East Devon competition joy for Mike Knapton and Glenn Page

PUBLISHED: 18:22 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 18:22 28 February 2018

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5389. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5389. Picture: Terry Ife

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Two competitions have been played at East Devon over the last week; the seniors played ‘four clubs and a putter’ on Monday and a Stableford qualifier was played on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

The Seniors (described as ‘of a more advanced age’ or ‘older or more experienced people’ - I can cope with that!) had that difficult choice of deciding which clubs to take and which to leave in the car, but a limit of four clubs guaranteed that the one you wanted for that particular shot was in the car!

But woe betide anyone who had more clubs than those allowed; a golfer can carry 14 clubs in his bag but no more – remember what happened to Ian Woosnam at the 2012 Open at Lytham St Annes?

He had finished his first hole of the final round and was about to drive from the second tee when his caddie uttered those fateful words –“Ian, there’s too many clubs in the bag.” And sure enough, there were 15.

Woosnam had been trying out a new driver on the practice range before the start of play and had forgotten to take that extra club out.

That oversight by him and his caddie cost him a two stroke penalty and any chance of winning the Open.

Sadly, but understandably, Woosnam and his caddie parted company soon after! Surely that would never happen to the East Devon Seniors?

Conditions were not good; wind, no rain but an excess of winter. Notwithstanding the dampitude, the course was still playable thanks to the work put in by our excellent greenkeepers and the leading players showed they’re made of stern stuff and could play whatever the season threw at them.

The winner of the competition with an excellent 36 points (and no doubt, thermal underwear) was Mike Knapton. Well done, Mike. Hard on his heels (the proverbial gnat’s whisker) was Mike Trapnell with 35 points – oh, that missed putt! Trevor Huxtable and David Moore had 34 points and Barry Devetta and Geoff Walden had 33. There was a twos pot of £65 to be shared between only three players.

The weather on Saturday was superb if you liked blue skies and a howling easterly wind – that jet stream is still with us, refusing to let winter go. This was a qualifying Stableford, the standard scratch (look at last week’s paper for an explanation!) was 73 and the results in the divisions were as follows:

Division 1: 1, Glenn Page, our immediate past captain, 36 points from a handicap of four. Well done, Glenn; 2, Jim Colvin, 35 (4); 3, Jason Rowbotham, 34 (4); 4, David Blick, 34 (minus 3 - don’t ask!); 5, Paul Newcombe, our head greenkeeper, 33 (1)

Division 2: 1, Roy Barber, 39 (excellent score – 13); 2, Jerry Roberts, 33 (11); 3, Bob Horton, 33 (9); 4, Geoff Millardship, 32 (12)

Division 3: 1, Alan Hemsworth, 33 (28); 2, Kelly Hughes, 33 (19); 3, Trevor Reeve, 31 (7); 4, Julian Reynolds, our illustrious past managing secretary, 30 (15)

There was a twos pot of £130 to be shared between five players – a very good return on your entry fee. Well done.

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