Vets through to 2nd round of Emerton Court

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It was a lot tougher than most expected but RND's "old men" are through to the second round of Devon Veterans' Emmerton Court Trophy.

After winning their away leg 4 and a half to a half at Torrington two weeks earlier they were given a rare battle in the return before getting home 3 and a half to one and half.

Captain Simon Hopkins spent most of the afternoon gibbering nervously about the wisdom of his selections before everything came right in the end.

First pair out Clifford Brown and Phil Hall were up against it all the way round and lost on the 17th, and Dave Miller and Paul Ellicott, too, had an uncomfortable 18 holes which ended in them grabbing a half.

Match three was the clincher. Jovial vice-captain Andy Hood and old grey beard, Geoff Sykes, "showed their fighting qualities by coming from behind four times" - Mr Hood's words - before storming to victory on the 17th and 18th and making sure of the team's place in the next round.

Tony Allin and Richard Stubbs won two up and, in the final match with the pressure off, Kevin Wickham and Pat McGuckin romped it 3&2 to make the overall score 8-2.

RND now play either Libbaton or Axe Cliff in the next round

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