Great fun at Captain’s Day
Captain’s Day at Tenby Golf Club is invariably one of the highlights for the incumbent. This year’s captain, Neil Thomas, organised an excellent day which was enjoyed by all those who participated.
In line with recent Captains’ Days, the format for the golf was a Texas Scramble in teams of four with shotgun starts at 8 am and 1 pm.
A total of 24 teams took part and these mainly comprised two men, a senior man and a lady. The handicap allowance was 10 per cent of the sum of the team’s handicaps.
Fantastic scoring: The weather was fine throughout the day and consequently there was no advantage in playing in the morning or the afternoon. Only six teams failed to break 70 gross and no less than nine of the quartets returned nett scores of under 60!
In joint fourth place were Luke Harries, Craig Thomas, Allan Morton and Lucy Anthony (65 - 58.8) and Chris Thompson, Paul Jenkins, Mike Whale and Fair Ball (64 - 58.8).
Third best were Neil Webb, Mike Anthony, Phil Goodridge and Lady Captain, Linda Thomas, with 67 - 58.5. Runners-up with 62 - 57 were Dai Cope, Richard Prout, Piers Bradbury and Denise Edwards.
The winning team comprised John Morris, Owen James, John Ball and Ros Jenkins. As with the runners-up, their card contained 10 birdies and eight pars, i.e. a gross 62. However, slightly higher handicaps meant that they had a wonderful nett score of 56.1.
Hole-in-one: Captain Neil’s team included three guests, i.e. his daughter Carly, her boyfriend Dan Eade and Dan’s father Jack.
On the downhill par three 17th hole, Jack used a Donnay nine-wood he had bought for £2.50 at Sports Direct in Swansea about 20 years ago! A sweet strike saw the ball land on the front left and trickle diagonally across the green and into the hole for Jack’s first and quite probably his only ever ace!
Evening entertainment: The clubhouse was well attended by most but not all of the competitors and their guests for the prize presentations. A magnificent buffet was consumed and those present subsequently danced and were entertained by the captain’s namesake, the more talented Neil Thomas.
Leading scores: The leading nett scores were as follows -
John Morris, Owen James, John Ball and Ros Jenkins -56.1.
David Cope, Richard Prout, Piers Bradbury and Denise Edwards - 57.0.
Neil Webb, Mike Anthony, Phil Goodridge and Linda Thomas - 58.5.
Luke Harries, Craig Thomas, Allan Morton and Lucy Anthony - 58.8.
Chris Thompson, Paul Jenkins, Mike Whale and Fair Ball - 58.8.
Steve Court, Stephen Cole, Robin Bradbury and Heather Morgan - 59.2.
Ben Childs, Rees Davies, Dai Skyrme and Kimberley Davies - 59.8.
Dave Morris, Gary McNeilly, John Hayhoe and Irene Gilman - 59.9.
Steve Sutcliffe, Stephen Williams, Chris Smith and John Stevenson - 59.9.
Nearest the pins - Huw Roberts (6th), Heather Morgan (12th) and Jack Eade (17th).
Longest drive - Allan Morton.
Due to an abundance of twos, additional bag draws were allocated and the winners were Lucy Anthony, Jim Moffatt, Paul Jenkins, Steve Cole, Dai Cope, Barrie Frayne, Owen James, Mick Seal, Rees Davies and Loz Phillips (£16.20 each).
Footnotes: 1. Indigo appears between blue and violet in a rainbow, i.e. it is a dark purplish blue; 2. The Captain’s Day generated around £550 which takes the total raised for Neil’s chosen charity, Cure Leukaemia, to well in excess of £5,000 to-date.
Hard work, but enjoyable
After an extremely successful Captain’s Day Texas Scramble on Saturday for club captain Neil Thomas, Sunday’s straight foursomes stableford seemed very hard work.
The course was playing well, the weather was perfect, but there was little margin for error. Stray off the fairways and it cost you a shot, so one just had to concentrate on keeping the ball in play.
Eighteen pairs signed up to play, amid moans from some of ‘this is my fourth game this week’. As the bones creaked for our older members, it was lovely to see Holly Watkins, Sophie Lovatt and Olivia Bradbury flying the flag for our younger players. The age range was 21 to 81, but that’s the beauty of golf. What other sport can three generations of one family play competitively together?
Five pairs won back their entry fees in a draw: they were Georgina Ormond and Mark Griffiths, Holly Watkins and Chris Thompson, Rebecca Naden and Paul Bradbury, Heather Morgan and Mervyn Tucker and Olivia and Robin Bradbury.
But on the golf side, three pairs recorded twos on the sixth. They were Sue Griffiths and John Hancock, Denise and Tim Edwards, and Angela and Gareth Davies.
Just missing out on the prizes on the back nine were Georgina Ormond and Mark Griffiths with 34 points. On the same score in fourth place were Roz and Paul Jenkins. Third were Idwal David and Sarah Waring with 37 points. Beating them on the back nine, also on 37 points, were Pam and Steve Cole, but the winners of the Usher Cup for 2017 were Anna and Keith Hubbard with 38 points.
Our president, Allan Morton, presented the cup to the winners, and I must give thanks to him, Laura in the office, Tom in the Pro Shop, and the two Emmas for catering for our needs. It all goes together to make a really enjoyable afternoon.
Our next mixed competition was drawn that afternoon and is now on the computer. The Sam Ackerman is traditionally played in June, so we are a little late this year. Please keep up a good pace of play in order to get everyone round the 18 holes before dusk today (Friday).
In August, the Morgan Tucker is an Open, so go to the website if you would like to join in. There are prizes for our visitors, so if you have a handicap, why not have a go. For members, it goes on the website on July 23. The away match with St. Pierre is on July 30. The team is on the noticeboard.
PEMBROKE RUGBY CLUB
This will take place at the clubhouse on Thursday, July 27, starting at 7 pm. All members are cordially invited to attend as this will be a very important meeting.
Senior and Youth players commenced training on Tuesday this week at the club grounds. Any new players wishing to join should report to the coaches, Geraint Lewis and Kyle Davies, at the club grounds; sessions usually start at 7 pm. Similarly, any new Youth players wanting to join can report to Ross Taylor and his team at the same time.
SENIOR PRE-SEASON FRIENDLIES and START OF THE LEAGUE
The following matches have been confirmed: Saturday, August 12 - Tumble (home), kick-off 2.30 pm; Saturday, August 19 - Nantgaredig (home), kick-off 2.30 pm; Saturday, August 26 - Lampeter (away).
The Senior and Youth League programmes start on September 2, when the First XV will be entertaining Neyland at Crickmarren, followed by an away fixture at PD Harlequins the following week.
The club will be running a Senior Second XV and welcomes all new players.
The club’s bar and hospitality room have recently undergone a huge transformation and had a marvellous facelift, thanks partly to a WRU grant and the hard work of many club members. An official opening ceremony and celebration party will be taking place on the evening of August 12, starting after the first home pre-season fixture, when there will be live music and refreshments available.
The section will be running the age groups as normal, from U7s to U15s and they will be holding their annual Registration Day on September 3, starting in the clubhouse at 10 am. All players are expected to sign up on this day and any new players wanting to join the various age range squads are very welcome to come along and discuss matters with the committee and coaches on this day.
CALENDAR OF SOCIAL EVENTS for 2017-18
There will be a draft calendar of social events posted in August in the clubhouse, which will highlight the range of activities available to members throughout the coming season.