Green staff working wonders on the East Devon course

PUBLISHED: 19:20 06 March 2013 | UPDATED: 19:20 06 March 2013

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There were 105 brave souls took part in the March medal at East Devon on Saturday 2 March, writes Paul Willoughby.

For the early starters it was pretty parky, but warmed up a degree or so during the morning.

There was the usual cold south easterly wind which, when standing on the ninth or 16th tees, made us long for hot buttered crumpets or toast and strawberry jam. Never mind, chaps; it’s only wind and Spring will be here sometime. At least it didn’t rain.

The green staff are working wonders on the areas by the 13th and 14th. Some heather has been transplanted to cover some of the bare patches and when we have some warmer weather, grass seed will be sown to cover the remainder.

Believe it or not, what we’ll want then will be some rain. Did I just say that?

Notwithstanding some outstanding scores, there were five No Returns in division one, none in division two but 16 in division three.

What does that tell me? Probably that the division three players were of the hot buttered crumpet persuasion and wanted to back to the clubhouse as quickly as they could!

There were some excellent scores in division one. Although he didn’t win, mention must be made of our head green keeper, Paul Newcombe. He had a gross 70, net 69 playing off a handicap of one.

His handicap has now been reduced to .3, in other words, scratch. Well done Paul.

The leading scores were:- Division 1; 1, Gordon Benzie, gross 73, net 68 from a handicap of five; 2, Paul Newcombe, gross 70, net 69 (1); 3, Joe Sharp, gross 72, net 69 (3). Division 2; 1, David Handford, gross 82, net 69 from a handicap of 13; 2, Neil Sear, gross 80, net 69 (11); 3, Bill Andrew, gross 81, net 70 (11). Division 3; 1, Mark White, gross 94, net 74 from a handicap of 20; 2, Simon Husband, gross 91, net 74 (17); 3, Stephen Murray, gross 96, net 75 (21).

There was a two’s pot of £151 shared between 16 players; Gordon Benzie and Stephen Phillips had two each on the fourth and tenth.

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