O’Reilly wins stableford at East Devon

PUBLISHED: 10:35 10 July 2015 | UPDATED: 10:35 10 July 2015

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The East Devon seniors played their monthly stableford, writes Paul Willoughby.

Ninety players took part in their favourite competition of the month – stableford rules from yellow tees, which reduces the length of the course by about 300-yards from the main white tees.

Let’s put this in context; our white tees give the East Devon course a length of 6,263 yards. Now we have the British Open starting in just over a week at St Andrews and the Old Course measures 6,721 yards. That makes each hole on average two cricket pitches longer than those at East Devon. That may not sound a lot but it is, especially in the Scottish wind.

A couple of other facts that might interest you - if they don’t, read another page!. East Devon is a wide course with plenty of room so not much danger of hitting another player on another hole, though I’ve seen it done and you do hear the occasional shout of ‘Fore’. The total area of our course is 143 acres (Royal Jersey is 89!), but St Andrews is nearly 300 hectares or 741 acres – room for a lost ball or two! 45,000 golfers play on the Old Course each year and the Green fee in the high season is £170. Just imagine travelling up there, paying that sort of money and playing like a plonker – doesn’t bear thinking about, does it? However you can consider yourself lucky that you’re not playing at Augusta where the course length is 7,435 yards! That would bring a tear to the eyes of most seniors!

The golfers who didn’t need to dab the tears away at East Devon last Monday were:-

1, Michael O’Reilly with 37 points from a handicap of 13 now 12; 2, John Wingate, 35 (23); 3,Tom Kenny, 35 (16 now 15); 4, Jeremy Robinson, 35 (19 now 18); 5, John Jago, 34 (21); 6, Geoff Walden 34, (8)

The only reason the scores weren’t lower is that the wind was strong, the course dry and the ball was bouncing all over the place. There was a twos pot of £85 to be shared between nine players.

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