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CLECS Y CLWB / CLUB GOSSIP (early November, 2013) (14-11-2013)

Thanks again to Aled Bebb
(photo) Aberdovey Captain Mike Bouch presents the Harry Vardon Cleek to Barry Crawford.

The transition from summer to winter golf took place fairly smoothly apart from one weekend. The Tigers and Rabbits event which traditionally brings the Summer competitions to a close had to be put forward by a week due to the stormy conditions on the original date. Eventually when it was played, fourteen pairs turned out and leading the way were Dylan Morris and Keith Clements (42 points) narrowly beating Anthony Griffiths and Mike Yeo on 41.

Prior to this at the end of October, two Stableford competitions took place. In the first high, handicapper Iwan Evans with a handicap dropping score of 40 off 26 was the winner. Second was Gavin Allen (18) 37 holding off Chris O’Rourke (24) 36 and colourful veteran Barry Phipson (6) also with 36 points, third and fourth. In the other, Keith Clements (17) led the way with 37 just holding off Jeremy Edmunds (7) with 36. Fast improving Iwan Evans 34 (now off 22) was third and Ian Jones (13) 34 fourth.

With the Winter programme starting, the first round of the Winter League was played with 13 four man teams entered for the Morlais Hughes Trophy. Under fair November weather, nearly sixty players teed off and the high handicapper Trevor Stables took advantage of the benign conditions and slightly shortened course to return 45 points off 25. Vice Captain Clive D Williams (12) was second with 40 points holding off Anthony Griffiths (3) also with 40 points on countback. Martin Harries(10) 39 was fourth.

Meanwhile the Tigers finished second in Division 2 of the Dyfed League, narrowly missing out on promotion to South Pembs G.C., but look forward to going one better next year. The Rabbits enjoyed a good season finishing fourth in their league under the captaincy of Terry Richards.

The annual competition between Aberystwyth and Aberdovey for the Harry Vardon Cleek took place this year at Aberystwyth and in a very competitive and sociable match, Aberystwyth managed to retain the trophy and look forward to defending it at Aberdovey next year.

The Llanilar Tuesday cut throat has also started on its annual Turkey Trail played over six consecutive Tuesdays leading up to Christmas with some excellent scores already returned.

No report from the local club this month can finish without congratulating Dai Jenkins of Llanilar who before the end of the month will reach the grand old age of 100. Nobody at the club will forget the famous day in August 99 when at the age of 85, he returned a gross score of 83, two below his age. In the village of Llanilar he is as lively and sprightly as ever and looking as there are many more years left to celebrate.

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