A day out with the seniors is somewhat more chaotic than a regular school trip but very often more informative and entertaining.
The one thing they have in common is that some-one has to take charge and some-one has to count heads to make sure they are all there. Inevitably there is a late arrival and on this occasion it was David Rees.
He received his phone call just as he was driving in to the car park, one minute ahead of Mike Whale.
The mood on the bus was rather sombre as they encountered some rain and lots of dark, broody cloud cover.
They need not have worried. As they drove into the grounds of Cottrell Park Golf Club the sun announced its arrival and fulfilled the promise of staying out for the day.
It was an excitable busy bunch who devoured the coffee and bacon rolls eager to see what the McMillan course had to offer. What was not realised was how far it was from the clubhouse to the first tee. Stan Hudson, Keith Hubbard and David Henry were off without delay.
Not so Gethin Evans who was having an informative chat on the practice green with Seniors Captain, Dudley Williams, unaware that Derek Cole and Paul Bradley were turning the air blue as they waited impatiently for him to join them.
He eventually arrived, on the back of a buggy towing his trolley. Not a good start.
The expansive fairways gave everyone a chance to remain in play but the number of dogleg holes sent the old men up and down the fairways to see where they should hit next.
Despite the generous width of the fairways quite a few managed to find their way into the avenues of trees thus hampering their next shot.
Dudley was one who enjoyed lots of time in the trees while Des Stone spent as much time in the sand. Dudley was excited to watch his ball do a Barns Wallace over the pond on the par five thirteenth to set up his par putt. Jim Martin wasn’t as his ball disappeared into the water.
While the greens were well manicured they were also reasonably quick and true, but we still managed to miss the hole. Roger Scholfield’s card verified his disgruntlement at not being able score on the par three holes while Paul Bradley was a pain in neck – correction had a pain in the neck most of the way round, which meant he ended up a bit under par.
Alan Yates, on the other hand, left his sick bed to enjoy a long walk around this picturesque course. The things we do for a day out on the golf course.
Of the twenty-one who played thirteen scored thirty or better while seven of those scored thirty-five or better. At the other end of the scale two failed to make twenty pts while the remaining six players were in the twenties.
Unlike a school trip this band of intrepid golfers sat on the patio enjoying the fruits of the hop and the grape before adjourning for a well earned meal.
Dudley prepared his words of wisdom and then announced the winners for the day.
There were three two’s – Newman Vincent, Martin Neilan and Terry Martin
Derek Cole was the lucky winner of the nearest to pin on the eighth hole.
Stan Hudson was a bit surprised when it was announced that Alan Yates had passed him for the longest drive on the eighteenth and then relieved when Brian Morgan owned up to falsely adding Alan’s name to the sheet.
On the individual stableford competition Dudley Williams was third with 37pts. beating Jim Martin with a better back nine.
In second place Derek Cole scored 38pts.
First place went to Martin Neilan with a grand total of 39pts.
Abercwmhir and lose
Tenby Rabbits entertained Aberystwyth last Sunday in their fourth consecutive home game in as many weeks in the Three Counties Summer League (writes our Links Reporter, Warren Hacker). Could Tenby keep up the pressure on runaway leaders Milford at the top?
The long journey south for the visitors meant only five of the required six pairs made the trip, so the final home pairing of Adrian and Robin were awarded a walk-over, but the result sheet shows the ones who turned up brought their golfing ability with them.
The first match on the team sheet was William and the newly-reduced Steve C in what turned out to be a fine display of par and birdie golf. The predicted rain appeared, but didn’t reduce the hot golf and Bill parred 16 to lie dormie - then Aled chipped in for a birdie two on the 17th, followed in by Steve who sunk his tricky little five footer to half the hole in birdies and win their contest 2 and 1.
The Short Twins (it’s what they both were wearing!) were match two and they had an epic battle against the visiting captain John and his partner, but the homesters got their noses in front, and despite ditch and bunker visits on the 16th, held on to their lead to win one up after the 18th.
The two generations of the Watkins family were next on the sheet and they too had a struggle to overcome their opponents, but with the aid of Steve’s eagle on the 16th, he and Grant triumphed by the same score - one up - to maintain Grant’s unbeaten summer record.
New pairing John B and Kieron (he’s now had seven different partners in eight matches!) were always in control against their adversaries as they carved out a five hole advantage at the half-way stage and they continued their supremacy to finish before going over the line- a 6 and 4 win meaning they avoided much of the rain too!
Fifth on the sheet, but first on the tee were Ian and secretary Peter. The visitors took an early lead and several halved holes followed, but the home duo stepped up a gear to finally take the game one up on the 18th meaning Ian has now won five out of five - keep it up young man!
The final score was 6-0 to Tenby, but the visitors made it tough in the majority of the games and the home players didn’t have it all their own way in the raffle with Aber just coming out on top by winning more balls! The bonus three for the home win gave Tenby the maximum nine points to lift them to 57 in total so they close the gap on Milford- despite their 4-3 win at Carmarthen - to seven points (and with a game in hand) which means the visit Tenby make to Milford next Sunday takes on a huge significance in the probable destiny of the title. Penrhos will still have a say in matters as both Tenby and Milford have to travel north, but if all the games involving the top three finish 4-2 to the home teams, Tenby could win by one point. It could be close! Keep abreast of league updates on threecountiesrabbits.wordpress.com
Unbeaten Grant still holds the lead in the Mick Gillet Trophy battle with 29 points, Steve W next on 25 (they are the only two to have played in all 10 matches so far), Kieron on 20, Steve C on 18, Mark, Robin and Phil with 17, Chris on 16 and Adrian and Ian on 15.
Captain Martin has non-availabilities to overcome for the Milford match, but undoubtedly the Tenby dozen (or more) will battle hard for every hole in every match. Good luck Team Tenby!