Thursday, August 8, 2013
Eighty-four competitors played in the monthly seniors stableford on Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.
The weather forecast was awful – as much as two-inches that’s 40mm in new money) of rain was expected and we were told the Southwest had an Amber weather warning. The local BBC girl, Miss Reeves (sorry, don’t know your Christian name), was the most pessimistic with warnings of flash floods and a reappearance of Noah’s Ark, and even the most presentable BBC weather forecaster, Carol Kirkwood, thought we would get a proper soaking. In the event we didn’t; there were heavy clouds to the west and north of us but East Devon had hardly enough rain to grow a plateful of mustard and cress!
I expect all the players had umbrellas and wet weather gear in their golf bags but they weren’t needed. OK, so the wind blew a bit but we expect that at East Devon.
Mike Brailey was the leader on the day with an excellent 39 points from a handicap of 10, now 9.
Close on his heels and only second on count back was Mike Knapton, also with 39 points from a handicap of 20, now cut to 19 (and about time too!).
The minor placings were; 3, Derek Simmonds, 38 points off 11, now 10; 4, David Moore, 37 points (19); 5, Steve Yarnell, 37 points (22); 6, Keith Ward, 36 points (11).
There was a two’s pot of £76 to be shared between five players.