East Devon Cobbett Cup joy for Malcolm Priestner

PUBLISHED: 11:45 23 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:45 23 August 2018

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5423. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5423. Picture: Terry Ife


There was an excellent turnout for the August Stableford and Cobbett Cup played at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

The Cobbett Cup was presented by F J Cobbett, a club member in 1908, so it is one of our oldest awards. Mr Cobbett decreed that the competition should be of Stableford format with a maximum handicap allowance of 21 and played for in August. A full handicap is now allowed and I’m sure he’d be delighted to know that his trophy is still being fought over/fought for/contested – couldn’t decide, so you choose! – after 110 years.

In his days, golfers would have been playing with gutta percha balls and clubs with hickory shafts. Gutta percha is the forbear of the core of our modern golfball and is the latex-type sap taken from a tree common in Malaysia. The word comes from the Malay, getah perca, which might translate as, ‘Get in the hole’. If so then the Malays have a lot to answer for! However, that phrase is now common only amongst the group known as ‘Golfus spectatorus alchoholus plonkerus’, often found at major golfing events!

Conditions were excellent: little wind, no rain or snow, warm, with enough cloud to prevent sunburn – just right for an English summer’s day. Talking of summer, have you noticed the dew on the grass in the early morning, the shorter days and the occasional leaves falling from the trees? Autumn approaches (so does Christmas – one of my grandchildren asked me to write to Father Christmas for him today!) but no matter; we’ve had a good summer and how nice it is to live in a country with seasons; who would want to live in the Caribbean? Sorry, I didn’t quite hear that; you say some of you would? OK, but you wouldn’t have the East Devon Golf Course to play on!

The winner of the Cobbett Cup was Malcolm Priestner from Division Two with a stonking 42 points from a handicap of 12 now 10. Well done, Malcolm; excellent play. Hard on his heels, also with 42 points but second on countback, was Bill Nicholson. Well played to you too, Bill. Malcolm has had his handicap reduced from 12 to 10 and Bill’s 11 to 10.

There were eighteen twos sharing a pot of £230; David Watson and Paul Newcombe had two each!


Division 1: 1 Phil Essex, 40 points from a handicap of 9 now 8; 2, David Watson, 38 (7 now 6); 3, Andy Pelosi, 38 (5); 4, Bruce Chapman, 38 (5); 5, Mark Dunsford, 38 (8)

Division 2: 1, Neil Jones, 40 (13 now 12); 4, David Standley, 38 (12); 5, Graham Briggs, 38 (14 now 13)

Division 3: 1, Clive Pantoll, 40 (18 now 16); 2, Andrew Neilan, 39 (17 now 16); 3, John Hall, 37 (15 now 14); 4, Jim McIlfatrick, 37 (20 now 19).

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