East Devon Handicap Challenge joy for Barry Devetta

PUBLISHED: 13:50 05 July 2018

A golfing picture

A golfing picture

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The second round of the Scratch and Handicap Challenge took place at East Devon Golf Club (EDGC) on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

I will give you the result, I promise, but the scoring format is complicated so let me ramble on a bit to give me time to work it out!

Well, what else has been going on outside EDGC? I’m a Tiger Woods (originally Eldrick Tont Woods) fan and have always believed he would recover from his back operations and return to top form. A lot of you didn’t, but he’s well on the way. He came fourth at the Quicken Loans National at Potomac, Maryland last week with a 66 in his final round.

If that’s not a recovery, then I don’t know what is. You’ll see him at The Open at Carnoustie later this month. Then there’s our own Justin Rose; he’s currently ranked third in the world and won the US Open in 2013 – the first Englishman to do so in 43 years. He’s quite capable of doing the same at Carnoustie so keep an eye out for him. Don’t forget Rory McIlroy; he’s playing in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open this week and is also a contender to lift the Claret Jug. Exciting times for we golfers!

OK, so I think I’ve worked out what happened on Saturday. Remember this competition, played over two weekends is in two parts – Handicap, where the player gets that benefit and theoretically I could give Tiger Woods a run for his money (or not!) and Scratch where there is no handicap advantage and Tiger woods would put me firmly in my place!

First the Scratch totals for the two rounds: 1, Bob Martin, 76 + 74 = 150. Excellent play, Bob. Well done; 2, Leigh Jones, 76 + 75 = 151; 3, Danny Lewis, 77 + 75 = 152; 4, Glenn Page, 78 + 77 = 153.

Now the net Handicap totals for the two rounds: 1, Barry Devetta (he’s often in the golfing news!) 66 + 73 = 139; 2, Danny Lewis, 71 + 69 = 140; 3, Geoff Millardship, 68 + 76 = 144; 4, Bob Martin, 73 + 71 = 144; 5, Julian Turnbull, 72 + 72 = 144

There were fifteen twos who all share a pot of £182 – you work it out!

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