July, August September News8th October 2018
The peak golfing season continued with a good turnout at the Ladies’ Open Day on 4th July with 83 entrants in a team event. The following day 79 senior golfers supported their section captain Steve Lewis on his day with John Rees victorious with an outstanding 42 points. Elspeth and Mark Owen were winners of the Mixed Foursomes Cup on the 7th July. In a predominantly home field Mickey Davies was the Gents’ Open winner with 37 points upstaging Steve Allen on count back. As a recurring theme Elspeth Owen held off Sarah Bevan and Mary Busby with 39 points on count back in the Ladies Lois Speedy Salver. Richard Davies & Gary Corby produced a winning home pair with an exceptional 48 points in the 4BBB Open Day on 14th July. Judith Phillips was outright Ladies’ Senior Rocker champion on 18th July. The Tom Thomas Cup proves in modern times to be one of the most popular male competitions with 74 entrants, allowing for 12 absentees at Pontardawe in a senior event. George James scored 40 points and beat a strong field to go with the trophy.
Great thanks to all members and guests who supported Captain’s Day with in excess of 160 golfers. The weather improved as the day progressed and all participants and supporters were suitably nourished and hydrated, due to the efforts of catering, bar staff, golf professional and Captain’s volunteers. Live entertainment was provided by Ian Roberts. The prize presentation acknowledged the amazing score of 46 points by Andy Loveridge in securing the Captain’s Cup, a good age and gender spread for other prizes and the Captain presented gifts of appreciation to all who helped on the day and through the year.
Sarah Bevan net 68 was the overall winner of the Ladies’ Handicap Cup on 25th July.
A low entry July Monthly Medal was affected badly by the weather, but nonetheless was won by Jeff Wallace with a net 71.Sheila Ashton and Christine Frankton with a score of 67 won the 2 Presidents 4BBB. The Mixed Open Day Greensomes proved worthwhile with a healthy entry number of 56 and producing a winning couple from Pennard with 44 points. The following day on the 5th August Tom Cross and Jason Edwards achieved a great 47 point winning total in the mixed Howie & Glenys 4BBB. Elspeth Owen was Ladies’ Captain’s Day champion with 37 points and Lady Captain Val Griggs was pleased with the day’s proceedings. The Seniors’ Yellow Ball produced an exceptional 92 points team total (8 points clear of the field) for Steve Lewis, Ted Buckett and Dave Watkins. Our Senior Captain has done amazingly well to overcome his previous phobia of the yellow ball, the counselling has obviously worked a treat. The Open Team Challenge on 11th August was severely blighted by wet weather, there were several late withdrawals, but alas the course was still playable and couldn’t be postponed and rescheduled. Sarah Bevan with 30 points and a better back nine was winner of the Fireman’s Shield over Prathiba Kanse. Our Celtic Cousin Eoin MacDougall showed he could do more than pull pints and with 43 points was a clear winner of the mixed Pembrokeshire Cup .An exceptional back nine from Angie Bebb produced the goods to win Ladies Dragon Ford with 37 points from Heather Buckett. Millenium Mixed Foursomes Cup, on 25th August was secured by Richard & Alyson James with 41 points.
Chris Lawrence displayed great improvisation and no less skill to win the Sam Barton 3 Clubs and a Putter Cup with 39 points, which backfired on our Club Professional as people looked to permanently reduce the number of clubs in the bag and lessen the confusion of club selection. Diane Gough & Christine Frankton with a net 76 were the Munt Bowl Foursomes winners on 29th August.
The first weekend of September traditionally coincides with Finals Weekend. Despite disappointing weather all matches came to a conclusion from the commencement of the knockout matches in April. Congratulations to all winners, finalists, competitors in their respective competitions. Thanks again to all members who helped as caddies, referees, supporters & photographers.
Ladies’ Bronze Trophy: winner: Andrea Dudden. Runner up: Jean Lewis.
Coronation Trophy: winner: Nicholas James. runner up: Mark Owen.
Ladies 2 Presidents 4BBB: winners: Judith Phillips & Sarah Bevan. Runners up: Jean Lewis & Patricia Roblin.
Ann Owen Foursomes: winners: Chris Halpin & Patricia Roblin.runners up: Elspeth Owen & Alyson James.
Freda Bowler: winner: Elspeth Owen. Runner up: Diane Gough.
Jubilee Cup: winner: Jean Lewis. Runner up: Elspeth Owen.
Mel Carr: winners: Jason Edwards & Martyn Inward. Runners up: Nick a Price & Ian May.
Press/vice: winners: Ags Kalvik & John Hanson. Runners up: Mark Owen & Andrew Sparkes.
Scratch Cup: winner Richard Scott. Runner up: Mark Owen.
Senior Rose Bowl: winner: Dylan John. Runner up: John Rees.
Sue Rees Mixed: winners: Andrea Dudden & Jason Edwards. Runners up: Heather & Ted Buckett.
WH George: winner: Dylan John. Runner up: John Rees.
Ladies Challenge: winner Alyson James. Runner up: Sarah Bevan.
Ladies Charity Days produced a 35 &31 points win for Barbara Phillips & Diane Gough respectively. The President’s Millennium Bowl as a Texas Scramble format goes to Ed Roberts, Robin Ellis, Mark Owen & Elspeth Owen. The rescheduled August Medal was played on September 16th with Robin Ellis excelling with a net 64 and looking a good bet for the Jubilee Cup. The Summer Stableford was won with 29 points by Diane Gough.The popularity of the Texas Scramble was endorsed by a team victory for Paul Thomas, Mickey Davies, Tim Green & Steve Blows on 23rd September.
Another good turnout for Jeff Wallace on Rabbits’ Captain’s Day produced a Rabbit Cup winner with 39 points in Stefan Clay, but a best score with 41 points going to John Rees a distinguished ex Rabbit off a new handicap of 11.September Monthly Medal winner was new dad Nathan Proctor with a net 68.Ladies’ Friendly Greensomes produced a winning 34 points from Heather Buckett & Christine Halpin as we move into October. John Rees continued with his excellent form in defeating Micky Dunthorne in the final of the Senior Section Salver. The Senior Captain’s Cup 4BBB Stableford on 4th October generated an entry of 28 pairs, with the Club Captain Steve Allen & embarrassingly Senior Captain Steve Lewis winning with a competitive 49 points by a 4 point margin.
The Tigers concluded their league season finishing in a decisive second place in their first season back in the top flight with 7 wins from 10 matches. Recognition to all players who made themselves available and Captain Robin Ellis and Team Manager Steve Allen over the last two seasons.
The Senior Section have flourished under the leadership of the Captain and his back room staff with 2 fixtures remaining.
Haverfordwest ‘A’ Team recently won the South Wales Senior Classic Bowl at the Grove Golf Club, defeating Mountain Ash in the semi-final,Pontypridd’A’ in the final on 13th September. An outstanding achievement for the team members and the Club.
Haverfordwest ‘B’ were defeated in the Bowl quarter final by Pontypridd ‘A’ at Pontardawe, the same day that our champion team prevailed over Derllys Court.
Steve Allen & Steve Lewis came a creditable 5th in the Claret Jug Final at St Pierre Golf Club on 1st August.
The Rabbits’ Section continue to be a unisex unit and are holding their own in the league with 3 remaining fixtures. They will be hosts to the Dyfed Rabbits’ Open in summer 2019.
The Captain’s Dinner was a great success on Friday 21st September with excellent food from Lucy and live music from Daisyb, 50 members were in attendance and your support was greatly appreciated. The Bar Manager and assistants were very helpful in the sale of tickets and with their duties on the night. Special thanks to Simon Gough for his public address system and Vice-Captain Prakash for Grace.
The Entertainment Committee and helpers have worked extremely hard with a very successful Texas Scramble and Barbecue on the 13th July, music events in August, September and October.
The Course has been challenged by major reparations, heavy rain and drought and is recovering well at this stage and much gratitude to Green Staff, volunteers in their plenty for your work in this important area.