East Devon Division One success for John Pulman

PUBLISHED: 07:38 05 February 2015 | UPDATED: 07:38 05 February 2015

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East Devon held a ‘three clubs and a putter’ stableford competition on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Now some of you might think that’s a bit Mickey Mouse, but the seventy-two contestants would say you’re wrong. This was a non-qualifying fun competition and considerable skill is required to navigate yourself round the course with a respectable score with only three clubs. What clubs do you take and what do you leave in the boot of your car? Maybe you don’t take a driver, but take a three wood which you can use on the fairway. Don’t take a five wood, but use your three and give it a three quarter swing. Do you take a seven iron or a six? Do you take a sand wedge for bunkers or use a nine which can give you distance as well? Whatever you choose, you can guarantee the club you need for that particular shot is the one you left behind!

Every shot has to be manufactured from those clubs, regardless of conditions and distance so that makes it a considerable test of skill. In the old days players didn’t have the 14 clubs we are allowed now; they had to manufacture their shots from a limited selection – a ‘brassie’ from the tee, a ‘spoon’ on the fairway and maybe a ‘mashie niblick’ onto the green.

Nowadays with our 14 clubs we should be able to use the same swing for each club and get where we want to be. In the old days however you had to alter your swing to one of the few clubs available – as the players did in Saturday’s competition so, despite the limited clubs, all credit for those who gave the course a run for its money.

The leading scores were as follows:

Division 1: 1, John Pulman, 34 points (7); 2, Ian Peacock, 33 (9); 3, Joe Sharp, 31 (3); 4, Bob Martin, also 31 (3).

Division 2: 1, Dennis Chivers, 35 points (9) which included a five pointer on the par five 12th with a driver, seven iron and a driver – Wow!; 2, Stewart Tucker, 34 (14); 3, Neil Roughton, 33 (10); 4, Kim Johnson, 30 (11).

Division 3: 1, Julian Reynolds, 36 points (16); 2, Bill Ficken, 34 (18); 3, Simon Gegg, 34 (19); 4, Colin Thomas, 33 (17).

There were eight twos – Malcolm Priestner scored two of them on the 10th and 13th.

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