East Devon find Zephyrus is out of sorts - for a day!
PUBLISHED: 09:55 30 May 2013 | UPDATED: 09:55 30 May 2013
Last Monday 148 players fought for the honour of winning the Clinton Vase, writes Paul Willoughby.
The Vase was presented to the club by Lord Clinton to celebrate its centenary in 2002 and the format for the competition is stableford; points, not strokes.
However, there is a twist for the men! On three holes we have to drive from the championship tees which makes those holes much longer, and quite a challenge in Monday’s windy conditions.
The rain came later in the day, but the west south west wind played an active part from the start, in some places making a two or three club difference.
According to Greek mythology the Anemoi were wind gods and each was ascribed a cardinal direction from which to blow. Apparently we were assigned Zephyrus, the west wind – light and puffy. Perhaps someone should have a word with him as he was definitely out of sorts on Monday!
The greens were superb and reflect the hard work put into them earlier in the season – if you missed a putt then it was your fault and not the fault of the greens.
The clear winner of the Clinton Vase was Sean Ficken with an excellent 38 points from a handicap of 19 – he mastered the wind and the greens. Had he not blobbed on the 17th his score would have been even higher. Well done, Sean. The winner of the Ladies’ section was the Lady captain, Di Willoughby, with a very creditable 36 points – her consort husband didn’t do so well!
The leading scores were; Division 1; 1, Brian Spurrier, 34 points from a handicap of 9, now 8; 2, Jo Sharpe, 34 (3). (That’s really good play from that handicap, Jo); 3, Bob Edmunds, 33 (9).
Division 2; 1, Bill Edwards, 36 points (13, now 12); 2, Cliff Lockwood, 34 (12); 3, 3 Glen Tucker, 33 (13).
Division 3; 1, Sean Ficken, 38 (19 now 18); 2, Alex Bannon, 34 (19 now 18); 3, James Underwood, 34 (23 now 22).
In the ladies section; 1, Di Willoughby, 6 points (17); 2, Evie Stone, 35 points (20); and 3, Elaine Bright, 34 points (13).
There was a two’s pot of £217 to be shared between 9 players; for those of you mathematically challenged, that’s £24.11 each and Brian Spurrier scored two of them. Well done, Brian!
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