The crowds gather on Finals Day at Teignmouth Golf Club

Finals Day dawned bright and crisp and turned into a lovely autumn day, much to everyone’s relief after the previous days mixed weather conditions. It was an early start for the Doris Willes Little final between Torquay and Dartmouth as the Torquay pair were playing again in the Still Cup final at lunchtime.The ladies teed off at 8am and made quick progress round the course, only pausing to enjoy a quick bacon roll at the halfway point. The Torquay pairing of Keeley Clarke and Charlotte Dommett continued their fine form and clinched a 6 & 5 victory over the Dartmouth ladies Chris Mayer and Lorna Elliott. County Captain Angie Hickey presented the runner up trophies to the Dartmouth ladies.

L-R Charlotte Dommett & Keeley Clarke (Torquay), Lorna Elliott & Chris Mayer (Dartmouth) with County Captain Angie Hickey
A well-earned bacon bap after an 8am start to allow Charlotte & Keeley to play in the Still Cup final later that day

The next match was the Sheelah Creasy Bowl final between Okehampton and Fingle Glen, a repeat of last year’s final line-up. It was all to play for as the first 4 games were won 2 a-piece but the Fingle Glen ladies then won games 5 & 6 to take the win. A special mention must go to Doris Jewell from Okehampton, 86 years young, who won her match 5 & 3! 

So the runners up this year receiving the Olwen Williams Salver were Okehampton and the winners of the Sheelah Creasy Bowl for 2017 were Fingle Glen, retaining their title.

The President’s Trophy followed shortly after the Creasy Bowl match with Dainton Park taking on East Devon 1 -  who had beaten their club mates East Devon 2 in the semi final.

Dainton Park edged ahead first with a win in the first 2 games followed by a win for East Devon 1 in the third match. Dainton Park then secured the victory with wins in games 4 and 7.

So the runners up this year were East Devon 1 with Dainton Park winning the President’s Trophy for 2017.

A happy Dainton Park team after winning the President's Trophy


A young Torquay supporter who followed mum Laura Colman around (in a buggy) and made not a sound out of place
Time well spent as Torquay emerged as Still Cup winners

After a short buffer the East Devon Still Cup team met the current champions Torquay in the Still Cup final. This much anticipated match attracted a good crowd, later on boosted by the East Devon President’s team supporting their clubmates.  Board carriers displayed the results of the games for the spectators on the way round. Torquay were the stronger side on this occasion winning 4 out of the first 5 matches to successfully defend their title meaning the runners up this year receiving the E.Young Bowl were East Devon. The winners of the Still Cup Inter-club Challenge Trophy was Torquay.

County President Ann Legg presented trophies to the winners and runners up at the presentation following the Still Cup Final.

The triumphant Torquay Still Cup team
L-R Keeley Clarke, Charlotte Dommett, Vicky Holloway, Sally Spokes, Laura Colman, Lesley Rowe, Karen Hough & Fiona Parsons

My thanks to Teignmouth Golf Club for hosting this prestigious event; to the greenstaff who had presented the course in excellent condition; to the bar and catering staff who looked after us so well; and to Lady Captain Carol Ward and her ladies' section for their help. Also thanks for the lovely flower displays and especially for the ball spotting and board carrying which helped make the day special and run smoothly.

Thank you County Captain Angie for her help throughout the summer and to all the referees who have done sterling service – Chris, Liz, Jane, Lesley and Pam. Lastly a big thank you to all the ladies I have had contact with through the year, sending in results and at the various finals – everyone has been cheerful and encouraging and made my year very enjoyable.

Rosie Burnham
Inter-club Matchplay Secretary 

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