East Devon Texas Scramble victory for threesome

PUBLISHED: 09:55 31 May 2018

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5399. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5399. Picture: Terry Ife


Two more competitions to report this week, writes Paul Willoughby.

There has been a seniors’ Texas Scramble and then a three-ball team competition.

I’m sure all you non golfers know what a Texas Scramble is, but in case you don’t then here we go.

You play in teams of three; you all drive then decide which is the best played ball.

The other two players then pick up their balls and place them where the best ball is/was and all hit the next shot from that position.

You carry on like this, all playing from the best position, till one ball drops in the hole. All players had to have four of their drives taken so even the most humble golfer played a part in the competition.

The Scramble was played as a medal so the winners are the team with the lowest score. Got it?

There are variations; mostly from the USA. You can have a Florida Scramble (also known as a Mexican Standoff – sounds like something from The Alamo? Maybe they played golf during a lull in the fighting!) and even a Las Vegas Scramble where you throw a dice to decide whose drive should be taken.

Imagine playing that format; you decide before driving whose drive will be taken and that player then hoiks his drive into the bushes. Friendships you thought were forged for life might be tested!

I think we should have a Devon variation which we’ll call The Newton Poppleford Scramble (with Budleigh variations!) where each player has to play blindfolded and left handed. Any takers?

The winners were the team of George Rogers, Martin Wisdom and David Harrison with a score of 60.8.

The scoring format was complicated so I won’t bore you with it! Second with 61.6 was the team of Andy Scott, Chris Bird and Kim Johnson.

The third team of John Pulman, Clive Bennett and Neil Roughton came close on their heels with 61.8. Further down the field with a score of 65.5 came the team of Rod Ford, David Brunwin and David Matthews – there you are, David; Matthews with two ‘tt’s’!

The three-ball, better ball team event (got it?) was played last Saturday. The title speaks for itself and is not one where you can sit back and let your partners take the strain as the format was for the best two scores to count, so no slacking by anybody.

This was very much a team event and great fun for that. Best of all, it’s a non qualifier so handicaps are not affected however well or badly you played. Remember, if the players play to their handicaps then individually they would have 36 points, so the total of the two would be 72.

Any more and the team are doing well. Any less and more practice is required! This competition was a Stableford so the winners are those with the highest score.

The leading scorers were the team of Alex Bannon, Bill Nicholson and Geoff Walden with an excellent 75 points. Well done.

Second were Bill Norris, Oliver Wiltshire and Steve Wiltshire with 72 and third, also on 72, was the team of Bill Coles, Phil Essex and Alan Dewhurst. Yet another team had 72 but were fourth on countback, Simon Harding, Hoi Chau and Trevor Reeve.

From twenty-two teams, there were only two twos, who shared a pot of £130. Well, that’s better than a poke in the nose!

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