End of Summer report (24-09-2012)
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With the disappointing summer drawing to an end, so the premier competitions at the local club reached their climax,
After playing six qualifying rounds, thirty six players played the final of the prestigious Redvers Llewellyn, with seventeen handicapper Mark Davies returning a commendable 85-16-68 to beat three handicapper Ioan Richards 71-3-68 on the back nine. Harvi Singh 85-14-71 held off Chris Tapp 80-9-71 also on count back for third and fourth.
Following on from the Redvers came the finals of various club championships with four finals being played on one weekend. In the Club Championships played off scratch, the finalists were Dai Blair and Patrick Jones. Played over thirty six holes Dai Blair went two up after nine holes but Patrick Jones came back to be only one down at the end of the morning round. Patrick continued his comeback in the afternoon to level the match on the nineteenth and go ahead on the twentieth with two pars. He maintained his one shot lead before extending it further to three up on the 24th and 25th holes. They halved the next four holes but Patrick with a par on the thirtieth went four up and closed the match out on the 32nd with a birdie three to win by 5 and 4. He became the 2012 Club Champion for the first time, in a year which started on a low for him having broken his leg playing football last season.
The Captain's Cup played also played over thirty six holes had youngster Justin Quinn, playing off five, playing the more experienced Dylan Morris off six. Dylan's greater experience of match play saw him win the 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 7th to go four up after nine. By the thirteenth he had extended this lead to six up. However thanks to his tenacity Justin commendably didn't give up and fought back to win three of the next five holes to be only three down after eighteen. The afternoon front nine saw the match see saw back and fro with Dylan again going six up after 23 holes only for Justin to win three holes on the trot to be just three down after twenty seven. Dylan won the next two to go back to five up and despite winning two holes in succession to go back to three down, Justin lost the 32nd and Dylan Morris closed the game off with a half on the 33rd to win by 4 and 3. This was just reward for Dylan Morris for a very consistent year of golf where he has reached three finals along the way. Justin Quinn on the other hand is young and will have learnt a lot from the experience of reaching his first final, this in a year where his handicap has come down in leaps and bounds and surely time will see him in the winners enclosure sooner rather than later.
The Vice Captain's Plate for the high handicappers saw two comparative newcomers battle it out in a close fought match over eighteen holes final. Barry Pugh took on Nathan Jones both playing off 14 and Barry was soon into his stride winning three of the first seven holes to go 3 up. Nathan won the ninth to be two down after nine and he also won the 10th but lost the 11th to still be two down with seven to play. However he had an inspired run where he won four holes on the trot to go one up after fifteen and despite losing the 16th Nathan Jones closed the game off to win a tight match over Barry Pugh by 2 and 1. Both have been winners this year and this experience gained in reaching and playing a final will surely see them both lower their handicaps considerably in the next couple of years.
Another ‘Board’competition, the “President's Putter” played to handicap and over 18 holes was contested this year by scratch player Phil Richards taking on Jonathan Evans playing off 7. Phil immediately went one up on the first and extended his lead on the fourth but Jonathan reduced the lead to one hole on the ninth. Jonathan won the tenth to be all square, but lost the next two and despite halving the thirteenth lost the next three holes where Phil Richards had three pars in succession to win by 4 and 2. Phil has had an excellent year culminating in this success, reflected in his handicap reaching scratch while Jonathan again has seen his handicap lower considerably and will, like fellow youngster Justin Quinn be able to take on board the experience gained in reaching the final stages of prestigious club competitions.
In the final of another new Four Ball Better Ball competition instigated by this year's Captain Clive Williams, low handicappers Phil Richards (0) and Tim Jenkins (3) took on Dylan Morris (5) and Trevor Staples (22). Tim and Phil's greater combined length of shot and experience of match play saw them win the first hole, go two up after four and extend their lead to three at the turn. Winning the tenth and eleventh while halving the twelfthh and thirteenth meant that Tim and Phil closed out the match at the fourteenth by 5 and 4 being five under gross after just 14 holes. It is fair to say that Dylan has another final to come (The Club Foursomes) while Trevor will look at this as his first final and should not be as apprehensive the next time.
Meanwhile The Dyfed League fixtures came to an end and it saw the Tigers playing Trefloyne at home needing to win to gain promotion. They managed to win by 5-2 and will now play in the Tigers second division next year. This year they were unbeaten at home gaining 5 wins, winning one, drawing one and losing three away from home.
The Rabbit's season on the other had has not finished as they have one more game to play being Priscilly. This will give them the chance to gain revenge, as they had a bad loss away at losing 5½-½, team Captain Terry Richards and partner Dylan Jones scrapping the half. If they manage to get their revenge at home to Priscilly they will probably end up third in their league out of eight teams, which will reflect a satisfactory conclusion to a socially enjoyable season for the Rabbits.
During the playing of these finals the best of the rest played an Extra Medal and Stableford. In the Medal, Paul Wyn Jones had an excellent return of 75-6-69 to lead Nigel Southgate 81-11-70 and Jimmy Shepherd 90-18-72. In the Stableford left hander Kevin Lewis returned thirty seven points off 18 just beating Paul Weston 36 points off 14 with young Jack Rimmer 33 points off 10 in third position.
The Seniors are also coming to the end of their nomadic trail of other clubs Open Seniors. Lately an Aberystwyth representation visited the difficult links of Aberdovey. On a typical windy day, Terry Richards returned 37 points, the best of the Aber Seniors, good enough to place him third in his category while Robert Hayden-Jones threw back the years to achieve a commendable 35 points.
Senior player Huw Williams achieved a hole in one during one of the clubs cut throat games, a first for Huw similar to the hole in one achieved by Junior Jack Rimmer at the Cardigan Junior Open.