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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.