'Iffy' conditions can't stop Tony Smith in East Devon seniors stableford meeting

PUBLISHED: 12:22 06 November 2014 | UPDATED: 12:22 06 November 2014

The 16th - Otter Head - at the East Devon course

The 16th - Otter Head - at the East Devon course


The East Devon seniors played their monthly stableford at East Devon on Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Conditions were decidedly ‘iffy’ for the early starters – grey clouds, rain, drizzle and the promise of more to come. Some players decided they’d stay in bed whilst others obtained an ‘Off games’ chit from matron – remember those?

There was nothing wrong with you – you just didn’t fancy games – short trousers and wind from the east! However the hardier bunch persevered and eventually the sun shone and the gloom disappeared.

Brilliant course – rain belting down in Torbay (Do we care?), a rainbow over The Common, beautiful views along the coast and a pair of kestrels over the 16th tee. You can’t beat that but then out of nowhere comes a hoiked drive or a 3 putt– why do we do that? Never mind; we’ll still be back next week.

Seventy-four competitors didn’t obtain a chit from matron and the winner with an excellent 41 points was Tony Smith from a handicap of 17.

Second place went to Lewis Maby with 38 points from a handicap of 18 and third on countback was Tom Kenny, also with 38 points from a handicap of 16. The over 75’s prize went to John Jago (surely he’s not over 75?) with 33 points from a handicap of 21. Well done all.

There was a twos pot of £69 to be shared between five players - £13.80 each; a good investment.

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