CLECS Y CLWB / CLUB GOSSIP (Easter, 2014) (21-04-2014)
Aled Bebb gives us a preview of his Cambrian News report.
Photo: Captain Clive Williams with the winners of the Easter Competitions: Martin Harries, Sion Edwards and Steve Williams.
The players at Aberystwyth took advantage of the fine weather experienced during the first half of April to turn out in good numbers and the scores reflected some very good early season form.
In the Captain’s Cup Qualifier for 0 – 14 handicaps, Paul Wyn Jones led the 16 qualifiers who will proceed to a knock out competition for the Cup with a two over gross score of 72-6-66. Runner up also two over gross, was Pat Jones with 72-5-67. Third was Justin Quinn with 74-5-69 beating Jonathan Evans 74-5-69 on countback. In the Vice Captain’s Plate Qualifiers for 14 – 28 handicaps Charlie Taylor led with 82-16-66 from Peter Basnett 84-15-69. Phil Talco 98-27-71 was third and Roland Salmon 88-15-73 fourth.
Come the Easter weekend, three main competitions were played on successive days. On the Friday the Major Mathias Bogey was played with nine players playing to par or better. Returning an excellent score of +5 off his handicap of 10 was Martin Harries, to just hold off Phil Small +4 off 19. w Wayne Jones +2 off 14 beat Stephen Williams also +2 off 25, on the back nine.
On the Saturday for the Rees Astley Cup, Stephen Williams saw his handicap drop with a return of 40 points off 25 with Mark Jones runner up with 39 points off 10. He beat Martin Harries 38 points off his new handicap of 8 and Martin Groom 36 points off 18 fourth.
Finally on the Sunday for the Cambrian Cup and the Golf Union of Wales Handicap Qualifier, young Sion Edwards led the way with 84-18-66 from Phil Talco 95-27-68. Third was Iwan Evans 90-22-68 and Nathan Jones 82-13-69 fourth. These top four will now represent the club in the W.G.U. Handicap competition.
The Tigers got their season away to a reasonable start travelling to Newport, Pembs and coming away with an honourable draw, halving the match 4 ½ to 4 ½ . Meanwhile the Rabbits entertained Ashburnum at home and got the season off to an excellent start winning by 4 matches to 2.
The club also progressed in the Mail on Sunday team of five competition travelling to Borth and Ynyslas and narrowly winning by 3 matches to 2. In the next round they entertained a team from Abersoch and comfortably made the next round winning by 4 matches to 1.