The Saunton Salver Saunton GC 2019

The Saunton Salver, Saunton GC 2019

On Tuesday morning 12 intrepid and optimistic golfers set out down to Devon to compete in the Saunton Salver. We have performed strongly in the past, last year finishing 3rd and the previous year winning the competition outright, so expectations were high.
Staying again at The Royal and Fortescue in Barnstaple, a high quality hotel in the middle of the town, and handy for the bars and restaurants nearby. Some of us, especially your Captain, should have had some earlier nights but the pull of bar skittles, darts and shove ha’penny was too much to resisit.
Wednesday morning saw us all arrive at Saunton Golf Club ready for our tee times starting at 11am. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of playing at Saunton, it’s a fabulous vista when you walk down past the Pro’s Shop to the front of the clubhouse and see the 2 courses laid out before you. Truly memorable and possibly daunting!
Quick coffee, then down to the practice area for a chip and a put followed by the putting green. How fast are the greens? Despite the rain they are pretty quick. Before you know it you are off on a fabulous challenge to see just how good your golf game is.
The weather was difficult, strong winds and for a short time driving rain and hail. Excuses, excuses, for some of us.
Some rose to the challenge others fared less well. I’ll only mention the pairings who managed to get over 30 points.
Day 1 it was our President Mike and Paul Waring on the East course and Graham Naylor and Colin Barnard, as well as John Wright and Alan Cunningham on the West course.
Day 2 Frank McCabe and Tony Broadhurst, and again President Mike and Paul on the West course, and on the East Course Graham Naylor and Colin Barnard, and a fantastic round with a score of 39 points and finishing in 3rd place on the day for John Wright and Alan Cunningham. Well done all.
Thanks to immediate Past Captain Graham Naylor for doing all the organising for us and we look forward to the challenge next year when we hope to contest more strongly for the Saunton Salver.


The 12th player was Colin Barnard who is the photographer
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