East Devon Stableford success for threesome

PUBLISHED: 10:35 12 June 2019

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A three ball team Stableford was played at East Devon on the second Saturday of June, writes Paul Willoughby.

You all know the scoring format by now; Stableford is the easier one where you get another chance to make glory even if you make a pig's ear of one, or even two holes.

It's the best two scores to count, so if the team play to their handicap they will score 72 points overall - bear that in mind when you get to the scores below. (You can get there now if you want to skip my verbal meanderings!)

Now, a couple of nature notes; I was worried about the absence of peregrine falcons.

For well over thirty years they have nested in the cliffs parallel to the 17th fairway and at this time of the year you can hear them screaming around and practicing the stoop, where they hurl themselves down on their intended prey - usually pigeons - at an amazing speed of up to 200 mph.

Not so good for the pigeons (who have very small brains) but if I have to make a choice between pigeon or peregrine, I'll choose the peregrine.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, the absence of them. Well as I hit a magnificent drive down the 17th the other day I wondered where they were, only to see and hear a pair of them a couple of hundred feet above me. Excellent!

So they are still around and I'm delighted they saw my drive but I hope they weren't looking when I hit my second shot into the heather.

The other delight is with the mini migrant birds who have flown hundreds of miles to get to us; today I heard a whitethroat, chiffchaff and blackcap as well as many of our other resident birds.

It is an absolute delight to be surrounded by beautiful countryside and seaside - don't take it for granted; we live in an area where outsiders pay a lot of dosh to visit us on their holidays whereas we have it all the time.

There were 26 teams of three, playing in windy and occasionally showery conditions (when they didn't give a monkeys about the birdlife or the view!) and the winning team of Kelly Hughes, John May and Paul Duggan scored 79 points and were three ahead of their nearest rivals. Well done. Second, were Jason Rowbotham, Robin Murray and father, Paul with 76 points.

There were two teams on 75; in third place were Tony Beck, Rob Barnes and Bill Wentworth and fourth were Dennis Chivers, Chris Bird and Peter Dowling.

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