Thursday, May 1, 2014
Ninety-three seniors played in the singles’ stableford at East Devon on Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.
The conditions were superb – warm, hardly any wind, mainly sunny and some run on the ball but not too much. Now come on; beat that. Unfortunately that means that any errant scores were down to the golfer and not the course or the conditions. The migrant birds are mostly here (I know some of you aren’t interested, but I am, so there!) – I saw a female wheatear; heard a peregrine, skylark, chiffchaff and whitethroat and saw a few rabbits. They are a pain – Non Golfers may think they’re cuddly little Benjamin Bunnies but on the golf course they’re a menace. They dig holes in the fairways, especially the 16th, and a few golfers have lost balls down the rabbit holes.
So what’s the answer? No point trying to teach the rabbits to read notices which might say, ‘Rabbits keep off’. No, they’d take too long to learn the language. How about offering them a permanent holiday in Sandy Bay – perhaps Paul Newcombe (for the NG’s, he’s our head greenkeeper) could design some rabbit friendly signs, maybe with carrots as an inducement, making them an offer they couldn’t refuse, suggesting that the alternative might be a barrel full of buckshot from a 12 bore – that might do it! Reading however could still be a problem – solutions on a postcard please.
The player who had no problem with rabbit holes was David Pagett who won the competition with an excellent score of 41 points. His handicap has been reduced from 15 to 14. Well done, David.
The other leading scores were: 2, Mike Wisdom, 39 points (11 now 10); 3, Mike Brailey (Not him again?) 39 points, (10 now 9); 4, Martin Bright, 39 points (11); 5, Charlie Stafford, also 39 points (15); 6, Taff Powell, again 39 points (19).
There was a twos pot of £89 to be shared between nine players. I wasn’t one of them.