Thursday, September 19, 2013
The Autumn Pheasant Foursomes was played at East Devon last Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby
For you non-golfers this is the format where the teams of two take alternate shots. I expect you remember it; it goes like this. Player A tops his drive into the rough; player B lifts his head and thins the next shot - the ball remains in the rough. Player A then takes a shot he knows he can’t make, but what the hell, and Yes, it goes in the bunker. The ball is then tight up against the front of the bunker and player B can’t get it out. The pair have taken four shots and are still in the bunker. Player A blasts it out onto the green and player B massively over hits the putt and the ball shoots off the green. No points on that hole. Remember it now?
The course is gradually returning to normal after the recent rains and shoots of green growth are starting to appear. Gone are the shots which run for miles with only a medium blow – pity; I was beginning to think I might receive an invitation to play in the Open next year but not now. Conditions were ideal with light winds and few excuses apart from the bad play of your partner!
Thirty-four pairs took part and the winners by one stroke and with 38 points were John Webster and Colin Thomas.
The next three pairs were decided on countback as they all had 37 points, but second was the team of John Bain and Rob Humphrey.
Third were Stewart Jackson and Brian Spurrier and fourth were Jason Rowbotham and Danny Crookall.