East Devon Seniors’ Singles Challenge success for Malcolm Baker

PUBLISHED: 13:25 15 September 2018

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Round seven of eight of the Seniors’ Singles Challenge and the monthly medal were recently contested, writes Paul Willoughby.

The SCS is a Stableford competition played from the yellow tees and runs throughout the summer.

The winner will be the player with the total best four scores and his prize will be an afternoon with President Trump!

The monthly medal is played from the white tees and adds an extra 288 yards to the course making a total of 6,216 yards. That pales somewhat when you compare it to the 7,331 yards of Le Golf National outside Paris where the Ryder Cup will be held later this month.

Oh, did I mention the Ryder Cup? I swore I wouldn’t but I’m afraid I was overcome! Non-golfers, just let your eyes glaze over for a fortnight or so but the rest of you will now know that the Wild Cards have been chosen; Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia are in the European team and so are Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson for the USA. You might like to know that many years ago two other outsiders were chosen as wild cards for Europe – Seve Ballesteros and Tony Jacklin, and look what happened to them!

The East Devon greens are the envy of many a course but they are only brilliant because they are well maintained throughout the year – fed and watered and hollow-tined. The latter is a procedure where finger-thin plugs of grass are taken out by machine over the green and the resultant holes filled with a mixture of sand, grass seed and fertiliser. This procedure makes the greens hard to read/putt for a couple of weeks, but is essential to retain an already excellent course. There have been a lot of golfers moaning that the greens are presently a bit rough, but ignore them; treat hollow tining as a dose of codliver oil or syrup of figs – awful to take/taste but you feel a lot better afterwards!

There were eighty-four players in the SCS and the winner was Malcolm Baker with an excellent 40 points from a handicap of 9 now 8. Well done, Malcolm. Second was Alan Baker (no relation) with 39 points (handicap 11) and third, only on countback, also with 39 points, was Trevor Huxtable from a handicap of 13. There were five players on 38; Mike Trapnell, Martin Wisdom, Bill Wentworth, John Hall and Malcolm Pressey.

There were 83 contestants in the medal and the leaders in the divisions were:-

Division 1: 1, Paul Sear, net 68 from a handicap of 7, now 6. Well done, Paul; 2, Bill Norris, also 68 (8 now 7). Excellent play, Bill; 3, Sam Corney, 69, (8 now 7); 4, Mark Heywood, 69 (8); 5, Joe Sharp, 70 (4).

Division 2: 1, Thomas Peters, net 66 (10 now 9). Good play, Tom; 2, Martin Hyde, 70 (9); 3, Geoff Walden, also 70 (10); 4, Richard Tate, 71 (13 now 12); 5, Neil Sear, 71 (9)

Division 3: 1, Greg Evans, net 67 (14 now 13); 2, John Hall, also 67 (14 now 13); 3, Paul Parnell, 68 (19 now 18); 4, Bill Coles, 71 (15); 5, Oliver Wiltshire, 72 (14)

There were thirteen twos sharing a pot of £158; Bill Norris had two of them on the fourth and the eighth.

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