East Devon qualifying stableford success for Mike Wisdom

PUBLISHED: 15:49 04 April 2018

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5423. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5423. Picture: Terry Ife

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The Seniors of East Devon played a qualifying Stableford on the final Monday of March, writes Paul Willoughby.

What’s more, for the first time in what seems like months, there was no rain and no trolley ban. Yeay!

The advantage of carrying clubs is that you can (actually, have to) walk from tee to green, whereas if you have a trolley you can’t take it on or near a green but have to park it short (or long) of the green.

The disadvantage of carrying clubs is that a lot of us older so-and-sos find it difficult to carry a full set, so some important weaponry is left in the car.

But what about the professional caddies?

They carry the full set of clubs as well as umbrellas, extra balls plus drinks and snacks for their professional, so their burden must weigh almost as much as a Royal Marine’s load on basic training, though without the yomping! So, why don’t they have trollies or buggies?

Well, basically for the same reason as us golfing mortals – they can not only walk straight from tee to green but a lot of caddies are also good players in their own right who can advise their pro on distances and angles.

That’s easier done while walking alongside the pro rather than shouting the advice from the trolley path!

Can you just imagine that? “Hey, Tiger, it’s 200 yards to the centre.” Not only might the ‘advice’ help an opponent but the caddie would feel a total twit shouting the instructions across the fairway. Talking about Tiger Woods, how about his comeback? Some of you Doubting Thomases thought his end was nigh, or even past nigh. You thought he was an ‘ex golfer’ (thank you, Monty Python).

However, he has finished fifth and under in the last five competitions in March and it will be interesting to see how he performs at The Masters in Augusta this week (April 5 to 8).

The leading East Devon performers who for once, on this occassion, didn’t have to carry their bags, were as follows:-

1, Mike Wisdom, 37 points from a handicap of 9. Well done, Mike; 2, John Bain, 36 (7 now 6); 3, Stephen Phillips, 36 (9); 4, Rob Lippett, 35 (12); 5, John Hall, 35 (15 now 14); 6, Stephen Murray, 35 (25 now 24).

There were seven twos sharing a prize of £90, but I have been asked to remind golfers that they must sign their cards at the end of the round; failure to do so is disqualification from the competition – Rule 6-6b. You have been warned!

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