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CLECS Y CLWB / CLUB GOSSIP (early July, 2013) (10-07-2013)

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The month of June ended in unseasonal fashion with wet and windy conditions experienced for the 36 holes Club Championships played off scratch and the 18 hole Ken Joel Cup Handicap Championship.

In the Ken Joel Cup, Anthony Griffiths’ morning round of 74-3-71 was easily the best, leading from Ian Jones’ 88-13-75 and Nigel Southgate’s 87-12-75. Phil Richards’ 76 off scratch was a particularly impressive fourth. In the afternoon the entrants for the Club Championship played their second round in horrendous wind and rain conditions and the only player to cope was Phil Richards who returned a 75 to go with his morning round of 76 to give a winning total of 76 + 75 = 151. Runner up was Anthony Griffiths with 74 + 82 = 156, and the best of the rest was Simon Edwards with 82 + 80 = 162. It was generally agreed that these were the worst conditions for the Club Championship for several years and praise must go to all that completed the two rounds.
On the last day of June, the RAFA Cup was played for as a Stableford competition and leading the way was Ray Dodd with 38 points (off 22) with Steve Hughes’ 35 (off 6) beating Mark Deveraux also 35 (off 6) on countback. Phil Richards, (34 off scratch) was fourth.

With July came better weather reflected in some improved scores. In the Monthly Medal, Mark Deveraux was the winner with 72-6-66, dropping his handicap to 5, leading from veteran Brian Blair 86-19-67 with Lloyd Evans 91-21-70 beating Terry Richards’ 87-17-70 on the back nine. Following this the fourth round of the Redvers Llewelyn qualifiers was played in true summer weather and young Sion Edwards continued his development with a leading 88-19-69 beating Emyr Jones 82-13-69 and Chris O’Rouke 97-28-69 on countback with Adrian Davies 81-11-70 fourth.

During this period the Tigers continued their challenge in the Dyfed League and beat Newport, Pembs by 6 matches to 3 at home. But on travelling away to Carmarthen, a weakened team came down with a bump losing by 8 matches to 1. The Rabbits good run also came to an end with an away loss of 4 – 2 on the tough Ashburnam links. Similarly the Seniors travelled to Cilgwyn and narrowly lost 4-3 to the South Cardiganshire Club. The Seniors also travelled to Ashburnam for their Senios’ Open and most found the links tough to play, though Rob McBurnie came third in his category with a respectable 35 points

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