June 2010  - Devon Tour 

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SUMMER TOUR 2010

NORTH DEVON

A forward reconnaissance party forged ahead on the Thursday afternoon to play the Minehead & West Somerset, reports back were of a good course, lightning greens and a strange fairway watering system that appeared to be intermittent, what then lay ahead for the main party...........

The Gods were though with us and 16 members and guests enjoyed fantastic weather and wonderful courses in North Devon. The tour consisted of 27 holes on the Friday and 18 on both Saturday and Sunday.

Our trip to The Royal North Devon (Links golf near Appledore) and the oldest golf club in England was a true test of links golf with Ben Johnson (not the drug taking sprinter) scoring an impressive 34 points. Earlier that day Ben, a guest of PK, also scored highest (17) on nine holes at Willingcott.Handicaps were questioned, teeth were gnarled and a beer plan was hatched.................

On the Saturday we played Illfracombe. A park land setting that was up hill and down dale. This again had great sea views and wonderful holes. Dave “Beefy” Brierley was the victor here with 35 points. By this time it is fair to point out that buggies were in demand – was this due to the heat, the terrain or the beer and curry from the night before?  - You know the answer to that!!!

Sunday saw us play the full 18 holes at Willingcott which was the complex where we were staying. With competition mounting it was not a random draw, but the four leaders went out together in the last group ' just like tut telly'! One of these four was Pete “Doddy” Dodd who taking advantage of being sponsored by Carlsberg from the night before played a stormer and amassed 36 points and with other players having a mixed day Pete went on to claim the tour title by one point from young Ben Johnson.

As an aside, with The World Cup taking place there was also a “team event” between England, Brazil, Ghana and Germany. Given the events that were to take place as we drove back up the M5 it was obvious who was going to win as the “German” team of Ben Johnson, Graham Emsley, Phil Wilson and Tim Kilby proved. That four would point out that they faced far tougher opposition than the Germans encountered in South Africa!!

You had to be there to understand other side issues of how to buy a bucket and spade in Stellios colours, how locks work when you are sober but become enigma machines, what effect cloudy cider has on the body, it gets dark with sunglasses at night and it aint half hot mum.......all major contributions to world science. There will also be a sweep-stake prize for anyone guessing how many balls we all lost but all in all .....brilliant fun.

A massive thank you again to Hainesy Boy for organising a great tour. Here’s to next year. .......

The full results and standings:-

 

1              Pete Dodd          111

2              Ben Johnson         110         Guest

3              Graham Emsley       108       Guest

4              Dave Brierley         106

5              Nev Green          98

6              Bryan Marshall        97      Guest

7              Roy Amphlett         94

8              Paul Kelly       92

9              Russ Byrd       91

10            Matt Sailes      87

11            Tim Kilby      87

12            Simon Haines    78

13            David Brown    72          Guest

 

Others:

 

Phil Wilson              56         Phil did not play the last day

Dave Adams            45          Dave only played the Royal North Devon and Illfracombe

John Kelly        35      Guest - John is PK’s brother but unfortunately sustained a knee injury, only played Royal North Devon and Illfracombe.                   

 

 

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