What a wonderful day, the sun was shining and, after a cool start, the temperature rose to maintain a comfortable ambiance despite the lively breeze. Shorts were the order of the day as twenty-two seniors set off on another away-day adventure, this time at the Grove Golf club at Porthcawl.
Des Stone had his lucky cap returned by John Hayhoe and Newman Vincent had set off without his golf shoes and his driver. Par for the course for seniors, really. On arrival, and following the obligatory bacon rolls and coffee, the group were surprised to note that Norman Vincent’s name was prominently displayed as already having a ‘hole-in-one’ to his name and there were numerous references on the winners board attributed to S. Cole. These two members were obviously familiar with the course. That was not the case for all participants, as about half had not faced the challenge of this course before.
The course proved to be a stiff challenge for all. The comments at the end concerned the amount of grass, the number of trees, the slower greens, the active breeze and the length of some holes, not to mention the water hazards and bunkers. Consequently, the highest score of the day was thirty-two and the lowest thirteen.
The guest appearance of Tenby’s renowned Warren Hacker, was welcomed by all. He lived up to his name, ‘hacking’ his way around this undulating grassy course. He found himself in the long grass, the short grass, in the trees and on opposing fairways as he limped in with a score of twenty-three. In all fairness he was struggling to adapt to his new set of clubs. As it happens his was not the lowest score. Below him were six other seniors, four of whom did not manage to reach twenty points. They still enjoyed the day.
Brian Morgan had a great start. At the end of the first three holes he had not scored a single point and had lost three balls. His game did improve to see him end up with twenty-four points. John Richards bowed his head as he walked off the course thinking about the holes on which he could have improved, as did John Hayhoe. They managed thirteen blobs between them.
On the front nine holes the highest score was twenty-points (nine back) and the lowest score was six. On the back nine holes the highest achieved was eighteen with the lowest being five. Some claimed that the front nine was more difficult while others thought the back nine was the more challenging. For most, the whole course was a challenge.
David Rees is recovering his form, returning a score of thirty just one, ahead of Richard Davies, Bart Youll and Idwal David. Bart Youll and Allen Watts fell in behind them on twenty-eight while Phil Carpenter, Steve Decosimo and Peter Williams all managed to stay on the right side of twenty-five. Not wanting to be ‘teen’- agers Steve Cole, Ross James, Brian Morgan and Bob Forrest all stayed the right side of twenty.
Following a well-prepared meal Seniors’ captain Derek Cole announced the top three scores and winner of the day’s event. Prior to that he informed all present that the nearest the pin winner was Des Stone, the only one to stay on the eighteenth green. From just off the green, however, Bob Wiseman was able to putt in for the only two of the day.
In first place, with a better back nine was Keith Hubbard with 32pts.
Second place went to Derek Cole also on 32pts.
Third spot fell to Des Stone on 31pts.
Footnote: On returning to Kilgetty one member noticed an umbrella left on the bus luggage area. Fortunately, it was returned to its rightful owner, John Hayhoe, saving him the anguish of phoning the bus company to retrieve it.