Smoke Gets in Your Eyes-

Geoff Aston teeing off from the new 9th tee watched by Hywel Probert

And up your nose, but the fire at the end of the first hole which lifted and spread the smoke over much of the course didn’t stop the seniors from enjoying their golf. Tuesday morning may have been cold but everyone was pleased that there was little or no wind to prevent them from hitting a true ball onto the fairway. Habits are hard to break and as a result there was many a ball that strayed wide of the mark and nestled in among the long grass.

All seniors set off in bright sunshine with a frosty white crust covering the course. This soon diminished and faded, as did the sun, leaving a damp layer to mark the track of long putts on the green and buggy trails on the fairways.

Hole-in-One scorer John Stevenson having a well-earned drink

This was the first outing for the old fogeys in which the sixth hole was taken out of commission to be replaced by hole nine A (between the ninth and tenth). As a result one or two cards had to be re-adjusted when they returned, following much consternation and discussion, of course. There were quite a few threes on the new hole but only one hole-in-one. Mr. Consistent, John Stevenson, was the senior who truly christened this renovated green with his very first hole-in-one and the resulting five points helped him to a score of thirty-six. That will help his eclectic score. Well done John.

The conditions allowed for some good scores so it was no surprise to see twenty-three out of the thirty-eight starters achieving thirty or more points and, unlike the last eclectic, the winners exceeded the forty point mark. There was only one score less than twenty so, all in all, it was a good day out on the burrows. One prominent Chicken trotter just managed to escape the teens as he slid his coloured card under the mounting pile.

The most popular score was twenty-nine points shared by Jim Martin , Alan Yates, Charles McFee, Derek Jones, Adrian Palmer and David Morgan.  Idwal David, Chris Lawrence, Hywel Probert and Bob Wiseman were just as compatible, but on thirty-three points.

The early leader in the clubhouse was Phil Carpenter who replied that he ‘just had one of those days.’ However his thirty-seven was not good enough to put him among the prize winners. Robin Hagley matched Mick Whale’s thirty-eight points but even they failed to reach the top three.

Winner, Roger Barton being congratulated by Captain Derek Cole with runner-up Stan Hudson

This week’s winner has been in the top two places for the last three eclectic competitions. Last time out Roger Barton was second behind Peter Hughes while the week before he was in top spot. He achieved first place this week with a magnificent display of steady golf, scoring forty three points. This was despite failing to score on the twelfth.

The two behind him also failed to score one hole in their rounds. Getting back to some form Stan Hudson blobbed the seventeenth in his round of forty-one points while Meirion Griffiths’ card shows that he failed to score on the new sixth (old seventh) in his round of thirty-nine. Nevertheless they did enough to be among the prize winners.


How many shots to get out of this bunker on the 17th, Derek?

Another to be among the prize-winners was Tony Ranoe, not for his golf – but for having his number drawn out of the bag in the raffle. The three recipients who scored a two this week were Robin Hagley on the ninth and David Blackmore and Richard Davies on the seventeenth.