The second Seniors' Order of Merit tournament of the 2022 season took place at a very windy East Devon Golf Club on 7th April. The course was presented superbly, but the combination of firm and fast greens, the greens' slopes which are so much a part of the defence of the course and the heavily gusting winds made scoring incredibly difficult. Of the 90 competitors only 14 made it to 30 stableford points or more under handicap.

Top of the tree was the home club’s Robert Stickland who scored 35 points from his handicap of 17, beating Perranporth’s Keith Smallman (11) on the back 9. East Devon’s Andy Eley (13) was third with 33 points, ahead of County Seniors' Team Manager Tim Aggett (Warren, 0) with 32 points.

Adrian Woolacott (14, East Devon), Tim Garside (22, Warren) and Chris Diggle (Carlyon Bay, 8) all scored 31. Best of the 30s were Cliff Lockwood, Tony Palmer (both East Devon) and Past DevonGolf President Richard Pascoe (Stover).

On the scratch side of things, Aggett’s 32 points were the best of the day, 2 ahead of Jez Binch (+2), the same 1-2 as the Warren event but in the opposite order as the 2 Warren players used their links experience to good effect. On 27 points were Churston’s Rick Osbourne (1) and Exminster’s Chris Audin (0) with Smallman, who found himself in the scratch top 10, pipping Thurlestone General Manager Simon Bawden (3) for 5th on 25 points.

Best of the 24s came from Danny Greenberry (Stover), ahead of Paul Hendy (Tavistock), Dave Heaton (Warren), Jason Rowbotham and Andrew Proctor (both East Devon).

It really was that hard; 24 in old money Category 1 golfers in the field, plus another 15 single figure players between 5 and 9. 4 of that 40 broke 80. The only real surprise of the day was the PCC calculation only taking the course rating up 2, not the full 3.

Our very grateful thanks to East Devon Golf Club for holding the event, for the way we were all made so welcome by Trevor in the Pro Shop and particularly by the staff in the clubhouse – I think everyone had forgotten they were being fed! The golf course simply looked wonderful and is clearly benefitting from the clearance of scrub and trees which have opened new views both across the course and into the surrounding coast and countryside, so again many thanks and congratulations to Paul Newcombe and his team.

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