December 13 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, October 17, 2013
The Vasey Tankard was the prize played for by 70 golfers at East Devon on Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.
The tankard was presented to the club many years ago by retired school master and club member, Gordon Vasey who stipulated that the competition should only be played by the over 60’s. That’s really good as it means we play off the yellow tees – oh how I love those yellow tees!
Calm weather and ideal golf conditions met today’s contestants, so few excuses. Non golfers might think golf is easy – all you have to do is hit that little white ball and it goes in the direction you want. We golfers however know differently; the game is as much mental as physical. Between our ‘earoles the brain says, ‘Grip right, swing properly, swing in line with the target, don’t slash at the ball, slow it down. Last week the shot at this hole took a 7 iron but there was wind then and there’s none now, so take a lower club.’
Easy, the non golfer says but then he’s not aware of The Gremlin. The Gremlin is the imp who steals into the golfers’ brain and wipes out the sensible instructions in the above paragraph. The golfer then grips badly, slashes at the ball and hits it into the bushes. Even though the player won the competition last week and thought he had mastered the game, the Gremlin (who is believed to live in the bushes to the right of the 9th) is master of us all and can ruin a game just as easily as he can help it. That, Non Golfers is what we hardy chaps have to put up with.
The player who managed to evade The Gremlin and win the Vasey Tankard was Francis Williams with a net 65 from a handicap of 20, now 18. Well done, Fra. Close on his heels and second only on countback was David Adamson who also had a 65 – I gather he met The Gremlin on a couple of occasions!
The other leaders were: 3, David Brunwin, net 66 (11, now 10); 4, John Bain, net 68 (7 now 6) and 5, Bill Coles, net 69 (14).
The Gremlin attacked David Crowe on the first hole – what had you done to deserve that, David? – where he had a 10.
However, he won the over 75 element of the competition with a net 72. Well played, and well recovered, David.
There was a two’s pot of £68 to be shared between four players.