A total of twenty-four seniors travelled from Tenby Golf Club last Thursday to take part in the South Wales Seniors Claret Jug Competition. The local venue this year was at Derllys Court in Bancyfelyn. To enhance the well groomed course, they laid on some fabulous sunshine and excellent hospitality.
There were seniors from ten clubs in total who had travelled from as far afield as Machynys and Gower in the east to Cardigan and Newport in the west. Derllys members were not allowed to play their own course so had to travel to, either Gower or Wenvoe Castle. The course, weather, food and golf was all of a high standard as everyone was striving for a place in the final which, this year, will be held at Cradoc on 7th August.
Forty-nine pairs took to the course and of those twenty pairs achieved a score of forty or more points. The standard was set when the first pair out, Alan Jones and Barry Neal, returned a score of forty-three. While that was a good start there were better scores recorded later in the day with forty-eight heading the table. Thirty-three points was the lowest recorded.
Of the Tenby contingent Ross James/David Rees reached thirty-nine points followed by Tony Key/Chris Beecher on thirty-eight. Alan Sayers/David Henry, on thirty-seven were one ahead of Robin Hagley/John Stevenson, Derek Cole/Peter Williams and Bob Forrest/ John Richards all on thirty-six. Newman Vincent and Roger Scholfield returned a score of thirty-four.
Alan Jones/Barry Neale (43pts) were joined by Roger Barton/Mick Seal (44pts) and were the only two Tenby representatives to qualify for the final at Cradoc. Just missing out were Allen Watts/Brian Jones, Stan Hudson/Des Stone, both on forty-one points, and Steve Sutcliffe/Austin Davies on forty points.
Three Trefloyne teams were in the top four places and they were joined by teams from Ashburnham, Haverfordwest, Gower and Glynhir.