ARTHUR Cole fired 8622-64 last week to win the Senior Section’s Autumn Plate tournament at Coed-y-Mwstwr.
King Cole was a merry soul after matching par five times during a round he’ll talk about for many a year to come.
Low gross round of 7813-65 came from runnerup Jonny McEachen, who produced magic at Rest Bay and home goalkeeper Brett Davies was called on to make an early save.
But the Pembrokeshire wizards continued to press, and they went on to win a debatable penalty midway through the half.
Peter Thomas beat goalkeeper Brett Davies from the spot – the ball just carded a two on the 11th hole and birdie on six to garnish six pars.
Steady Eddie D Taylor shot 90-23-67 to finish third on countback from Richard Sheldon 88-2167.
Michael Davies entered the Samuel Bevan snug with 85-17-68 to finish in front of Clive Dyke 85-1669, military man George R Davis 95-25-70 and golf guru Dai (Maesteg) Thomas 91-21-70.
Other twos came from Byron Cox, George R Davis, Russell Gower, John Jones, Brian John, Gwyn Owen and Michael Paddick.
Last Saturday, Chris Hayward mounted the victory rostrum at the end of a Stableford competition.
A sweet birdie on the 16th hole set up a winning 42 points with Steve O’Connell just one point back after getting birdies on holes three, five, nine and 13 to complement 10 pars.
Brian Day entered the Samuel Bevan snug with 37 points (eight pars) to take third-place honours, and the score was matched by Lloyd Dowling (birdies on holes three and nine).
Senior star steady Eddie D Taylor shot 35 points, as did Lionel Williams, with four players finishing with 34 points – Steve Turner, Steve Williams, Stephen Thomas and Rocky Raybould. THIS year’s Revlon European Tour – masterminded by Coed-y-Mwstwr bigwig David James – visited the Spanish city of Marbella for another Ryder Cup bonanza.
Former Maesteg rugby star Barrie Delaney and Paul Hopkins headed teams that went at it hammer and tongs from the outset.
A high noon shootout at Chaparral Golf Club developed in the opener, and conditions proved as testing as Ogmore-by-sea beach boy Delaney winning the Stableford event.
The Tommy Cooper lookalike “just like that” turned on the magic to conjure par 36 points.
But the score on the doors favoured Team Hopkins, 11-7, going into the second big showdown at Torre Quebrada Golf Club.
Sweltering weather conditions were matched by equally toasty scores, as Nigel Amos got a sizzling 32 points to win the day.
But Team Delaney were 14-4 winners of the team event, and took a handsome lead into the last match at Cabopino Golf Club.
A tight course produced equally tight scoring with Hopkins and glamour boy Adrian Parry joint-winners on 31 points.
Once the numbercrunching was done, golfing godfather James announced Team Delaney triumphant in the Ryder Cup and Adrian Parry the individual winner.
Once more the tour party sung the praises of golfing genius James for another glittering masterclass in organisational skills. programme of midweek friendly matches with a 5.5 – 2.5 home victory over Fairwood Park.
Acting Grove Senior Captain Keith Griffiths thanked the team for continued support – and requested it to continue in 2018.
With winter fast approaching, Grove Seniors yesterday (Tuesday) launched their Winter Order of Merit series of matches.
And Barbara Cash was on the money in winning the 12th Grove Ladies Medal tournament of the year, firing 109-34-75.
Runner-up Jayne Jones signed for 96-17-79 – the round contained four pars – with third-placed Victoria Ford motoring on to 109-27-82.