Thursday, August 8, 2013
Ninety-one players vied for the Roy Greenaway Medal at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.
Roy Greenaway was captain of the club in 1985 and in its centenary year, 2002. He was also Devon County Golf captain in 1988 and Devon County Golf president in 1997/8.
The conditions were glorious – sunshine, lightish westerly wind, rain falling on other people, not us; what more could we ask for? As always the course was in excellent condition but just watch out for that rough – once you’re in it it’s difficult to find your ball, and when you find it, it’s difficult to hit it in the direction you want.
I saw a peregrine early in the morning swooping over the cliffs. It is a magnificent bird, the fastest in the world – it has a great call which scares the living daylights out of other birds, especially pigeons.
I also heard a green woodpecker (Picus viridis – not many people know that) down by the chine. Last week I saw some linnets (Carduelis Cannabina – now I’m just showing off!) in the bushes between the car park and the 18th fairway. Lovely little finches with a charming song – they sing a lot better than most of us.
The player with the most to sing about was John Threlfall who won the Roy Greenaway medal - he had a gross 80, net 67 from a handicap of 13. Well done John.
The leading scores were as follows; Division One; 1, Russell Corney – also net 67, but second on count back from a handicap of seven, now six; 2, Matt Evans, net 69 (6); 3, Jim Colvin, net 70 (3) – Jim had the lowest gross score of 73; excellent play.
Division Two; 1, John Threlfall, net 67 (13 now 12); 2, Ian Peacock, net 70 (12); 3, Glenn Tucker, net 71 (13).
Division 3; 1, Rob Winter, net 72 (21); 2, Alan Dewhurst, net 72 (15); 3, Charlie Stafford, net 73 (16)
There was a two’s pot of £135 to be shared between 12 players – Russell Corney and Clive Bennett had two of them. It’s ages since I had a two – no wonder with the way I putt!