East Devon stableford success for Alan Forte

PUBLISHED: 09:51 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:51 24 January 2018

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5397. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5397. Picture: Terry Ife

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The latest competition at East Devon was a five clubs and a putter stableford, writes Paul Willoughby.

The format speaks for itself (this is the one where the club you need for that particular shot is one of those you’ve left in the boot of your car) and I’m sure you know what a stableford is by now!

This was a competition for the hardy souls only, as the conditions were tough thanks to a very strong south-easterly wind. However, it was a non-qualifier for handicap purposes; in other words, you could play like a complete plonker or an Augusta contender and your handicap would not be affected.

Meanwhile, what’s going on golf-wise outside East Devon? Well, the 2018 Race to Dubai has started.

This is a season-long competition for players on the European Tour at the end of which the winner will not only be crowned the champion but will also be paid an indecent amount of money.

The top 10 players also share in the Dubai Bonus Pool, which presently stands at £3.5million. England’s Tommy Fleetwood was the 2017 champion with winnings of £4million and Justin Rose came second with prize money of £3.6million, both plus their share of the bonus.

Dream on, but do remember these players are top of the tree and there are probably thousands of golfing professional wannabees who don’t earn enough to pay the rent.

Remember the yardstick; par for the course is 70 or 36 points in stableford terms, so anyone who scores more than 36 points is doing well.

The scores below show how difficult the weather conditions were and how hard it is to play par golf with only five clubs and a putter.

The East Devon/Race to Budleigh leaderboard reads like this:-

Division 1: 1, Alan Forte, 35 points (6); 2, John May, 33 (9); 3, Jim Colvin, 33 (3); 4, Kevin Jennings, 30 (9)

Division 2: 1, Richard Tate, 37 (12); 2, Michael Brookman, 36 (14); 3, Bill Nicholson, 34 (11); 4, Tony Williams, 34 (13)

Division 3: 1, Oliver Wiltshire, 38 (19); 2, Robin Grenyer, 33 (16); 3, Adrian Woolacott, 33 (15); 4, Morton Middleditch, 33 (19)

There was a twos pot of £126 to be shared between eleven players; John Thatcher had a two on the 300 yard 15th which must have brought a smile to his face – and cost him a pint or two!

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