East Devon Vasey Tankard success for John Wingate

PUBLISHED: 10:01 21 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


The East Devon seniors played for the Vasey Tankard, writes Paul Willoughby.

The seniors prefer the forgiving Stableford scoring where they get another chance if they make a Horlicks of a hole or two, so they were out of their comfort zone with the Vasey Tankard, which has to be played in medal format where every shot counts, including air shots.

However, they are allowed to play off the yellow tees, which makes the course a little bit shorter – well, we can’t hit as far as we used to.

The Vasey Tankard was donated to the club many years ago by Gordon Vasey, who was a retired school master from Queen Elizabeth School, Crediton.

He and his wife, Vi, were country members of the club until they retired to Budleigh in 1962 when both became full members.

I remember them well. He (or was it ‘they’) decreed that contestants should be 60 and over (not difficult to find at EDGC!) with a maximum handicap of 21. The latter has gone by the board so the competition is open to all ‘senior’ members.

Why do we use the word ’Horlicks’ (a very enjoyable late night, sleep inducing drink for oldies) when the phrase is really a polite substitute for a minor disaster or shambles such as driving your ball into a bush or three putting from 10 feet? I’m not sure, but it is an excellent word and politely appropriate for so many circumstances when things haven’t gone the way they should. My apologies to Glaxo Smith Klein – your product does not deserve to be associated with hoiked balls!

Well, the winner of the Vasey Tankard by an indecent margin of four strokes was John Wingate with a net 63 from a handicap of 17, now 15 (and not before time!). Well done, John. The runners-up were as follows: 2, Brian Welch, net 67 (18); 3, Mike Sydenham, 68 (16); 4, Malcolm Pressey, 68 (11); 5, Jim Mcilfatrick, 68 (19).

There were ten twos sharing a pot of a colossal £65! John Wingate scored two of them on the 10th and 13th.

The Seniors Centenary Salver competitions have now finished for 2018 and the winner is the player who scored the best four Stableford rounds out of the eight. Well, it might not surprise you to know that the Salver was won by the winner of the Vasey Tankard, John Wingate with an excellent 151 points. Again, well done, John. I can’t list all the runners-up (the Journal wouldn’t have room), but the next five players with their names in lights are: 2, Chris Devlin, 148 points; 3, Barry Devetta, 147; 4, Nigel Goode, 143; 5, Martin Wisdom, 143; 6, Taff Powell, also with 143.

I’m afraid the above players (other than John Wingate) will have to make do with this mention in the Journal and a silent round of applause.


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