East Devon Seniors’ success for Noel Smith and Michael de Sancha

PUBLISHED: 11:31 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:31 29 August 2018

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5401. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5401. Picture: Terry Ife


Two competitions to report this week; the Seniors’ four-ball better ball and three-ball team event, writes Paul Willoughby.

As I write this article (on Sunday) it’s raining – how lovely is that? – but it wasn’t so long ago that we were complaining of the rubbish weather we had in the Spring when it was windy, cold and wet for ages.

Even the non-golfers among you will remember that the 42nd Ryder Cup will be played at Le Golf National in Versailles between 25 and 30 September. Ooh la la! This is golf’s equivalent of the FA Cup and THE major competition between the USA and Europe. Jim Furyk will captain the American team and Europe will be led by Thomas Bjorn of Denmark. Both captains have chosen the main contingent for their teams but a few ‘wild cards’ are left who might qualify for a place depending on how they perform in competitions over the next few days.

A lot of you doubting Thomas’s have written off Mr Eldrick Tont Woods (otherwise known as Tiger) as a ‘has been’. Well, I don’t think you’re right and I treat him as a ‘once was but will be again’ top golfer! In January this year he was ranked 666th in the world but he has pulled up his socks and is now in the top 50 – he has had five recent top ten finishes and has just played in The Northern Trust Event at Ridgewood, New Jersey. All he has to do is play better than me and he could gain a place in the US team! Needless to say, despite my admiration for the smiling Mr Woods, I shall be cheering and hollering for the European team. I hope no one attending the Ryder Cup from East Devon will shout, “In the hole.” That is so naff!

Now the competitions, and first the Seniors on August 20, where the better of the two scores count. Remember the yardstick; playing to handicap would score 36 points. Anything more and that’s better/good/excellent. Anything less means another lesson from Trevor or Andrew.

1, Noel Smith and Michael de Sancha with 46 points. Definitely in the ‘excellent’ class; 2, Fred Hughes and Tom Kenny – 45. Oh, that gnat’s whisker; 3, Chris Allison and John Wingate – 44; 4, Roy Newcombe and Danny Barrett – 44; 5, Bill Wentworth and Alan Foort – 44; 6, David Miller and John Fowler – 43

The scoring for the men’s three-ball ball team event was the best two from three.

1, John Connolly, Bill Edwards and Mike Williams with a stonking 80 points; 2, Bill Coles, Graham Surman and Alan Dewhurst, 7; 3, Tony Beck, Rob Barnes and Bill Wentworth, 75; 4, John Bain, Rob Humphrey and Malcolm Pressey, 75; 5, Cliff Lockwood, Andy Pelosi and Paul Maslen, also 75.

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