Spring is here - no such talk at East Devon!

PUBLISHED: 07:21 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 07:21 11 April 2013

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The monthly medal and final of the Heslop Cup was played at East Devon on Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

One-hundred-and-eleven players took part in what appeared to be the first real day of Spring. The sun shone, the wind didn’t blast but just puffed as though it had run out of energy – and not before time. The ideal golfing conditions lasted long enough to finish the competition but then what happened? Some silly so and so said something like, ‘I think Spring’s here’, and that was the end of it; Fate was tempted and the East winds picked up again.

The Fates were the female personifications of destiny and were even believed to predate the Roman and Greek Gods. Woe betide anyone who sought to take them for granted or veer away from what they had ordained; in a trice they could reverse any decision and take a course 180 degrees from what we thought was intended (now where have I come across that before?) so the tempting of them is a very bad move. No more talk like, ‘Spring is here’, please!

Two players managed to get their cards in before the Fates heard they had been tempted (or maybe they had no mobile signal!); Russell Corney won the Heslop Cup (played between the previous 12 months medal winners) with a handsome net 72 from a handicap of seven and Richard Eltham had a net 68 from a handicap of six, so he wins the monthly medal. Well done to both of them.

The leading scores were as follows: Division One; 1, Richard Eltham, net 68 with a handicap of six; 2, Leigh Jones, net 70 (5); 3, Mark Heywood, net 71 (7); 4, Frazer Hassell, net 71 (3); 5, David Blick, 72 (minus1) – Good play, David, and the lowest gross score!

Division Two: 1, Julian Turnbull, net 70 (11) with an excellent 36 on the back 9. Handicap now reduced to 10; 2, David Standly, 70 (13); 3, Ben French (Junior Captain), net 71 (11); 4, Duncan Goldsworthy, 71 (13); 5, Noel Westlake, also 71 (9).

Division Three: 1, Geoff Whitely, net 70 (20); 2, Stuart Tucker, net 72 (14); 3, Derek Hunt, net 73 (20); 4, Robert Winter, net 73 (22); 5, Mark White, net 73 (20)

There was a two’s pot of £166 to be shared between 16 players. Stephen Philips, Clive Bennett and Cliff Lockwood had two each but there were two highlights of the competition; Barry Devetta had a hole in one on the 10th (which cost him a bottle of scotch!) and Ian Andrew had a two on the 369 yard par four 9th. I bet he was surprised but well done, both.

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