East Devon Golf Club latest - Santa's grotto effect on the course

PUBLISHED: 10:57 11 December 2014 | UPDATED: 10:57 11 December 2014

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A glorious sunrise greeted the early starters in the December Medal competition at East Devon Golf Club on Saturday, writes Michael Hayes.

Unlike the countryside inland, the golf course showed no signs of frost, although the slight breeze felt as though it had come straight from Santa’s grotto at the North Pole!

By midday, a warm sun shining from a cloudless sky made it a pleasure to be alive, although the same cannot be said for some of the golf!

An eventual competition standard scratch score of 72 suggests that players found the conditions tricky. Perhaps it was the blinding sun on some holes, or the footprints on the soft greens?

Nevertheless, nothing affected the writer’s fellow competitor, Kelly Hughes, who shot the day’s net best score of an excellent 68 off a handicap of 20 and this was despite taking five off the tee on the seventh hole. No more playing off 20 for him!

There were 91 players in total and the winner of Division One proved to be the evergreen Glenn Page, with 69 off a handicap of four. Next was Paul Webber and David Watson, both scoring 71 off handicaps of six.

In Division Two Kim Johnson continued his good play with 70 off 12 followed by Duncan Goldsworthy with 72, also off 12 and Bob Edmonds with 73 off 11.

Unsurprisingly, Kelly Hughes won Division Three with club secretary Julian Reynolds next on 71 playing off 16 and Danny Barrett also 71, but off 14.

There were 13 players who managed to score twos and they shared a bonus pot of £182.

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