Harrison & Webster Rant!

Another busy Bank Holiday weekend with nearly 180 golfers playing in the Saturday’s competition.  For those of you confused by the format – and I think that included both professionals (Andrew has only been here 37 years so its understandable!!), the format was 2two eighteen hole comps, with two further cups for best 36 hole net score and best 36 hole gross score.  But well done to a few of you who tried to convince Pete ‘the Pro’ and retain your shots from Saturday, yes that’s you Chrissy Beer!!  Please check the board I have included a ‘tweak’ of my own to your handicap!

Firstly, the no shows – Brian Rigby and Dave Sadler, Dave did arrive apparently but his clubs had been stolen from his boot, he did manage to recover them by the Monday! Well done South Wales Police!  Gents please if you are booked turn up or cancel your booking to allow others to play.

Pete Chaffey narrowly lost out on Saturday by one shot!  His air shot on the 15th cost him a tie!  Can’t help playing with Prisky either!

Saturdays result

Mr Dafydd Harries 78 – 11c = 67
Mr Craig Gore 80 – 13c = 67
Mr Chris Beer 84 – 16c = 68
Mr Tony Morgan 85 – 17c = 68
Mr J H Shorney 75 – 7c = 68
Mr Peter Chaffey 96 – 28c = 68

The fourth hole seemed to present a big challenge: on Sat, my 3 ball called the match behind through, then they called us back through and at one stage there was 15 golfers on the hole – this slow play thing is going so well.  The only casualty, Emyr ‘I’ve never walked off in my life’ Davies – did in fact walk off!!  The golfing gods were to gain their revenge some 48 hrs later when Pete Caltabiano fired one of his best drives at 45 degrees into Ems forearm, he described Em as a startled Mule Deer, whatever that is!  All joking aside Em is ok but it could have been a nasty incident.

Monday went off fairly uneventfully, with a much smaller field.  Although Jamie Ringer did have a back spasm after firing 3 balls into Downs Wood and left the course a few holes later – these highly tuned athletes!

Monday’s Result

Mr Jeremy Peter 86 – 20c = 66
Mr Jonathan M Adams 86 – 19c = 67
Mr Tom Maunder 77 – 8c = 69
Mr Roger Boyle 76 – 7c = 69
Mr Jonathan Bowles 79 – 10c = 69
Dr E J Davies 82 – 12c = 70

Congratulations must go to –

Jay Morris best gross over 36 holes – FD Webster Cup.
Roger Boyle best net over 36 holes – Stanley Harrison Cup.

As the poster says:  “Stay calm and carry on golfing.”  Things need time to settle now and people need to enjoy our great golf club.  As the Head Green Keeper at Wentworth said this weekend ‘his course is 60 days behind where it should be after one of the worst winters!’

Club night tonight – £500 Jackpot

“Missing a short putt does not mean you have to hit your next drive out of bounds.”
– Henry Cotton

Leon Reece
Match Captain



Match Captain – Rants!

The vast majority of members have been very positive about a bit of feedback, so here goes.  Only positive rants this week, thanks to all those who took time to complete their finishing times and their time teeing off on the 9th tee.  This data helps ascertain how long each format should take.  Saturdays 4BBB Medal saw 188 golfers get around the golf course in between 3hrs 45mins and 4hrs 10mins.  The early finishers would indicate that this format of competition should take just under 4hrs.

Well one small rant – 4 groups scored the Medal as a Stableford, 3 of which NR’d on one or more holes so were DQ’d.  The clue was on the top of the card where it said 4BBB Medal!  Slightly unfair because we did reschedule things, but please confirm before posting your score.

It was nice to see Len Ingram back on the course kitted out with protective hard hat and visor.

Although the greens had been hollow tined the green staff had done a great job and the putting surfaces were pretty good.  The pain is over now, and with some warm weather things should improve dramatically.

The big surprise was 17 where some of our bigger hitters struggled to score par.  Only 3 groups gross birdied 17, with far more bogeys than pars recored.

The tees will be right back next weekend for the Jubilee Cup!

A great score by the winners, Steffan gross birdied 3 and 6 and James gross birdied 16 and 17 for a great finish.

The results were as follows.

First – Steffan Edwards/James Coombs  – net 64
Second – Martin Ennis/Phil Silva – net 66 (33 back 9)
Third – Dave Ellis/Alan Buchan – net 66 (34 back 9)
Fourth – Phil harris/Bill Muir – net 67 (32 back 9)
Fifth – David Vodden/Leon Reece net 67 (34 back 9)

The top 16 qualifiers were as follows.

1. Steffan Edwards/James Coombs
2. Martin Ennis/Phil Silva
3. Dave Ellis/Alan Buchan
4. Phil harris/Bill Muir
5. David Vodden/Leon Reece
6.  Mark Desmond/Luke Kellett
7. Jay Morris/Clive Morris
8. James Maunder/Tom Maunder
9. Dave Halliday/ Phil Cunningham
10. Mark Portlock/Pete Goodfellow
11. Tim Edds/G Roberts
12. Jonathon Adams/Steve Scarrett
13. Maurice Bulchalter/C Lammie
14. Glyn Mitchell/Mike Hennessey
15. Leighton Davies/Nigel Harries
16. Mike Matthews/Paul Johnson

Scores of 69 with a back 9 better than 33 qualified.
First round to be played by 16 June.
4BBB Matchplay – Max 28

This coming weekend.

Sat – Jubilee Cup – Top 8 qualify for the Welsh Handicap Team Championship final played at the Celtic Manor.

Sun – Members and Guest – spaces still available

Monday – Mixed Stableford.

Happy Golfing

Leon Reece
Match Captain

Snakes Supper April 2013



After twenty weeks of keenly contested, sometimes brilliant and often erratic golf, Chief Snake, Peter “Jammy” James welcomed “snakelets” to the annual Snakes Supper marking the conclusion of the Glamorganshire Golf Club’s Winter Snakes and Ladders’ Competition. In keeping with tradition, Jammy said Grace before the meal in which former Snakes’ regulars, Phil Rattray and Colin Lamey were remembered. Once again the “snakelets” enjoyed the excellent supper provided by Ben Gray and his team, and made massive inroads into the liquid refreshment which Mike Reilly and his staff provided, before the Chief Snake rose to his full height and in a solemn tone began the formal proceedings. As he did at the Winter Supper he intoned “Hi Ho!” and this refrain was repeated from various parts of the room, before the second and final performance of “Only Dwarfs Aloud” took place.  Jammy’s choice of the Rolf Harris classic “Two Little Boys” was performed with great gusto by the vertically-challenged group, who are retiring by popular demand!


The Snakes and Ladders Competition is simple, brutal and unforgiving with hackers and single handicappers paired together for ten weeks twice a year, and expected to perform manfully whatever the excesses of the previous night with a “shotgun” start at 9:00 a.m. sharp. This enables everyone to finish in time for the ritual speeches at 1:00, which are a combination of slander, hurtful fact, insinuation and litigious observations delivered in Jammy’s unique style. This combines musical abuse with ready wit and an obvious knowledge of his victims. On the final Sunday of each half, pairings at the top and bottom of the board are obliged to mark a Stableford Card, so that the winners and recipients of the dreaded “Wooden Spoon” are determined. In a delicious abuse of power, the Chief Snake has the discretion to award the Spoon to anyone he considers worthy of the dishonour, so several pairings are kept on tenterhooks until the last minute.


In fifth place were Martyn Davies and Ian Dodd, just behind Gwyn Griffiths and John Letton, who led for most of the campaign, only to fall away in the last few weeks. John Rednap and Richie Collins finished third and Jonathon Adams and Andrew Warner were runners-up. Overall winners of the 2012-2013 Snakes were Phil Harris and Nigel Jones, whose perfect tactics of losing an early match, re-grouping and staying under the radar, and then finishing with an unstoppable surge paid dividends as they blew away Autumn Winners Peter Docherty and Dan Bird 6 and 5. Nigel announced that instead of a victory speech that they were going to entertain us in song and dance. Nigel then led a fantastic rendition of “I’m the King of the Swingers” with enthusiastic audience participation, although Phil’s impersonation of King Louie dancing was more reminiscent of Douglas Bader!


There were several contenders for the Wooden Spoon, but Chief Snake Jammy’s choice was unfortunately limited as a least two pairings which might have figured had fled the country, citing the re-arranged date as an excuse. Keith Nicholls and Mike Jones, both proud Englishmen were awarded the Wooden Spoon, and accepted the award with the same dignity as English Rugby Captain, John Pullin, some 40 years ago. On that occasion, Pullin rose wearily to his feet in a smoked-filled room in the old Hibernian Hotel in Dublin, dodged a couple of incoming breadrolls, and uttered possibly the most memorable 13 words in sporting history: “Well we might not be any good but at least we turned up.”

Only Dwarves Aloud Winners Wooden Spoonists John and Richie in 3rd Place 4th Place