Last weekend saw the start of the South Devon League season with Team Warren playing against Stover at home. With a few of last year's players away sunning themselves in Spain it was a new look team with new partnerships..
This year the higher handicap players start with the lower handicap players at the back of the field. On a bright and breezy day could Team Warren make use of home advantage? Pair one were Darren Burridge and Nick Wilden who were up against it from the start losing the first 2 holes and never recovering, loosing on the 16th 3&2. Match 2 was Chopper Paul Fryatt and Nick Bunn who were in a real close battle but some long range putting from the Stover pair causing the damage winning 2 and 1.
Could match three bring a home win? This was down to Heath McDonald and new member Neil Ebdon but in a great game with more than ten birdies they were out powered by the Stiver pair losing 2&1. Three games in, three points down.
At last good news! Match 5 with the in form pair of Ben Sclater and Carl dot Kinson managed to bring home this year's first point. Carl doing most of the damage with Ben playing steady. In Match 4 Dave blind Musgrove and Pete Morris were holding on to their 2 hole lead which they got up early, the Stover pair threw everything at them but gritty determination and good matchplay tactics saw our pair grind out a very worthy point winning on the 17th 2&1. Good news from Match 7 as Marcus Dove and Simon Coleman were winning 4 up but bad news from Match 6 with James Allum and Jon Skinner 3 down. Dove and Coleman managed to see their game out winning 3&1 with some good golf from Coleman utilising his shots well.
Meanwhile Allum and Skinner had clawed back the three holes and reached the 17th all square, Team Warren had the honour and both players found the fairway putting the pressure on Stover but again both players hit good drives one over 300 yards. Skinner was first to play and a rare mistake saw him try and hit his second shot hard, pulling it left into the deep gorse, next up was Stover and a safe shot saw their ball finish just short of the green. James up next and a crisp iron shot found its way to the centre of the green. Jon did try and recover from the gorse but the hole was halved in four. On to the 18th and again both Team Warren players found the fairway, not the same for the Stover pair as one pushed the tee shot down the right and out of bounds, first to play the second shot was Jon and this time a more relaxed swing saw his ball find the back of the green putting the pressure on the Stover player and this told with another pushed shot but a bounce of the fence protecting the railway line back into play, but into the bunker would this be Stover's day?
James up next and another good iron shot saw him on the fringe but only 15 feet away, the lucky bounce was not so lucky for Stover as the ball had embedded in its own pitch mark under the bank, a nearly unplayable shot. A few shots to get the ball out and the game was conceded.
PHEW a win for Team Warren but only just. Well done all a good team performance.