Senior golfers from 36 clubs took part in the annual Devon Men Veteran Golfers’ Association’s summer meeting at Stover, writes Peter Stuckey.

Tony Procter of Dainton Park won the top prize, the Jubilee Claret Cup, with 40 stableford points. Tony, playing off 20, put together his score going out in the first three-ball of the day.

Ilfracombe’s Roger Styles collected the Gordon Moore Trophy for over 70s with 39 points, beating Harry Brown (39) of Tiverton on countback and Dennis Emery(37) of Stover.

The 171 players who entered also competed in three handicap sections. The 0-10 section was won by Chris Saunton of Saunton with 38 points. The 0-18 winner was Tavistock’s Shaun Kiely (39 pts) with Phillip Hall (39) of Tavistock and Alan Snow (37) of Tiverton second and third.

The 19 to 28 section was won by Clive Pearce (38) of Libbaton followed by club colleague Jeff Laing (37) and John Hopkins from Tavistock third.

The best shot of the day came on the par three 13th where Tiverton golfer Gerry Franklin scored what was just the second hole-in-one of his career and, in doing so, bagged himself a box of golf balls.

No fewer than 17 other players scored twos across the day and each won two golf balls. Prizes worth more than £500 were handed out by DMVGA captain Harvie Taylor from Stover at the presentation.

All trophy winners will be invited to take part in the captain’s invitation day followed by the DMVGA annual general meeting which is being held at Stover on Friday, October 12.

In other DMVGA news, for the first time in 12 years a team of Devon Men Veteran Golfers’ Association members beat the Association of Kent Veteran Golfers in an away fixture.

The two sides of 16 players met at Bearsted Golf Club near Maidstone and won by five-and-a-half to two-and-a-half to net the trophy which is played annually on a home and away basis.

Both the DMVGA and the KVGA were started by Gordon Emerton-Court who formed the Devon association before moving to Kent and beginning a similar organisation there.