Limp flags and fast greens, another special day at East Devon.

PUBLISHED: 22:56 24 July 2013 | UPDATED: 22:56 24 July 2013

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Twenty teams of three played a best-two-scores-to-count stableford at East Devon on Monday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Most of us were hoping for that Muirfield Effect – how to drive straight or blast out of the rough and get the ball to go where you want. How to get the ball out of a six –foot vertical faced bunker and land it near the pin. How to putt from fifty-feet and have someone announce, ‘Trapnell for birdie’, when he/we are thinking, ‘With three putts I might just make a double bogey’. Oh for that talent - and youth – but never mind; if they miss a green or a putt they lose thousands of pounds. We don’t, we just say, ‘Bugrit’, and get on with the next hole! Furthermore, most of us are retired and how lovely is that!

The weather was fantastic - flags limp, greens fast, rough rougher, but the hardest, toughest East Devon team was Mike Trapnell, Mike Sydenham and Taff Powell with an excellent 85 points.

The followers were; 2, Philip Prince, Ian Sampson and Bruce Hewett with 83 points; 3, George Rogers, John Cowing and John Dale with 82 points, with 31 on the back nine; 4, Norman Forte, Stewart Tucker and Peter Brockman, also with 82 points but 27 on back 6; 5, Tony Webster, Paul Willoughby and Barry Gates with 81 points.

There was a two’s pot of £57 to be shared between Chris Allison, John Threlfall, Mike Sydenham and Barry Gates.

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