East Devon Roy Greenway Medal joy for Bruce Chapman

PUBLISHED: 12:40 10 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 10 August 2017

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5397. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5397. Picture: Terry Ife

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The Roy Greenaway medal was the first competition of the month played at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Roy was East Devon captain in 1985 and centenary captain in 2002. He died in December 2002 and the Roy Greenaway Rosebowl was donated to the club in his memory by his wife, Hilary, and allocated to be played for at the August Medal each year. He was also Devon County captain in 1988 and president in 1997/8.

Well, the third men’s major golf competition is over (with only the PGA Championship to be held at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina between 10 and 13 August) to come), but the highlight of this weekend is the Ricoh Women’s British Open at Kingsbarns Golf Links, Fife, Scotland.

A proper golf links is a golf course, especially one on grass-covered sandy ground near the sea, and such is Kingsbarn. So also are Royal Birkdale and St Andrews. (A quick aside; did you know that The Open Championship is always played on links courses, and this is one of the main features which differentiates it from the three major championships held in the United States, the other being that in the UK you don’t get quite so many plonkers shouting, ‘in the hole!’).

The standard of golf from the women is amazing and we men could learn a lot from them; whilst they can’t belt the ball to kingdom come, as some of the men professionals do, (and actually some of the women can), their short game is amazing and just as good to watch.

Why don’t the women’s competitions get anything like the prize money of the men’s? The prize money for The Open was over $10,000,000 whereas the total Ricoh prize fund is only $3,250,000. That’s a shame when you consider that the winner, In-Kyung Kim from South Korea finished 18 under par. That was a performance well worth watching.

Whilst most golfers, even professionals, cannot equal the fantastic score achieved by Ying Tong Iddle I Po, we had a very worthy winner of the Greenaway Medal in Bruce Chapman who scored a net 66 from a handicap of five, now four. Well done, Bruce – very good play.

There were 91 players and the standard scratch was 74 – I may explain that one day, or maybe I won’t!) . There were 16 no returns in the windy conditions (from the golfers who are saving themselves for the next competition!) and the other leading scores in the divisions were as follows:-

Division 1: 2, Oliver Paget, net 70 (8 now 7); 3, Jason Rowbotham, 70 (5); 4, David Watson, 70 (6 now 5)

Division 2: 1, Bill Nicholson, 72 (11 now 10); 2, John Threlfall, 73 (12); 3, Nigel Goode, 74 (9); 4, John May, 74 (9)

Division 3: 1, Tony Williams, 69 (14 now 13); 2, Trevor Reeve, 72 (18 now 16); 3, Kelly Hughes, 73 (20 now 19); 4, Bill Ficken, 74 (15)

There was a twos fund of £182 to be shared between eleven players. David Handford and Alex Bannon scored twos on the 339 yard 18th!

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