East Devon seniors’ Stableford success for Dearsley and Smith

PUBLISHED: 10:58 04 February 2018

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 East Devon seniors played a Greensome Stableford competition at East Devon on the final Monday of January, writes Paul Willoughby.

A greensome is where you play in pairs, both drive from the tee then the pair decide which is the better drive and that ball is played, initially, by the player whose drive wasn’t taken and alternately thereafter (love that word) in foursome fashion until the ball is holed.

Got it? Although there was no rain, the conditions were soggy (described in my dictionary as ‘..unpleasantly wet and heavy in texture..’ too right!) with a noticeable westerly wind. The sun was glimpsed shining on other parts of East Devon but not on the course.

Never mind, I am informed that spring is in sight (though I believe snow is forecast for this week!) – and about time too; winter really does seem to drag.

I know it’s months away yet, but the Ryder Cup will be played at Le Golf National, Paris between September 25 and 30, and contenders are already seeing their results on the course having an impact on their selection for the team – or not. The first eight in the European Order of Merit will qualify automatically but points are multiplied by 1.5 for those competitions nearer the qualifying date in early September to make sure the players are still on top of their game.

The clear points leader at this early stage is Justin Rose and we hope and expect he will be in the team.

Others from the UK who are well up the points list include Tyrrell Hatton, Ross Fisher and Matthew Fitzpatrick, but can they maintain their position throughout the summer? Danish team captain, Thomas Bjorn has four ‘wild cards’ to award to make up the twelve man team but none, as far as I am aware, will come from East Devon Golf Club. But don’t give up, chaps; keep playing and practicing and you never know, you might get that phonecall asking you join the team – as a spectator!

The likely contenders and leading point scorers at East Devon were as follows:- 1, Chris Dearsley and Noel Smith with 41 points – well done in those conditions; 2, Danny Barrett and Roy Newcombe with 40 points and a only a whisker away from glory; 3, Andy Scott and John Pulman, 37; 4, Mike Brailey and Robert Barnes, also 37 points but fourth on countback; 5, Our captain and vice captain, Tony Mackness and Robin Grenyer with 36 points.

There were nine twos sharing a pot of £76; the team of Mike Brailey and Rob Barnes scored two of them – that’ll help the weekly pension!

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