A large proportion of the DevonGolf Women's First Team met at Exeter in October for a set of competitive matches. We were faced with three of the lowest handicap women back at universities in America and the junior girls were playing an inter-counties match against Somerset at Tiverton Golf Club on the same day. Thus, with numbers depleted, it was decided to change from the previous format of First v Second team to a "Gruesome" matchplay with drawn teams. The basic premise was that for the first 2 shots on each hole the opposing pair selected which of the 2 shots would be used then, in Texas Scramble style, both players played from that spot and after this it was Foursomes. The aim of the exercise was to highlight the importance of the drive for Foursomes and to practice both scrambling and Foursome play. Furthermore, to ensure matches went down to the wire in an exciting finish, if any match went 2 up, the opposing pair automatically received a shot on the following hole. Each match was played over 9 holes and, at the 10th  after some chocolate cake, the winning pair from the 2nd match challenged the winning pair from the front match, meaning that the runners up played the runners up or, as Keeley said (in jest I must add), the Losers!  

Front - Sarah Hoff (Team Manager_, Abbie Turner (Okehampton) Grace Jackson (Exeter) Amanda Burchell (Bigbury) Julia Norman (Warren)
Back - Gro Lomas (RND) Emily Morey- (East Devon) Liz Bird (RND) Charlotte Dommett (Torquay) Keeley Clarke (Torquay) 

Despite a dreadful weather forecast for the weekend, countless matches and competitions elsewhere being cancelled ahead of the actual day, various course closures and many weather Apps and forecasts examined, I remembered the phrase, "Fortune favours the brave." The training matches went ahead and the players played some cracking shots despite the damp ground. A huge thank you must go to Exeter Golf & Country Club for giving us courtesy of the course and for allowing us to play. Thanks also to the greens staff for an excellent job in keeping the course open and, finally, to Annie Norman our DevonGolf Ladies' Captain for starting and helping me on the day. Due to injury, Keeley Clarke has had to take a month off playing but I applaud her commitment and really appreciated her offering to come and walk round, despite the forecast and threat of rain. I trust all those who played enjoyed the chance to play competitive golf and, such was the format, every match ended on the final hole and, would you believe it, in the sunshine! 

My thanks to the players for a great day.

Sarah Hoff
Women's First Team Manager

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