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Weather Report
On arrival, we found both courses were shrouded in mist with no wind to clear it away. Due to tee off at 10.30 it was 11.15 when the sun broke through and the competition started. A glorious Spring day for all players once the sun burnt though and stayed for the day. Many players were soon in shirt sleeve order and suntan cream was sought for protection. There was little wind at the start, and it remained a gentle breeze through the day. Wonderful!
Pairings and Scores

Each county had 6 pairs playing both courses.
Format 4BBB off 90% handicap, White Tees.
Saunton WestSaunton East
David Picton
Pat Crane
38Bill Kent
David Baker
Jim Airth
Steve Morris
32Neil Pollard
Nigel Mobbs
David Woodruffe
Gary Edwardes
36Jack Crockett
David Kimberley
Peter Foster
Derek Grimes
30Trevor Leaton
Peter Witney
Tony Howe
John Knight
33Terry Pettifer
Steve Close
Graham Lucas
Alan Bates
36Ron Rogers
Eddie Galjaard
Total 205Total 197
Grand Total 402
County Placings
Runners UpDORSET402205 on East Winning team on East
ThirdSomerset402199 on East
This was a very pleasing result for Dorset, and we should all be very proud of our score. My thanks go to all members of the team who did well. Devon were runners up last year and Somerset were determined to win it for the 4th year in a row. WELL DONE DORSET. We look forward to the challenge next year so put your name down if you want to play any one of the Saunton courses which are both links and offer a fair test of your golf. In addition, their hospitality, welcoming and food is excellent whether having Breakfast or the match meal which was excellent. This event is well worth the journey and excellent value for money at £45.

Pairs Reports

Another 2 Pot Bunkers
I was guided round the by David Baker who plays a solid game of golf. We played with 2 Gents from Cornwall, Gary Sullivan and Steve Davies. Both have single figure handicaps, are strong ball strikers and long off the tee, They come from the Truro area of Cornwall and were excellent company though they suffered more on the greens than we did and found more pot bunkers also. We did enjoy their company and they treated us to a drink for having a better score than they had.
Left to Right Steve, Gary, Bill and David

Pat and Dave smiling despite Dave’s putting.
All is Forgiven?
Pat Crane was very calm despite missing out on the possibility of a winning score on the East Course when Dave Picton missed a gimme putt of several inches.
Dave’s estimate of feet was not believed or supported by Pat and all others! They had a very good score of 38 and were 3rd on the East course and I congratulate them both.
Graham Lucas and Alan Bates played together over the East course and on the par 3, 5th hole Graham sank a putt for a 2. A sinking feeling as on picking up their card he had not entered them in the 2s. Fortunately Alan had, and they shared the dozen balls that they won. Meanwhile on the West Course Nigel Mobbs put his ball 5ft from the pin and sank the putt. Regrettably, Neil Pollard who booked them in and collected their card had not entered them in the 2s and so they were not rewarded!
David Kimberley and Jack Crockett had a score of 37 points on the West course and are to be congratulated. They dovetailed well and on the 5th tee they came across an adder. Or was it a grass snake? Jack who was wearing shorts, retired to the rear of the tee box to be well out of striking distance. They have the Bear pit at Sawgrass and this incident begs the question, does Saunton have a snake pit?
Trevor Leaton and Graham Lucas as new members were presented with DGC ties. We wish them well for their year as Club Captains and trust they will have a successful and rewarding time. We were extremely lucky with the lack of any strength in the wind which was eerie, and certainly unusual for links golf. Plenty of pot bunkers to run into, problems off the fairway and very tight lies to play from. Great fun and a good day out.
There was a long wait for the match meal due to the delayed start. However when it came it was devoured and enjoyed by all. The quality of the food was very high and the service to the diners, 150 plus was first class.
The Dorset TableNote Clean Plates!

My thanks go to all of you who participated, enjoyed and graced the day.
Well done.
Bill Kent, Captain