Seniors fall short vs Portmore in the Emerton Court Trophy

By Tim Leigh in Golf

Dainton Park Golf Club

Seniors section

Dainton Park’s seniors disappointed in their second-round home and away fixtures against Portmore in the Emerton Court Trophy, but the club held two major domestic competitions during June, playing for the first silverware of the season – the Don Crabb Cup, the Tony Mason Cup and the Seniors Gross and Net Championship trophies.

In the away leg at Portmore at the beginning of June, the team battled hard but lost 3½-1½, leaving themselves a tough task in the return home leg.

The omens were not good when there were problems fixing a date for the home match, meaning some players were not available to play; and then, when the day at the end of June came around, the wet weather took the edge off the greens, slowing them down, arguably, to the advantage of the visitors.

Despite Dainton’s best efforts, Portmore wrapped up the tie with some inspired play, giving them a 2-3 victory and thus progressing to the next round with a comfortable 3½-6½ aggregate win.

The away fixture results were: Graham Hull and Mel Langdon lost three and two; Steve Smith and Charlie Cruikshanks won one up; Mick Roberts and Roger Carpenter lost three and two; Wolf Englemann and Phil Wiltshire lost five and four; and Brian Ainsworth and Peter Thompson halved. The home fixture results were: Wolf Englemann and Don Maud won five and three; Graham Hull and Stuart Witheridge lost three and two; Mel Langdon and Charlie Cruikshanks lost two and one; Brian Ainsworth and Peter Thompson lost three and two; and Roger Carpenter and Lawrence Webster won two and one.

Seniors captain Pete Northcott struck lucky with the weather for his Captain’s Day on Monday, June 12, and 82 golfers took part in the competition, which involved an individual and team event along with nearest the pin, longest drive and nearest the gin.

John Hobson was awarded the Don Crabb Cup for the best overall score of the day. John got 41 points, beating club ­captain Graham Hull on countback. The Tony Mason Cup went to Graham Harris, who recorded the best over-70s score of the day with 39 points. The team prize went to Terry Moon, Bill Board and James Barrett.

The first major domestic Dainton Park seniors trophies were played for over two rounds on Monday, June 26, and Friday, June 30. The top 30 from round one progressed to round two.

There was some excellent golf played over the two days. The Seniors Championship (Gross) was won by Roger Newcombe with two top-drawer rounds of golf, carding 83 and 82 for a total of 165 – and this could have been even better without a two-shot penalty for playing the wrong ball in a bunker during the second round.

In second place was Wolf Engelmann with rounds of 84 and 83, totalling 167, and third was Mel Langdon with 83 and 85, totalling 168.

The same two rounds also constituted the Seniors Championship (Net). The Net winner was Mel Langdon (13) on countback from Roger Newcombe (11), both with the same net score of 142. Michael Pope (21) was an excellent third place with net 143.

The June monthly medals were played on Monday, June 5, in wet and windy conditions, causing some players not to play or complete their rounds.

The White Tee Medal was won by Tony Procter (19) with net 71 – a great score given the conditions – from Pete Thompson (16), second with net 73, and Michael Beer (19) third with net 77. The Yellow Tee Medal winner was Peter Taverner (21) with net 75 from Ivor Oatridge (18) with net 18 and third Ian Fisher (28) with net 79.

Dainton Park seniors played four friendly matches against other clubs during June, with one home win, one home draw, one away win and one away defeat.

The home win was against Honiton, with a scoreline of 3½-1½; Peter Northcott and John Strainge halved, Toby Downer and Roger Stobbart won seven and five; Robin Webb and Mike O’Sullivan won four and three; Terry Membery and Graham Harris won three and two; David Baker and Tony Procter won six and four; and Phil Wiltshire and Mike Pope lost four and three.

The home draw was an ­honours even affair at 3-3 against visitors Dartmouth: Steve Smith and Phil Wiltshire won two-up; Dave Martyn and Mike Pope won three and two; Stuart McKerrell and Gerald Northover lost three and two; Colin Evans and Andy Bell won one up; Roger Carpenter and Bob Benham lost; and

Mick Roberts and Martyn Pendlebury Lost.

The 2½-3½ away victory at Bigbury gave Dainton seniors their first double of the season, having won the home fixture

5-1 earlier in the season: Peter Northcott and Mel Langdon won three and two; Phil Wiltshire and Dave Ripping won one up; Mick Roberts and Colin Ferris won three and two; Graham Harris and Andy Bell lost one down; Terry Membery and Martyn Pendlebury lost three and two; and Mike Beer and Clem Fisher halved.

The away defeat at Wrangaton was by a 6-0 margin – a rather sad whitewash: Peter Northcott and Clem Fisher lost four and three; Mick Roberts and Mike O’Sullivan lost two and one; Peter Taverner and Gerald Northover lost seven and six; Roger Haines and David Wilks lost four and three; Barry Myers and Roger Stobbart lost one down; and Howard Chapman and John Hill lost four and three.

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