Brian Jones had Mick Whale as his playing partner in the seniors match against South Pembs this Tuesday. The South Pembs pair of Haydn Philips and Alan Hunter were the ones who called him the ‘chipping king.’ This was because he chipped in from off the green on two or three occasions. Even so, the opposition were able to hold the Tenby pair to all square after nine holes. In a great contest the home pair went one down on the back nine and rectified that on the fifteenth. It was Mick’s long raking putt on the seventeenth, which arced around the back to eventually drop in the hole that gave the pair the two and one win.
Derek Cole’s partner this week was Alan Sayers who proved just as adept at chipping, a skill that helped to keep them in the game against South Pembs captain, Darrel Willington, and partner Geoff Cole. He was instrumental in establishing a three-hole lead when he scored birdie, par, par to put the Tenby pair three up. Darryl and Geoff came back to level the score after nine holes and then took the lead. They were all square starting the eighteenth and that is how it remained with an honourable half being the end result.
Stan Hudson and Barry Neale were facing Mike Bradney and Bob Veal and the visitors kicked off with a win on the first. This was a wake-up call for Stan and Barry so they dug in and fought back. Stan’s birdie two on the sixth proved the turning point when they followed it up by winning the next four holes. Although Mike and Bob regained two holes Stan’s net birdie on the fifteenth gave them a dormie-four situation. This advantage was maintained, despite the visitors’ birdie on the sixteenth and they ended up with a three and two victory.
Another competitive game played out on this bright and sunny day was the one between Phil Carpenter and Bob Forrest up against Jeff Teague and Steve Elliott. The captain was delighted to receive the news that they had won their match by two holes.
The usual photos will accompany this report but only through good fortune and honesty. The course photographer put his camera down on the eleventh tee and then walked away without it. Fortunately, John Richards spotted it, realized its importance and restored it to its rightful owner when they crossed on the next hole. What a relief.
John was supporting Peter Williams as they attempted to overcome the challenge from Billy Harris and Adrian Jurd. Unfortunately, they did not quite manage to come out on top. This was largely due to some excellent putting from Adrian, which enabled them to establish a lead. Peter was unable to maintain the steady progress he has displayed in the recent away games. John was delighted to play to his par but even so the home pair lost out by three and one.
David Rees and Des Stone were thrown together this week and they were up against Nigel Williams and Ray Puddifut. It was quite an even match-up with the Tenby handicaps of eighteen and nineteen against the visitors’ handicaps of twenty and twenty-one. A par won the first hole for the locals and a similar par won the second for the visitors. Home advantage helped over the rest of the front nine and Dave and Des between them strung three birdies on five, six and seven to open up a four-hole lead. As they meandered around the course a couple of holes were regained but not enough to catch the home pair. This match was a win for Tenby by three and two.
That left Ross’n Rod. Ross James and Rod Clarke hoping to get the better of Martin Lewis and Ray Young found themselves two down after two holes. They fought back valiantly and overcame all obstacles to lead by three after eleven holes. They gelled well as a pair and made the most of any advantage that came their way. ‘We were almost awesome’ declared Ross as he reported a two and one win.
That gave Tenby a five and a half to one and a half result, which makes up for some of the heavy defeats suffered on the road. In his words to the gathered throng, Darryl summed it up by stating that all matches were competitive and played in good spirit with great fun and great hospitality.