James, Norman and Hunt land Monday stableford success at East Devon

PUBLISHED: 19:22 24 April 2013 | UPDATED: 19:22 24 April 2013

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The East Devon Seniors played a combined score stableford on Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Conditions were benign, flags flapped a bit but not a lot – they’ve flapped quite enough this year already when we had that awful easterly wind – and the course was in excellent condition. Paul Newcombe and his team are working hard to finish the areas around the new 13th tee and old 13th green and within a few weeks we will see some grass starting to grow. By this time next year, everything will have settled in and the hole will look as excellent as was always intended.

Earlier in the month 40 or so members formed a divotting (Yes it does have two ‘ts’!) party and we worked our way around the course filling in what must have been thousands of divots taken over the last six months or so.

Our hard work (rewarded by a full English breakfast in the clubhouse) is beginning to pay off and the new grass is beginning to appear. Sadly Peter Rabbit and his friends have in places formed their own undivotting party but the warning that they could form the basis of pie has kept the majority of them away!

Twenty two teams of three took part – great fun but the pressure was on as all three scores counted. If one of the three was off par then the team suffered – cries of ‘Oh, hard luck’ and ‘You were robbed’ emanated from the others in the team, though through gritted teeth! If all three players played exactly to their handicaps (Oh what a joy, but how unlikely!) then their total score would have been 108. That gives you a yardstick.

None made those giddy heights but there were some excellent scores nonetheless; the winning team consisted of Eric James, Mike Norman and Derek Hunt with a score of 102 points. Second were Martin Bright, Ian Sampson and John Thatcher with a creditable 99 points and third was the team of Tony Holden, Graham Webb and David Adamson with 95 points.

There was a two’s pot of £57 to be shared between seven players.

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