East Devon Greensome success for Glancy and Surman

PUBLISHED: 13:34 29 January 2017 | UPDATED: 13:34 29 January 2017

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The East Devon seniors played a Greensome Stableford on the penultimate Monday of January, writes Paul Willoughby.

This is an excellent format where players play in pairs, both drive then choose the better of the two balls and play foursomes (alternate shots) till the ball is holed. Got it?

The Sunday night had been really cold and there was a substantial ground frost and great swathes of the course were white – very pretty. Nevertheless the competition went ahead even though there were fourteen temporary greens. A lot of players might have chosen to stay in bed but after a hole or two things began to warm up and it became a beautiful winter morning. Putting over frost was interesting; the ball was spherical at the start of its (putting) journey but became oval with accumulated frost before it had gone more than a few feet. Temporary greens are always a challenge with no straight putts and the ball going left when it should have gone right or right when it should have gone left.

With the ice to contend with as well, putting became a total lottery. For this reason some golfers might have had a sense of humour failure but once you remembered it was a fun, non-qualifying competition, senses of humour should have returned.

Greensome competitions are always fun, but the scores can tend to make you believe you’re a better golfer than you actually are.

Whereas in a ‘normal’ competition your drive might not necessarily be on the fairway, with this format you take the better of the two drives and the one in the rough or behind the tree can be picked up.

Taking the better ball somewhat flatters the score but those who were in the 36 point range (36 is playing to their combined handicap) might still have thought they were in with a shout but no chance, boys. The winners of the competition by a handsome margin from us ‘Also rans’ were Michael Glancy and Graham Surman with a whacking 46 points! Wow! - very well played.

Close on their heels (Oh! that missed putt or two) were Chris Allison and John Wingate with 44, third was Jim McIlfatrick and David Steeples with 43 points. The fourth pair were Dennis Chivers and Peter Dowling with a creditable 42 and last on the leaderboard with 41 points were Mike Brailey and Mike O’Reilly.

There were six twos sharing a pot of £78; Mike Glancy and Graham Surman had two of them (well, they wouldn’t they; they were having one of those days). Another pair with two 2’s were Bill Ficken and Martin Bright – well done, all.

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