East Devon Vets' Cup success for Mike Brailey

PUBLISHED: 20:48 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 20:48 23 May 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 have been played at East Devon over the past week, writes Paul Willoughby.

Saturday was the day for the May Stableford and the previous Monday saw the playing of the Seniors’ Veterans’ Cup.

I wondered what is the difference between ‘senior’ and ‘veteran’. I think I’ve got it; a senior is someone whose hair is usually greyer (and thinner?) than his compatriot’s and a vet is ‘…a person of long experience…’. Yup, that will do.

Well, the Vets’ Cup was played as a medal where every shot counts – bushes and bunkers alike.

Normally the seniors prefer forgiving Stablefords! However, the competition is always played from the shorter yellow tees, and was won by Mike Brailey with a net 68 from a handicap of 13, now 12. Well done, Mike.

Second with 69 points was recently retired Exmouth Journal editor, Phil Griffin, from a handicap of 22, now 21. Golf’s better than work, isn’t it, Phil?

Also with 69 was Barry Devetta (yes, him again!) from a handicap of 12 now 11. Well done, Barry. From the 72 contestants there were eight twos sharing a prize of £71.

Just put a note in your diary that the 42nd Ryder Cup is taking place between 25 and 30 September at Le Golf National, Paris. I know this is still four months away but, as a golfer, imagine booking a holiday in some place without a TV during the competition? Aaaaargh! Doesn’t bear thinking about – though perhaps some of the wives might! This is such a prestigious event; played between the USA and Europe, the competition consists of Foursomes and Fourballs on the first two days and eight singles on the final day.

The European team captain is Thomas Bjorn from Denmark and the Americans are led by Jim Furyk.

The USA currently hold the trophy so wouldn’t it be good if we can wrest it from them. This is real nail-biting stuff and the final day’s singles are not to be missed. Justin Rose and Rory McIlroy will be part of the European team and you’ll see Tiger Woods on the course, though only as an adviser to his team.

As an aside, I am quite sure Tiger W will make the big time again – you Doubting Thomases just wait!

The May Stableford on Saturday had an excellent turnout of 116 players – must have been the weather (which was quite stunning) and hopes of glory and being picked for the Ryder Cup!

The leading players in the divisions were as follows:-

Division1: 1, Bruce Chapman, 37 points from a handicap of 5 now 4. Good play, Bruce; 2, David Handford, 36 (9 now 8); 3, Alan Forte, 35 (7).

Division 2: 1, Ian Andrew, 35 (13); 2, Erik Nielsen, 32 (13); 3, Roy Barber, 32 (12) and just because I can..; 4, Mike Trapnell, also 32 (14).

Division 3: 1, Taff Powell, 37 (22 now 21); 2, Alex Bannon, 37 (19 now 18); 3, David Pagett, 35 (16 now 15).

There were eleven twos, eight of whom came from Division One, sharing a purse of £228. You do the maths!

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