Newman Vincent and his partner, Roger Scholfield, were first off the tee on Tuesday which meant that they were first to arrive back in the clubhouse. His thirty-four points beat Roger’s twenty-six and he was as pleased as punch to be in the lead even at this early stage. The pair following them, Allen Watts and Des Stone, couldn’t usurp him as he clung on to the lead for almost an hour.
And so it remained, until the first three-ball returned from their pleasant walk on this mild and overcast but breezy morning. Even then Keith Hubbard was the only one who surpassed him by two points. Stan Hudson and John Richards just made it into the thirties. As the groups trickled in it was obvious that the conditions were conducive to some good scoring, good enough for two seniors to reach the forty mark.
At the other end of the scale there were four who failed to reach the twenty mark. 75% of all who turned up and played achieved scores of thirty or more. Newman’s thirty-four put him in the top third alongside Mick Seal, Jim Moffatt and David Henry.
Ross James and Richard Davies were in sync with each other’s game as they both scored seventeen on the front nine and twenty-one on the back nine, sharing the same score on six holes..
Jim Martin was on a high. He scored twenty-three points on his way out, and thought that this could be his day. He reckoned that he then followed Idwal’s putting form and only added ten to his total on the back nine. Idwal improved his back nine performance and ended up with same thirty-three points as Jim.
The sign and start of a drizzly shower renewed the memories, for one member, of a soaking last week. He beat a hasty retreat and retired early.
One wonders if the responsibility of being in charge this week affected Vice Captain, Mick Whale. Thirty points is a tad below his normal return. However, he stepped up to the plate and ensured that everything ran smoothly on the day. He invited Brian Waters to pick the winning number for the prize draw which was won by Jim Martin, a consolation after his disappointing back nine.
The conditions were good but there were only three two’s this week, all scored on the hole nine ‘a’. they were scored by Keith Hubbard, Hywel Probert and John Voysey.
Ross James and Richard Davies shared the same score of thirty- eight points but it was Ross’s better back three that gave him third place and Richard fourth. This week’s ‘top guns’ both reached the forty point mark. In second place, with a well-earned forty points was Ron Murphy. One point better and making the most of the conditions was John Voysey.