East Devon Rolle Cup win for Duncan Golesworthy

PUBLISHED: 11:57 09 June 2019

Golf club and ball

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The June Medal and Rolle Cup were played for (awful grammar; I'll get it right one day!) at East Devon on the first day of June, writes Paul Willoughby.

The monthly medal is where every shot counts, bushes and bunkers alike and within that was played the Rolle Cup which is simply awarded to the lowest score of the day.

The first Monday of June then saw 113 Seniors' take part in round four of the Seniors Centenary Salver. Got it?

I think a 'thank you' is more than warranted for those club volunteers who close the competitions (so, thank you) but with all those scores to recall there may not be much space for me do my usual verbal faffing about - no chance!

A note for your diaries; the 148th Open will take place on the Dunluce course at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland between 18 and 21 July and the total purse is nearly £8 million - dream on.

Rory McIlroy scored a record 61 at Portrush when he was only 16; will he do it again?

There will be 156 players taking part, 28 of whom are exempt from qualifying having won previous majors in earlier years. These golfers are invited to play every year but the organisers of this famous event suggest that they only continue playing while they still can - i.e. quit while you're ahead. Good advice.

Have a look at the Royal Portrush website; it looks like a stunning course, almost as pretty as East Devon though their green fees amount to £225 per round in the summer. Imagine paying that amount and playing badly - doesn't bear thinking about!

Since 1872 the Open winner's prize is the Claret Jug, a replica of the original but since 1893 the winner also receives a medal. In the early years the value of the medal (initially £10) was deducted from the victor's winnings! Tight so and so's but don't you just love it? That practice was abandoned in 1929 and so I should jolly well think!

The prize this last Saturday was the Rolle Cup, presented to the club in September 1902 by The Hon Mark Rolle.

I am assured that the cup is real, and not a replica and the winner doesn't have its value deducted from his prize money! Just as well as the cup might be worth a tad more than 2/6!

The worthy winner of the Rolle Cup was Duncan Goldsworthy with a net 68 from a handicap of 12. Excellent play, Duncan - well done. The other leading scores were as follows: Division 1 - 1, Glenn Page, net 70 (4); 2, Guy Peters, 70 (5); 3, Dennis Chivers, 70 (8); 4, Mike Williams, 70 (70); 5, Leigh Jones, 71 Leigh scored the best gross of 73(2).

Division 2 - 1, Duncan Goldsworthy, 68 (12); 2, Andrew Procter, 69 (11); 3, Neil Roughton, 69 (10); 4, Bill Edwards, 71 (10);5, Alex Hall, 72 (11)

Division 3 - 1, Glynn Currey, 69 (13); 2, Stephen Murray, 73 (21); 3, Ben Platt, 73 (15); 4, Charlie Stafford, 74 (14)

There were only six twos and they each won £32.

Now, the all important seniors ("…higher in rank or length of service, older in years, of or relating to adulthood, maturity, or old age…". Yes, that will do!)

The leading scorer on the day was Peter Dowling with 39 points which cuts his handicap from 21 to 20 - and about time too! Well done, Peter.

Second was Peter de la Mare with 37 points which earned him a cut in his handicap from 16 to 15.

Third was Graham Taylor with 36 points (16) and last but by no means least was Danny Barrett (15). There was a twos pot of £111 to be shared between five players - out with your calculators!

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