A lovely view of the Esplanade in Tenby

The first of the two Seniors’ competition over the summer months started with a bang this week as thirty-nine took to the course with intent. The winning score was increased again by a further point to forty-two, with second place only two points behind. The seven players on thirty-eight and above breathed a sigh of relief that this week’s competition was not a qualifier.

At the other end of the result sheet three failed to return a card and another two did not quite reach twenty points. Keith Hubbard, Richard Davies, Peter Williams and Tony Key all finished on twenty-nine, one more than Tim Poole and two more than Idwal David and Mick Whale.

Twenty-one starters cleared thirty points with last week’s winner, Allen Watts, just scraping over the line. David Henry, Phil Carpenter, Steve and Derek Cole all managed a creditable thirty-three points but had to succumb to the higher total of thirty-four points, scored by Adrian Palmer, Chris Beecher and Ross James.

Steve Sutcliffe and David Blackmore resting after having a trying time

Newcomer, John Barrett, made the most of his new handicap to reach a commendable score of thirty-eight points to join Brent Davies(I still can’t tell them apart) and Mick Seal. Stan Hudson and David Blackmore must have thought they were in with a chance when their score of thirty-nine points was recorded, but they had to step aside to make way for this week’s winner, Glenn Smith on forty-two followed by Tony Ranoe on forty.

John Barrett and David Henry were the only two to score a two, John on the sixth and Dave on the seventeenth.

The other seniors’ competition to run for the Summer is a knock out affair and the pairings for the first round have been drawn. Twenty-nine have signed up to take part and the draw has thrown up a couple of interesting challenges.

Stan Hudson and David Rees out for a friendly 2-ball

Stan Hudson and Steve Cole should be a fascinating encounter but not as fascinating as the two law enforcers who have been matched. Dave Henry will face Idwal David in this first round, may the best man win. Two big guns will have to shoot it out when Allen Watts faces Mick Seal. Two who scored well this week will also face each other, when Glenn Smith takes on David Blackmore. Adrian Palmer will face Peter Williams but not until the second round. They had a bye.

All of the first round matches have to be completed by 28th July so we will have to wait until then to find out who triumphs and who comes second best.