Wales regains the Glamorganshire Golf Club “Ryder Cup”

THE 17th Glamorganshire Golf Club Ryder cup took place on Saturday, October 4.

Based on the actual Ryder Cup format, but played every year between the members of the club who call themselves Welsh and those who were born outside of Wales. Members qualify by attaining points during the medal competitions held between March and September.

The two Captains this year were Chris Payne, Captain of Wales and Maurice Buchalter Captain of the Rest of the world.

The pre-match dinner on Friday night was excellent with shirts being presented to the competing 18 players per side with the usual banter between the teams.

The Welsh Team got off to a great start and were obviously inspired by the sounds of Delilah reverberating around the clubhouse, during shirt presentations and took a commanding lead during the morning foursomes, played in some very inclement weather.

Wales won the first five matches, only for the rest of the world to come back strongly and take the next three matches, with the final foursomes match being halved.

With Wales needing 9.5 points for overall victory, the weather improved in time for the afternoon fourballs. Some very close matches ensued, however the Welsh were again a bit too strong and victory was sealed by a fantastic chip in by Steve Morris on the 18th for a birdie to the delight of the other Welsh players surrounding the green.

Overall Wales won the afternoon session six points to three points to give Wales a convincing 11 ½:6 ½ victory.

Celebrations continued in the bar and the losing captain Maurice Buchalter presented Chris Payne with the trophy filled by what can only be called a palatable sparkling wine.

A great day was enjoyed by all and the 18th Ryder Cup Captains were chosen as Richard Jeremy (Wales) and Colin Toshack (ROW).

First published in the Penarth Times Thursday 9 October 2014 in Sport by Rebecca Lord


Bunkers/Sand traps – do they need to be circular?

Bunkers/Sand traps – do they need to be circular? Here in the South of France a new course has used rectangular bunkers to make it appear like agricultural ground from above.

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One of the most picturesque villages in France, Les Baux en Provence, overlooks the course from a nearby mountaintop and many visitors do not realise they are overlooking a golf course.

Does anyone know of any similiar initiatives?

NGCC Offer More Great Auctions In Support For Help The Heroes


The National Golf Club Challenge which supports Help for Heroes runs a very popular Monthly Online Auction each month featuring great prizes to bid on. This month there are 170 sensational prizes up for grabs which include luxurious golfing holidays, highly collectable memorabilia, fourballs at some of the best venues all over the UK, golfing equipment from top golfing brands, fabulous golf breaks and much, much more.

You can see this month’s Online Auction supporting Help for Heroes at

Happy Bidding!

A “Snaker’s” Diary – Week One

The Glamorganshire Golf Club’s Winter Competition, “Snakes & Ladders” teed off on Sunday on the same day as the Cardiff Half-Marathon. Both Ladies’ and Men’s Captains, Justine Blunsden and Leon Reece were running for their joint charity, Cystic Fibrosis, and completed the course in creditable times. Leon even made it back in time for the speeches, but was reticent as to which Captain ran the faster time! A persistent drizzle looked as if it would make for a challenging morning, but, thankfully it cleared by 8:30 and the golf was played in excellent conditions.

My partner and I have a colossal combined handicap, which means that we get a shot for half of the handicap difference. This should mean that, theoretically, with judicious shot management, that we should prevail for most of our matches, particularly as my partner, Lennie is proud to point out that he is a former winner of the competition. Unfortunately, his boundless optimism did not take into account that I too have figured in despatches at the Snakes Supper, but, as a “Wooden Spoonist”. We approached Sunday with a degree of optimism, which was to be cruelly shattered after the first six holes!

Our opponents were Greg and Nick, who both hit the ball miles, but not necessarily in the right direction, and had to give us 12 shots! It all started so well! I drove off the 17th after Nick’s monster drive, but mine found the fairway, and Greg feeling his way into the match after a heavy night on Saturday duffed his shot from the semi-rough. We won that hole with a 5 and took the 18th with a 4 to go two up. That was as good as it got! Our opponents won the next two holes for all-square and we halved the 3rd. The 524 yard 4th proved to be a perfect example of the shot management and outrageously bad golf for which the Snakes is renowned.

The actual sequence of shots is not really important. Suffice to say that after both pairings approached the green via trees, rough, bushes, bunkers and better-looking fairways, that our 11 net 10 trumped their eleven!! Realising that they were in danger of being embarrassed, Greg and Nick began to hit the ball even further and, Nick, in particular, started putting to his handicap of 14. I had left the white towel required for such occasions in the car, and we were put out of our misery on the 13th losing 5 and 3.

Dave Hancock, our newly-installed Chief Snake gave an accomplished and animated inaugural address, using news from the course, visual aids, comedy, musical instruments and audience participation to engage his audience. It was good, it was funny and it was long, so, unfortunately, many had to leave before “Downton Abbey” was aired! Next week, Lenny and I are playing John and Wayne, and, again, we receive 12 shots. Lenny has decided to play bowls on Wednesday, instead of our usual round, reasoning that we were over-prepared last week, and that we should play our natural games. It does not bode well!