Rowbotham reigns in East Devon monthly stableford meeting

PUBLISHED: 19:57 20 November 2013 | UPDATED: 19:57 20 November 2013

East Devon Golf Club picture

East Devon Golf Club picture

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Ninety-nine players took part in the monthly Stableford at East Devon, writes Paul Willoughby.

Despite the fact we didn’t see the sun, the conditions were excellent; hardly a breath of wind, wonderful views, heard a peregrine, saw a sparrow hawk and apart from the bunkers, all was right with the world! Who decided to put bunkers on a golf course? What was wrong with just the grass; the game is hard enough without additional sandy bits where you can’t ground your club and heaven help you if you’re right up against the foot of a steep facing bunker – a real card ruiner! It seems that bunkers first appeared at St Andrews, the home of golf, where sheep and rabbits grazed the grass so tightly that sandy indentations appeared which the sheep used as shelter from the North Sea gales. Golf hasn’t been the same since.

In England we would have made lamb and rabbit pie and a divotting party organised by Paul Newcombe, our club’s head greenkeeper, would have repaired the damage. However for some reason the Scots thought these sandy indentations were fun and now we’re stuck with them. So if you’re playing with a Scotsman, blame him and his ancestors!

There were some very good scores in the benign conditions and worthy of note was Jason Rowbotham who won the competition with an excellent 40 points from a handicap of four – well done, Jason.

The other leading scores were: Division One; 2, Bill Peaker, 39 points (9); 3, Nigel Goode, 38 points (8 now 7); 4, John Pulman, 38 points (7 now 6); 5, Mark Lavers, 37 points (4).

Division Two; 1, Danny Barrett (Him again!) 38 points (13 now 12); 2, David Standley, 37 points (11 now 10); 3, Glenn Tucker, 37 points (13 now 12); 4, Kevin Jennings, 36 points (11).

Division Three: 1, Simon Gegg, 38 points (23 now 21); 2, Robert Faircloth, 38 points (18 now 17); 3, David Watkins, 37 points (18 now 17); 4, Robert Winter, 36 points (21 now 20).

There was a twoss pot of £151 to be shared between eight players – Bruce Chapman and Fraser Hasell had two each so if you want to borrow any money, you know who to ask!

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