Bates plays the Amundsen role and nets seniors stableford at East Devon

PUBLISHED: 07:21 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:21 11 April 2013




The East Devon seniors held their March stableford on Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.

The weather was awful – especially for the early players; there was the usual cold easterly wind, the usual drizzly rain (which played havoc with those of us wearing glasses) and fingers became numb.

Only 68 contestants took part (what a brave or foolhardly lot) in the competition and some of those only played a few holes. There were a load of No Returns so I think medals should be awarded to all those who completed the course.

However, it wasn’t all frostbite and thoughts of captain Oates; the Amundsen of the day was Mike Bates with a very creditable 35 points.

He was followed closely, also with 35 points but second on count-back by Martin Bright. Other leading scores were: Bill Coles (34), Ian Samson (32), Steve Yarnel (32), and, last, but not least, Danny Barrett, also with 32 points

There were only three two’s; Martin Bright, Stewart Tucker and Lewis Maby share a pot of £65 – a very good return on their entry fee, and well deserved.

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