Thursday, September 26, 2013
Eighty-nine players took part in the monthly Stableford at East Devon last Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.
Conditions were cloudy, but superb; greens holding, fairways greener and rough just as rough. Lovely wild flowers amongst the grass but the chance of seeing them as well as finding your errant ball is as hard now as it was in the summer. The swallows and house martins we saw a few weeks ago are now on their way to Africa – amazing how one day we see lots then the next they seem to have disappeared. We’ll still see a few for the next three weeks or so then that will be it till next Spring. I heard a chiff chaff on the seventh – they are not often here during the winter but I expect this one is still looking for a ball from last week’s competition. Well, with the cost of Titleists now, that’s hardly surprising!
The winner this month came from Division Three in the shape of John Wood with 43 points from a handicap of 21- an excellent score; well done, John.
Hard on his heels was Roy Newcombe with 40 points. Roy also had a hole-in-one on the 13th as did Noel Westlake on the fourth; most unusual and quite outstanding. Rarely do we have hole’s-in-one, so two in one competition is as uncommon as it gets.
The leading scores were; Division One; 1, Mark Heywood, 38 points (7 now 6); 2, Joe Sharp, also 38 points (3); 3, John Bain, 37 points (7); 4, Matt Evans, also with 37 points (6).
Division Two; 1, Neil Sear, 38 points (11); 2, Kim Johnson, also with 38 points (12 now 11); 3, John Threlfall, 37 points (12); 4, David Priestner, 36 points (12).
Division Three; 1, John Wood, 43 points (21 now 19); 2, Roy Newcombe, 40 points (17 now 16); 3, Bill Nodwell, 39 points (19 now 18); 4, Brian Welch, 37 points (15).
There was a two’s pot of £129 to be shared between 10 players.