Local golfers shine in Welsh Ladies contest
THREE players from local clubs turned in strong performances in the Welsh Ladies Amateur Championships that were staged at Radyr, writes Tony Poole.
Fauve Birch (Pyle & Kenfig) along with the Southerndown duo of Georgia Lewis and Emilie Lewis were all involved in the closing stages of competitions.
At the end of 36 holes of Strokeplay last Saturday, Ffion Tynan (Minchinhampton) and Jordan Ryan (Newport, Gwent) disputed leadership on 146 having shot identical rounds of 75 and 71.
Fauve Birch was sixth shooting 78 and 74 for 152 while Georgia Lewis just made the top-16 cut with back-to-back rounds of 81 securing 14th place.
But Emilie Lewis in 20th place was just outside the mark to continue in the main event - rounds of 83 and 82 gave her 165 and a place in the Valentine Plate.
On Sunday two rounds of Matchplay were conducted, and in the last-16 stage Fauve Birch defeated Harriet Lockley (Isle of Wedmore) 4 & 2 with Georgia Lewis gaining a one hole win over Lauren Hillier (Newport, Gwent).
The two local golfers then went head to head in the quarter-finals, and Georgia Lewis came from two holes down early on to win the day, 2 & 1, over Fauve Birch.
The semi-finals were then staged on Bank Holiday Monday, and Georgia Lewis was paired with Lea-Anne Bramwell (Abergele). But the Southerndown player lost by two holes, and in the final Bramwell pulled off a similar victory over Ffion Tynan to lift the Lord Tredegar Ladies Amateur Trophy.
Emilie Lewis gained a 5 & 4 win over Rhian Barton (Carden Park) in the Valentine Plate quarter-finals only to bow out by two holes against Ffion Vineall (Newport, Gwent) in the semi-finals. The Valentine Plate, however, went to Darcey Harry (Vale Resort), who beat Vineall by one hole in the final.
ANDY Booth shot 79-10- 69 to run out the threeshot winner last Saturday of a Club Championship qualifying event at Royal Porthcawl.
His card contained birdies on holes eight, 15 and 18 along with six pars.
Playing off an away handicap, Michael Mullins fired 86-14-72 with WRU chairman W G Davies entering the clubhouse with 84-10-74 (nine pars).
Low gross round of the day came off an away handicap from Patrick Mullins 73+2 = 75 through two birdies, 13 pars and three bogeys.
Lee Bridgeman signed for 86-11-75 for fifth spot while Jeffrey Thomas got a two on hole 14 on the way to 77-1-76.
The remaining top-16 places went to Richard D Jones 77-1-76, Jack Bull 78-2-76 (two on hole 14 and two other birdies), Dan Pickering 80-4-76, Craig P Davies 87-11-76, Steffan Rowe 76+1 = 77 (two on hole seven), Carl Rowe 77-0-77 (away), Jamie Pickering 80-2-78, Mark Phillips 80-2-78, Jamie Devonald 92-14-78, William P Mullins 86-7-79 (away) and Huw R Evans 89-10-79.
On the Ladies scene at the Rest Bay club, Phillippa Stedman last week topped the leaderboard at the end of Ladies Club Championship qualifying event.
Playing off an away handicap she signed for a low gross score of 82-7-75 that contained birdies on holes two, 15 and 16 along with six pars.
Runner-up Julie Thomas was another away competitor, and her score of 84-9-75 displayed a Tutu (twos on holes four and seven) along with a further birdie on the fifth hole and seven pars.
Third-placed Jackie McKay got 104-21-83 and was followed on the list by Claire Thomas 112-28-84, Geraldine Judd 112-28-84, Janet Hopkin 104-20-84, Sally Kennedy 110-26-84 and Pam Chugg (away) 94-9-85.
KIERAN Harman won the 36-hole Club Championship qualifying tournament last Saturday at Southerndown.
Rounds of 71 and 70 for a one-over par score of 141 saw him finish three shots in front of two competitors – Theo Baker 73+71 = 144 (away) along with high-flying Golden Eagle man Jaco Van Der Merwe 71+73 = 144.
During the morning round, Harman was one of three players to share low gross honours with 71+2 = 73, and he followed it up with a second round score of 70+2 = 72.
The other top-16 qualifiers were (aggregate scores): Llewellyn Matthews 77+69 = 146, Gareth Standing 71+75 = 146, Graham R McMonagle 72+78 = 150, Michael Phillips 78+75 = 153, Simon Morgans 75+78 = 153, Morgan Grace 79+75 = 154, Barry J Hawkins 79+76 = 155, Lewis Phillips 78+79 = 157, Andrew Gould 73+84 = 157, Darren Hanney 77+81 = 158, Geraint Matthews 75+83 = 158, Neil Channell 85+74 = 159 (away) and Daniel Jakeway 77+85 = 162.
The morning round produced a win for Andy Gould on 73-5-68 (birdie on hole one, 13 pars and four bogeys), and he was followed on the scoreboard by Simon Morgans 75-6-69, Geraint Matthews 75-6-69, Graham Harcombe 82-12-70, Lewis Phillips 78-8-70, Gareth Standing low gross 71-170, Morgan Churchill 766-70 (away), A McDowellThomas 78-8-70, Jaco Van Der Merwe low gross 788-70 and Matthew Thomas 78-8-70.
The afternoon 18-hole contest was won by Ms Shalin Standing with 8515-70 (six pars) from Neil Channell 74-4-70 (away), Michael Phillips 75-4-71, Lewis Phillips 79-8-71, Llewellyn Matthews 69+2 = 71, Theo Baker 71-0-71 (away), Kieron Harman 70+2 = 72, Barry J Hawkins 76-4-72, Simon Morgans 78-6-72 and Jaco Van Der Merwe 73-0-73.
Earlier, Barry J Hawkins swept to victory last week in a Midweek Stableford that was contested off yellow boxes.
His winning score was a toasty 38 points and he lit up the round with a two on hole seven; further birdies on holes four and six together with 10 pars.
Frank Bradshaw, who failed to score on the seventh hole, was a mere point behind in second place.
He got a two on hole five; further birdies on the sixth and 12th greens to place alongside eight pars.
Brian Edwards secured third position with par 36 points with David Bonney getting a two on the 14th hole to finish on the same mark.
Graham Hughes got 35 points out of his round (two birdies) and the score was matched by Bill Gregory (eagle on the 15th green, birdie on 13 and seven pars) and R Brookes (two on 10).
Meanwhile, the third round of the Senior Section’s Harold Gould tournament produced a victory for T Grant with 40 Stableford points (four pars).
Runner-up N R Thomas hit 38 points, and he was followed on the leaderboard by B Dudley par 36, Dr Brian Dawson 35 (three birdies) and Mark Rees 34 (two on hole seven).
PYLE & KENFIG:
A JOAN Jones qualifying event at Pyle & Kenfig last week was won by away competitor Claire Thomas with 98-27-71.
Carole Vaughan was just two shots back via 92-19-73 and on the same level was Joan Flaherty with 100-27-73.
Best gross round came from fourth-placed Cheryl Western, who handed in a card displaying 84-8-76 (10 pars).
Also on the 76-shot mark came Annette Rhys 94-18-76, Jayne Wilby 111-35-76 and Kay Bradbury 90-14-76 – Marian Thomas was eighth courtesy of 92-15-77.
Meanwhile, seven pars did the business for Paul Wilby, who was triumphant on countback 37 points in a Senior Section Terns Stableford event.
Neil Hampton wads the other 37-point finisher (birdies on holes three and 16) with Michael Harris (two on hole 12 and three other birdies after a no-return on first hole) signing for par 36.
Five competitors then hit 33 points – Jeffrey Matthews snr, Noel Crowley, Peter Williams, Griffith Spensley and Graham Hugh Jenkins.
DARREN Crocker stormed to victory last Saturday with a nett 62 to lift the Jubilee Cup at Maesteg
Though the victory was by three shots over Matthew Thomas and Corey Butler, the downside came when he saw his handicap come down from 17 to 14.
Meanwhile, Lewis Jenkins and Thomas Williams led the qualifiers in the Chairman’s Salver competition with scores of nett 65, and they finished on shot in front of Myles Protheroe.
In the first junior competition of the season, victory in the Junior Spring Cup went to inform Thomas Hedley via a nett 66 from Myles Protheroe 68 and Ellis Williams 72.
On the Ladies scene, qualifying places were on offer during a Ladies Championship event to play alongside defending champion Ceri-Ann Morgan in the quarter-finals.
Rhiannydd Morgan emerged with a win from Eirwen Humphreys and Mary Lee.
An Australian Spoons qualifier was also held
last week, resulting in Menna Lewis and Audrey Gregson representing the Llynfi Valley club in the knockout stages of the competition.
Moya Lewis and Eirwen Humphreys occupied second spot with Karen Jackson-John and Fiona John taking third-place honours.
Finally, in the weekly Senior Section Stableford, Dennis Francis mounted the victory rostrum following a par round of 36 points.
He finished five points clear of two players - Ron Talbot and Stormin Norman Cartilage, who once more had to be satisfied with third position.
FORMER Senior Captain David B Ford-Williams shot the low gross round in winning a Graham Butt Trophy qualifier last week at Coed-y-Mwstwr.
The former Ford executive entered the fast-disappearing Sam Bevan snug with a superb card of 78-16-62 - a birdie on the 15th hole complementing nine pars.
He had five shots in hand over Rocky Raybould whose 82-15-67 contained eight pars with Porthcawl star David Evans taking third spot on 90-22-68.
Former South Wales Police rugby flier Alfred Woodward shot 86-17-69, and the remaining top-10 places went to financial wizard John Rogers 8617-69, Philip Weston 79-970, steady Eddie D Taylor 93-23-70, Ogmore-by-sea beach boy Barrie Delaney 88-18-70, Eric Williams 95-25-70 and Irish star Philip Harrington 93-2370. The only two of the day came from Bluebird-loving Glyn Price, who sunk a birdie putt over the pond on number four.
Last Saturday the International Pairs title was up for grabs, and it went to Senior star Jonny McEachen and Dave Vincent with a score of 50 Stableford points.
Runners-up were Andrew Daye and Mark Tuck on 47 points; on the 45-point mark came Dave Ellis and Steve Turner together with Stephen Morgan and Huw Rodgers while fifth place went to Christopher Hayward and Peter Roberts via 44 points.
On the Ladies scene at Bryn Road, Gaynor Ashman won a GUW Team Stableford Qualifier with 38 points.
Chris Gardner was four points back while Carol Harrington signed for 32 points, Janet Roberts 31 and Victoria Brooks 29.
And in a Stableford contest last Saturday, victory went to Julie Davies who shot a splendid round of 38 points.
The highlight was a two over the pond on number four and she also matched par on seven occasions.
Runner-up on 33 points was Jacqueline Summerton with Kim Burn shooting 32 points and Denise James 27.
THE names have been released of the eight players that will contest the closing stages of this year’s Club Championship at the Grove.
Top-of-the-pile after 36 holes of strokeplay was Luke Evans on 151 from Daniel Evans 158, Jason Thomas 159, master golfer Colin Rumbelow 163, Gareth Rees 163, Ged Rave 164, Robert Davies 165 and Mark Tierney 165.
The eight qualifiers for the Plate competition are Bradley Tonner 166, Andrew Morton 168, Oliver Mullins 169, Martin Evans 170, James Thomas 170, Ian Jones 170, Gavin Davies 171 and David Thomas 171.
The best scores in round one came from Michael Davey 82-13-69, Kevin Budge 82-13-69, Daniel Evans 76-6-70, Luke Evans (low gross) 74-4-70, Bradley Tonner 80-10-70, Robert Davies 80-10-70, Steve Muir 86-15-71, master golfer Colin Rumbelow 80-8-72, Mark Tierney 8210-72 and Andrew Morton 84-12-72.
In Round Two, Lewis Tonner topped the leaderboard with 77-8-69 from low gross scorer Gareth Rees 75-5-70, Ian Jones 84-13-71, Andrew Morton 84-12-72, Philip Evans 8210-72, Ian Thomas 87-1572, Jason Thomas 79-6-73, Mark Tierney 82-10-72 and Luke Evans 77-4-73.
Last Saturday, the Green Acre Cup was contested, and it was lifted by Lyndon Parker who ran up 42 Stableford points.
He got to that score on the back of 11 pars, five bogeys and two doublebogeys, but had only one shot in hand over Steven Cole (two birdies and nine pars) and Ally Patterson.
Fourth-placed Jason Thomas got a two on the home hole and also birdied the par-five 13th with 11 pars taking him on to 39 points.
Two points back came Vincent Laing while par rounds of 36 points came from Richard Ashman, Luke Evans (eagle on hole one, birdies on holes six and 10 together with eight pars) and David Daly.
Michael Jones and Stephen Channell both got 35 points out of their rounds.
On the Senior scene at the South Cornelly club, Michael Lees last week lifted the Cynffig Range Cup with 41 Stableford points.
Having carded a seven on the opening par-five hole, he marched to victory on the strength of seven pars and 10 bogeys.
Three points in arrears was Tony Jones, who matched par on 10 occasions, while the 37-point mark was hit by three players – Stephen Booth (nine pars), Dave Halligan and master golfer Rumbelow (three birdies).
Three players then entered the clubhouse with par scores of 36 points – former Margam pace bowler Terrence Dowrick, Mansel Rees and Alan Jones. But last week Grove Seniors surprisingly struggled to field a team to play one of the finest courses in Wales at Pennard.
They turned up on the Gower Peninsular a player short, and lost the away match in the Pengrove Trophy by 7.5 – 0.5.
Grove will be looking to mount a much stronger challenge when the clubs meet again in South Cornelly during September.
Yesterday (Tuesday) the Redwood Trophy was being contested with a Florida Scramble format for teams of four players.
Competitors were requested to give one-off donations to Cancer Charity following the recent deaths of two loyal club members in Dennis Redwood and Neil Jones.
IDRIS Jones last week turned back the clock in calling time on the remainder of the field during the fourth leg of the Senior Section Summer Stableford competition at the Lakeside club in Margam.
The former Pyle & Kenfig and Grove star, who now resides in pucker Rest Bay and coach’s golf, made the most of superb conditions out on the Llwyd Joseph ultimate golfing experience. He ran up a sizzling score of 35 points with a two on the first hole and seven pars.
Four points back came Dennis Gould; John Kinsey got 30 points and David Brown 27.
Two players then entered Uncle Tom’s Cabin with 28 points – Cefn Cribwr professional D G Hopkins and Noel Jones.
ST MARY’S :
JOAN Smith last weekend shot a gross round of 84 to win the Club Championship Denise Union Bowl at St Mary’s.
Her winning card was built around six pars and 12 bogeys and the victory was by two shots over Kathy Northam.
Third spot went to Sarah Rees on 96 with Kath McGrath and Caroline Jerrett going around in 97 blows.
The next competitors on the scoreboard were 98-shot finishers Elizabeth Winkley and Ruth Lane. Meanwhile, Stan Locke held the key to success during a Stableford event earlier in the month off white boxes.
He locked 41 points onto a sizzling card that displayed a birdie on hole 11 along with 11 pars.
Second-placed Paul Smalldon signed for 37 points while Senior star Roy Denton came off the course with par 36 points.
Fourth-placed Grant Holmes shot a superb eagle on hole 16 to place alongside a birdie on the fifth green, but two blobs proved a momentum stopper.
Top gunner Leslie Cutter played sensible golf in a 35-point return (birdie on hole eight and 10 pars) while three competitors hit 34 points – Lewis Jenkins, Gareth Hopkins and Derek Luckwell.
But there was more frustration for former club star Mark Hiddlestone, who limped in with a measly 25 points.
THE pitfalls of being retired were brought home to the members of St. Mary’s Senior Section through having to play golf day after day in this unseasonably hot weather. Their latest outing was a qualifying Stableford competition played off the whites.
The course was in magnificent condition and the field of 39 expressed their appreciation of the hard work of the greenkeeping staff. Conditions were ideal and it was a little surprising that just one sub par score was posted.
Former Captain, Mike Feeley, claimed the title and earned himself a handicap reduction, by returning a net score of 37 points. Three players tied on 35 points but, after a count-back, Ray Stacey, Roy Denton and Steve Phillips were placed second, third and fourth, respectively. Twos were scored by Roy Denton (2) and section scribe, Norman Lloyd.
Georgie Lewis reached the Welsh Amateur semi-finals
Kieron Harman receives silverware from Southerndown director of golf John Peters
Emilie Lewis was a losing semi-finalist in the Valentine Plate