The first playing of the Tim Harris Memorial Trophy at Exeter GCC was a momentous day for Warren’s Barrie Keith.
The event was instigated by the Exeter and Tim Harris's family as a memorial to a stalwart of both Exeter and Devon golf, a Past Captain of the club and huge supporter of the County Senior team and was taken from us far too early.
Barrie had the round of the day by any gauge, shooting a 3-under par 66 to accumulate 44 stableford points and be the first recipient of what we all hope will become a highly respected and sought after trophy.
Exeter's Vice-Captain and Past County Senior Captain Rick Pillow produced 40 points from his handicap of 5 to beat Kevin Rainford (Exeter, 21) on countback for the runner's-up spot. Not surprisingly, Exeter players occupied most of the top 10 spots, Patrick Williams (12) edging Allan Edgcumbe (19) for 4th spot ahead of Terry Paddon (20) in 6th and John Fairman (13) for the best of the 36s.
Barrie and Rick’s scores dominated the gross results too, but there were good scores from County Senior squad members Dave Eva (Thurslestone, 1) with 33 and Graham Ruth (Tavistock, 4) on 32 tied with Thurlestone's Club Manager Simon Bawden (4), Graham having the better back 9. These three took the top scratch prizes in the one prize per competitor format.
In the OOMs, Rick’s 2nd place in the handicap moved him 10 points clear of John Fairman at the top of the Handicap OOM, whilst Steve Allan (Teign Valley), Brian Winteridge (Churston) and Glenn Page (East Devon) hold their 3rd to 5th positions.
In the Scratch Tim Aggett (Warren) took 8th place on Sunday and increased his lead over Richard Ward (Dainton Park) to 9 points. Rick moved up to 3rd, 10 points adrift, ahead of Paul Newcombe and Peter Bicknell. Senior Captain Colin Papworth dropped a place to 6th despite finishing in the top 10 at Exeter.
The OOM battle now goes to the final event of the season, the Senior Stableford Championship at Royal North Devon on Wednesday 4th September. Not only will the two Salvers be decided there, so will the recipients of the invitations to the Presentation Day at Bovey Castle GC in October which will be extended to the top 9 in each OOM. Right now anyone in the top 20 of the Scratch and top 25 of the Handicap could book that day with a good knock at RND.
There are still opportunities to enter this prestigious County event, which offers trophies for best handicap, scratch, team and over 65 individual. Please go to the Competitions page of the website to enter.
Away from Exeter it was a good weekend for the County Senior squad. Mark Evans won the prestigious Kashmir Cup over 36-holes of scratch medal at Royal North Devon, whilst Senior Champion Peter Bicknell (Torquay) was also mixing it with the younger guys, finishing third in the Mitchelmore Cup and Ronald Hall Salver at Stover. Both of the events at RND and Stover are in the County Men’s OOM.