Fungus to the fore at East Devon

PUBLISHED: 20:35 19 November 2014 | UPDATED: 20:35 19 November 2014

East Devon Golf and the fungus that can be seen on the course

East Devon Golf and the fungus that can be seen on the course


The monthly stableford was played at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

An almost perfect early winter day – no rain, a little breeze (might have been that Zephyr chap again) and the course in good condition, as always. Those more observant players may have seen excellent examples of Aleuria aurantia on the bank of one of the bunkers on the 13th - the Orange Peel fungus. Those of you who didn’t get into those bunkers might have missed it, so you can guess where I was; Yes, in it. My book tells me that Aa is edible but tasteless so I suggest you leave them where they are – very pretty.

A propos of nothing at all, did you know that Titleist golf balls were first produced in 1930 after the company’s founder realised he was missing putts because the core of his (pre Titleist) ball was off centre and gave the ball a bias away from the intended line of the putt – I think I’m still playing with them! Anyway, this unhappy fellow developed a machine that could uniformly wind rubber round a central core thus ensuring that the ball would go where it was hit. Thereafter it was called ‘Title ist’ as it was deemed a ‘winning’ ball and the best for the game at the time. Bet you didn’t know that!

There were over one hundred contestants, many of whom probably didn’t give a fig for the toadstools or the derivation of the name Titleist! One who clearly had his mind on golf was the winner of the competition, our own managing secretary, Julian Reynolds with an excellent 40 points from a handicap of 17, now 16. Well done, Julian.

The other leading scores were as follows: Division 1: 1, Robin Murray, 38 points (3); 2, Matt Stone, also 38 (5); 3, Gordon Benzie, 36 (5); 4, Brian Sansom, also 36 (7); 5, Russell Corney, also 36 (7); 6, Andy Pelosi, also 36 (4).

Division 2: 1, Will Hendry, 39 (9); 2, Stewart Tucker, 37 (14 now 13); 3, Kim Johnson, 36 (12); 4, Ian Andrew, also 36 (12 now 11)

Division 3: 1, Julian Reynolds, 40 (17 now 16); 2, Kelly Hughes, 36 (20); 3, Colin Thomas, also 36 (18).

There was a twos pot of £198 to be shared between 13 players.

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