It was a beaming Mick Whale who stood up to announce the results of the seniors’ competition on Tuesday. ‘There you are gentlemen, what a wonderful day to play golf. No rain, the sun was shining and there was a slight breeze.’ The slight breeze was a bit of an exaggeration since the cold westerly, winter wind was at its fiercest at the far end of the course. The windcheaters were kept on to ensure that the body retained some of its warmth as they all struggled to counteract its influence.
It was a good introduction for new member, Craig Wilkinson, who was welcomed into the fold by the captain.
The influence was reflected in the scores. No-one broke into the forties this week, although seventeen of the thirty-seven players managed to beat the thirty barrier. The groups who started on the fifteenth tee were afforded some shelter as they played the final four holes first. However, they did have to inhale large doses of smoke from the fires, lit by the ground staff, to burn the cut bushes between the tee and the seventeenth green. So thick was the smoke David Lamb lost his ball as it flew through the thick smoke on the fifteenth. He never recovered ending up with a low score.
Phil Carpenter started his round with a bang. His drive off the first was well struck and on its way down the middle of the fairway. Unfortunately, it cannoned into the marker post and rebounded back down the buggy path. Unperturbed, he went on to score a well-earned thirty-six points.
Driving off the tee was an issue for Peter Hughes this week. In his attempts to improve his swing extension, his ball meandered from the straight and narrow over the opening holes. Perseverance was needed and, as a result, he corrected his swing with the satisfaction of a more fluent delivery over the final nine holes. However, that was countermanded with a fall in accuracy and length in his putting. Thirty-three was all he could manage on this run out but watch out for his future progress – that is, if he can put it all together.
Adrian Palmer, on his way to a score of thirty-one, had an aberration with the wind and his technique. His drive on the tenth tee ended up on the twelfth fairway. A similar problem, on the same tee, was experienced by Chief Chicken, Steve Cole, fresh off his sunshine excursion. That wind did a lot of freshening at the far end of the course.
Hywel Probert completed the course this week with twenty-five points. However, he went to put his clubs in the car at the end of his round only to discover that he had locked his keys in the car. Not to worry – a quick phone call home solved the problem as his wife agreed to drive in with a spare key. Unfortunately, the key delivered was one for her car and not his –oops!
Derek Cole ended up with a few less points than the thirty-six he scored last week. His number of points, twenty-four, was less than his position on the result sheet, thirty-eight. Jim Martin, on the other hand, was the only senior to have the same number for his score and his position on the result sheet – twenty-six.
David Blackmore was off to a good start, not dropping a point on the first five holes. However, his final score of twenty-five points indicates that he did not continue in like manner.
Roger Scholfield was one of those scoring more than thirty points sharing thirty-three with that of Peter Hughes. Above them, on thirty-four points, were Allen Watts and an improved Jim Moffatt. Charlie McFee was the only player with thirty-five points and Gareth Davies, Phil Carpenter and Mick Whale one above that on thirty-six. Had it not been for some indifferent putting this week’s winner, Roger Barton, could have achieved a score of well over forty.
There were only two two’s scored this week and our treasurer increased the prize of two to three pounds. Both he and Derek Cole earned their reward on the seventeenth hole.
The luck of the draw in the raffle went to Meurig Jones, which compensates for his score of twenty-four. We all hope that Mick’s influence over the weather continues next week.