TORQUAY ladies took full advantage of the continuing dry conditions to post some par-busting scores and thus reduce their handicaps, writes Di Evitts.
Altogether 15 ladies decreased their handicap following the competition which combined a medal with the first round of the two-round Bolckow Cup.
The Bronze 2 division ladies topped the leaderboard with a countback required to place Chrissie Morrall in first place on countback from Rita Gibson. Both ladies received a three-shot reduction in handicap. With the exception of Molly Haslam and Barbara Hele every other prizewinner reduced their handicap.
Next week's final round of the Bolckow Cup to determine the winner will be greatly influenced by the playing conditions, and as usual in this format, there is no clear-cut favourite.
Medal & Bolckow Cup 1st round: Silver division: 1st Val Atkinson gross 87 (handicap 17) net 70, on countback from Hilary Bray 84 (14); 3rd Maxine Adams 85 (14) 71; 4th Molly Haslam 75 (3) 72.
Bronze 1: 1st Pat Mallett 96 (27) 69; 2nd Jan Spencer 98 (28) 70; 3rd Barbara Hele 98 (27) 71, on c/b from Jenny Simnett 95 (24).
Bronze 2: 1st Chrissie Morrall 99 (32) 67, on countback from Rita Gibson 99 (32); 3rd Chris Piper 98 (30) 68, 4th Sue Thompson 99 (30) 69.
Twos: Hilary Bray, Sue Bradford, Vonnie Evans (2nd); Jenny Simnett, Chrissie Morrall, Elizabeth Raikes (11th); Sue Baxter (17th).
TEIGN Valley ladies captain Carol Wilson led the way in the EWGA Medal Competition and Olympic Cup on Tuesday.
With dry course conditions, the ladies benefited from the extra carry, but Wilson took full advantage scoring a nett 65 to win the competition and the trophy.
In second place in Division One (silver) was Sally Balchin with Nett 70, followed by Sue Pearman with nett 71.
Division Two (Bronze) was won by Pat Martin with a nett 78, on count-back from Barbera Thomas and in third place was Jo Horton with nett 81.
Divsion 3 (bronze) winner was Carole Phillips with nett 70, followed by Norma Lusted with nett 78.
EVERY now and then a high handicapper has an exceptional round of golf and last Saturday at Wrangaton was no exception.
Matt Owen, playing off 21 scored an impressive nett 64 in the club's Edgecumbe Cup, a medal competition with a maximum handicap of 22.
Matt had the best of the conditions as gale-force winds and heavy rain blighted those players still on the course at 11.30 in the morning.
Owen was fortunate to be going out first at 8am and missed the bad weather.
This was his first success in a board competition and well deserved.
A succession of no returns embraced the leader board in the later stages as conditions became more difficult.
Junior Bill Donaldson finished second with a net 66 and Jeff Bailey third on 67. Only three players managed a two on the day which highlighted the difficulty on the course.
They were Gareth Thomas, Jeff Bailey and Bob Turner.
Wrangaton's Vets took to the course in midweek in a Texas Scramble.
This popular fun event was won by John Mitchell, Stuart Chipman and Alan Wheeler with a creditable 62.3, closely followed by Julian Mitchell, Bob Andrews and Bill Elliot on 62.5. Maurice Mercy, Malcolm Syms and Roger Fowler were third with 64.
Wrangaton have an open day on Sunday, September 1, when visitors are welcome to try a few holes, have a short lesson with pro Stuart Barrett and check out facilities and deals.