Saunton golfers make history with Devon Still Cup win
SAUNTON'S ladies made history by winning the Still Cup in its centenary year.
It was the first time in 54 years that the county scratch competition had been won by the club.
Saunton's seven-strong team beat Teignmouth, the 2011 champions, 5-2 in the final at Torquay.
Debbie Webb became the first Saunton captain to lift the large silver trophy since Gwen Killard Levey in 1958.
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Debbie dropped herself from the team for the final, instead filling the José María Olazábal role as non-playing captain.
She said: "The last time Saunton won was the year I and another member of the team, Alison Down, were born.
"It is hard to believe that cup has eluded us for 54 years because we have got to the final on several occasions.
"The team came up trumps for me. I have never seen them play like that before, they were so focused, it was a joy to watch."
Saunton took a 2-0 lead but Teignmouth came back to draw level and the match was only decided by the final two contests, which concluded simultaneously.
"Both finished within seconds of each other," said Debbie. "We didn't know which to watch. It was a very exciting match."
Saunton came through six matches to win the trophy. They were strengthened this year by the addition to their team of Emma Tayler, who won the Devon Ladies' Championship on her home course in May.
She was one of Saunton's five winners in last Thursday's cup final, along with Alison Down, Sue Knott, Ilene Allen and Barbara Beer.
The other team members were Sally Charnock and Lucy Leatham. Debbie's fellow reserve was Ann Wallace.
Saunton's proud captain was planning to show off her team's prize at the club's Ladies' Day on Tuesday.
"It's a huge trophy and so special," she said.
Saunton stopped off at a pub in Sampford Peverell on the way home to celebrate and also commiserate with the Sheelah Creasy Bowl team who lost in their final against Ilfracombe.
Claiming revenge for their defeat in last year's final, Ilfracombe won 4-3 at Torquay.
Royal North Devon are through to the final of the Parker Trophy, the Devon men's scratch foursomes competition. Ben Keen, Ollie Tanton, David George, John Mounce, Anthony McGeorge and Jimmy Mullen earned a fine 2-1 win over Yelverton in the semi-final at Exeter.
Holsworthy professional Dan Wood and partners Ian Baker, Rob Moore and John Bewes won the season's first Devon Professional Golfers Alliance event at Teign Valley.