Seniors Captain, Mick Whale, was at the club in time to see his flock gather to decide whether, or not, they would venture out into the high winds and a risk of a shower. Thirty-nine had put their names down to play and most of the stalwarts turned up with a modicum of optimism. A couple decided that it was just a bit too rough for them and headed back home.
Finally, after a bit of re-adjusting to the start sheet, twenty-nine drove off the first tee. Once out, they all persevered and completed the course, despite the biting wind at the Giltar end of the burrows and a couple of wintery showers in between. The sun was a bonus when it appeared but was only able to reduce the chill.
Mick was second out with David Morgan as his playing partner and he got off to a good start. Unfortunately it did not last. A number of blobs at the windier end of the course put paid to any hopes of a good score and he joined Richard Davies at the lower end of the result sheet.
For the second week, he addressed the few who remained in the club with the words, ’Well, gentlemen, we have again had sunshine, we had hail and we had wind, just a bit stronger than last week, but it was rewarding to complete the course. Thank you for your support.’
The scores reflected the difficulties posed by the wind and the cold with eighteen of the twenty-nine scoring less than thirty points. Within that group there were six seniors on twenty-six points shared by Derek Cole, Roger Barton(?), (who scored the only two of the day – on the twelfth), David Morgan, Barry Neale, Des Stone and Keith Hubbard. Newman Vincent and David Lamb just scraped over the twenty line leaving two players this week in the teens (nineteen and eighteen).
Twenty-eight was the best Stan Hudson, Dudley Williams and Gareth Davies could achieve with Jim Martin scraping over the line on thirty points. An early leader in the clubhouse was Peter Hart on thirty-three points and he achieved the double by also winning the raffle. With a better back-nine he headed up a group, also on twenty-three, of Bob Forrest, Adrian Palmer, Ross James and Allen Watts.
Peter was in fourth place. The three above him took all the glory. In third place, on thirty-two points, was David Henry. In second spot, playing better than he did last week, was David Blackmore scoring thirty-five points.
Top dog this week with a well-earned thirty-six points was Glenn Smith hoping to improve his eclectic total. The number of opportunities to improve scores before the end of the Winter season is decreasing. There are two opportunities, on the 18th and 25th Feb before the John Cook Stableford competition on the 3rd March followed by the Ambrose pairs and presentation on 10th March.