Blick back from cycle ride and straight into the winning routine at East Devom

PUBLISHED: 11:35 18 July 2013 | UPDATED: 11:35 18 July 2013

Looking towards Chine copse

Looking towards Chine copse


The second round of the Handicap Challenge took place at East Devon last Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

Only 83 players took part, but perhaps that’s not surprising when they were playing an ‘every shot counts’ medal as opposed to the forgiving stableford format.

The weather was as beautiful as ever – we’re getting rather used to this, aren’t we? – and the views are still to die for. Aren’t we lucky to live in an area where people come for holidays, and we have it on our doorstep. Never take it for granted!

There’s a beautiful field of blue flax growing between the golf course and Sandy Bay – the flowers are just coming out and they make a nice change from the ‘in your face’ yellow of rape. Flax is used to produce linseed oil and cloth and has been in use commercially for years; some flax cloth dating back 30,000 years was found in a cave in Georgia – which reminds me I must get some new golf socks!

One competitor played out of his socks and that was David Blick, back from his charity cycle ride from Rome.

David plays off plus one, meaning he is one down to the course when he stands on the first tee, but he had an excellent gross 67 (net 68 – isn’t that unfair?) which was the lowest gross of the day.

The leading scores were as follows; in division one; 1, David Blick, gross 67 (+1) = 68; 2, Leigh Jones, net 69 (4); 3, Matt Stone, net 69 (7). There were nine No Returns in Division One.

Division Two; 1, Cliff Lockwood, net 70 (12); 2, Graham Briggs, net 81(11); 3, Eric James, net 72 (13); 4, Don Peek, also net 72 (12). There were five No Returns in Division 2.

Division Three; 1, Alex Bannon, net 67 (18); 2, Mark Anderson, net 70 (17); 3, Eric Biddulph, net 71 (16); 4, Chris Devlin, also net 71 (15). There were seven No Returns in Division Three.

There was a two’s pot of £121 to be shared between 16 players – David Blick had two of them on 10th and the par four, 18th which is 339-yards long. Now that would have been worth seeing – well done, David.

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