Trio of birdies on the 13th hole, for winning team at East Devon

PUBLISHED: 12:39 31 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:39 31 July 2018

A golfing picture

A golfing picture

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The Seniors' at East Devon played a three ball team Stableford - best two scores to count and a real team game, writes Paul Willoughby.

Is this one where you can take your foot off the accelerator and let your partners take the strain? Not on your nelly – and apologies for the mixed metaphors!

The ground was as hard as concrete leaving the ball to bounce all over the place. The greens however were (and are) oasis’ of green (I know that sounds daft but you know what I mean) and in tip top condition.

Well, The Open is over and although a Brit didn’t win, I’m happy to accept that it was won by a European in the form of Francisco Molinari from Italy. He won the Claret Jug and a cheque for $1,890,000 and our own Justin Rose came second (two shots behind) with a cheque for $1,093,000. Just imagine their income tax bill! Rory McIlroy was third and won enough to pay this month’s mortgage and we have a new Brit to look out for – Eddie Pepperell who came 7th, one ahead of the smiling Tiger Woods.

All the players within the top 21 received cheques for six figure sums but the nearer the top they are, it is the kudos of winning rather than the cash – is that really true? What continues to disappoint me is the cry of, “In the hole”, from a few probably alcohol fuelled – totally naff (look it up – excellent definition of ‘lacking taste or style) spectators, often when the ball has been struck from the tee with no chance of reaching the green.

Why on earth do these twits, who have paid a lot for their tickets, make complete fools of themselves and annoy everyone else? They should immediately be evicted from the course – thank goodness no one does that at East Devon!

The winning players in the team event were Andy Pelosi, Paul Maslen and Clive Pantoll with an excellent score of 86. I’m afraid your prize is just a mention in the Journal and a cheque for a somewhat smaller sum, but very well done. Close on their heels, also with 86 points and second only on countback was the team of Stephen Phillips, Chris Taunton and Mike Trapnell.

All three team members had the unusual achievement of scoring birdies on the par three 13th hole. Now that’s something for the record books – well done, chaps. The third team were Rod Ford, David Brunwin and David Matthews (there, David M, who says I never mention you?) with a score of 84. Fourth and last on the leaderboard were Andy Scott, Geoff Walden and Terry Heard, also with 84 points. There were 13 twos; John Pulman scored two of them on the fourth and 10th.

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