CLECS Y CLWB / CLUB GOSSIP (late November 2014) (28-11-2014)
Once again, Aled Bebb reports on the Club Competitions
Photo: Misty morning view from the 17th
Despite the autumnal weather experienced during November, the players turned out in impressive numbers. The main reason for this was team ethos commitment to the Clubs Winter League which involves teams of four playing a series of eight competitions throughout the winter with the best eight teams qualifying to play in the final for the Morlais Hughes Trophy. This year, sixteen teams have entered and the enthusiasm is reflected in the excellent scores returned in the first two qualifying rounds.
In Winter League 1, sixty players turned out and leading the way in Category 1 (0-9 handicap) was Aneurin Thomas (8) with 40 points. Jonathan Evans (4) - the best of 3 on 39 points – was runner up. In Category 2 (10-18 handicap), Arwyn Morris (17) with 41 points beat Martyn Haynes on countback. In Category 3 ( 19 + handicap ) George Shepherd (21) with 40 points beat Julian Dotchon (20) 39 points. The overall winner was Arwyn Morris.
In Winter League 2, with another excellent turnout, Barry Phipson (7) led the way in Category 1 with 41 points narrowly beating Jeremy Edmunds (7) on the back nine. In Category 2, Arwyn Morris (now off 16) again led the way with 40 points beating Adrian Davies (10) 40 points on countback. In Category 3, James Jenkins (22) with 40 points beat Anthony Evans (20) 38 points. Barry Phipson was the overall winner.
An individual Stableford also took place during the month with J.W.Davies (7) leading Category 1 with 38 points. He narrowly beat Anthony Griffiths (3) 37 points. In Category 2, Nigel Southgate (11) with 41 points beat Ian Jones (12) also 41 points on countback , In Category 3, Phil Talco (22) with 41 points beat Wyn Hughes (20) 40 points with Nigel Southgate was the overall the overall winner.
Needless to say that most of these players have seen their handicap cut appropriately.
Finally in a team of 3 competition, Steve Beresford, James Jenkins and Jeremy Edmunds with 85 points led the way narrowly beating the Lloyd Evans, Phil Small and Jeff Jones-Hughes team who returned with 84 points. Third on 83 was the Steve Jones, Steve Hughes and Julian Dotchon team.
The general opinion circulating in the club is that despite the curtailed length of the winter course, it is the excellence of the greens for the time of year that is mainly responsible for the impressive scoring returns seen during November.