CLECS Y CLWB / CLUB GOSSIP (early June, 2014) (09-06-2014)

Aled Bebb returns to his 'typewriter' to keep us up do date.

Competitions continued at pace at Aberystwyth Golf Club. With the course in good condition, there has been an opportunity to return good scores and lower handicaps.

In the RAFA Cup, Lloyd Evans annihilated the rest of the field compiling a massive 44 points off 21 to lower his handicap to 19. Phil Small with 38 points off 18 was runner up while five players all had 37 points. The best of these were Gerwyn Pugh off 9 and Mark Rimmer off 16.

Summer Stableford 3 followed and again excellent scores were returned. Clive Davies led the way with 42 points off 13 holding off five players, all on 41 points. The best of these were Nick Morgan off 14, Dai Christopher off 28 and Richard Duggan off 6.

The next competition was a Medal, the second round of the Redvers Llewellyn. Ian Jones’ return of 79-13-66 was good enough to beat Chris Tapp’s 76-10-66 and Ray Dodd 87-21-66 on countback with Lloyd Evans again prominent with 86-19-67 fourth.

The Monthly Medal followed in midweek and despite some heavy showers, the returns were again impressive. Though experiencing the worst of the weather, Steve Hughes led the way with 72-7-65 with James Jenkins 93-25-68 second beating Jeremy Edmunds 75-7-68 on the back six. Shaun Bethel 84-15-69 was the best of three players on 69 net.

Finally the Golf Union of Wales individual qualifier took place with the two leading players in each division going forward to represent the club. In Division 1, the 0-14 section, Nick Morgan with 79-13-66 qualified with Dylan Morris 74-6-68 second and Jack Rimmer 77-7-70 the best of six players returning seventies. The qualifier in Division 2 joining Nick to represent the club, ‘with the return of the year’ so far was Steven Williams with 86-26-63. Sion Edwards with 88-16-72 was runner up. Steve’s handicap has now come down to twenty and as the general scores suggest, the handicap committee has been busy reducing handicaps all round.

Outside of the main competitions the players of the club have been busy in various categories. The Tigers entertained Penrhos in the Dyfed League and won comfortably by 8 ½ to ½. The Rabbits also entertained Haverfordwest and returned to winning ways by 5 ½ to an ½ under the captaincy of Phil Talco standing in for Terry Richards. The club also entertained Borth and Ynyslas for the John Murphy inspired Friendship trophy played annually on a home and away basis. In the first encounter at Aberystwyth the home club had a comfortable win. The club, however, failed to progress in the latest round of the Mail on Sunday Classic. The team of five travelled to Haverfordwest and lost by 4 matches to one.

Meanwhile the Seniors entertained Cilgwyn and had a good win by six matches to two. They also took five teams of four to Llanymynech Open Seniors and though none were in the main prizes Ian Jones achieved the longest drive award on their seventh fairway.

It was mentioned in last month’s report that Jack Rimmer was possibly the youngest winner of the Corporation Cup. However it has come to light that Michael Owen won this competition whilst only a twelve year old. Michael the son of club stalwart Billy went on to study and play in America, but due to injuries had to retire from playing. He took up coaching, going on to coach several prominent professionals. He has now moved continents and is coaching in the up and coming golfing country of China where he runs his own successful academy. A good example for Jack Rimmer and any other ambitious golfer as to what can be achieved.

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