Joe so Sharp as he wins Division One in monthly medal event at East Devon

PUBLISHED: 21:16 06 November 2013 | UPDATED: 21:16 06 November 2013

Eighty-seven players took part in the monthly medal at East Devon last Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Conditions were difficult and not just windy – rain played a part as well and the two combined made for some discomfort; too windy for the umbrellas, rain on the glasses, glasses misting up – what a tale of woe, but it’s as well the non golfing fraternity know what a hardy bunch we are! As the rain hits us from above and the water seeps into our shoes (I meant to buy some new one’s in Trevor Underwood’s last sale) most of us will think of warming cups of tea and hot crumpets with butter and strawberry jam and places we would rather be than in the rough on the seventh searching for our ball in the thick chewy wet grass. Some golfers will play in almost any conditions but most of us would rather be playing in Jamaica with no wind, no rain, and a caddy to carry our clubs. Dream on!

There were some for whom the conditions posed no obstacle; there were net 68’s from both Neil Sear (Div 2) and Roger Chappell (Div 3) and a net 69 from Alex Bannon also in Div 3. Steve Harrison (also Div 2) had a net 71, reducing his handicap from 15 to 14. Well done, Steve. However credit must go to the leaders in Division One: Joe Sharp (a serving member of the Royal Marines so he can cope with any conditions!) had a gross 73 from a handicap of three – now two, well done, Joe) and Paul Sear also had a net 70 which reduces his handicap from eight to seven – excellent play.

The leading scores were: Division One; 1, Joe Sharp, net 70 (3 now 2); 2, Paul Sear, net 70 (8 now 7); 3, Jason Rowbotham, net 72 (4).

Division Two; 1, Neil Sear (Yes, the brother of number two above!) net 68 (11 now 10); 2, Steve Harrison, net 71 (15 now 14); 3, Cliff Lockwood, also 71 (12).

Division Three; 1, Roger Chappell, net 68 (16 now 14); 2, Alex Bannon, net 69 (16 -the info I have doesn’t tell me whether that has reduced your handicap, Alex, but I bet it has!)

There were four No Returns in Division One, eight in Division Two and seven in Division Three which gives you an idea of the conditions. For the non golfers a ‘No Return’ means you played that badly that you don’t want the world to know that next year you may miss the cut for The Masters!

There was a twos pot of £129 which was shared between seven players – Andy Pelosi had two of them. Excellent play, in those conditions.

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