A nonchalant hole-in-one was attributed to a Tenby Senior member as he helped his partner to a convincing win in the match against Fairwood Park on Tuesday. The man in form was Ross James and having hit his drive on the twelfth he casually turned away, just happy that he had reached the green. He was the surprised one when his playing partners told him that his ball had rolled in to the hole. So well had he and Idwal played that, on completion of that hole, they were dormie-six. A big sigh of relief for Idwal as he did not want another -5 to his name. They eventually completed their match on the fourteenth, winning by six and four.
Just in front of Idwal and Ross, Derek Cole and Phil Carpenter were involved in a ‘nip and tuck’ match against Paul Barrett and Jim Watkins. The match was summed up on the twelfth when they tied the hole with a six each. Phil made up for it by scoring a birdie on the thirteenth and Derek demoralised the opposition when he scored a birdie on the fourteenth. There was some consolation for the opposition when Jim had a birdie on the sixteenth. It was not enough since the Tenby pair won by three and two.
Peter Williams and Barry Neale thought they were in for a comfortable afternoon as they forged ahead against Kevin Rees and Bill Thomas to lead by five holes at one stage. Kevin and Bill adapted to the course and made sure that the Tenby pair did not have it all their own way. They recovered to within a couple of holes and made Peter and Barry concentrate over the final stages to win by four and two.
David Rees was full of praise for his new partner, Alan Sayers. Had this been an individual competition, Alan’s score would have been well over forty points. David was able to play his part when needed as they won their match against Gerald Tomasewski and Peter Smith by six and four.
‘A piece of cake,’ quipped Bob Forrest when he and Mick Whale were asked how their match had played out. ‘Mick played well’,’ he continued. ‘No, Bob played well’ said Mick. They must have both played well since they were seven up after eight holes. Mal Watson and Leyton James had their work cut out adjusting to the links and trying to curb the enthusiasm of the Tenby pair. They couldn’t quite manage it and had to shake hands at the end of the thirteenth.
Alan Jones had John Richards as his partner as they set off with determined effort. This was one of the closer encounters, as they faced a twenty-eight handicapper who performed like an eighteen handicapper. Derek O’Brien was helped by Alan Davies in their quest to subdue the Tenby pair. ‘It was definitely a team effort,’ said John as they battled it out over the course, eventually winning by two and one.
Roger Scholfield and Keith Hubbard were facing two low handicappers in Andrew Williams and Gary Jones. However, both Fairwood players were new to the course and experienced some difficulties in overcoming the links challenge. By the time they had re-adjusted the Tenby pair, had established a lead, much to their surprise, as Keith led by example to keep the opposition at bay. Roger made his contribution by using a couple of his nine shot allowance to win the fourth and the tenth. They shook hands on the fourteenth since they were six holes up with only four to play.
It looked like being a white wash but Barry Williams and Dave John were working hard to prevent that. Steve Decosimo was falling over himself, literally, to keep the opposition in second place. He climbed out of the bowl on the ninth only to put his foot in a shallow depression and end up rolling over in his attempts to stay upright. Dignity dented and a few choice expletives uttered he was able, with help, to regain his composure and carry on. He did not complete that hole.
He, and Des Stone, had established a lead of two holes after five but were unable to improve on it. Dave and Barry were able to reduce the deficit to all square and eventually take the lead. The Tenby pair were one down starting the eighteenth when Steve showed his ability. A good drive followed by a good second shot put him on the edge of the green to give him the advantage. Much to his relief he putted out to win the hole and halve the match.
It was no whitewash but Tenby had not lost a match, which kept the captain happy. Tenby also won most prizes in the raffle.