Centenary Rant!

A busy Centenary weekend saw 15 teams compete in the Texas Scramble on Friday afternoon.  Despite having 4 all male teams the top three teams all contained at least one lady!  The full results below.

1st  Blatchford’s x 4 – 56.9
2nd Carling’s x 3 plus Andrew Prynne – 58
3rd Justine Blunsdon, Pete Caltabiano, Mark Desmond, James Borland – 58.5

The 4BBB saw 180 golfers compete and record some great scores.  Johnny Redknap and Adrian Davies were sunning themselves with smiles of contentment under the Cherry Tree having just scored a net 60.  I hear that John had asked a bottle of the Clubs finest Prosseco to be put on ice, however the celebrations were short lived when Gareth Mathias and Tom O’Brien came in with a net 58!  The more his father practices the better Tom gets!  I must say I was exhausted from carrying Peter Goodfellow around 18 holes!

1st Gareth Mathias & Tom O’Brien – net 58
2nd John Redknap & Adrian Davies – net 60
3rd James Greenslade & Graham Marr – net 62
4th Paul Rice & Jeff Shorney – net 63
5th Brian Mantle & Dave Marsh net 64 (count back)

Two no shows this week, Mike Clark on Saturday failed to show and this is a first for me, Lyndon Burrup in the Member’s and Guest’s on Wednesday!  Please gents have the courtesy to arrange a substitute or ring the Pro shop at the very least.  Persistent offending will not be tolerated.

The draw for the Howell Cup and the Autumn Trophy has also be done and is up on the competition boards.

The Second Team lost this week and now need a point away at St. Mary’s to guarantee survival.  Daryl is still looking for a player so if you are a 4-9 handicapper and can help please contact me or Daryl.

The First Team are enjoying a strong finish to the season and they won at home this week to Aberdare (2-1).  They travel to Milford Haven this week to play in the Welsh Team Championships.  They play the first match on Friday afternoon at 1530.  I’m sure they would appreciate all the support we can muster, we wish them every success.

The greens renovation work has commenced and the work should be completed by Friday.  The drainage work has also commenced on the 8th fairway and the 8th hole will be out of play or the next few days.  Work will then start on the 6th hole and that will be closed for 5 working days.  The course will be open in the evenings and weekends, please look at the notice board for exceptions to this email, we may have to close a hole entirely for Health and Safety reasons.  The work will be completed in 3 weeks.  Those involved in the final phases of the knock out competitions will be advised under separate cover.  In general, the gravel/sand channels will be deemed GUR and relief must be taken.  Please look at the notice board before commencing your rounds, any temporary local rules will be posted there.

In general the schedule of work is as follows:

12-14 Aug – 8th fairway
15-21 Aug – 6th fairway
22-23 Aug – 12th fairway
26-28 Aug – 15th fairway

The last couple of days will be used to tidy up and finish off any unplanned issues, all work will be completed by the 30 Aug.

I understand many of you will ask why are we digging the course up during the best month of the year?  The simple answer is that the machinery requires firm ground for the best results, therefore leaving the work for another month would risk not having the ground conditions to complete the work.  Another issue is that the heavy machinery could cause damage to softer ground that would take months to recover.

Thank you all for your patience and understanding.

Finally, I’m sure you’ll all join me in wishing Mike ‘Grimmer’ Jones a speedy recovery after a heart attack on the course on Sunday.  My sources tell me he’s doing well.

Finally, finally, it was great to see Duncan Lewis back at the Club and looking well after his serious illness.  He tells me he will be playing in the Snakes after his handicap increase – finally a happy customer!

Happy Golfing.

Leon Reece
Match Captain



July Medal – Rant!

Whoever said its a game of two alf’s wasn’t really referring to golf but was certainly right on Saturday.  In the morning golfers enjoyed near perfect conditions and the scoring reflected this with two scores of 46 before lunchtime – more of that later! In the afternoon the heavens opened and those ill prepared (me) for such conditions got drenched.

Saturday saw the first trial of 10 minute intervals for medal competition and all players achieved 4hrs 15mins or less, as usual the early starters achieved 3hrs 30mins.  Whilst 10 minute slots solve a lot of ‘congestion’ issues, they also causes a capacity problem.  All of those on the waiting list were offered a place and played.  Could I ask anyone who does not have a place for a competition to put their names on the waiting list along with their desired window of play and both the Secretary/Manger and myself will try and accommodate you.

I feel that there was enough of an improvement to the pace of play to try 9 min slots for the August Medal, many clubs use 9 minute slots as there standard separation and they believe it improves the golfing enjoyment for all.  Two groups on Saturday lost more than 2 holes each, this has huge impact on all the golfers after them.  You must if you do nothing else on a Saturday ‘KEEP UP WITH THE MATCH IN FRONT!!!’  I have written to both matches and given them a final warning.

Saturdays results as follows-

1.  Stuart Lane & Dave Garner – 45pts
2.  Gareth Mathias & Tom O’Brien – 44 (23 back 9)
3.  Jordan Price-Davies & Darryl Gardner 44 (14 back 6)
4.  Alex Hill & Ross Toshack 44 (13 back 6)
5.  Ian Dodd & Martyn Davies 43 (22 back 9)

Where are the scores of 46 I hear you ask! Well having done all the hard work one person failed to put his handicap on the card and the other played off the wrong handicap!  Gents, please take 5 minutes to check your cards and your handicap on the computer.  You are only responsible for 5 things on you cards – name, handicap, gross score and markers signature and players signature.

Sam Mead & Dave Carey – Doh!

Some mixed team news this week, the First Team lost to Morlais Castle but the Second Team won a very important relegation clash against Creigau.  As usual Alan Buchan and Paul Arcos won, the yukkers lost, but the skipper came through with Glyn Mitchell to claim the points.  Well done Darryl the tide is finally turning!!  For all the hard work you have put into the Second Team this year you deserve success.

The First Team will be travelling to Milford Haven for the Welsh Team championships after 2 great wins in the qualifying rounds.  If anyone is interested in travelling to support them it may be possible to arrange some transport from the Club on a daily basis.  If you are interested in travelling to support the First Team please drop the Secretary/Manager an email.  The dates are the 16-18 Aug 13.

Happy Golfing!

Leon Reece
Match Captain