East Devon senior success for Malcolm Baker
PUBLISHED: 08:34 10 November 2017
The seniors of East Devon Golf Club played a qualifying singles stableford on the first Monday of November, writes Paul Willoughby.
This is the one where we feel fine, turn up at the course full of the joys of autumn, raring to go and knock the course into submission, only to find that the faults of the last round are still just lurking under (and in some cases over) the surface.
The conditions were super – a fine autumn day with no rain, hardly any wind and no excuses for duff play.
I must say, the East Devon course and its surroundings are a beautiful sight with Woodbury Common to the north, the Exe, Torquay and Dartmoor to the west and the Jurassic Coast stretching for miles to the east; it is a pleasure to be there, golf or no golf.
Actually, that’s one of the good things about golf; you can play like a complete plonker, but you are likely to be in beautiful surroundings which either takes away the pain of a bad round or gives you the icing on the cake if you play well.
The big news in the golfing world is Justin Rose’s success in Turkey last weekend; not only did he win the WGC Champions title in Shanghai the week before with a five under par 67 (which included eight birdies) but at the lovely Carya course in Antalya in the Turkish Airlines Open on Sunday, he won a three-way shootout (how American is that – sounds like something out of Dodge City!) with Nicolas Colsaerts and South Africa’s Dylan Frittelli.
This was his 10th European Tour victory and moved him above Masters champion Sergio Garcia into second place behind compatriot Tommy Fleetwood in the Race To Dubai standings. Victory gave the Rose sufficient points in the Race to Dubai to put him within sight of becoming Europe’s number one for the second time, having won the Order of Merit in 2007. Impressive!
In the Race to Budleigh standings, Malcolm Baker outshone his rivals by one point and won the competition with an impressive 39 points from a handicap of 10 now 9. Well done, Malcolm – perhaps Justin Rose should start looking over his shoulder.
Graham Surman came second with 38 points (13 now 12) and there were three players on 36, Andy Scott (11), John Bain (7) and Stewart Jackson (8). The Over 75 (that’s age, not handicap) prize went to Tom Kenny with an impressive 75. There were 76 players but surprisingly, only three twos sharing a pot of £75 – start saving for Christmas, boys!