Seniors success for David Moore and October Medal joy for Bruce Chapman

PUBLISHED: 09:45 12 October 2018 | UPDATED: 09:45 12 October 2018

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5394. Picture: Terry Ife

East Devon golf club. Ref exsp 25 17TI 5394. Picture: Terry Ife

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Two East Devon competitions for the price of one this week, writes Paul Willoughby.

Last Monday, the Seniors played their final SCS (I’ve already told you what that means!) - Stableford, yellow tees - and on Saturday, there was the monthly medal – white tees and every shot counts.

Well, autumn is here – mists and mellow fruitfulness (Keats) and all that. The fairways are very gradually turning green but we still haven’t received the rain we need and they are almost as bumpy as they were in the summer.

That’s tough and there is nothing that can be done to improve them - you non-golfers can imagine the frustration we feel when we hit what we think is a perfect shot towards the green only to see the ball hit something and bounce in an unintended direction.

The greens, however, are another matter; they are watered regularly from the club’s own mini reservoir, look amazing and are in as good a condition as they could be. Any missed putts therefore are the fault of the golfer, not the condition of the grass.

Only a few weeks ago they were hollow tined, sanded and re-seeded and were ‘challenging’.

That was when we heard the moaners complaining about their missed putts! However, it hasn’t taken the greens long to recover and the moaners now have no excuse.

The Seniors competition was won by David Moore with an excellent score of 42 points from a handicap of 19, now 18. Well done, David.

Close on his heels, also with a score of 42 points, but second on count-back, was Taff Powell from a handicap of 21, now 19. Equally well done, Taff.

There were two 41s – John Wingate and Steve Artley; John’s handicap has been reduced from 18 to 17 and Steve’s from 28 to 26. There were eight twos, but the star was Steve Morton who had a hole in one on the 13th. Well done, Steve – I hope it wasn’t too expensive in the bar.

Now the October medal was notable for the number of players who didn’t play. Normally there would be around 90 players, but the weather on Saturday was so awful that there were only 45, and 18 of those were ‘No Returns’! Here are the scores in the divisions:

Division 1: 1, Bruce Chapman, net 70 from a handicap of five. That’s good play in those conditions, Bruce; 2, Guy Peters, 74 (5); 3, Leigh Jones, 76 (3); 4, Glenn Tucker, 77 (5); 5, Dennis Chivers, 78 (6).

Division 2: 1, Martin Hyde, net 73 (9); 2, Chris Bird, 75 (11); 3, Mike Trapnell, 79 (12); 4, Richard Price-Hughes, 79 (10); 5, Geoff Millardship, 80 (11).

Division 3: 1, Scott Maxwell, net 74 (23); 2, Charlie Stafford, 81 (13); 3, Alan Dewhurst, 81 (13); 4, Eric Biddulph, 84 (13); 5, Adrian Woolacott, 85 (16).

There were seven twos sharing a pot of £88; Dennis Chivers had two of them on the eighth and the 13th.

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