Jays, shaggy incaps et al at East Devon!

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

Mushrooms on the East Devon golf course

Mushrooms on the East Devon golf course


The November medal was played at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Ninety-six hopefuls fought the increasingly strong South Westerly wind – not quite of Hooley strength (Do you remember him? Of Irish origin, I believe) but enough to make a couple of club’s difference – in an attempt to win riches beyond their wildest dreams. To put the conditions in context the Standard Scratch was increased from 70 to 72. Sorry, Non Golfers, you’ll just have to work that out for yourselves – an explanation would take too long and bore you to tears!

I never play on that course without thinking how lucky we are – the views are spectacular and the flora and fauna take some beating. A lot of you will have been concentrating on your play to give the wildlife a thought, but I have seen more jays this year than ever before – striking birds but, devourers of young birds (so not on my Christmas card list!) – and the toadstools are giving an excellent display; I think that might be a shaggy inkcap on the bank of the bunker by the 15th green and some parasol mushrooms by the 13th tee. There’s always some twit who kicks them over – please don’t; they look much better standing up.

The overall winner of the monthly medal (and the riches?) was Barry Devetta with a net 68 playing off a handicap of 10, now 9 – well done, Barry.

The other leading scores were: Division One: 1, Guy Peters, net 69 (6 now 5); 2, David Blick, gross 69 but as he plays off plus 1, this was increased to 70. Tough eh?; 3, Tony Beck, net 71 (6); 4, Alan Forte, net 71 (8).

Division Two: 1, Barry Devetta, net 68 (10 now 9); 2, Duncan Goldsworthy, net 69 (13 now 12); 3, Kevin Jennings, net 70 (11).

Division Three: 1, Adrian Woolacott, net 71 (15); 2, Steve Harrison, net 72 (14 now 13); 3, Danny Barrett, what, him again? Net 73 (14).

There was a twos pot of £190 to be shared between 10 players. PMW wasn’t one of them!

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