Lo­cal golfers shine in Welsh Ladies con­test

Glamorgan Gazette - - Golf -

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).


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.


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

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