Bunny woes for East Devon golfers

11:09 01 May 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.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Exmouth Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Exmouth Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Exmouth Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other Sport Stories

Yesterday, 11:48
Exeter Chiefs

Exeter Chiefs head coach Rob Baxter is expecting another ‘exciting’ European Champions Cup campaign after his side were pitted against familiar foes in Pool 5 of this season’s tournament, writes Mark Stevens.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:15
Somerset Rebels duo Jake Allen and Charles Wright either side of a Peterborough Panthers rider during the meeting

A force of nature swept through the Oaktree Arena on Tuesday night, and blew away the Peterborough Panthers in this first leg of this Knock Out Cup quarter-final, writes Dave Thompson.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:15
Louis Spalding (red board) getting set for the 15yrs final

Sunday saw Sidmouth Surf lifesaving club hosting their first open event on Sidmouth Beach.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00
Sidmouth bowlers who did so well at the National Veterans Championships held at Budleigh Salterton.

Budleigh Salterton Croquet Club hosted The National Veterans’ Championship over the final week of June, writes David Butler.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:59
Running

Torbay is Devon’s second largest half marathon after Plymouth (although Exeter may be looking to challenge that later in the year), but whilst Plymouth trumped Torbay for numbers Torbay delivered the faster winning timing in a very competitive race, writes Catherine Newman.

Read more
Wed, 20:38
Exmouth 1sts were home to Bovey Tracey at the weekend. Exmouth celebrate a wicket. Ref exsp 26-16AW 1386. Picture: Alex Walton

Exmouth bagged a fifth win of the Tolchards Devon League top flight season with a six wicket Maer ground success over Bovey Tracey.

Read more
Wed, 20:38

Topsham St James Under-11s endured a game of mixed fortunes as they ultimately los their Bradleys East Devon Youth League meeting with Budleigh Salterton, writes Ian Mason.

Read more
Wed, 20:29
Sam Matson who is taking part in his third Solitaire Bomprad Le Figaro and sitting a healthy 12th as the first British sailor to complete leg two of the 2016 race.

Exmouth sailor Sam Matson crossed the finish line in Paimpol in his boat Chatham at the end of stage two of the 2016 Solitaire Bomprad Le Figaro sitting a healthy 12th and the first British sailor home.

Read more
Wed, 20:28
Joy Mottershead with trophy flanked by Phear Park club captain Peter Burch Left) and Rob Mottershead.

History was made in Europe last week – Wales reaching the quarter finals of the European championship - but an historic event took place nearer home at Phear Park, writes Lawrie Harries.

Read more
Wed, 19:43
Goal!

Exmouth Town return for their pre-season schedule next Tuesday (July 5) and Southern Road boss Richard Pears cannot wait to welcome back his players.

Read more

Local Weather

Rain

Rain

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 12°C

Most Read Sport

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder


HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Find planning applications