Hayden Priscott, playing off one, shot rounds of 70 and 73 to take the gross prize.

Hayden is having a fantastic year on the golf course, having become Dainton's first ever scratch golfer earlier in the year, and recently being picked to represent Devon's B team against Wiltshire in the Wessex League.

Connor Bagnall, a rising start at Dainton who plays off 23, shot a nett 138 over the two rounds to take the handicap title.

His handicap has already come down from 32 to 20 since spring. Hayden was second and Alexis Lopez was third.

Meanwhile, Dainton Park's Charity Day raised £3,500 for Terry Membery's chosen charity.

The competition was won by husband and wife Phil and Sue Whitehead with a very creditable 45 points from Hayden Priscott and James Carson on 44 points.

Richard Read, playing off 14, came in with a handicap-busting nett 65 to win the monthly medal.

In Division One, Gary Perry's 66 led the way from Ian Jones (69) and Gary Taylor (70).

In Division Two, medal winner Read led the way, followed by Colin Evans (70) and Martin Billington (71).

Kristofer Dickson topped Division Three with a nett 66 — securing a handicap cut for his troubles — followed by Tom Barrett (67) and Keith Ford (69).

Elsewhere, the ladies' President's team had a magnificent 5-2 away win at Woodbury Park.

Team captain Jo Fisher's successful squad included Julie Winsor, Di Adams, Amanda Milverton, Sue Carnell, Sue Elson, Sue Whitehead and Dee Thompson.

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