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South West coastal Path Appeal Golf Day - Friday 3rd October 2014

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 7th Aug 2014, In General


Golf Day 3rd October 2013

The South West Coast Path is a vital link in the tourism industry, generating more than £227 million for Devon from an estimated 3.2 million visitors to the path. Storm damage to the path during the winters of 2012/13/14 created much erosion. The path is currently open for business but needs improvement or will decline further.

In order to raise funds the SWCPA has joined with Thurlestone Golf Club to organise a Golf day on 3rd October 2014. The event will be a Four Ball Better Ball competition costing only £60 per pair ( £50 for Members) to include the green fees, special prizes and a two course seasonal buffet. Any funds raised will be match funded by Devon County Council so doubling the benefit for the coastal path and its many users. Once the £40,000 target is achieved all further donations will form part of an ongoing South Hams Appeal Fund for path improvement projects of the future.

Please enter a team fior what will be a fun, enjoyable and vital day.The entry form can be seen below.

If you cant play but could donate a prize for the golf Day please contact Steve Gledhill, General Manager, on 01548 560405 and we will publicise your donation on the day.

Thank you.


Captains message for July 2014 Village Voice

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 9th Jul 2014, In General


Message from the Captain, Thurlestone Golf Club.

Well that’s Wimbledon over for another year, and quite a championship it was. Not the changing of the guard some predicted, but the youngsters are definitely on the march. So no more friendly joshing between John’s Inverdale, McEnroe et al at 8PM on BBC 2, no more friendly chats with Sue during rain breaks, no more ear shattering grunts, no more underwear adjustments. It leaves a gap in our lives, but we’ll survive.

But what you will be asking has all of this to do with Thurlestone Golf Club? Well, apart from highlighting our thriving tennis section, not a great deal. It does however signal that we are halfway through the year, the schools are about to break up, a large number of our away members are heading this way and the days are getting noticeably shorter. Mostly though it provides an opportunity to take stock of what’s happened so far and look forward to the rest of the year.

Enjoying the conditions over the past four to six weeks it’s difficult to recall what we witnessed in February. The storms happened though and we have the scars to prove it. Stabilising Leasfoot Beach, a facility dear to the heart of all V V readers, is still work in progress and the Executive Committee have done considerable work in identifying the necessary remedial work to protect both the beach and the culvert. Options for both the Beach and the 18th Hole will be presented to the membership at an Open Form at the end of July with decisions taken subject to ratification by SGM. In all likelihood however the action required will have been confirmed by the time this goes to press. As suspected, South Hams District Council have confirmed that they will not be reinstating the collapsed access road to Lockslea, leaving its future status a subject of ongoing discussions between Club and Council.

Activity on the course since my last report has been intense, although results have rather suggested that you win what you win but sometimes it’s the taking part that counts. As predicted the Rotary Charity Day on the 15th of May was a great success with more that 140 entrants and in excess of £5,000 raised for Saltsone Caring and the brain injury charity, Headway. Although fairly routine the standard of play at our weekly competitions has continued to impress. This has been particularly so as the Greens Committee have allowed the rough to grow creating much greater fairway definition. While a little controversial to start with few would argue but that the course generally, and holes 14 and 15 in particular, have improved out of all recognition, and that course management has advanced as a playing attribute supplanting pure brawn. Perhaps a little more course management or some help from the golfing gods might have benefitted our Parker Trophy and Palairet teams who sadly couldn’t get those crucial puts to drop in their matches on 25th May and 1st June respectively. The Palairet Plate played on 6th July at Highbullen provided some consolation but attention now really moves to 2015. By contrast our Dartmoor League Team are faring rather better having won three of their last four matches and currently lie mid table. Internally the Men’s Challenge Cup has reached the semi-final stage with everything to play for. Whether a book has been taken out on the eventual outcome I couldn’t possibly comment but more results will be forthcoming in my next bulletin. Simultaneously the 4BBB Challenge knock-out continues with the final due to be played in October. Two Open competitions have been played in recent weeks, the first the Men’s 4BBB Open on 31st May and more recently the Mixed Open on 28th June. Both were extremely well supported and drew entrants from the length and breadth of the land. That said the winners of the Men’s competition hailed from distant Yelverton while the winners of the Mixed had a slightly longer drive home to Parkstone in Dorset. Club matches have on the whole gone our way with wins against the Royal Naval Golf Society, wins for both our men’s and mixed teams against Bigbury and a win for our mixed team versus Saunton. A very closely fought contest by our men’s team against Churston on 29th June ended all square.

The tennis season is now in full swing with a hectic schedule lined up for the months of July and August. Regular matches however continue in the meantime against our neighbouring clubs and as always as many players as possible are encouraged to roll-up for social tennis on Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings from 5PM.

Off the course and courts we have a Bar-B-Que and Quiz evening, including the launch of the Club Draw, coming up on 1st August and a little further ahead the Captains’ Ball on 20th September.

In the meantime, and until my next missive in the Autumn may I wish all Village Voice readers and Thurlestone GC members a wonderful summer and remind golfers that Captains Prize Day on 31st August approaches fast.


David S F Smyth


Club Captain                                         July 2014


Foundation Trophy

Posted by Liz Line, On 9th Jun 2014, In General


Sunday 8th June; Foundation Trophy results: 1st Mervyn Spencer, Keith Crawford and Jane Smyth 78 points, 2nd Alastair Proctor, Rob Eva and Jane Mason 77 points and 3rd Nick Crispin, Simon Davey and Pam St Leger with 73 points. 3 twos recorded Janet Richardson, Tom Leach and Rob Eva. Early starters had lovely dry round but the late starters had rain and increasing wind over the last few holes. There was a presentation of the trophy was after the competition by the President Julian Tregelles

Captain's Message May 2014

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 6th May 2014, In General


Message from the Captain, Thurlestone Golf Club.

A mixture of news to report from Thurlestone this edition. Conditions have certainly been more benign than earlier in the year, but we’ve still had the occasional interruption due to the elements. We have though enjoyed some wonderful days and Easter weekend was a cracker so the motto must surely be ‘make play while the sun shines’!

Continuing in the weather vein, members and guests who have played recently could be excused for asking themselves what the fuss about winter storms was all about. The course is in immaculate condition with fairways and greens playing as true as they ever have. Reiterating what others in recent weeks have said, our Course Manager, Vic Dyer, and his team have done a wonderful job getting things back to normal and deserve great credit. A quick look at Leasfoot Beach however will remind them just what we were subjected to. The original access road to Lockslea is still in a state of collapse with any decision regarding its reinstatement awaiting a decision by the South Hams District Council, and the back of the beach remains vulnerable to any further storms coinciding with high tides. The remedial reinforcement work that took place at the western end of the beach to secure the culvert and prevent ingress has held up well, but it would be a mistake to believe that the project is now complete. Members will be kept abreast of any developments through the Club newsletters and given the nature of the local bush telegraph other Thurlestone readers of the Village Voice won’t be far behind.

Moving to activities on the course, apart from the usual weekly round of competitions, the club has recently hosted the West Devon Junior Golf League adult/junior competition. This is an annual event, the venue for which rotates around the participant seven clubs. As luck would have it conditions were blissful, so scoring excellent. That said, it is surely the case that juniors excel at this game because no one has properly explained to them how difficult it truly is! Although playing well, and comfortably to their handicaps, the Thurlestone team did what any polite host should do and let the visitors win. The fact that it was Dartmouth was neither here nor there!

Coming up, or possibly in the past by the time this goes to press, TGC will be hosting the Rotary Club of Kingsbridge Estuary, Charity Day on 15th May. Needless to say we are thoroughly looking forward to the day and are delighted with the indicative level of support - there are still a few team spaces available though so get your form in quickly! The following week we are hosting the regional round of the Mercedes Trophy. This is the world’s largest amateur competition with the final taking place in Mercedes’ home city of Stuttgart. The same week sees our first round match of the Parker Trophy against Elfordleigh being played at Wrangaton. The team, captained again this year by Darrell Day, are defending champions so have been practicing hard and leaving nothing to chance. Following shortly after this fixture is our second round match against Exeter in the Palairet Memorial Trophy. Although getting off to a slightly hesitant start against Teign Valley our Dartmoor League team are in good spirits and confident of picking up momentum. Results and word of our progress will feature in my report for the next Village Voice.

The good news from the tennis section is that the resurfacing of the hard courts was completed in time for Easter. Not only are they reported to be amongst the best, if not the best, hard courts in the area they are also attracting great booking and playing interest. For example the Easter weekend saw 100% take up on Saturday, with Sunday and Monday equally booked, albeit some sessions were interrupted by rain. We fully expect this interest to continue as the summer progresses. Inevitably however there will be quiet periods during the week when members do not wish to play. The Club therefore has agreed to open the courts to paying visitors. Anyone driving past the club in recent weeks will have seen the banner, secured to the court netting, advising the public that visitors are welcome to play and may book and pay either on-line or through the Pro’s shop.  We believe this will be of interest to residents of Thurlestone and the surrounding area, so look forward to welcoming you to our club.

On the social front the Pro’s roll-up on Friday evenings is gathering pace and rumour has it the keg beer selection in the bar is about to expand. The big event on the horizon however, and I hope members and their guests are practicing their steps, is the Club Ball which takes place on 24th May. Thereafter we have a number of Friday evening social events but the one to start thinking about is the Club Summer Party on 1st August.

In the meantime I hope the build up to summer is going well for you all and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible on the course, the courts and the clubhouse.


David S F Smyth


Club Captain,                                                  May 2014










Lady Captain's Newsletter May 2014

Posted by Steve Gledhill, On 6th May 2014, In General


May 2014 Lady Captains newsletter from Wendy Laud

I am delighted to be able to inform you all that Kay Morley has agreed to become my Vice Captain.  Kay has been a golfer for over sixty years and a member at Thurlestone for thirty of those years.  Her early golf was restricted to playing casually as her time was taken up with running the Village Inn and the Village Store in Thurlestone but with more time over the last few years she has become actively involved at the Club and has served on the Ladies Committee since 2011, becoming Handicap Secretary in 2013.  Kay, as Vice Captain and then Lady Captain in 2015, will be a huge asset to the Ladies Section and Ladies Committee, and I, personally, wish her every success.


There has been plenty of competitive golf during March and April; the March Medal was won by Wendy Laud with a gross 77 nett 72 which earned a handicap reduction to 5.  The runner up in division one was Laura Tregelles with nett 74 followed by Gill Hicks in third place with nett 77.  Division two winner was Trish Bowman with 77 nett, second Lesley Davey with 81 nett and third Anne Seymour 82 nett.


The following week we held a team matchplay event ‘The Spring Challenge’; thirty two ladies played in four teams named after Spring flowers.  The winning team was Daffodil with 4.5 points, Wendy Laud, Trish Cooper, Sally Rossiter and Mary Wilkes each contributed a point winning their singles matches and Lizzie Britton halved her match.  Joint second were Crocus and Primrose teams with 4 points and then last Tulip with 3.5 points.  The winning team each received daffodil and primrose arrangements and all enjoyed the day.


Our March Stableford attracted an entry of thirty eight ladies even though it was a cold and windy day.  Shona Wilson with 38 points took the honours in Division one, with Wendy Laud second 36 points and third Pattie McPhie 35 points.  Division two winner was Nicole Carter on count back from Paula Orr with 38 points and third Sally Rossiter also with 38 points.  The nine hole Stableford was won by Mary Wilkes with 19 points, from Liz Line 16 points.


Our final competition in March was a Club Foursomes event combined with  the Killard Leavy Qualifier.  Jenny Roberts and Heather Spencer topped the field in the Club Foursomes with 33 points and the Killard Leavy Foursomes for lady vets was won by Shona Wilson and Liz Sharman with 29 points.  They go on to represent the Club at the Devon Autumn Meeting at Honiton.  Ann Best and Anne Seymour were also in the money recording the only two of the day at the 17th.


The first competition in April was the monthly Medal, a windy and damp day saw the field reduced to 22 ladies.  Barbara Smith won Division one with a nett 71 from Gill Hicks with a nett 72, on count back, from Jenny Roberts who was third.   Division two was won by Inger Reeve 75 nett, second Sally Rossiter 76 nett, and third Jane Mahood 78 nett.


The following week we held the County Bowmaker Qualifier and Laura Tregelles, Wendy Stewart and Jane Mason were the victors and go on to represent the Club at the Bowmaker Finals to be held in October at Dainton Park.


On April 16th the monthly Stableford was held in conjunction with the Stableford Winners Trophy.  There were forty six entries on a fine sunny day and the winner on this occasion was Carol Yarrow with an excellent 39 points.  Jane Mason was runner up with 34 points and Laura Tregelles third with 33 points.  Division two was won by Zoe Lepere with 36 points followed by Liz Sharman 35 points and third Lesley Davey 34 points.  Liz Sharman won the Stableford Winners Trophy for the second year in succession.  The nine hole Stableford was won by Jacqui Tillott 17 points on countback from Ann Williams.


Next in April was a Texas Scramble, reduced, because of a dreadful weather forecast, to fourteen holes.  Those ladies, who decided early on to cancel, were heard, later in the day, to complain about the BBC forecast as weather conditions improved early on and all who played enjoyed a fine day with plenty of sunshine!  The team of Lesley Saffin, Inger Reeve and Janice Croke were the victors with Wendy Laud, Pam Ledger and Trish Bowman second.


Our April competitions ended with the Warren Crocus Qualifier and the two pairs who won each division go on to represent the Club at the finals to be played at The Warren in the Autumn.  Silver Division winners were Jenny Roberts and Heather Spencer and Bronze Division winners were Pam St Leger and Liz Sharman.


On 23rd March we held a Mixed Greensomes; the move to expand the field by allowing any combination of ladies and gentlemen resulted in a good turnout of 23 teams.  Sunny but bracing conditions made for a test of character and perseverance but with precipitation restricted to a minor dusting of hail, there were few complaints.  The winners on this occasion with a splendid 42 points were Anthony and Janice Croke, second on 38 points came the junior pair of George Holland and Finn Whelan (combined age 27 years) and third with 37 points were the seasoned duo of Will Baker and Kevin Mingo. 


Wendy and Philip Laud had a 73 gross to win the Easter Mixed Greensomes which resulted in 44 points including two 2s.  They won on count back from Keith and Denise Crawford and Margaret and Jeremy Tucker came third with 42 points.  


Our early matches during March were all ‘Friendlies’.  It was a chance to practice our match play before the serious matches begin and also to enjoy meeting old friends and enjoy a meal and catching up in the Club House afterwards. Our teams recorded two halves and one loss against Staddon Heights, Churston and Dainton Park respectively.


April saw our Club County Teams in action.  Our scratch Still Cup team, who were facing a strong East Devon side lost 5 matches to 2, and our Presidents Trophy team also lost against Honiton.  However, our Sheelah Creasy team led by Captain Anne Seymour had an excellent win against Dainton Park 5 ½ to 1 ½ matches.  Winners were Liz Sharman, Kay Morley, Nicole Carter, Pam St Leger and Bernice Sweetman and Jenny Mckeague halved.  Well done girls!


Jenny Roberts and Heather Spencer were successful in the first round of the Daily Mail Foursomes but unfortunately lost in a hard fought match to Bigbury in the second round.  We also lost, in sudden death, to Bigbury in the Mail on Sunday first round.  However, Midge Henderson and Wendy Laud reached the second round of the Doris Wills Little County Foursomes event winning a closely fought first round against The Warren 1 up at Churston.


On the social side we held a very successful coffee morning on a wet and windy April Monday morning!  The ladies made over £850 for their team travel fund, with stalls selling cakes, preserves, books, plants, vegetables and nearly new clothing and a raffle.  Thanks to all the ladies for their support and generosity.


Looking ahead to the next two months we have our Annual Dinner Dance in May and Lady Captains Day in June, together with a ‘fun’ day remembering our past lady members and raising money for our Lady Captain’s charity which is the Chemotherapy Outreach Project.  Let us hope that the weather is kind!