East Devon Pine-Coffin success for Dennis Chivers

PUBLISHED: 16:45 25 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:45 25 July 2018

A golfing picture

A golfing picture


The July Stableford and Pine-Coffin (now there’s a name to conjure with) Cup were played at East Devon last week, writes Paul Willoughby.

Charles Edward Pine-Coffin was not, as you might be thinking, a local undertaker; he was a member of Royal North Devon golf club and in 1902 was instrumental in helping to design our wonderful golf course from what was then a moorland scene comprising gorse and heather – what a task and what foresight.

A bit of ornithology for you; you will be pleased to hear that we have at least one resident yellowhammer on the course. This is a very pretty yellow headed member of the bunting family (Emberiza Citrinella – sorry, just showing off!) which sings its song from a high perch – currently between the 11th and 17th fairways – ‘Little bit of bread and no cheese’. It’s worth mentioning because it features on the red (endangered) list, i.e. globally threatened with at least a 50 per cent decline in its breeding population over the last 25 years so keep an ear out for its song and don’t take it for granted.

On a golfing note, there is one golfer who has hit the headlines – South African, Brandon Stone, missed an eight foot putt on the 18th for a 59, but still won the Scottish Open at Gullane with a magnificent score of 60 - 20 under for his four rounds. In the final day he had eight birdies and an eagle – wow!

Now those scores. Firstly the Pine Coffin Cup and the winner deserves a mention above the list. Dennis Chivers won the cup with an exceptional score of 43 points from a handicap of seven (now six) – six shots ahead of his nearest rival. Very well done, Dennis, most impressive. Here’s the list of the also-rans (not!):-

Division 1: 2, Guy Peters, 37 (5); 3, Noel Westlake, 37(8); 4, Paul Heys, 36 (9); 5, Jason Rowbotham, 36 (5)

Division 2: 1, Alan Baker, 39 (12); 2, Phil Essex, 38 (10); 3, Alan Dewhurst, 37 (14); 4, Barry Devetta, 36 (10)

Division 3: 1, Roger Chappell, 39 (15); 2, Bill Ficken, 38 (16); 3, Stephen Murray, 37 (21); 4, Alex Bannon, 36 (18)

There were eight twos sharing a pot of £184 - £23 each.

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