Terrific Thomas on the temporary greens at East Devon

PUBLISHED: 08:38 19 February 2015 | UPDATED: 08:38 19 February 2015

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The February medal competition was played at East Devon on the first Saturday of the month, writes Paul Willoughby.

For the non-golfers who read this article (and I hope there are some) this is the format where every shot counts – rain or snow, bush or bunker.

Due to the recent very cold weather (thank goodness that seems to be over) the players had to make do with temporary greens as playing on the proper greens would have damaged them – the greens, not the players. As the main greens were out of action the competition became a ‘non qualifier’, so however well or badly the competitors played, their handicaps would not be adjusted.

This competition normally attracts upwards of 80 players, even at this time of the year, but due to the temporary greens’ close relationship with Michael Mouse (Mickey to his friends) only 57 players took part. Actually I mustn’t knock the temporary greens; once you accept they are what they are and you are jolly lucky to be playing on that wonderful course and provided you don’t take them or yourself too seriously, they are great fun.

The greens are often on a slope, the ball does not go where you want it and even the smallest tap will send it yards past the hole. If you miss a two foot putt on the real greens then you can be cross with yourself but if you do the same on a temporary green, you can only laugh – as your fellow players certainly will.

The leading scorers in Division 1 were:- 1, Mark Lavers – net 70 from a handicap of 4; 2, Joe Sharp – net 71 (3); 3, Bob Martin – net 71 (3); 4, Barry Devetta, also net 71 (9); 5, Paul Sear – net 72 (7).

In Divisions 2 and 3 the leading players were:- 1, Colin Thomas – net 64 (18) That was good play; 2, Julian Reynolds – net 67 (16); 3, Geoff Whiteley – net 69 (21); 4, Charlie Stafford – net 71 (14); 5, Peter Dowling – net 72 (21).

There were six twos sharing a pot of £98 and Paul Sear had two of them on the 10th and 13th. If you don’t see him for a while it will be because he has gone to the Caribbean with his winnings!

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