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Parker Trophy Team Defeated In Close Quarter Final
Our Parker Trophy team were defeated 2-1 by Exeter last week in the Quarter Final of the scratch county knockout event on a very firm and fast running Tiverton course.
The first pair of Ollie Tanton and Blair McHarg put in a strong performance, led by an excellent display of ball striking from Blair, and the usual magic on the greens from Ollie. They wrapped up the win 2 & 1 in what had been a tight match throughout against high calibre opponents including Harrison Greenberry, the former County and British Boys Amateur Champion.
Our second pairing of Ben Keen and Junior Captain Scott Parker made a fast start in their match, again against a strong pair including yet another former county champion, James Reed. The pair were 2 up through 7 holes, but proceeded to lose the next 5 in a row from a combination of poor tee shots from our guys and birdies from the Exeter pair. They eventually lost 3 & 2, leaving the contest to be decided by the last match, with Steve Flood paired with captain Chris Brown.
Throughout the round a series of long par saves continued to fall in for the Exeter pair, with RND hitting most of the greens but not seeing a birdie putt drop. The longer the game went on with Exeter hanging on with some great scrambling, the more likely it seemed it would go down to the wire.
1 up stood on the 17th tee, Steve Flood played an excellent 4 iron tee shot to the middle of the tight fairway, and Exeter's Jack Pope proceeded to hit his tee shot deep into the trees, giving hope that the match might be about to go RND's way. However, Chris then pulled a 9 iron approach, which the RND pair then failed to get up and down. Exeter duly chipped out of the trees and again got up and down from 120 yards courtesy of another 20 foot putt from Fred Bishop who putted superbly all day.
This made it all square going down 18, and Exeter proceeded to hit driver into the left hand trees, seemingly blocked out. After a very solid ball striking day from both RND players, and taking a 4 iron for safety, Chris hit his second poor iron shot in a row under pressure, this time blocking the ball into the right rough and leaving his partner unable to get to the green.
Both pairs chipped out of the trees, with RND now 100 yards from thw green, and Exeter just 50 yards away. Unfortunately the story unfolded as it had for much of the rest of the match, with RND failing to hole a long putt, and Exeter getting up and down for par to get the win. A good 6 foot putt from Jack Pope under pressure on the last got the win.
A tough defeat to take considering how strong a team we were up against, and how close we came to turning them over on a course which clearly favours Exeter, both in terms of geography and course layout. Credit to Exeter for a great battling performance. They had good support watching the game, and ultimately their last pair kept themselves in it for long enough to squeeze through with a good performance under pressure on the last few holes.
Our run ends for another year, but there were a number of positives to take from the match. Thanks to all the players for their commitment in getting the game played in the short time window we were given.
Chris Brown, Parker Trophy Captain.
RND ROSEBOWL TEAM THROUGH TO SEMI FINAL
RND met defending champions Portmore at Holsworthy
Paul Wilson and Chris Drew were first off and knew they were in for a game as ex pro Andy Normal drove the first at Holsworthy but this never put off Paul or cool hand luke Chris, RND surged into the lead and were 2 up after 4 but their opponents played some great golf and were 3 up after 13 but our boys dug deep and and were level after 16 and duly won 17 and 18 to give RND their first point.
Stephen Flood and Ethan Jeffery were out second for RND looking to extend their unbeaten run but were up against some good golf from their opponents mitch and Adam, not even Steve great tee shot to 6 feet on the 208 yard par 3 fourth could save them from a 4&3 defeat, their opponents knocked in a total of 5 birdies which our pair couldn't match.
New pairing Chris Hampton and Mark Lee were off next after a bright start which saw them go 3 up after 5 but with a combination of bad luck and errant shots and by the 12th they were 1 down, the turning point in this match was when Chris attempted a one handed trick shot which he pulled off with ease. RND were 1 up going down the last, after Chris had a flyer from the rough into the ditch this handed their opponents a lifeline but they unfortunately lipped out handing the game to RND to go 2-1 up
Richard Hughes and Martin Gibbs were giving 4 shots and when they went 2 down after the first two holes they were always playing catchup. When 4 down with 4 to play and having to give a shot on 17 none of the spectators even followed the group! However they managed to win 15, 16 and the 17th with a clutch long putt and get back to 1 down on the last where they couldnt quite claw back a win and lost their unbeaten streak.
Captain Shaun Loze and Neil Armstrong were off last, they duly won the first with a birdie after a good approach from shaun and were 2 up after 4 when shaun put his tee shot to 10 feet on the long par 3 fourth. After losing the 5th Neil put his approach close on the 6th to restore the lead. The RND pair turned 2 up and were soon 3 up on 10 when Shaun sank a long birdie putt. They never looked back after then with some good steady golf and won on 17 when Neil hit a great approach to 8 feet (he even yelled get in the hole as he hit it straight at the pin), this handed RND the important win. 3-2
16+ Handicap Greensomes Matchplay Cup
RND ‘storm’ through to the Semi Final!
Today (Sunday 1st July) saw our 16+ Team take on Saunton in the Greensomes Matchplay Cup at home.
Whilst gardeners were rejoicing at the long overdue downpour this morning, golfers on the other hand were dusting off their waterproofs. After a quick reminder by Mike to listen out for the claxon in case of thunder we were underway.
Our campaign was opened by Ivor Smith and newcomer James Doble. The RND pair thought they were in for an easy ride when their opponents both struggled to clear the burn on the first but Saunton quickly bounced back leaving the match all square at the turn. With James’ drive safe on the 10th, Ivor put his drive ten yards short of the green putting the tourists under pressure. This was definitely the turning point of the our first game as RND won the 10th and the following three holes – RND 4 up after 13. The 14th was halved despite an excellent putt by James which in Saturday’s conditions would have been drained comfortably. Unphased, two more excellent drives on 15 quickly put the match to bed with RND winning 5 and 3!
The second pairing, Andrew James and new recruit Paul Drew, were pitched against two tenacious visitors but RND were equally tenacious! During the front nine the RND duo held on firmly to a one hole lead but a sudden Saunton surge on eight and nine turned the tide in Saunton’s favour after nine – Saunton 1 up. The 10th hole was definitely rewarding the home teams today. An excellent approach shot by Paul and an equally impressive putt by Andy for birdie reminded the visitors we meant business. The back nine remained tense consisting of impressive ball striking by Andy and near miss hole in one by Paul on 14. The 17th saw the match draw level but solid play by RND on 18 was no match for the tourists. A very exciting and deserving victory for RND winning 1 up.
The final game saw first timers Aaron Kitching and Julian Goddard take an early, comfortable 3 hole lead. Aaron’s consistent driving and Julian’s precision iron play kept the heat on throughout the front nine. The only concession was when the visitors holed an impressive putt for par on the 6th which, whilst receiving a shot, meant our tap in for par wasn’t good enough. After nine holes the final pairing were 3 up before facing RND’s seventh team member – The 10th! The intimidating reeds showed the tourists how tough RND can be and the next three holes resulted in RND being 6 up after 12. Stepping on to the 13th Tee and being 6 up with six to play unleased determination in both Aaron and Julian to take the match no further. RND played the 13th exceptionally well, with the visitors struggling to keep up, and the hosts were rewarded with a fourth consecutive win – RND 7 up!!! This was an excellent match and an excellent 7 and 5 win for the home team.
Well done everyone; RND win 3-0.
RND will face Torrington away in the Semi Final.
Annodata Round 2 Vs Fingle Glen Sunday 10th June
RNDGC 3 Fingle Glen 2
Captain Ollie Tanton giving 4 shots teed off first and duly eagled the first hole to go 1up but never got any further than 2up and was pegged back on 15 and was all square going down the last, he held his nerve and won the last for a valuable point.
Shaun Loze was next up and after a scrappy half on the first hole won his next 3 holes with pars only to be pegged back to 2up after 6 but duly birdied 7 and was 4 up at the turn, shaun finished his match in style with a birdie on 13 and won 7 and 5 for RNDGC to go 2 up.
Big Hitting Michael Colwill (described as an animal by his opponent) was off next and had a very close match and was 1 up with 3 to play but lost 16 and 17 and was 1 down on the 18th tee and after another massive drive down the fairway he made an excellent up and down from just off the green to win the hole for a valuable half.
Mr dependable Chris Hampton was off next and had another very tight match against a very good opponent, with only a half needed for victory Chris delivered when he was 1 up going down 18 and shook his opponents hand and handed him a half when he was told the result.
Man of the moment Neil James was off last for RND and had a uncharismatic day on the course which he was beaten by his opponent but the result didn't matter as RNDGC had won 3 and 2.
19th May 2018 - Rosebowl Round 1 (win) - RND 3.5 - Saunton Artisans 1.5
Star performance of the day was from our lead pairing Chris Drew and Paul Wilson, giving shots to their opponents who won the Bideford bay this year. After finding themselves 4 down after 10 they started to pepper the pins and won 2 up with some outstanding golf.
Second group off were Chris Hampton and Robin Glover, the pair started well and were 3 up early with some solid golf but around the turn they started to leak shots and found themselves losing on 18 with an unlucky tee shot.
Third pair were Richard Hughes and Martin Gibbs. After being 2 down after 2 they turned the game around with some solid golf and quickly found themselves 3 up and never looked like losing, performing well as a pairing, winning 3 and 2.
Fourth off was the ever dependable Steve Flood and Ethan ‘baby giraffe’ Jeffrey. With some good golf they quickly found themselves up and cruising leading by 3, but after a string of errant shots they finally kept their nerve winning down the last.
Last off were captain Shaun Loze and debutant Neil Armstrong. Things didn’t look good as their opponents birdied the first, but they fought back and had birdies on 5,6 and 7 to lead by 3 at the turn. After some good golf from their opponents and a couple of wayward shots by our pair they closed the gap and were relieved to shake hands on the last for a half. Well done Neil 100% fairways hit.
RND 4.5 - 0.5 Libbaton Artisans. Annodata Round 1, Sun 6th May.
With usual Annodata captain Ollie Tanton selected for Palairet duty, Shaun Loze took over captaincy for our first round match at home against Libbaton Artisans.
Mike Colwill led the way with an impressive 300 yard drive off the first tee to intimidate his opponent who had only just cleared the burn, but Mike knew he had a tough match as the hole was halved in 6’s. Mike's superior distance off the tee proved too much in the end and he overcame his opponent 3 and 1 with an excellent approach on 17.
Second off was in form player Daren Edmonds who was up most of the game butin the end could only manage a good half against an opponent who improved as the round went on. Daren’s consistency proved vital throughout game in securing the half point.
Third off was stand in captain Shaun Loze who was cruising at 3 up after 3. His opponent ground him down however with with par after par on shot holes as the round progressed. The turning point proved to be 15 and 16 when Shaun put both his approaches inside 8 feet, helping him get his nose in front. A nervy finished ensued after a messy 17th, but Shaun fought back and birdied the last to win 1 up.
Fourth up was Neil Armstrong who impressed with a good 2 and 1 win against an opponent who played well under his handicap. Neil was up most of the match with a string of pars only to be pegged back every time he looked like getting away. In the end a solid putting day from Neil made the difference and he brought home the point.
Last off was the refreshed Arron Kitching, having recently returned from a long break abroad. He was quickly down in the match, perhaps shaking off some rust, but fought back well on the back 9 and managed to nose ahead of his opponent on the last to take the win.
Congratulations to the whole team and especially to stand in captain Shaun Loze. We now go through to the next round with the draw yet to be confirmed.
RND 1 - 4 Sidmouth, Palairet Round 1, Tiverton, Sun 6th May.
With usual captain Richard Hughes away in St Lucia it turned out to be a carribean-esque day of weather at Tiverton as our palairet side took on Sidmouth.
There are occasions where you simply have to admit you were beaten by the better side, and this was one of them. Both teams were very evenly matched teams with a lot of low handicaps on show, including 4 current or ex- Devon county players across the two teams, and 16 of the 20 players on show playing off 5 handicap or better. The course was generally in great condition, with the exception of the greens being understandable slow following a week in which they have been closed for maintenance. Both teams struggled to get long putts to the hole, and chipping became particularly difficult for those who are used to seeing the ball run out rather than pitch and stop quickly as it was doing so today.
Our first pair of Ollie Tanton and Neil James took part in a high quality match which was tight throughout, but ultimately the 2 shots they had to give proved too many and they lost 2 & 1.
The next two matches to finish were less close affairs, with Chris Drew and Paul Wilson losing 5 & 4, and Chris Hampton and Robin Glover losing 3 & 2. Ultimately poor front 9’s cost both pairs, with too many tee shots out of position, and neither pair could climb the mountains they needed to close the gap on the back 9.
The next two matches finished all square after 18, and with the overall match already decided, both matches took half a point, rather than go back down the 1st as would have been needed if the match result was still in doubt.
Chris Brown and Ethan Jeffery took their half point after a tight match in which they scrambled to stay in touch on the front 9, but finally got their nose in front on 17, only to lose 18 and take half a point.
Steve Flood and Mark Lee, out in the last group, had a similarly poor front 9 to the rest of the team, but after being 3 down through 3 holes, then 1 down after 17, they made a good up and down on 18 to win the hole and halve the match.
A massive thank you to Pat McGuckin and Simon Trapnell, who as part of the match day squad played the practice round on Friday, and then came along today to play key roles as caddy and non playing captain respectively. A big thanks to Tom Stirzaker who also caddied, and to those who came to support, including our lady president. Your support is genuinely appreciated by all the players.
We simply cannot fault the effort and commitment of all the guys in the squad, who all attended a practice round on Friday, and did all they could to prepare for the match. A big thank you to everyone else who has attended winter foursomes and squad coaching this year, and despite yet another disappointment in the Palairet, we will crack it eventually!
There’s always next year…
Mens Match Manager, and Palairet Vice-Captain.
RND v Burnham and Berrow - 29th April 2018.
This year saw the turn of hosting the annual ‘friendly’ against Burnham and Berrow being given to our friends in Somerset. This match is one of the highlights on our friendly fixtures each year and, alas, a competition where RND has failed to see victory in over four years. RND put forward a strong team of tourists, and given that seven members of the squad had never played our host’s course, we knew that we were starting as the underdogs.
The first pairing of Oli Tanton and Darren James were a strong side to begin our campaign and both players quickly showed our hosts their skills. The pair were two up at the 17th with their talents winning them the hole and our first point with a 3&1 victory.
Our second pairing saw Neil Armstrong and Kiaran Tanton battle hard against some tough opposition. With clear heads and determination RND took the match to the 18th where some excellent short game saw RND pick up our second point.
The third pairing, Shaun Loze and junior Ethan Jeffery, played equally challenging opponents. Their match was a closely contested fight but eventually our host’s local knowledge saw them gain their first point of the day as we lost 2&1.
With the tourists leading with 2 points to 1, our attention turned to Chris Hampton and Mark Lee in the fourth group. They were pitched against this year’s club Captain who was determined to put up a decent fight. Our dynamic duo, unphased, put the match to bed after leading for most of the round at 3&2. Another significant point for RND!
The final match consisted of Daren Edmonds and yours truly, who got off to a great start being two up after three. Daren’s excellent chip in from 40 foot on the 6th for birdie gave the visitors a target to reach. Their perseverance chipped away at our lead and the following holes saw the match draw level by the 15th. The last three holes were evenly pitched and halving the 18th resulted in the match being all square and each pair being awarded half a point each.
All in all it was a great day, with excellent hosts, on a very challenging course. I’d like to thank our hosts for making us feel so welcome and allowing us to show them the high quality of our golf.
Well done Team RND; 3 ½ to 1 ½ is an excellent result!
Here are some of our pictures from the match!
2018 Captains and Events
Parker Trophy: Captain - Chris Brown
Prestigious county Scratch foursomes trophy. Teams of 6.
Palairet: Captain - Richard Hughes.
Prestigious county handicap foursomes trophy. Teams of 10.
North Devon league: Captain - Shaun Loze
Teams of 6 play individual stableford in a league format.
Rosebowl: Captain - Shaun Loze. Vice Captain - Hamish Cameron
Handicap foursomes trophy, teams of 10.
High Handicap Cup: Captain - Mark Gough
Greensomes knockout, 6 man team.
Winter Foursomes Series 2017/8
5 event series throughout the winter (one a month). Draw for partners, with best 3 results for each individual going towards the order of merit series trophy.
Final standings, event 5 cancelled due to snow.