East Devon September Stableford success for Robin Murray

PUBLISHED: 17:38 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:38 26 September 2018

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The September Stableford was well contested, writes Paul Willoughby.

I thought a little edification might not go amiss. For those of you who don’t look up into the sky that often, I should tell you that if you do, don’t expect to see any swifts – they’re the slightly bigger ones with the scimitar-shaped wings.

They are the last to arrive of our (im)igrant birds and cross our shores in April, but they are the first to leave in August.

The migration of birds is amazing enough in itself but did you know that the young swifts migrate before their parents? They have a satnav built into their brains and can find their way to their winter holiday destination in sub Saharan Africa before Mum and Dad even leave the UK. If they can do that, I wonder if they can also tell their African buddies what golf they’ve seen at East Devon Golf Club during the summer? Good for a laugh! The later departure is reserved for the swallows and house martins, many of whom live in or on our clubhouse during the summer. A few of them are still around, but they’ll mostly be gone by the end of the month – carrying tales of three putts, hoiked drives and shanks. Surely not from East Devon – who would believe them?

Now some results before I get carried away with more ornithological mysteries. First the September Stableford.

Division 1: 1, Robin Murray, 39 points from a handicap of 4. Well done, Robin; 2, Stephen Morton, also 39 (8 now 7); 3, Rob Humphrey, 38 (6 now 5); 4, Noel Westlake, 37 (7); 5, Alex Paget, 37 (5)

Division 2: 1, Thomas Peters, 41 (9 now 8). Excellent play, Tom; 2, Mike Trapnell, 40 (13 now 12). That’s impressive; 3, Ian Andrew, 39 (13 now 12); 4, Alistair Mackenzie Ross, 38 (9); 5, John Connolly, 36 (9)

Division 3: 1, Robin Drake, 42 (21 now 18). Well done; bet that brought a smile to your face!; 2, Bill Coles, 40 (15 now 13) Also well done, Bill; 3, Ben Platt, 39 (19 now 18); 4, Oliver Wiltshire, 36 (14); 5, Nick Sear, also 36 (20)

There was a good field of 105 players with nine twos sharing a pot of £204. Glenn Page had two of them on the fourth and the 13th. Well done, Glenn.

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