Derek Cole, Andy Poulton, John Beynon, Des Stone all square at the start

A sun-tanned seniors captain, Derek Cole, was back in action this week attempting to, at least, match Mick Whales’ away win at Newport. He chose one of last week’s winners, Des Stone, in an attempt to kick start the team’s effort. They should have realized when Glynhir captain, Andy Poulter, birdied the first that it was not going to be easy.

In this match there was one left-hander, one right-hander, one twenty handicapper and one nineteen handicapper on each side so it could not have been any fairer a competition. While the one-hole lead was reduced to all square in the first five holes the Tenby pair managed to find themselves three down at the turn. Del-Boy managed to find a few trees on the back nine but despite that, the pair did win holes twelve and fourteen to reduce the deficit to one. The killer blow came when Andy won the seventeenth, and the match, with a par three.

Derek Cole driving the first

An apology was made to John Beynon. It appears that, in the match played at Tenby last season, his playing partner, Phil, was attributed with a hole- winning putt when it should have been John. How could such an error occur? Must have been a typing error!!

Keith Hubbard drives ar the eleventh

There was still hope for some winning scores. The chill wind noted on arrival did change to some warm sunshine as the day progressed and in one of the following groups Derek had high hopes. He had put Mick Seal and Roger Barton together assuming their combined abilities would manifest itself on the lush, green fairways. However, giving up thirteen shots to two players who still managed to find the greens in regulation, proved to be a very difficult challenge. As with most of the Tenby team, the greens were a challenge while the locals new how to play them. Mick really found them a challenge as they realized that pars and birdies were needed to overcome the opposition. As it was, they walked off the course four and three down.

‘We were very much second best,’ was the verdict of Stan Hudson and David Rees. Their opposition, Gordon Elliott and John Hughes, proved to be a very steady pair not giving away any advantage. Stan and David halved the first and realized, as the day wore on, that that was about it for them. They were two down after nine and knew the game was up when Gordon birdied the tenth. The Glynhir team continued to press home their advantage finishing the match three up with two to play.

Allen Watts and Steve Decosimo did well last week but could not repeat it this week. ‘Can we talk about last week?’ said Steve, not wanting to be reminded of this week’s defeat by four and three. Although Steve had one birdie his opposite number, Eddie Bowen, had two on the par three’s. Giving up thirteen shots Allen had to be on top of his game to stand any chance against Eddie and partner Ian Roderick, who regularly finished each hole with a two putt.

Mick Seal approaching the fifth green

Idwal had Bob Forrest as his partner this week and they faced Robbie Roberts and Mel Leech. This match was closer than some on the course, but they realized that luck was not with them when they watched Robbie pitch in off, not one, but two par three holes to help establish a lead. They also conceded with one hole to play, being the only other pair to lose two and one.

Phil Carpenter and John Richards knew they had a tough challenge when they witnessed 24 handicapper, Chris Morgan, win four consecutive holes. This was one of the reasons for the Tenby pair finding themselves four holes down at one stage. They did manage to recoup and claim back two of those holes helped by John’s winning putt for two on the thirteenth. Whilst this was a very enjoyable match, played in friendly spirit, the visiting pair had to concede on the sixteenth hole losing out by three and two.

Roger Barton approaching the fifth green

As the results came in Derek was eagerly hoping for a ray of sunshine to match the weather. Only two matches to report in, was there any hope of a win – or even a half? Surely Mick Whale, partnered by Keith Hubbard, would help the cause. Mick was smiling last week, smiling at the start of the match. Was he smiling at the end? He is always smiling but this week, not beaming. They were up against a player in Barry Sheere who was twelve points to the good on his card after four holes. The Tenby pair were another duo to be playing catch-up, two holes down after nine.

The standard of the game must have been high since Keith was playing to par after sixteen holes and still in arrears. Terry Gorringe, in his red ‘Porsche’ buggy, was always straight down the middle but a little wayward on the greens. He came good on the back nine with a couple of telling putts to help close out the match by three and two.

That just left the final four-ball. Peter Williams and Ross James up against Andy Lewis and Tom Askew. Was there any hope of a win or half.  Peter was full of praise for the quality and enjoyment of this match, but did it yield any points for Tenby?  All square after nine and all square after eleven there must have been some hope. Unfortunately, for Peter and Ross, they lost the next three holes and had to submit to another three and two defeat.

Consolation for the Tenby captain and his team was the excellent buffet meal and the fact that they won all raffle prizes. They return to Glynhir on Monday to take part in the Seniors Centenary Cup hoping for a better outcome.