Devonians see off Foreigners in annual East Devon Golf Club meeting

PUBLISHED: 12:18 19 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:18 19 March 2015

Golf Ball.

Golf Ball.


The annual Devonians versus Foreigners match took place at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Thank goodness the course was open – it had been closed the previous day and closing it two days in a row could have had serious consequences for the stranded golfers. Hearts must have gone out to them – golfers without a course?; what could they do? Picture them mooching about the house thinking of the birdie they were going to score on the 10th and the massive dreamed drive down the ninth; their spouses tried to cheer them up with tea and coffee but to no avail. They went (or were taken!) to their local supermarket to fill the time – you can always recognise them in the aisles; heads down, the crestfallen look, not interested in the two-for-one offers, hailing fellow sufferers with a smile of recognition for a fellow golfing casualty. “Hello, old chap. How are you bearing up?” Some players didn’t have Sky so couldn’t even have a television fix of some game from the other side of the world. I think there’s a helpline for stranded golfers – I’ll try and find it.

However, all had improved by Saturday; the sun shone, albeit in a watery sky and a shotgun start got the players going with the traumas of the previous day forgotten. The qualification for playing in the Devonian team is that you were born in the county, have lived here for years and years or were co-opted from the opposing team to balance the numbers! The format was pairs playing their two opponents and teeth were gritted as an opposition player chipped in for a flukey three, 50-yards from the green! Lucky so and so; don’t you just hate it when they do that? Notwithstanding that you politely congratulate him on his good fortune, you still hope he hits his next shot into the bushes.

The Devonians won the day with a win of nine to six. However, the result was almost immaterial as the big prize was being out on the course and not in the supermarket!

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