Autumn Pheasant Greensomes Medal joy for Robert Dance and Jason Rowbotham

PUBLISHED: 13:41 02 October 2018 | UPDATED: 13:41 02 October 2018

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5399. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5399. Picture: Terry Ife

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The competition at East Devon on the final Saturday of September was the Autumn Pheasant Greensomes Medal, writes Paul Willoughby.

This format may require some explanation for the non-golfers so here goes. ‘Autumn’; that’s easy – it’s where we are in meteorological terms of the year when some over zealous shopowners start advertising Christmas! Aarrgghh!!

‘Pheasant’ is the East Devon golf club’s logo, seen not only on the club’s notepaper but also in the flesh (or should that be, in the feather?) around the course. ‘Greensomes’ is the scoring format; you play in pairs, both drive from the tee then choose the better of the two and the one whose ball it isn’t, takes the next shot. The players then take alternate shots till the ball is holed. Got it? ‘Medal’ is where every shot counts, bunkers, bushes and air shots.

I’m afraid I have to mention the Ryder Cup. Sorry, you non-golfers, but bear with me; this competition is only played every other year and this year’s result deserves more than just a mention.

What a display of excellent golf and what a superb golf course at Le Golf National in Versailles. It was a real see-saw match which could have gone either way but the European team (of whom six of the 12 were from the UK) pulled victory from the jaws of defeat and were the first team to acquire the necessary 14 and a half points. It was so exciting and the players seemed quite immune to the idiotic shouts of ‘In the hole’!

The atmosphere was electric and they reckoned that over the three days there were 270,000 spectators. At, say, £100 per ticket, that’s a lot of money!

The next Ryder Cup will be played in 2020 at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin on the banks of Lake Michigan (as if you didn’t know!) between September 25 and 27, 2020. Make a note in your diaries. Rome will be the next European venue in 2022.

The East Devon competition was played from the white tees giving the course a length of 6,206 yards - compared to the Ryder Cup course of 7,145! The handicap scoring system requires a paragraph of its own, but I see your eyes glazing over, so I won’t bore you.

The winners of the competition with a score of 65.8 were Jason Rowbotham and Robert Dance. Excellent play, well done.

Very close on their heels were Ben Platt and Alan Dewhurst with 66 points – that was close. The third pair were Andy Pelosi and Paul Maslen with 67 points and next with the same score, but fourth on countback, were John Morton and Roy Barber.

The final pair in the prizes was Kevin Tyrrell and Barry Gates with a score of 67.8.

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