The Spring Pheasant foursomes won by White and Dobel

PUBLISHED: 17:01 30 April 2013 | UPDATED: 17:01 30 April 2013

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The Spring Pheasant foursomes was played at Budleigh last Saturday, writes Paul Willoughby.

For those of you who don’t know, the foursome format requires the two contestants to play one ball between them and take alternate shots. It is more of a team event than any other and both players are equally responsible – both have to keep their cool and not lose their equilibrium when their partner hooks the ball into the bushes or misses a two foot putt. Gritted teeth is the order of the day with sympathetic murmurs of, ‘Oh hard luck’ and, ‘You nearly had that one’, rather than the explosive expletives we use on ourselves when we are playing alone. If we called our playing partner what we call ourselves when we play badly then you could guarantee you wouldn’t be playing together again!

The course was in its usual good condition with speedy greens – cloudy with gusty wind. In other words a normal East Devon day or like a school report, “Quite good but could do better.”

Seventy-six players took part and the calmest and coolest pair was Mark White and Gary Dobel who won the Spring Pheasant Foursomes with a net 68.5. Well done you two.

The runners up were; 2, Gordon Benzie and Dennis Chivers, net 69.5; 3, Mark Lavers and Stephen Morton, net 70.5; 4, Stewart Jackson and Nigel Goode, net 71.5; 5, Matt Stone and Alastair Mackenzie-Ross with a net 72

There was a two’s pot of £114 to be shared between eight players.

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