Twenty-four fit and determined champions, under the lead of Glyn Price, took to the road at 9 am, each and everyone hopeful of glory. Nerves were a little on edge, so the captain ordered a public house halt after half-an-hour's travel to sedate and calm. It seemed to work and by late morning the party had arrived in the Eucalyptus grove serving as the Penrhos car park.
The first sight of the course through the trees took the breath away as it rose far and beyond to the distant peaks. The society captain had pre-ordered mobile buggies and without them one doubts if any player would have completed more than five holes in three days, such was the physical challenge.
On the first day the competition was for the Silver Rabbit, to be played according to stableford format over 18 holes.
Early in the clubhouse was R. F. Murphy with a wonderfully crafted 31 points. He celebrated early, but the young colt Stephen Watkins brought Ron's early joy to a crashing halt with 35. Then coasting down the mountain we saw a vibrant Stephen Harries, a face wreathed in smiles. His 39 points could not be challenged and he received the coveted trophy with amazing grace, until told this his handicap for the next day would be reduced by 11.
On the second day, the trophy to be played for was the Oman Cup, presented by the Sultan many years ago. Again the format was singles stableford.
A new gem of a player in the society, Richard Gwyther, stole the show with 37 well crafted points, followed by Peter Watkins (35) and Bud French (33) in third.
Richard Gwyther's victory oration would never be forgotten as he spoke of the Olympic ideal and his pleasure.
On the Sunday, the players were drawn into pairs, playing fourball better ball stableford for the Peter Nobes Silver Salvers. Early on, the wind was strong and many golf balls were swept into the river bounding the course. From there to be swept out to sea.
Since the outing, cockle fishermen of Aberaeron have been nonplussed with what they believe to be genetic modifications to their catch and have called fishery experts in... so it has been reported.
The winners of the bluster were Clive Law and Stephen Harries once again. Their score a magnificent 41 points, followed by Ron Murphy and Stephen Watkins with 39. In third place were the ageless Derek Bath and Peter Watkins on 35.
During the trip there had been many sub-competitions.
Stephen Watkins hit the longest drive and the little Scots magnificent Tom McLean was nearest the pin on the precipitous 17th, only 147 cm from a hole-in-one.
Tom McLean also correctly forecast the number of lost balls over the three days, a tally which will never be reported for fear of damage to the Rabbit image.
Prizes were also awarded to Brian Dooley and Bob Harries, two dazzling little green leprachauns... and here I refer to the prizes rather than the players. Both thoroughly deserved their tributes awarded for perseverance and dexterity. A pair of marvellous golfers these two are.
Finally, Mr. Price called to the podium Peter Watkins who had played the best golf over the three days. This was all very curious, because the winner had presented these very same trophies to the society many years ago. And there he stood thanking himself and passing the bronze trophies from one hand to the other; a form of individual self presentation. Truly remarkable.
The outing had been splendid, a true reflection on captain Glyn Price's organisational and motivational ability.