Hall nets monthly stableford victory

PUBLISHED: 11:13 25 September 2014 | UPDATED: 11:13 25 September 2014

Golf ball on tee with driver

Golf ball on tee with driver

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The September Stableford was played at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Conditions were excellent – no wind (just the zephyr again), no rain, slightly hazy and the dry course exaggerating the length and strength of our shots! Some players may imagine that they’ve made it and are awaiting the summons from Paul McGinely for the coming Ryder Cup. Those wiser and older souls know that the long drives are the result of the present dry conditions and no longer await the postman’s knock!

But what a course; not only is it so well looked after but the views are to die for. I had a very good and close view of a sparrowhawk the other day – often mistaken for the kestrel. The kestrel is the one that hovers, but this sparrowhawk had found a thermal and was 100 feet up within a couple of minutes. His method of attack is to fly low then swoop over hedges to grab some unsuspecting prey the other side. Maybe the one I saw had had his lunch and was just enjoying himself – I like to think so.

One golfer who was clearly enjoying himself was John Hall from Division Three who had a magnificent score of 42 points from a handicap of 14, now 12. He wins the monthly stableford - well done, John.

Other leading scores were as follows: In Division One; 1, Robin Murray, 38 (4); 2, Chris Taunton, 37 (9); 3, David Watson, 36 (6 now 5); 4, Glenn Page, 36 points (4); 5, Matt Stone, also 36 (5).

Division Two; 1, Luke Owen, 38 (12); 2, Noel Westlake, 38 (10 now 9); 3, Graham Briggs, 35 (12).

Division Three; 2, Mike Wall, 40 (24 now 22); 3, Mike Hayes, 39 (15 now 13) I marked his card – well done, Mike!; 4, Stewart Tucker, 37 (14); 5, Roy Newcombe, also 37 (17 now 16); 6, Simon Husband 36 (15).

There was a twos pot of £194 to be shared between 13 players.

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