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Winner of Seniors Open 2015 - Chris Holmes

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 7th Oct 2015, In General


The winner of the Seniors Open was unable to attend the presentation due to his wife attending hospital so Shona & Eric Wilson who donated the magnificent trophy presented to Chris at a later date.

Seniors Open 4th September 2015

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 5th Sep 2015, In General


Thurlestone Seniors Open 4th September 2015

Once again wonderful weather and calm conditions greeted the large field of competitors for the Seniors Open at Thurlestone. Such is the appeal of the Course and the friendly welcome that players came from as far away as Moor Park West Surrey and the RAC Club to our little gem in the South Hams of Devon.

Vic Dyer, Course Manager, and his team of Green keepers had prepared the course as always in superb condition and many commented "it was the best course they have played all year." Tom, Brent Gaynor and the team welcomed the players back into the Clubhouse with a fine two course seasonal buffet and choice of home-made desserts that went down very well.

There were ball prizes for the two's competition of which there were  8 recorded during the day.

Nearest The Pin prizes were contested on all the Par 3's with the eventual winners being;

3rd hole - John Pulman

5th Hole - Pat Baker

6th hole -  Ray Baldwin

13th hole - Colm Doran

17th hole -  Vic Lee

There was some excellent scoring throughout the field with the calm conditions, striped up fairways and  smooth, running greens. The winners were:

Under 70's

  • 5th place - R. Bennett ( Yelverton GC)
  • 4th place - P. Tinsley ( Lyme Regis GC)
  • 3rd place - M. Hopkins (Churston GC)
  • 2nd place -  S. Morris (Parkstone GC)
  • and 1st place - C. Allen (Yelverton GC)

Over 70's

  • 5th place - J. West ( Moor Park GC)
  • 4th place - A. French ( Stover GC)
  • 3rd place - Val Harder ( Thurlestone GC)
  • 2nd place -  P. Waite ( Bovey Tracey GC)
  • and 1st place - Alastair Proctor ( Thurlestone GC)

The overall winner and the winner of our Claret Jug donated by Eric and Shona Wilson in 2005 is Chris Holmes ( Thurlestone GC ) who takes away a lovely replica jug.

An excellent advertisement for Thurlestone Golf Club all round and, please note, the forthcoming South West Coastal Path Open on Friday 11th September. There are a few spaces left so ring 01548 560405 to book in now to support this wonderful local amenity.

 Steve Gledhill

General Manager


Magnificent Prize table for Thurlestone's Seniors Open

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 5th Sep 2015, In General


The prizes on offer for the Seniors Open field of 128 at Thurlestone on Friday 4th September 2015

Canada Cup Results 5th September 2015

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 5th Sep 2015, In General


Results of The Canada Cup 2015

Canada Cup Competition results 2015.pdf

Palairet Champions - Thurlestone GC

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 18th Aug 2015, In General




Sunday 16th August sees the team arrive at 8 am at Tiverton GC for Finals Day. On a day perfect for golf and the course in excellent condition, Thurlestone draw Stover in the 2nd semi-final. Stover pack their team with low handicappers and for the first time in the competition all our pairs receive either 1or 2 shots.

Steve Pike and Darrell Day are out first against a Stover pair unbeaten in all competitions. The by now, obligatory loss of the first hole is followed by another on the 2nd, but they are out first for a reason and that is because they are a formidable foursomes pair where the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and they set the tone for the day by winning 2up.

Our 2nd pair are Kevin Mingo and George Holland, Kevin signals his intent by ripping a massive drive down the centre of the first fairway. They go ahead early, are pegged back, before an excellent run of holes sees them run out big winners 4&2, a particular highlight George's lob wedge at 10 when short sided right of the green.

Third pair out Rob Came and Peter Eva ,youth and experience blending well together with Rob's 3 wood much used off the tee meaning as Pete would put it he didn't have to play every 2nd shot with a bramble stuck up his $#%e !  Sure touch from both players around the greens ensures a comfortable 3&2win.

First 3 matches out 3 wins and opponents who were possibly pre-tournament favourites despatched with something in hand.

Keith Crawford and Craig Blount were ahead in their match when the news we had won was passed back down the course but played out their match in the end for a half.

At the back of the field Dave Eva and Will Baker offered their opponents a half when all square but they were intent on finishing the match and Dave and Will suffered a rare defeat 2down in a dead rubber.

Result  Thurlestone 3 1/2.  Stover 1 1/2.


Thurlestone play Churston who were heavy winners in their semi final beating  Dawlish Warren 4-1.

Thurlestone are unchanged. The 1st match sees Steve and Darrell play even better and despatch their opponents on the 15th green following Darrell's flighted (yes!) chip over the bunker to about 5 feet (I can say I was there to see it !). First match won 2 more needed. 

Kevin and George 2nd out in a hard fought match were up early then level then behind then level again before being on the wrong end of an outrageous chip in by the opposition from an impossible position on 16. A hard fought match lost on 17 , 2&1.

Rob and Pete 3rd out faced Churston 's best pair who had won 7&6 in their semi final, a very competitive match saw the opposition triumph on 17, 3&1. The match score now stands 2-1 in favour of Churston.

However in the 2 matches left on the course we are well ahead, Keith and Craig have played very well and are dormie 4 going up 15. Dave and Will are 3 up in the last match, we can't lose it from here can we? 

On 15 Craig's lips out now dormie 3, every hole clawed back encourages the opposition and increases the pressure on us . On 16 the Churston approach finds the difficult two tier green whilst Keith's approach just leaks right and trickles into the front right bunker Craig has a long bunker shot with both feet out of the bunker and the ball well below. To execute shots under pressure is why we love competitive golf, Craig's lengthy bunker shot across a two tier green to 3 feet is one Phil Mickelson would be pleased with. This leaves Keith with a 3 foot putt for the match which holding his nerve he makes. 3&2win  Match score now 2-2.

Dave and Will are dormie 3 coming down 16 we are now very, very close. The good thing about having two Eva brothers in the team is that should one  happen to lose you know the other one won't . Churston however are not giving up ,their approach finds the green some 16 feet away from the pin. Dave's approach runs off the back of the green into an awkward lie. An excellent chip by Will leaves a 4 foot slider to win the trophy and make club history and it was always going to be Dave Eva standing over it. He doesn't miss from there and Thurlestone are Palairet Champions for the first time in the clubs history .

Stover, Churston, and the Warren may feel that overall they may have had better players than us ,but they didn't have the best team, Thurlestone did, and that's why we won it.

Enjoy it lads, you really earned it.

Mark Drew - Proud Palairet captain.