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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Seventy-nine stalwarts (yes, they’re the same stalwarts I reported on in December and you have to be a stalwart to play winter golf!) played in the East Devon seniors’ stableford competition on Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.
The conditions were tough as reflected in the Standard Scratch - 73; a strong northerly wind with little run on the ball, made worse by the trolley ban requiring the players to carry their clubs.
A full set of clubs weighs a few pounds so most winter players will carry only a half set – some less than that, and adapt the shot from a smaller selection of clubs as they used to do in the old hickory days. Some manage very well but you can’t beat a full set of clubs plus a trolley (or a caddy; now that would be good) to carry them for you. Call me a wimp but roll on Spring, dry weather and trolleys.
The winner of today’s competition with a very creditable 37 points was Mike Knapton whose handicap has been reduced from 21 to 20 – well done, Mike.
The other leading scores were as follows; 2, Jack Jones, 36 points (19 now 18); 3, Robin Grenyer, 35 points (18); 4, John Crosse, 34 points (24); 5, Martin Bright, 34 points (12 now 11); 6, Peter Brockman, 34 points (19 now 18), 7, George Rogers, also 34 points (16 now 15)
There were only four two’s, sharing a pot of £73 – Bill Fox, Charlie Kerslake, Geoff Walden and David Adamson.