East Devon golfers suffer gull grief

PUBLISHED: 22:56 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:56 24 July 2013

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The monthly Stableford was played at East Devon last Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

The weather was as excellent as we have come to expect – hot and sunny with a little breeze; a few flaps from the flags but not a lot. The birds were out; I heard a blackcap and a chiffchaff and last but not least, a wood warbler in the trees below the seventh tee. Lovely. The seagulls were in their rightful place, coasting along the cliffs, and for once they were quiet – probably because I also heard a peregrine; the sound of that bird takes the edge off the gulls’ day! We could do with a few more peregrines – the seagulls are a real menace.

Gulls apart, the East Devon golf course was the place to be – it was beautiful and we are so lucky. However, notwithstanding the beauty of our surroundings, the golf was not easy. The rough is as rough as it gets, the fairways allow the ball to run and run and the greens are slick so no one broke into the 40’s. However given the conditions, there were some good scores and two players qualified for the Abraham Salvers – Tony Beck from Division One and Brian Welch from Division Three, both of whom scored 38. Well done; the Salvers final will take place at Churston on October 6.

The leading scores were as follows; Division One: 1, Tony Beck, 38 points (5); 2, Leigh Jones, also 38 points (4 now 3 – well done, Leigh); 3, Danny Crookall, 36 points (6 now 5); 4, Glenn Page, also 36 points (4). Class play by all four.

Division Two: 1, David Standley, 38 points (12 now 11); 2, Bob Lippett, 35 points (12); 3, John Hall, also with 35 points (14).

Division Three: 1, Brian Welch, 38 points (16 now 15); 2, Robert Winter, 37 points (22 now 21); 3, Clive Pantoll, 34 points (17)

There was a two’s pot of £145.50 to be shared between 14 players – Tony Beck and James Thomas each scored two of them. Well done.

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