Sidmouth had four regular team members out through injury or absence, as they made their way to Exeter for the important second leg of the Emerton-Court Trophy quarter final.
Needing a win and at least a tied match to progress further, it was Bob Johnson and Graham Rogers who led off for Sidmouth and found themselves two down in short order.
The following two Sidmouth pairs had similar experiences and whilst they fought back to all square at the turn, they all succumbed to home advantage and the writing seemed on the wall.
Then, a change of fortune, as Trevor Kerridge alongside Colin Macklin, produced an epic win by 4 and 3 to make it interesting. The last pair of Pat McCormack and Bob Webber fought all the way to the last hole trying to secure that vital half, only for Exeter to snatch it away with an excellent putt on the last to force a play-off. Bob and Graham set off up the first only to see their opponents beat them to the green.
Happily for Sidmouth, nerves seemed to get the better of the Exeter pair and they fluffed their putting opportunities to win on this and the next two holes.
Still all square, all four missed the green at the 150 yard par 3 fourth. It was Graham who produced the best chip to within two feet and downed the putt to win the hole and the tie for Sidmouth.
Cheers rang out around the green as all the players had come out to follow this exciting play-off to its conclusion.
Sidmouth have a well-earned break now as they wait to find out who their opponents will be for the semi-final, Ilfracombe or Boringdon Park.
The Seniors were looking for a solid win in the return leg at home against Ilfracombe on Thursday, having suffered a 6-0 drubbing away the previous week.
This feat was very nearly achieved, with, as at Ilfracombe, home course knowledge proving important. Phil Spencer and Chris Grubb won 5 & 3, Richard Seaver and Charles Brown by 5 & 4, and the pairings of Paul Blay and Malcolm Cauldwell, and Steve Nunn and Colin Paddon were both successful by 2 & 1.
Regrettably, the story did not have a totally happy ending as the lead team of John White and Hugh Dorliac could only halve their game, but glorious weather and a most enjoyable fixture.
The annual Potbury Trophy competition was held at the weekend with a mixed format of Texas, betterball and foursomes.
Early players got a bit damp, but the weather improved to a glorious sunny day for most. Making the most of the tricky format were Mike Hobbs and Paul Gibbons who took top prize and the trophy with an excellent 50 points.
Close behind were early-birds Paul Hitchcock and Nick Bater with 48 and Simon Moore/Chris Lewis and Will Hastie/Mike Shepherd came third and fourth, both teams on 46.
Leading Ladies scores were Gerri Whitrow and Marian Andrews winning on countback from Amy Moore and Yvonne Anning, both having achieved 41 points. Our thanks to Potburys of Sidmouth for their continued sponsorship.
Recent qualifier competition results include the Upper Crust Monday Stablefords. Last week's winners were Mike Dibble on 40, Tiku Patidar 39 and nephew Jashan Patidar on 38. This week saw Lee Barber top the leaderboard on a solid 45 points, but only just ahead of David Pepperell on 44 and Kym White on 42.
The Sidmouth Jewellers Friday stableford saw Tiku Patidar go one better and win with 39 points on countback from Simon Moore. Andy Denning took third with 38.
At the weekend, Sidmouth's Palairet team travelled to Woodbury to take on Stover. Only the pairings of Damien Gee/Lewis Perry and Neil Holland/Dan Colson were successful as Sidmouth lost by 3 games to 2.
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