It was a chilly start at Tiverton Golf Club for the main event of the Inter-Club 2018 – Finals' Day. Ladies from East Devon, Saunton, Fingle Glen, Wranagton, Okehampton, Ilfracombe and Torquay were competing for a host of trophies.  As with all our inter-club finals, we were set for some quality, competitive golf, played in a really friendly atmosphere.

The first final of the day was for the Doris Willes-Little Cup, the foursomes knockout competition. 32 teams had entered this year and there were 3 rounds to get through before the semi-final stage, which were played on neutral courses. East Devon played Woodbury Park and Portmore played Saunton. East Devon and Saunton won through to the final and the semi-finalist trophies went to Ellen Norton and Ann Hazelwood of Woodbury Park and Alison West and Amanda Webber from Portmore.  

That left the final of the Doris Willes-Little Trophy between Joy Wisdom and Deirdre Mackness from East Devon and Jayne Begley and Helen Lethbridge from Saunton. The ladies had a great match, head to head all the way to the 18th, where East Devon secured the win 1 up. The Saunton ladies took home the runners up trophy and the Doris Willes Little Trophy winners for 2018 were East Devon.

Doris Willes-Little Trophy winners
Joy Wisdom & Deirdre Mackness of East Devon GC
Doris Willes Little Trophy Runners Up
Jayne Begley and Helen Lethbridge of Saunton GC

Next on the tee was the final of the Sheelah Creasy Bowl. 28 clubs took part this year, playing divisional matches through the summer to try and win through to the final stages. Fingle Glen, who have won the Sheelah Creasy Bowl for the last 2 years, reached the final again this year - this time playing Wrangaton. It was a close fought match, the first 4 games were 2 wins apiece. It was all to play for but the Wrangaton ladies then won games 5 and 6 to secure the match win. 

So our runners up this year, winning the Olwen Williams Salver were Fingle Glen, and the winners of the Sheelah Creasy Bowl for 2018 were Wrangaton.  

Katie Purcell, Wrangaton's Sheelah Creasy Team Captain  Olwen Williams Salver
Pat Greenfield, Fingle Glen's Creasy Team Captain


On to the President’s Trophy, which had 27 teams in the divisional stages this year. We saw some real battles in the quarter and semi-finals, with Okehampton and Ilfracombe winning through to the final. As expected, this was another close match with wins in games 1 and 3 for Ilfracombe, and games 2 and 4 for Okehampton. Okehampton then edged ahead and secured the match with wins in games 5 and 6 although Ilfracombe won game 7.

The Ilfracombe ladies took home the runners up trophy and the winners of the President’s Trophy (affectionately known as Maude) for 2018 were Okehampton.

President’s Trophy
Frances Harbron, Okehampton President’s Team Captain
President’s Runner Up Trophy
Jan Phillips, Ilfracombe President’s Team Captain

The last final of the day was for our flagship competition, the Still Cup. 9 clubs entered a team in this year’s scratch matchplay competition which was played in 2 divisions. This year’s final was a repeat of last year’s – East Devon versus Torquay, who won the Still Cup in 2016 and 2017. This was always expected to be a fine display of quality golf, with 7 DevonGolf County players and 1 ex-Curtis Cup player across the 2 teams - and the large number of spectators out on the course were certainly not disappointed. Torquay won games 1,4 and 5, with a win in match 6 for East Devon. Games 2 and 3 were both heading down the 19th hole but Torquay then secured the win in game 2 to take the overall match.

Winning the E Young Bowl for the second year running were East Devon, and the winners of the Still Cup Challenge Trophy for 2018 was Torquay, taking the trophy home for the third year in a row.

Still Cup - Vicky Holloway, Torquay's Still Cup Team Captain
with Marilyn Firkin, Torquay's Ladies' Captain
E Young Bowl
Maria Heard, East Devon Still Cup
Team Captain

The trophy presentation followed the Still Cup match, with Tiverton Lady Captain Janet Derrett welcoming all the players, caddies and supporters to the club. County Captain Chris Longden added her thanks to all the ladies for a great season of golf, and the runners up and winners trophies were then presented to the team captains by Carolyn Maynard, the DevonGolf joint County President.

My grateful thanks to Tiverton Golf Club for hosting us – to the office, Pro Shop and Greens staff, to the Head Steward and his staff, and to the members who helped on the day with ball spotting, scoreboard carrying and car parking. Special thanks to Lady Captain Janet for her support and input and for the beautiful flowers for the prize table.   

I would like to say a huge thank you to County Captain Chris for all her support and help over the summer months – she has put in a lot of hours on the first tees as starter, sending all the ladies off with her own special brand of enthusiasm and encouragement. I would also like to thank the ladies and gentlemen who have given their time to be Rules Officials, and my DevonGolf colleagues for their support.

Lastly a big thank you to all the ladies I have been in contact with during the season – by email, on the phone and in person. This job is a lot of work but it is also a lot of fun and that is because everyone is so friendly and supportive. This concludes a fantastic year of inter-club competition for DevonGolf and I am looking forward to a great golfing year in 2019.

Rosie Burnham
Inter-Club Competitions' Secretary

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