Martin is so Sharp in East Devon Golf Club monthly stableford

PUBLISHED: 15:11 21 November 2012

The East Devon Golf Club clubhouse.

The East Devon Golf Club clubhouse.


The monthly stableford was played at East Devon last Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Prior to 1931 the only method of scoring in golf was to add all the strokes taken by the player and deduct their handicap.

The result was their net score. We still score using that method – stroke play, in a medal round.

However, Dr Frank Stableford from Wallasey in Cheshire was presumably one of the many golfers who too frequently became despondent after just a few holes of mediocre play which ruined his card so in 1931 he devised a system to deter golfers from giving up on their round after just one or two bad holes. The beauty of Stableford scoring is that if you plough a hole or maybe two, you can still recover, whereas if you plough a couple of holes in stroke play, your score remains ploughed!

83 players braved the tranquil conditions – for the early starters there was hardly a flap on the flags; there was a shower midway through the morning but that apart, the conditions were fine. Still no run on the ball and we won’t get any till we have a period of dry weather; ‘What’s that?’ I hear you ask.

There were some good scores and the leaders were as follows: Division One: 1, Martin Sharp, net 67 from a handicap of seven, now six; 2, Bruce Chapman, net 67 (4), count back was used to determine the winner. 3, Dennis Chivers (2013 club captain) net 68 (9, now 8); 4, Gordon Benzie, net 69 (5).

Division Two: 1, Neil Jones, net 67 from a handicap of 15; 2, Philip Essex, net 70 (14 now 13); 3,Danny Barrett (We’ve seen his name in lights a few times this year) net 71 (12); 4, Kim Johnson, also net 71 (11).

Division Three: 1, Keith Luff (we’ve seen his name on the leader board before) net 69 (18, now 17); 2, Alan Foort, net 72 (18); 3, Mark Anderson, net 73 (17); 4, Robert Winter, net 74 (22).

There was a two’s pot of £124 to be shared between seven players.

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