There were two senior golfers who donned their shorts and braved the chilly breeze on the far reaches of the course this week. They played opposite each other in the first match off the fifteenth tee. Allen Watts was the Tenby member in shorts but his long socks and knee-pads made sure there was not much flesh in evidence. Andy Lewis, on the other hand had no such extra cover.

Colin Gent Andy Lewis and Allen Watts on the 17th tee

Allen’s legs must have been cold since he relied on his partner, Des Stone, to halve the fifteenth and win the sixteenth. With his job done it was then up to Allen to drive them on. This he did to give the home pair a three shot lead after five holes. Colin Gent was instrumental in reducing this to all square as he hit some good form on holes three to eight. Allen scraped the ninth, tenth and twelfth to restore the three –shot advantage and then stood aside to allow Des to birdie the thirteenth to keep them out of the red.

Seniors’ captain, Derek Cole, has introduced a points system for his team over the season to add a bit of spice to the results so the chance of ending up the day on minus five was at the back of everyone’s mind. This was true of his captain’s pick for the first match, Roger Barton, who kept reminding his captain that he did not want to be in the red after one match.

Roger Barton shows his Captain how to drop the ball under the new rules

Roger had to concede eighteen shots to one of his opposite number but he made sure that he birdied the first to claim the opening points. However, they were all square after three holes. Derek’s role was to drive well and help keep his partner on the front foot. This he did very well, as they opened up a convincing lead and managed to stay ahead all day. Although Peter Harrison rattled the pin with his long putt on the ninth it wasn’t enough to dislodge the home pair who completed their task on the thirteenth hole.

Chris Beecher was next up, and he thought he might have to play single handed against Mike O’Brien and Tom Askew. He was about to write the obituary for the ‘late’ Brian Jones when someone shouted, ‘It’s O.K. he’s on his way’ In his inimitable cheery manner Brian explained that it was not he who was late – it was everyone else who was early. Not a good start for the second favourites and it
took them a few holes to catch their breath and recover their composure. Once into their stride there was no stopping them as they opened up a lead, which they were reluctant to give up. This match was concluded on the fourteenth.

Finishing with a low score in the last chickens event on Friday Stan Hudson was concerned that his run of mediocre scores would follow him into this match. He even apologized to Keith Hubbard in advance, but he need not have worried. Poor form is temporary while class is permanent and he was delighted to find his driving and putting arm to support Keith in their win over Eddie Bowen and Pat Tapp. While the opposition found it difficult to adapt Stan and Keith forged a good partnership, both playing well, to ensure a positive result for their captain.

Rod Clarke fails to get out of the bunker on the 13th

Mick Whale was at the club but not in any position to play. Mr. Tumble, as he is now known, is still indisposed but Rod Clarke stepped in to fill his boots. Rod and David Rees were up against, and in awe of, a couple of past captains and presidents. They need not have worried. The first four holes left them all square before they cut loose and built up a sizable lead. They were impressed with Phil Evans’ par four against the wind on the eleventh but not enough to take their foot off the throttle as they romped home.

John Richards, looking resplendent in his yellow shirt, had Peter Williams as his playing partner in his first outing. They made a good pair and kick started their surge with a two from Peter on the sixth. They added to this by winning holes eight, ten, eleven and twelve. Barry Eddlesheere and Ian Roderick had no answer to this burst and had to concede with three holes to play.

The first use of the term ‘dovetail’ came from Steve Decosimo as he and Alan Jones worked well in tandem to defeat Malcolm Robbie and Bob Jeys. This was no mean feat since their opposition played off handicaps of ten and eleven and provided a solid challenge. Local knowledge paid off as they made the most of their familiarity of the course to end this match with four holes still to play. While all seniors were conscious of losing and ending up with minus five points as a result, there were two Tenby pairs who found themselves in that position.

Despite their valiant efforts Ross James and Phil Carpenter were all square after seventeen holes and drove with great purpose down the eighteenth fairway. Unfortunately, luck was not with them and they lost on the last. The other partnership to find themselves in the same boat was that of John Stevenson and Bob Forrest who had to concede to John Frost and John Hughes at the end of sixteen holes.

The friendship and conversation in the clubhouse was animated as the day’s events (and Brexit?) were discussed. Derek and Andy Poulter congratulated each other and looked forward to the meeting at Glynhir later in the season. While Tenby won the match by seven to two Glynhir won the raffle prizes by four to three so some will go home happy.

Derek Cole and Andy Poulter congratulate each other.