East Devon Ron Jefford medal success for Tony Williams

PUBLISHED: 11:59 18 June 2017 | UPDATED: 11:59 18 June 2017


The East Devon seniors played the Ron Jefford medal, writes Paul Willoughby.

It’s unusual to have ‘medal’ and ‘seniors’ in the same sentence – we prefer the much easier scoring format of the stableford; medals seem to give us (well, certainly, me) a rather negative feeling from the outset.

The rough appears rougher, the fairways seem narrower and we have to record every shot on the scorecard.

However, hard man Ron determined that we should toughen up so 67 members (Ron amongst them/us – well, he’s got to, hasn’t he?!) took to the course.

You remember I mentioned some new technical golfing aids in a recent article. Well non- golfers should know that some players have for years relied on a gizmo (now the size of a wristwatch) which shows them the exact distance from you to the green - not really necessary on our home course but could be useful when playing at a ‘foreign’ venue.

The latest version known as the Voice Caddie, actually tells you how far you are from the green and the different distance depending on the whereabouts on the green the flag is placed that day.

It is not only pre-loaded with 30,000 golf courses, but it can tell you how far you’ve hit; I would love them to take it one step further so it can tell you what it thought of your last shot – ‘Rubbish’, ‘Looks like you’ve never played before’ and the worst comment of them all, ‘Give it up’!

I am used to having my playing partners tell me that; I don’t need a gizmo to tell me as well!

Well, the winner of the Ron Jefford Medal needed no gizmos (Wikipedia describes it as a gadget, especially one whose real name is unknown or forgotten – love it, and especially relevant for seniors!) was Tony Williams with an excellent net 65 from a handicap of 16, now 14.

Very well done. He was four shots ahead of his nearest two chasers, John Grontenrath and Mike Whitehead both of whom had 69 – John came second on countback. Ed Shiels was fourth with 70 as were, in order, John Threlfall, Bill McDermott and Nigel Goode.

There were only five twos – they’re the holes you especially remember when you put your head on your pillow – which made the players think they could turn pro after all!

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