DAVE Riches was the only one to better par as he took the top spot with a nett 70 in Lyme Regis’ October Medal Division One.

In the testing conditions, hard on his heels were Mark Scott and Bob Taylor, both with creditable rounds of nett 71 and it was Scott who just edged it on countback.

With the best score of the day, Mark Thirlwell took gold in Division Two as he had an excellent round which ended with a nett 68.

Terry Peadon also broke nett par as he stormed home on the back nine in his 70 to finish second while Christopher Service had a good steady back nine to take third with 71.

The seniors’ October Stableford produced a flurry of brilliant scores as the leaderboard often changed hands in both divisions.

Division One was particularly competitive as Alan Jones had the best score of the day, 43 points.

After a relatively modest front nine, Jones really accelerated scoring 25 points on the last nine to take top spot.

On most other days, Ken Lavery’s 42 points would have won the day as he played two steady nines which also included a birdie on the last hole, while Peter Mayles had a 21 point back nine as he came third with 39 points. Division Two belonged to John Gannaway as he scored three or four points on 11 of the holes finishing with a burst on the last few holes to chalk up 41 points and win.

Alan Weavers came quickly off the blocks with an excellent front nine of 22 points but could not maintain the momentum to finish with 39 points in second place.

After a slow start, Denis McCallum improved throughout the round with 23 points on the back nine to finish third on 38 points.

There was a good turnout to welcome the new captains at Lyme Regis for the coming year.

The ladies played their monthly medal and Jill Swainson had a well-taken birdie on the second paving the way for a nett one under par round of 73.

Putting this in context was second-placed Ros Clemmans who coped well with the conditions to come in with nett 79, while Jenny Scott finished third on 80.