Roger Barton approaches the thirteenth green

Following a sunny start to the working week (whatever that is) the Tuesday forecast promised some drizzly showers followed by heavy rain after midday. A total of thirty-five seniors had put their names down to play, but not all of them turned up to fulfil their obligation. A fair proportion struggled out of bed in the hope of a round of golf but thought better of it as the mist thickened and the gloom deepened.

The optimists acquired a bucket of balls and demonstrated their intent to, at least, start the round – despite the rain. And they were rewarded. The light drizzle persisted for the front nine at least and then relented as the lighter clouds were visible south of the links. The heavy rainfall just did not appear allowing eighteen members to finish the course with a completed scorecard. Two seniors decided to walk in after starting across the line preferring not to venture too far from the warmth of the clubhouse.

All cards showed scores above twenty this week, despite the conditions. On the other hand, the extra effort, discomfort and concentration kept the high-fliers below forty points. Adrian Palmer, John Voysey and Derek Jones survived the weather scoring twenty-five each, which put them a couple ahead of Bob Wiseman and Ray Ford.

John Voysey, Allen Watts and Robin Hagley look happier than they feel before starting

Interestingly Roger Barton, back off his hols, has the same six handicap as Allen Watts and they both completed the course with twenty-eight points. The strong breeze at the far end of the course ruffled Idwal’s newly acquired locks curtailing his total to twenty-nine – on a par with Robin Hagley. On his own with thirty points Des Stone fell discretely behind David Morgan, Jim Moffatt and Mick Whale, all on thirty-one.

Mick Seal and the consistent Dave Henry played their usual steady games to arrive at a total of thirty-three points each – outside the top three. Medal winner, Stan Hudson, almost reached the top again but was eased into third place behind Jim Martin who scored thirty-six points.

Top dog this week was seniors captain, Derek Cole, who finished on a high before going off on his travels again. His thirty-seven was a great score given the conditions and good enough to beat off the challenge of the damp squibs who braved the rain.

Last to leave the clubhouse: Allen watts, Derek Cole, Adrian Palmer, Mick Whale, Idwal David, Des Stone. Seated: Stan Hudson, Jim Martin, Derek Jones, John Voysey, Robin Hagley

Jim Moffatt and Roger Barton were the only players to earn a two this week. Jim had his on hole ‘nine a’ while Roger earned his on the seventeenth. David Morgan was the recipient of this week’s prize draw. Before departing on his travels Derek congratulated both Stan and Robin for winning medals in Div 1 and Div. 2 in the recent club competition.