East Devon Ron Jefford Trophy triumph for Stephen Phillips

PUBLISHED: 08:00 18 June 2018

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5389. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5389. Picture: Terry Ife


The Seniors played for the Ron Jefford trophy at East Devon, writes Paul Willoughby.

This was not the usual seniors’ forgiving Stableford where you can play like a proper Charlie (apologies to Charlie) for a couple of holes and still have a reasonable score. Oh no; this is a medal where every shot counts and the words, ‘comfort zone’ and ‘...out of my...’ come to mind, but Ron decided it was good for the seniors to be stretched once in a while!

So, what else is going on in the golfing world away from East Devon? Well, by the time you read this article (and I hope some of you will) the US Open will be over and another golfer will be millions of dollars richer, but I doubt very much the course will be as slick as it was when the US Open was held there in 2004. For some, that was a disaster.

The speed of the putt depends on how hard the ball is hit, how dry the conditions are and how short the grass on the greens is cut. In 2004 they made a mistake by cutting the grass too short during a dry weather period; one professional had an eight foot putt for a birdie only for the ball to end twenty five feet from the pin. Others dribbled their putts only to find the ball leaving the green and finishing in a bunker.

The language among the pros must have been blue but did Shinnecock Hills Golf Club learn their lesson?

On a more local note, I am delighted to say I saw an adult peregrine falcon with two fledgelings high over the 17th fairway yesterday. They’ve obviously nested on our cliffs again and I always think it is a privilege that we have the fastest bird in the world – maximum speed nearly 250 mph - living nearby.

On a slower note, the winner of the competition with an excellent score of 66 was Stephen Phillips from a handicap of 8, now 7. Well done, Stephen.

Hard on his heels, but second by a mere point was Graham Surman with a net 67 from a handicap of 13, now 12. Well done, Graham.

Graham Briggs was third with 69 (14 now 13) and Stewart Jackson was fourth, also with a 69 (8 now 7). Unbeknownst to them the peregrines will have been watching them.

Of the 61 players there were six twos, but only four players entered the sweep; they shared a pot of £58 – you do the maths!

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