Disney works his magic once again
PADBROOK Park professional Stuart Disney claimed his second win in three events with victory at Saunton Golf Club in the Devon County PGA Winter Medal.
Disney shot a four-under 67 to extend his lead in the Devon County PGA Order of Merit.
Downes Crediton's Barry Austin finished joint-third on 71 with Paul Hendriksen. Disney started slowly, parring the first and bogeying the second, but then a string of five successive threes – including one eagle and three birdies – put him four under after seven holes. Three more birdies were to follow on the back nine, the pick of these being a sweetly-struck seven iron from a difficult lie to eight feet on the 13th after his only errant tee shot.
"I've been practising hard on my game lately and it's started to pay dividends in my results," Disney said. "My score at Saunton would have been even better but for a dropped shot on the last."
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Results, Devon PGA Winter Medal: 1st Stuart Disney (Padbrook Park) 67, 2 Kevin Harper (Sidmouth) 70, 3 Barry Austin (Downes Crediton) and Paul Hendriksen (Dinnaton) 71
The Devon County Golf Union held its annual presentation at Padbrook Park. The Chanel League Trophy was presented to captain Adam Bridgewater.
Mike Collins and Andy Ogden moved into the knockout stages of the men's winter foursomes after winning the third qualifying event at Tiverton on Saturday.
Collins and Ogden posted a six-under medalford score of 12 to beat Brandon Stopforth and Keegan Maunder by one.
Cameron Bundy and Mike Partridge (14) and Tony Allsopp and James Lambden (15) were also in the prizes.
Joining the first four pairs in the last 32 in January were Gerry Franklin and David Grieve (16), Tony Sykes and Mike Cottrell (16) and Peter Boax and Dean Farmer (17).
Dave Buxton and Gary Aitchison (18) just scraped through in eighth.
Jo Lloyd-Davies and Bridget Grieve won the ladies' yellow ball competition on Wednesday – despite being a player short.
Lloyd-Davies and Grieve, a two-ball up against teams of three, posted 39 stableford points over eight holes.
Anto Hajduk, Marian Stevens and Anne Franklin came second with 37, pipping Sue Norris, Judy Phripp and Maureen Postles on a countback.
With the third, fourth and fifth out of play, the competition was reduced from 11 holes to eight.
The New Year's Eve party at the club, for members and friends, will help to raise funds for the junior section.
The club minibus will drop guests home after midnight, with donations of £5 all going to the juniors.