East Devon Spring Pheasant Foursomes Stableford success for Griffin and Gerry

PUBLISHED: 07:30 22 July 2018

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5395. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5395. Picture: Terry Ife

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The Spring Pheasant Foursomes Stableford was played at East Devon, writes Paul Willoughby.

This competition was due to have been played in March, but had to be postponed due to the then, rubbish weather!

In the current heatwave it’s hard to believe that only a few weeks ago we had rain (lots of it) and temperatures barely in double figures. Planes were carting people abroad to get the sun whereas now we’d just love some rain and cooler conditions.

So for the benefit of the non-golfer, here’s an explanation of this particular competition; ‘Spring’ was when this competition should have been played. ‘Pheasant’ is the emblem of East Devon Golf Club.

‘Foursomes’ is where you play in pairs and take alternate shots with your partner. Golf can often be a selfish game where the player is only responsible for himself. However, foursomes (where you don’t want to let your partner down) is a team game and you can’t win unless you both pull your weight – it is one of the formats played in the Ryder Cup.

That reminds me, make sure you make a note in your diaries for the 42nd Ryder Cup – 28 to 30 Sept at Le Golf National just south of Paris. Short of illness and a bout of shanking there are four definites for the European team, Tyrrell Hatton, Justin Rose, Tommy Fleetwood (he of the haircut) and Francesco Molinari from Italy. The other places are up for grabs but grabbable depends on the contestants form between now and the end of August – Rory McIlroy should be in the team but is only in 8th position at the moment. Enough of that; we’ve got The Open at Carnoustie to enjoy first.

Now, back to East Devon, and the Ryder Cup hopefuls. The competition was won by Phil Griffin and Richard Gerry with an excellent 37 points. Well done, you two. Second with 34 points were father and son, Steve and Ollie Wiltshire, third were Scott Acheson and Danny Lewis, also with 34 points and lastly in the prizes were Jason Rowbotham and Robin Murray with 33 points.

Don’t be surprised at the comparatively low scores; with the weather as it is and the ground so dry, the ball is running all over the place and often not where the player intended. Well done to all those who had a reasonable score. There was a twos pot of £128 to be shared between three players - £42 pounds each. That will help replenish the balls you’ve ‘donated’ to the East Devon rough!

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