East Devon Golf Club latest - lost ball count rises - and rises!

PUBLISHED: 12:42 23 December 2014 | UPDATED: 12:42 23 December 2014

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There was a good turnout for the last competition of the year with 89 players taking part in the December Stableford at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Well, Christmas is nearly with us and thoughts go to presents we’d like to receive. Given the number we lose, golf balls are always welcome. There are some American statistics that say an average golfer will lose two balls in a round – surely that can’t be true of East Devon golfers? However if we say they (not me, they!) lose on average one ball per round and we have 600 playing men and women and each member plays on average once a week, then overall we/they could be losing over 30,000 balls in a year! How many do we find? Probably two thirds as many as we lose so the course could be gobbling up 10,000 balls a year! Amazing. Did you know that Titleist make over 15,000,000 golf balls a year? Just as well!

One player who presumably didn’t lose any balls was Danny Barrett (Yes, him again) from Division Two who won the competition with an excellent 39 points from a handicap of 13 now 12. Well done, Danny. Other leading scores were as follows: Division One: 1, Mike Williams, 37 points (6 now 5); 2, Glenn Tucker, 35 (8); 3, David Watson, also 35 (6 now 5).

Division Two: 2, John May, 36 (12 now 11); 3, John Connolly 35 (12).

Division Three: 1, Alan Dewhurst, 36 (14); 2, Colin Thomas, 34 (18); 3, Trevor Reeve, 33 (20).

There was a twos pot of £172 to be shared between 10 players. David Blick scored two of them on the fourth and 13th. For those of you who don’t know him, David has a handicap of minus two which means he is two down to the course on the first tee before he has even hit his first shot. Awesome! I wonder if he ever loses any golf balls?

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