East Devon GC – Devon Thursday 29th October 2015
What a splendid day! GCS weather if there ever was. The front that deluged Cornwall and Devon in the early hours passed through and play commenced in the ‘dry’ and ended in warm sunshine. The East Devon course is truly magnificent with the most spectacular views over the Exe river estuary, back to Dorset and of course out to a smooth blue sea.
Whilst the field for this, the fifth Regional Qualifying Tournament for The Golf Club Secretary – 20th Open Championship, was on the small side, quality abounded. It is a great pleasure to report that our host Julian Reynolds (14) East Devon was the winner with an excellent score of 36pts. Runner-up, and on his hols, was Jezz Ellwood (5) Ellwood Golf & Media, with 34pts (and “never putted so badly…”) whilst Alan Davey (7) Pyecombe added something different to his haul of Majestic Crystal’s best with 33pts, in third place. Fourth and qualifying was Ian Chamberlain (7) Frinton with 32pts.
It was also a pleasure to welcome Alan Creber (6) Launceston and Gareth Evans (6) West Cornwall to the Tournament. We very much hope that we persuade them to travel even further afield in future?
Nothing was too much trouble for the staff, charming and very helpful, whilst the carvery lunch was another treat.
Our thanks to the Captain, Committee and members (the great tea drinkers…) for their kindness and welcome, we would love to return to show those who weren’t present this time, what they were missing:
For all those in England now abed (or injured) shall think themselves accursed they were not here and hold their man-hoods cheap whiles any speaks that played with us this day upon East Deon’s links…. (with a nod to Will Shakespeare Esq).
As ever our thanks to the Supporters. Jamie Abbott of intelligentgolf for juggling playing and scoring. Charlie Swann of Teeofftimes/BRS for his tireless efforts on our behalf to persuade local secretary/managers to come and enjoy themselves. Tim Read of Eagle for chocolate distribution and Chris O’Hagan of Golf Monthly, whose Slow Play videos are such a hit with secretaries and members alike.