East Devon stableford success for trio

PUBLISHED: 15:48 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 15:48 30 January 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

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A three-ball team stableford (two scores to count) was played at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Remember the yardstick for the scores below; par for the course is 70 or 36 points in a stableford, so with two scores to count, 72 points is level par. Anything over that is good and anything lower can be blamed on lots of things; bad weather, food poisoning, hangover etc.

I am a fan of Tiger Woods and I really rate his chances of a comeback. You will know that he has had some misfortunes over the past few years, some self-inflicted, others not.

His main problem has been a back injury and it’s taken quite a few operations to put him right.

A golfer of his standard puts enormous strain on his back when he/she turns in the swing, especially in the drive from the tee when he/she/they (can’t decide which!) try/tries to hit the ball as far down the fairway as possible.

Whilst the medics have mended the necessary bits, it has still taken a lot of time for Mr Woods to get back his old strength.

Well, he may be getting there; at the Farmers’ Union competition at Torrey Pines in San Diego this last weekend, he was on the green in two on a 556 yard hole. That’s an achievement in itself, but for someone recovering from major surgery, that’s outstanding.

He nearly sank the putt for an eagle, but tapped in for a birdie which, with three more in just five holes, qualified him to play in the final two days of the competition. It was the first cut he had made since 2015 and that should have made him smile – something he hasn’t done a lot of in the past few years! Well, he didn’t win, but finished a respectable three under par (which will see the mortgage paid off this month) so don’t write him off.

The East Devon competition (not to be confused with Torrey Pines!) was played over 16 holes – two had to be shut due to the waterlogged fairways, which is unusual for East Devon – and was won by the trio of Neil and Paul Sears (brothers and always a golfing force to be reckoned with!) and Roger Chappell with an excellent score of 73 points. Over 16 holes, that’s an excellent score; well done. Also well done, but two points behind with a score of 71, were the team of Dave Watson, Russell Corney and Daniel Gore. Third, with 70 points, was the trio of Andy Scott, Charlie Kerslake and James McMurdo. Also sharing 70 points, but fourth on countback, were Matt Evans, Matt Stone and Greg Evans.

There were eight twos sharing a pot of £154; Peter Dowling had two of them on the fourth and 10th. Well done, Peter; the prize money should keep you in balls for a week or two.

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