Chris Allison wins latest East Devon seniors' montly stableford

PUBLISHED: 11:10 04 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:10 04 July 2013

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Eighty-six players took part in the seniors' monthly stableford at East Devon on Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.

It was a stunning day – the sun shone, there was a light westerly breeze and the course was in as good a condition as it could be.

Well, that’s true if you forget the impenetrable rough, the hard ground and how far the ball travels as a result; the distance carried by drives from medium hitters would have pleased Tiger Woods.

Sorry chaps but you know it’s true – that drive of yours on the 16th must have made you think of turning professional, but hold on and just wait till we have some ‘normal’ conditions and you may think again before applying to Augusta.

I am sure we all appreciate our surroundings, but standing on the 16th with that view fair takes your breath away and makes you feel glad to be alive.

Even hoiking your next drive into the bushes should only marginally dent your ‘joie de vivre’. (That’s French for ‘I’d rather be golfing than working’!)

The summer birds were tweeting in force; I heard blackcaps, chiff chaffs and whitethroats – but no peregrines today; maybe they’re at Wimbledon!

The leading birdie today was Chris Allison with 42 points from a handicap of 26, now 24. Well done, Chris.

The other leading scores were; 2, Stewart Jackson, 39 points (9); 3, Tom Kenny, 37 (16); 4, David Moore, 37 (20 now 19); 5, Keith Ward, 37 (12 now 11); 6, Keith Glover, also with 37 (24 now 23).

Surprisingly there were only two two’s from Bill Norris and John Dale – sharing a pot of £84. Wow! Very costly for those of us who missed those short putts.

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