December 9 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 29, 2013
The East Devon seniors played their Accumulator Stableford last Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.
This is a fun competition with an excellent ‘No Pressure’ scoring format; teams of three with one score to count on the first six holes, two to count on the next six, then all three scores to count on the last six. What could be easier than that? Your partners can take the strain if you have a bad hole.
Then, on one of the final six holes one of your partners puts his ball in a bush and all of a sudden your score is not just important, it’s essential if you are to make a reasonable appearance on the leader board.
The putt is only five foot, but you have a tricky left to right borrow, and everything goes on in your head; “How hard do I hit it?”; “Have I allowed enough for the slope?”; “They’re going to make some improper suggestions if I miss it.” So there you are, the pressure is on after all.
But it’s not that bad; golf at club level is a fun game – none of us seniors will make Augusta (except as spectators!) and playing in Monday’s conditions was a pleasure. light winds, house martins flying over the clubhouse, swallows swooping over the greens (note, not the Martins), amazing views and so what if you don’t play well? There’s more to life than golf. Damn; surely I didn’t just say that?
The leading team who obviously enjoyed their day was Mike Cole, David Gray and Chris Allison with 79 points. Second with 78 points and with a very useful 10 points on the 16th (so no balls in the bushes on that hole!) was the team of Jack Jones, Ray Sturman and John Cowing. Third on count back, but also with 78 points was the team of Ken Springthorpe, Bruce Hewett and Brian Leveridge.
There was a two’s pot of £78 to be shared between three players - £26 each. What a good investment!