Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The annual Devonians vs. Foreigners competition (nicknamed by this reporter as The Cider Cup) took place this weekend under clear blue skies, immediately giving an unfair advantage to the Foreigners (or grockles as we’re proudly perceived) as no one born locally had seen such benign conditions, writes Andy Wagner.
This year introduced a further twist to the competition as the 12 men’s teams were augmented by four ‘keen as mustard’ ladies’ teams. It was they who had really gone to town on the event with the home team sporting ‘County’ green shirts and their bags decorated with Corn Dollies and madly waving county ‘Saint Petroc’ flags. The Foreigners identified themselves in the traditional manner with sun hats and flip flops and acted like they owned the place.
Anyone would have thought it wasn’t a serious affair but, believe you me, nothing could be further from the truth. We played under strict Ryder Cup rules of match play teams with the victors gaining the most number of wins. If my own match was anything to go by the games were hard-fought with our result ending in a ‘gentlemanly’ half on the very last hole and although the games were still in the balance right to the end, the Foreigners finally came out on top (it was the sunshine I tell you).
All that was left was for defeated Devonian captain Paul Dimond to present the trophy to victorious grinning Foreigners’ captain Dave Morgan.
●The Monthly Stableford was played on a course completely without any run at all. Yes, the greens would hold a ball but that was no advantage if you were still 200 yards from the hole. Only one man managed to beat par with Div 1’s Ed Reece notching an impressive 39pts. Julian Netherway came second with 33 pts leaving Jim Wallis in third with 31 pts. Div2 was a much tighter affair with Dave Wilson’s 33 pts beating Merv Blackmore and Tim Morris respectively on count back.
After the downpours of the previous day it was something of a surprise to find the course open (although only with hedgehog trolleys) for the Seniors Stableford and Eclectic 1.
A few cried off, but 43 braved the wet conditions and a couple of them positively enjoyed themselves.
Jim Wallis carried the day with 39 points to top Division 1. Alan Pollock did well with a 36, followed by Andy Sharland, John Kerr and John Discombe.
Division 2 was won by Mike Jones with 38 points, closely followed by Phil Faulkener and Dave Morgan with 37 each. Paul Ritchie and Ashley Murray took the last two prizes.