Harry Nodwell, one of East Devon's promising young golfers surrounded by some lady golfers. They were bidding him farewell as he is shortly going to the USA on a 4 year sporting scholarship. Ladies captain Di Willoughby, pictured with Harry, had just made him a presentation of funds collected by the Ladies section of the club."
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Over 200 players took part in Trevor Underwood’s Professional’s Day at East Devon golf club last Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.
It was an excellent turnout for a very popular event celebrating his 27 years at the club.
The format was four-ball with two scores to count; a comfortable arrangement where you can rely on your partners, at least until they hoik their drive into the bushes or three putt; then the pressure is back on the remaining three!
The weather was excellent for the early players – blue skies, a gentle breeze, flags flapping languidly; perfect conditions for golf but at midday’ish came the first drops of rain. Not a lot, but just a warning of what was to come and sure enough, it did. Heavy showers peppered the later starters (can showers ‘pepper’? Answers on a postcard please!); perhaps a better word would be ‘drenched’, so one might think the earlier players had the advantage. Not so, but read on.
As well as the team prizes there were many others; longest drives and nearest the pins for both men and ladies. There was even a prize for the worst drive from the first tee which was won by Trevor’s son, James; we gather he didn’t quite get the ball into orbit, but gave it a jolly good try!
The longest drive for the men was hit by Pete Greenslade with a colossal shot up the 12th. Sally Underwood, Trevor’s wife hit the longest drive for the ladies on the fifth so honour was restored in the Underwood household!
Notwithstanding the miserable conditions in the afternoon, it was the last team of the day who had to endure the worst conditions and they won with a magnificent 90 points. The team consisted of Viv Edgcumbe, John Pannell, Peter Haworth and Jamie Davidson from the Town Club – very well played.
Second was the team of Simon Husband, daughter Charlotte, Trevor Reeve and Emily Morey with 88 points. The same team came fourth last year so well done to them. The third team was Ray Dawson, David Watson, Matt Evans and James Burton with 86 points.
The winning ladies team comprised Sue Fowler, Hilary Greenaway, Judy Murray and Peggy Lomas with a very creditable 80 points. There were 17 two’s with each team receiving a dozen balls.
It was an excellent day and our thanks go to Trevor and his assistant professional, Matt Lockey for organising the event. Thanks also go to Paul Newcombe and his team for presenting us with a superb course and Someone Else for keeping the morning players dry!