After the trouncing we dished out to St. Davids last month at Trefloyne, we travelled for the return last Thursday in fear, not only of the weather, but also the backlash we were expecting from their golfers (writes Chip).

Happily our fears were unfounded as we returned home 8-2 victors. As for the weather, for most of the match it remained dry, with only the odd sprinkle or two. The gods were certainly on our side.

Because it's a nine-hole course, the match got underway with golfers teeing-off from various tees, with golf balls flying in all directions - luckily no one was injured.

Captain 'fantastic' Graham Harrison with Bob Burks took on Peter Bellan and Dai Nicholas and got off to a 'flying' start as Graham 'birdied' the first with a great putt to go one up. This was soon pulled back, before Bob won the third to restore their lead. However, on the sixth, Bob found the deep bunker and assures me that he said "Dash it," although I have it on very good authority that it sounded a mite different to that! This match ended on the 16th with Trefloyne winning 3 and 2.

Darrell Jones and John Sheppard were next off against Richard Mayer and Luke Lewis. After a super round, St. Davids registered one of their two successes 3 and 2.

Following them were Trevor Lewis and Barry Thorne opposed by Ian Archer and Joe Garner. This proved an enthralling match, with Trevor and Barry winning 1 up.

Terence Morgan partnered by Steve Jones were up against Jeff and Ken Davies. This match started from the sixth tee and they soon went two down, but pulled back and went on to win 3 and 2.

Graham Longster, on debut, played with Dave Crowley and it was Graham's superb putting that saw them win 2 up against Derek Geralach and Eiral Evans.

Starting from the third tee were Peter Scrivens with Barry Wood, who were up against Ted Joyce and Jerry Clarke. After a shaky start, the visiting duo settled down and played team golf, so that if one was out, the other player did the business. Ted and Barry have been cricketing buddies for years, too many to mention, and lots of friendly banter passed between these two! The golf was indeed very enjoyable, with Peter sinking two magnificent putts when under pressure and, with Barry doing his bit, they romped home 5 and 3.

The St. Davids pairing of Fred Woodward and Ralph Thomas were no match for Terry Harvey, who recorded seven pars, and Jack Zeraschi and they sauntered back to the clubhouse winning 7 and 6.

Derek Jones and Bob Simpson had a far harder game against Robin Davey and Gron Davies. This was very much an up and down affair, until Derek and Bob took a deep breath to win 1 up.

Keith Warmington with Glyn Jones took on Dave Rowlands and Eric Perkins. I was told that this very interesting match could have gone either way, but Glyn and Keith used their shots to good advantage to win 2 up.

The two Johns, James and Hargrave, played Keith Curtis and Dave Roberts and this proved to be our second loss. This was a superb match. John and John went two up after three, only to slip back to all-square after nine. Some wayward shots by the visitors gave the hosts the advantage and they went one up with one to play and needed only a half on the last to win, which they duly did when Dave sank an eight-foot putt to win.

After food and refreshments at the Grove Hotel, Graham thanked all his team for travelling to St. Davids as the weather was atrocious when leaving the Tenby area. He thanked St. Davids Golf Club for hosting the day and also for their exceptional greens, before thanking the caterers.

Results: Graham and Bob bt Peter and Dai 3 and 2; Darrell and John lost to Richard and Luke 3 and 2; Trevor and Barry bt Ian and Joe 1 up; Terence and Steve bt Jeff and Ken 3 and 2; Graham and Dave bt Derek and Eiral 2 up; Peter and Barry bt Ted and Jerry 5 and 3; Terry and Jack bt Fred and Ralph 7 and 6; Derek and Bob bt Robin and Gron 1 up; Keith and Glyn bt Dave and Eric 2 up; John and John lost to Keith and Dave 1 down.

The next match is on Thursday, July 30, at Trefloyne against Newport GC, starting at 12 noon. Please be at the club by 11.30 at the latest, so as to give our captain peace of mind!

Golf is a game in which you shout fore, shoot six and write down five!

The 'Monday Mob' want to thank Arno and Helen for the superb food they set before us and our ladies a week ago last Wednesday. We look forward to doing this again in the near future.

Hope your golf is better than the weather!

Did you know

It has been suggested that after our match at Priskilly Forest, a certain member of the seniors team should change his surname to Cryoff! On that thought... it's Roger and out!

A Note From

Your Pro


Following a few weeks of pretty poor playing conditions, I have been recently informed that things are about to change for the better. The recent rain has paved the way for fantastic playing conditions on the course and I look forward to seeing you all over the summer holidays. There are several events taking place during July and August, including our first Junior Barbeque, July and August Medals, as well as my first Professional Day. Please check the notice boards for more information.

New junior organiser: I would like to introduce Sue Ensor as our new junior organizer who will be taking over from Mike Burke, who has sadly decided to step down. A big thank you goes to Mike for all his hard work in running the section during his period as junior organiser, and for making my transition into working with the juniors a very easy one. Sue will be on hand to take up the reins with immediate effect and will make a fantastic addition to the expanding section here at Trefloyne.

Junior Futures afternoon: Support for the Futures afternoon continues to improve following its introduction in May. Please remember that all Trefloyne Juniors are invited to play together at 1 pm on Sunday afternoons.

Junior Academy: The academy is filling up on a daily basis, with many juniors (members and visitors) taking the chance to develop their golf in a fun and structured environment. With the summer holidays now upon us, why not take the opportunity to introduce your children to the game. Prices start from just £40 and are aimed at children from four to 16 years old. Please drop me an email for more details ([email protected]">[email protected]).

Tip of the week: Distance control - Most players know exactly how far each club in their bag is capable of flying, but what about those in-between yardages? Your nine-iron flies 120 yards, yet your eight carries 140 yards. When faced with a 130-yard approach shot, most golfers will make an alteration to their swing to accommodate the reduction in yardage. Changing the tempo through impact or making a shorter swing can offer up many variations in yardage due to the number of moving body parts. To achieve your desired yardage, simply grip an inch lower down the club and maintain the same tempo and length of swing. This effective set-up change shortens the club, reducing leverage, and therefore club head speed through impact, providing an easier change to repeat in the golf swing. 

Ladies' Section

The West Wales Ladies Golf Association held their Annual Foursomes Championship at Glynhir last Thursday. There was a very good entry, with pairs entering from as far afield as the other side of Swansea up to Newport Links in the north.

Lady captain Ann Dassen was paired with young Bethan Morris, and they had a long day, leaving Trefloyne at 7 am. Despite the intermittent rain, they got off to a good start, with Beth playing some lovely shots to the green.

All was going fine until the par three, ninth hole, where they both found the hedge off the tee, but Ann managed to sink a long putt from off the green to rescue a seven. They were four over going into the second nine, but kept their cool and played the next nine much better with four under, bringing their total for 18 holes to a nett level par.

After a 10-minute break, they braved the showers and continued the final nine holes. They came unstuck in the middle with a nine on the fourth and a seven on the fifth, but were very happy to par the ninth after their previous mistakes!

Their final nett score was five over for the 27 holes.

They had a long wait for the final four to come in, but the ladies at Glynhir are excellent hosts and the food was lovely.

When the prizes were announced, the 27-hole gross prize was won by Vickie Thomas and Ruth James, of Carmarthen GC. However, the 27-hole nett prize was won by Ann and Beth, much to their surprise and delight.

They were presented with matching silver rosebowl trophies to hold for the year. The organisers made a great fuss of Beth as it is believed she may be the youngest person, at the age of 12, to win the rosebowl since they were donated in 1961 by Mrs. Newton Lee.

She was also the only junior girl entrant on the day, so Trefloyne were given special praise for including their juniors. Well done Ann and Beth!

Those playing earlier in the day in our Tuesday Mid-Week Medal last week had dismal conditions, with most ladies looking like they had been for a swim in the pond on the 15th!

Linda Kromrei posted an excellent nett 76 in the conditions, with Ann Dassen on 80 for the round. However, the winner by far on the day was Beth Mcmann with a nett 67 and reducing her handicap from 34 down to 29.

Congratulations Beth... those lessons with Oliver are really paying off!

On Saturday we played the C. and J .Jenkins Foursomes Trophy. Winners with 33 points were Dave and Sue Crowley, with last year's winners, Harvey Lloyd and Gwynneth Jewitt, a very close second with 32 points.