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2021 Captains and Events
Parker Trophy: Captain - Chris Sturman
Prestigious county Scratch foursomes trophy. Teams of 6.
The Parker Trophy team were beaten this year at Ilfracombe in a closely fought match against Saunton.
Palairet: Captain - Richard Hughes.
Prestigious county handicap foursomes trophy. Teams of 10.
Our best run for many years ended at East Devon Vs Saunton
The team had really high hopes for Palairet Memorial Trophy this year after putting out the current holders Teignmouth in the first round at Tiverton and then beating the strong team of Downes Crediton at Yelverton both matches by the narrow margins of 3.5 - 1.5.
The last time we won the trophy, a handicap foursomes matchplay Inter-Devon club knockout was in 1957. The matches are usually one a month starting in April and finishing in September.
So it was off to East Devon GC for the third round, less than a month after the first round as Devon Golf tried to play catch up with all the delays this year due to Covid.
All clubs have issues with availability but when you win a match and are told the next round is the following Sunday and for many at a golf course that they have never played before it brings added difficulties for everyone. This year the RND team have massively put themselves out to get in practice rounds and make themselves available for selection, it has been a great team spirit with some excellent golf and plenty of team banter!
The 3rd round Vs Saunton at East Devon was incredibly close and as usual with these matches was just down to a couple of putts that fell and a couple that didnt. We lost 3.5 - 1.5 with, unbeaten in 3 matches Chris Hampton and Mark Luscombe easily winning their match 5/4. Chris Brown and Sean Downing recovered from 1 down on the 18th tee to make a half, they are also unbeaten in the 3 matches. Sean deserves a special mention having played incredibly well bearing in mind he suffered a massive stroke just over 12 months ago and is an inspiration to anyone who is recovering from any serious injury or illness.
We all wish Saunton the very best in their remaining matches.
There were lots of Palairet debuts this year, plenty of players finding out about the pressure of the first tee shot. The team events are open to any member who is prepared to be reliable and available for selection. We ran some free team training evenings at the beginning of the season which Mike Wilson generously gave up his time for. If you are interested in playing for the club then turning up to these and showing your enthusiasm is really important.
On a personal note a massive thanks to all the players this year for giving us a great shot at getting to the finals and ...... "There is always next year".
Team Captain - Richard Hughes
The Palairet Trophy team played Teignmouth, the current holders at Tiverton GC on Sunday 27th June and completed a superb win 3.5 - 1.5 which gets us through to the 2nd round which is next Sunday 4th July.
These were the results:
The team Vs Downes Crediton with their boxes of "Ocean Tee Golf" Bamboo tees
The 2021 Palairet Team have progressed to the 3rd Round for the first time in a few years after an excellent victory at Yelverton Vs Downes Crediton GC.
The Palairet season has been a challenge this year as there are lots of matches to play in a short time and after our win at Tiverton 3 weeks ago putting out the current title holders Teignmouth we had a tight match played at the lovely Dartmoor links of Yelverton.
The first group Tyler Yarde and "Pickle" Jones after their superb win on the 20th hole against Teignmouth unfortunately went down 3/2 to the opening group.
Our final group Kevin Rowe and Steve Flood were next to finish and even up the points with a 6/5 victory at the back of the field.
Mark Luscombe and Chris Hampton had an up and down match but they always felt they had control and eventually ran out winners 4/2. 2 points from 2 matches for these two.
Sean Downing, just over 12 months on from his massive Stroke playing with Chris Brown pretty much always had a lead and they also kept their sheet clean after their second win in two matches, this time 3/2.
Martin and Ewan Butler don't like to make it easy for themselves and for the second match on the trot they fought back from 4 down to get to the 18th at 1 down and managed to secure a half. This time Martin played a superb bunker shot from the middle of the 18th fairway 156 yards to about 15feet from the flag which was enough to secure the half.
Final score was 3.5 - 1.5 and hopefully the same team will play Saunton next Sunday at East Devon GC.
Thanks to Ocean Tee Golf for providing the tees for the team for this season.
North Devon league: Captain - Mark Luscombe
Teams of 6 play individual stableford in a league format.
Full results on our news page here
Rosebowl: Captain - Shaun Loze. Vice Captain - Hamish Cameron
Handicap foursomes trophy, teams of 10. (Cancelled for 2021)
The Rosebowl Competition was cancelled for 2021
Annodata: Captain Chris Hampton
National Individual matchplay team
Cancelled for 2021
High Handicap Cup: Captain - Julian Goddard
Greensomes knockout, 6 man team.
Rosebowl Win 2018 -
Rosebowl team win the final Vs Saunton
We teed off on a windy day under dark skies, boosted by the support of a number of caddies and spectators who came along to help cheer the team on.
The first match saw Paul Wilson and Chris Drew fight it out in what was a close contest throughout. Giving 2 shots, the RND pair could never forge ahead in the match, which was extremely close until a loss at both 15 & 16 appeared to have handed the match to Saunton. However, a brave tee shot with driver from Paul on 17 paid off and the pair won the hole to take the match down the 18th. With both pairs just short of the green in 2, Chris only had one option, chip in or lose the match. He very nearly pulled off the improbable as he lipped out with his chip shot, and our RND pair were defeated by 1 hole. A great battle from our experienced first pairing who just came up short, but can be proud of the way they fought. 1-0 to Saunton.
The second match to finish saw the semi final heroes of Richard Hughes and Martin Gibbs giving 1 shot to the Saunton pair. Its fair to say that neither of our guys brought their best today, with an uncharacteristic display off the tee from Richard, and Martin struggling on the greens. They failed to win a hole in the match, and eventually went down by a 6 & 4 scoreline. Whilst they will disappointed with their performance in this match, Richard and Martin have been one of our strongest pairs throughout our run to the final, and their heroic win on 18 in the semi final to seal the match is one of the highlights of our competition. 2-0 Saunton.
At this point the match looked very much in Saunton's favour, and indeed the 3rd match to finish looked to be going the way of our rivals from across the Taw-Torridge estuary. Steve Flood and Hamish Cameron found themselves 1 down playing the 18th after a couple of short missed putts over the final few holes saw them fall behind. After Saunton had hit the left side of the fairway, Steve played an excellent mid iron down the hill to find the perfect spot in the middle of the fairway from the tee. With only a half needed to secure the match and win the Rosebowl for Saunton, the pressure took its toll and a heavy approach shot found the water.
Hamish held his nerve with his wedge over the water, and the RND pair took the hole and the match went on down the 19th. After the 19th was halved, the 20th was a lesson in how to sew up a tight, high pressured match. Steve hit a long straight drive up the hill finishing just short of the green, and Hamish hit a great wedge shot in to 5 feet, which Steve duly holed to get RND’s first point on the board. A great fightback from our guys, and a fantastic show of composure when they needed it most to finish the match off in the way they did. 2-1 Saunton.
The next match to finish was match 5, which saw the team captain Shaun Loze partnered with Neil Armstrong. Shaun has masterminded the Rosebowl success this year and should be lauded for the hard work he has put in to build a great team atmosphere and keep regularly up to date with how everyone is playing. Neil has been in great form this season and paired with Shaun, the experienced matchplay veteran, the pair were always in control. Despite a few early wobbles the pair took charge of the match late on the front 9, finding themselves 4 up with 5 to play. Saunton rallied late but it wasn’t enough, and the match finished 3 & 1 to RND. 2-2.
With the match seeming very much against us at 2-0, we had fought back brilliantly to level the match at 2-2, and news soon spread back to the last pair left on the course that it was going to come down to them to bring home the trophy. Chris Hampton and Mark Lee had been slightly ahead throughout their whole match, but after losing the par 3 16th they found themselves locked at all square on the 17th tee. When their opponents found the water hazard from the tee, Chris stepped up and hit a solid sensible iron to the middle of the fairway. Both pairs found the green with their approaches, but a 3 putt from long range from RND allowed Saunton back in to steal the half and take the match all square down 18. Mark hit a great mid iron to the middle of the fairway, and with both pairs in good position it came down to Chris Hampton to hit a gap wedge approach from 126 yards, to try and set up a birdie and put some pressure on. With a large crowd now gathered around the 18th green Chris duly delivered. The approach landed perfectly on the front of the green, checked on the first bounce, and rolled to no further than 6 inches from the pin. After the Saunton approach found the bunker, they failed to hole the bunker shot and the birdie was conceded to give the RND mens squad their first silverware in 10 years. 3-2 RND!
A massive thank you must go to the caddies and spectators whose support cannot be underestimated, especially in a match as tight as this one.
A great effort by the players who have been fully committed to the teams this year, attending practice sessions, winter foursomes, practice rounds, and playing a key part in helping to select pairings and teams. The future is bright for the mens teams, and its great to see so many people putting themselves forward to represent the club in our various competitions.
Mens Match Manager