TIVERTON'S men and ladies both moved through to the third round of the national Mail on Sunday Classic after narrow 3-2 victories at the weekend.
The men triumphed away at Thurlestone while the ladies edged past Royal North Devon at home.
Ollie Taylor and James Lambden won for the men, while Tony Allsopp and Harry Konig halved their matches. Andy Pryce went down four-and-three.
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Left-hander Tim Thompson and youngster Jimmy Heard clinched the men's winter foursomes title after a two-and-one victory over Steve Buchanan and Colin Carey in the final on Saturday.
Thompson and Heard knocked out Dave Buxton and Gary Aitchison, Richard Moyes and Nick Konig, Tony Sykes and Mike Cottrell plus Noel Thomas and David Wright on their road to glory.
Brian Phillips, Ricky Baker, Dan Smith and Ollie Main amassed 92 stableford points to win the four-man team event on Saturday. Tony Allsopp, Kelvin Woodgate, Neil Carthew and Mark Arthurs (90) came second ahead of Dave Buxton, Simon Budden, Pete Guest and Richard Colman (85).
The men's Palairet Trophy team secured a three-and-a-half -two-and-a-half victory over the veterans' Emerton Court Trophy side in their annual challenge match on Sunday.
Ben Hearn and Nixie Acfield beat Ian Brierley and Mike Eastmond, Jim Bray and Alex Trepess defeated Gerry Franklin and Mike Holder, while Andy Bowers and Tom Trowbridge enjoyed a win over Les Hartley and Peter Stuckey.
A half for club captain Martin Selby and Bob Tye against Colin Taylor and Derrick Barrett secured the overall victory.
The veterans were boosted by wins for Ed Tansey and Mike Hurley, who beat Chris Audin and Tom Hanson, and Bill Tobin and Kelvin Short, who defeated Lloyd Sampson and Carl Skinner.
Jan Carroll posted a score of +3 to win the ladies' rearranged January par on Wednesday.
The 21-handicapper topped bronze division one ahead of Maggie Knowlman (0).
Caroline Anderson (-3) claimed the silver division prize on a countback. Carol Clarke (0) was the leading player in bronze division two.
Results, silver division: 1 Caroline Anderson (-3); 2 Jane Gould (-3); 3 Carol Scott (-3). Bronze Division 1 : 1 Jan Carroll (+3); 2 Maggie Knowlman (0); 3 Chris Young (-5). Bronze Division 2: 1 Carol Clarke (0); 2 Xanda Vass (-2); 3 Julia Cole (-2).
Walter Lonsdale, Tom Pettifer and John Cann came out on top when the seniors played the greenkeepers' revenge competition.
The event, which sees the greenstaff head out early to make the pin positions as challenging as possible saw the triumphant trio come back with a score of 66. It just beat Cyril Dawes, Alan Willey and Ian Pring by a single shot.
Thursday saw the ladies play their charity stableford in aid of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Sharon Leach won the silver division with 28 points. Bronze 1 was won by Ladies Captain Sylvia Marklew with 27. Bronze 2 was won by Di Botterill with 30.
Saturday saw the men play a three-man team Stableford.
Tom Berry, Peter Blinkhorn and Luke Ebdon fired and impressive score of 80 to win on a countback from Ian Pring, Ian Steer and Jeremy Thornton. In third were the team of Arthur Moughton, John Smale and John Cornish who shot 78.
Results, seniors' greenkeepers' revenge: 1 W Lonsdale, T Pettifer & J Cann 66; 2 C Dawes, A Willey & I Pring 67; 3 B Johnston, D Moss & D Jordan 68
Ladies' charity stableford silver division: 1 S Leach 28. Bronze 1: 1 S Marklew 27, 2 D Warren 25. Bronze 2: 1 D Botterill 30
Men's three-man team stableford: 1 T Berry, P Blinkhorn & L Ebdon 80; 2 I Steer, I Pring & J Thornton 80; 3 A Moughton, J Smale & J Cornish 78
Brian Ridgeway and Den Andrews won the a pairs betterball on Saturday with a score of 43 points.
Dan Brown and Luke Burchell came second with 42, beating Steve Ebdon and Paul Warren on a countback. Sam Holmes and Chris Haggar (41) came fourth and Mark Spry-Phare and Mark Welland (41) were fifth.
Dave Farnell, Terry Wood, Bob Harris and Ron Bellamy won the seniors' yellow ball competition on Monday with 119 points. Second were Pete Tregenna, Brian Kelland, Colin Hatherly and Mike Phillips (117) and third were Ken Farmer, Tony King, Ken Broad and Ted Butt (116).
Tuesday's club Stableford was won in Division 1 by Jihan Racine with 36 points, from Keith Barzey also on 36.
Paul Collings picked up third with 34. The winner in Division 2, maintaining his good form, was Ken Greedy with 35. Second was John Cordery (35) and third was Peter Broadbelt also with 35.
Vice-captain Ron Graham shot an impressive round of 37 points to take the division one men's stableford
He finished just ahead of Jim Wallis (36) and Julian Netherway (36). Division two was even tighter with Mike Godfrey (39), beating Norman Runciman and Dave Lavender on a countback.
The rye foursomes competition was won by Dot Grove and Allan Seager, with 39 points. This was three ahead of Jackie Seager and Terry Linsdell in second. Third went to Cherry and James Liell with 35. They beat Bob Barnes and Di Wall on a countback. Fifth was Jean Smith and Jason Gosling with 34.
The winners of division one of the The Wilson Shield were Rod Jones, David Williams and Pete Kiss with 83 points.
In second position came Kevin Cornwall, Mark Wonnacott and Alan Searle with 82. Third were Johnny Rattenbury, Paul Rattenbury and James Hall with 80.
Division two was won by Richard Goodger, Mike Charlesworth and Aaron Carpanini with 79, closely followed by Mike Davis, Ron Copeland and Graham Harding with 77. Steve Browne, Kevin Harding and Roger Slack were third with 74.
The winner in the ladies silver division was Marcia Guy with nett 72.
The winner of the bronze division was Sue Stanbury, with an impressive 64. Second was Janice Thwaites with 73.
Dawlish Warren's Chris McGill made a winning contribution to Devon's victory against Exeter University at his home course on Sunday.
He scored a fantastic 8&7 win in his club's Mail on Sunday tie against East Devon. The Warren produced great individual performances to win 3.5 to 1.5 at Budleigh.
On his debut, teammate Jeremy Binch fought back from being behind to secure half a point in the top match.
Another rookie, Jonathon Skinner, also making his first appearance, secured a 2&1 victory against East Devon captain Dennis Chivers.
THE sixth Exeter ladies' charity pro-am is being held at Exeter Golf & Country Club on Wednesday, March 27.
Thirty three teams of three ladies and a professional from throughout the South West are entered into the event.
The captain's charity this year is Epilepsy Research UK.
Stephanie Holland was made a life member of the Warren at the club's annual meeting.
She had been a member for 45 years and ladies captain in 1977. The following were also elected to office – chairman: Roger Benham. Captain: Peter Farmer. Treasurer: Adrian Jacobs. Vice-captain: James Jacobs.