Thursday, August 15, 2013
Over 200 players took part in Dennis Chivers’ Captain’s Day Golf competition at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.
It was an excellent day with loads of prizes – not just the individual scores but longest drives, Nearest the pins and a putting competition to vie for the Jennings Cup, awarded many years ago by Budleigh resident, Dr Dennis Jennings. There was an 11 hole Ladies’ competition in the afternoon followed by a well attended prize giving and barbecue in the evening.
The morning golfers were welcomed by a magnificent sight of at least 40 house martins swooping around the club house. There were some Swallows as well but not as many. The birds are the same size, but swallows have the longer forked tail which makes them look bigger; they also have a dark blue head and reddish neck, Whilst house martins have a very distinguishable white rump easily visible when they’re flying away from you.
The weather was fine and everything was good with the world. Captain Dennis couldn’t really enjoy his own day as he had too much to organise and just had to watch, assisted by his wife, Helen, who supported the St Austell Brewery van on the 10th tee.
The player who needed no support and the winner of the day was Jonothan Ward from Division 2 with a magnificent 42 points.
Close on his heels was Nigel Goode from Division 1 with 41 points. Other high scorers and prize winners were: Division One; 2, Leigh Jones, 39 points (4); 3, Mark Heywood, also 39 (7); 4, Terry Heard, 38 points (6); 5, Barry Devetta, also 38 points (7).
Division Two; 2, Martin Bright, 40 points (12); 3, Derek Simmonds, 39 points (10); 4, Alan Dent, 38 points (10); 5, Derek Fiske, 37 points (14).
Division Three; 1, Mark Anderson, 40 points (16); 2, Bill Nodwell, 39 points (19); 3, Bill Coles, 39 points (16); 4, Simon Gegg, also with 39 points (22)
The winners of the Ladies’ team event was Jill Miller, Margaret Christie and Rosemary Carmichael – Jill Miller also won the Ladies’ Longest drive on the 9th. Rosemary Carmichael also won the Ladies’ Nearest the Pin on the fourth. Well done, ladies.
The Jennings Cup was won by our managing secretary Julian Reynolds and the men’s longest drive on the ninth was won, easily, by Joe Sharp (he plays off three) with a colossal drive which went past the bunker on the right! Sadly he only had a par on that hole but he had an eagle on the 11th! Class play, Joe.