East Devon three-ball team success for Hughes, Tucker and Harris
PUBLISHED: 12:43 08 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:43 08 June 2017
A men's three-ball team stableford, two scores to count competition was played at East Devon, writes Paul Willoughby.
The seniors had one the week before, but this competition was open to all members, young and not so young.
The 117th US Open will be held at Erin Hills in Wisconsin between June 12 and 18. This is an enormous course - 7,800 yards long from the black tees.
To put that in context, East Devon is 6,263 yards so Erin Hills is longer by over 1,500 yards or an average of 85 yards per hole.
Their longest hole is the 18th at 663 yards - Wow! Scoring well on that course would be quite an achievement, but wouldn’t it be fun to try? However, you should know that the green fee is $280 and the course does not allow buggies or pull trolleys – carrying only.
There will be 156 players vying for the championship; some have an automatic ‘ticket’ through to the competition having been ranked in the top 60 in the world whereas others have to play two qualifying rounds to gain entry. One who did is our own Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnson; he’s the one with the beard who loves burgers! He scored a magnificent 66 at Walton Heath which included a hole-in-one and two eagles amongst his birdies and, common as muck, pars. If he wins the US Open he may win enough to buy himself a razor! Rory McIlroy will also be playing having recovered from his back troubles.
Now where was I? Ah, Yes. The competition. Of the 21 teams of three, a trio of teams scored an impressive 80 points (bear in mind that if they’d played exactly to their handicap then they would have scored 72, so 80 is playing eight shots below), but the winners on countback were Kelly Hughes, Stuart Tucker and Terry Harris. Very well done.
Second, by that usual gnat’s whisker, were Tony Beck, Clive Bennett and Richard Eltham and third were Richard Price-Hughes, Keith Glover and Donald Peek. Excellent play all round. Fourth with 76 points were Barry Devetta, Noel Westlake and John Pulman.
There were six twos, sharing a pot of £126 – Chris Dearsley scored two of them at the eighth and the 13th.