What a wonderful day to celebrate the John Cook memorial competition. The sun was out, hindered only by a few, white clouds. ‘Storm Jorge’ had abated leaving only a fresh, westerly breeze. Apart from the large pools dotted around the course the fairways and greens were in excellent condition, good enough to allow all thirty-five seniors the chance to follow John’s ability and prowess of putting from almost anywhere on the fairway.
The weather was so enticing that Bill Davies decided that he would join the throng and make his attempt to win the trophy. Alas it was not to be – well not this year anyway. He and Meurig Jones tagged on at the end as late entrants to add to the total of thirty-three who had signed up.
When asked how he had fared Bill was heard to remark that he wished he had never bothered. A look at his total of seventeen points over the fifteen holes played indicates the reason for his disappointment. Meurig, on the other hand returned a total of twenty-six points and was in the company of Jim Martin, Barry Neale, Tony Ranoe and last week’s hole-in- one expert, Meirion Griffiths.
Bill’s score was flanked by those of Stan Hudson and Idwal David, but they were not the tail-enders. There were another two seniors who were one point below them on the list. Seniors’ captain, Mick Whale managed to sneak one ahead of the trio without reaching the twenty mark. He must have been tired after the effort of organising the fine weather.
Above the group on twenty-six points were Jim Moffatt and Newman Vincent. One point above them, on twenty- eight points, was a group of six seniors who managed the course well over fifteen holes. They were David Rees, Stephen Williams, Mick Seal (relaxed after four weeks in the sun), Bob Forrest, Austin Davies (this week’s raffle winner), and Glenn Smith (unable to make it four in a row)
Responding to the sunshine, even with a cool breeze, Peter Williams enjoyed third place. A better back six put him higher on the list than the other three who scored twenty-nine points – Roger Barton, Des Stone and David Blackmore.
The only senior to score thirty point and earn himself second place was Roger Scholfield. That just leaves the honour of first place, and the winner of the John Cook Claret Jug for 2020 – Stephen Cole on thirty-two points, released from the coop and the warren for this special occasion.
Stephen Williams on the ‘fifth’ and David Rees on the twelfth were the only seniors to score a two and earn themselves some extra cash this week.