Mick Whale chose Bob Forrest to support him in his quest on Thursday to set an example to the rest of the team as they faced Cardigan seniors in this away match. Nine pairs had travelled the rain soaked path over the Preselis in the hope that the weather forecast would be an accurate one. As they emerged from the heavy drizzle, resulting from the low cloud, the air cleared and the roads were dry. Things were looking good.
First tee off was at 11.00 a.m. and just as the early groups went out onto the practice area so the rain started again. Wet weather gear and umbrellas were brought out as the early starters set off on their quest in a heavy shower, wondering if the rain was in for the day. The forecast was accurate. From 11.00 a.m. on there was only a 10% chance of rain and so it proved to be. The odd slight drizzly shower was not enough to dampen the spirits of this hardy group.
Mick and Bob played well enough between them to set a great start for the team completing the course with a four and three win. Could the rest of the team do the same?
Not quite, was the answer. Stan Hudson and David Rees were following their captain but they were unable to follow his lead. They declared that Terry Taylor and Rhodri Evans were too hot to handle. They were facing pars and bogeys on each hole and, as a result, ended up six down after the first nine holes. It was a daunting target, which they were unable to reach. This match ended on the fourteenth with a seven and five defeat. One up to Cardigan.
Alan Sayers and David Blackmore looked a promising prospect as they faced the challenge from Peter Merryweather and Josh Williams. They both made their contributions in this struggle over the undulations of this hilly course and were rewarded with a half.
There was another well-earned half on this picturesque course. John Richards had Peter Turton for company and support, as they responded to the challenge from Eirian Lewis and Dai Evans. Their endeavours were enough to provide their captain with a point.
Not all results went in Tenby’s favour. Adrian Palmer was playing the course for the first time so Mick had paired him with Steve Sutcliffe to guide him around the course. This match was a close one and was only concluded with one hole to play. Steve had to surrender too many shots in this match and it proved to be the deciding factor as they ended up two and one down.
There were two other matches reported to Mick as each four-ball came in for their pie and chips. Paul Bradley and John Hancock said they played —p as they struggled to meet the challenge set by Roy Richards and Keith Lewis. The result was that they ended up two down.
Ross James and Peter Williams were able to walk in off the fifteenth as they conceded to Dave Beman and Dave Rout losing out by four and three.
Mick was beginning to despair, was there any good news from the rest of the team? Last team in was that of Steve Decosimo and Roger Scholfield. They had faced Jeff Moses and John Rees and proved that they were able to hold their own in this encounter. It was a close match all the way around but they managed to stay level for most of the round and finished with a win on each of the last two holes, allowing them to report a two-hole victory to their captain.
The one other game was that of Allen Watts and Des Stone who were facing John Fogwill and Michael Leather, a Cardigan pair unbeaten in matches this season. A poor start by the visitors allowed Mike and John to open a three-hole lead after four. The struggle was going to be an uphill one as they progressed around the course. One halved and two won helped to improve the situation as they approached the back nine. There were a number of halved holes over the remaining nine but Allen and Des managed to draw level on the eleventh.
Fortunately for them Dave missed a fairly straight forward second shot for a birdie on the sixteenth allowing the Tenby pair to maintain their progress. It all came down to the final hole. Mike and Des had a shot each and both reached the green in three. Mike missed his putt but good fortune was with the visitors when Des sighed with relief as his ball dropped in the hole for a four and a one-hole win.
Mick offered his thanks to the Cardigan captain and praised the quality of the course and the meal. He must have been a bit disappointed at losing the match by five to four – he forgot to regale us with a joke!