The second Seniors' Order of Merit tournament of the season took place at a windy East Devon and the home players took good advantage of the conditions to get in amongst the prizes.
The golf course was superbly presented as always, and it was certainly interesting to see the early stages of the heather reinstatement plans being brought to fruition. Some great new views are opening up across the course which, once the heather is in and growing, can only enhance its heathland feel.
Arriving as the first starters went out to play gave no real indication of how much the wind would get up throughout the day. It certainly became more demanding as the day wore on.
The day was dominated by the “kids”. East Devon’s Andrew Proctor won the handicap prize with an excellent 36 points from his handicap of 15, or perhaps we should say former handicap as the Competition Standard Scratch rose to 74, equivalent to 32 points.
Royal North Devon's General Manager Mark Evans (3) manufactured a brilliant level par back 9 to amass 35 points and beat Brian Winteridge (Churston, 9) and Home clubber Glenn Page (3) on countback. Andy Pelosi (5) had the better back 9 on 34, just pipping the Warren’s Graeme Stirk (13).
It was particularly good to see Brian back in action at a DevonGolf event, even with that moustache in evidence!
In the scratch the under 55s also ruled the roost. Warren’s Jeremy Binch (+1) produced an excellent 1-under par back 9 to just beat Mark and Glenn on countback. Churston’s Rick Osbourne (2) hits the Senior Team selection age later this year and announced his intent with an excellent 31 points gross. Tiverton stalwart Simon Waddington (2) shot 30 gross to be 5th
Glenn is showing an early lead in both the sections of the OOM after really good performances at both the opening events. Squad member Richard Ward (Dainton Park) has assumed second place in the scratch, with Graeme Stirk of the Warren going well in the handicap.
Attention will now move on to the next event at Yelverton on Sunday 28th April, where there are plenty of spaces still available. Do enter online through the DevonGolf website to get involved. That will be closely followed by the 2-day Bob Knott Trophy at Churston, where entry is through the Churston's own website.