Gibbs hits good form to win by two strokes
THE second round of the seniors’ Dawn Patrol League at Derllys Court Golf Club featured a great round of golf from Paul Gibbs, who continued his current good form by returning a winning net score of 65 in the first ‘maximum score’ strokeplay competition of the season.
The 13-handicapper recorded four pars and a birdie on the front nine and five more pars on the back nine to take first place by two strokes from Ninian Davies, Tom Thomas and Winston John, all tied on net 67.
Chris Evans and Alan Hire shared next place, just one stroke behind with Ken Breaker, Martin Davies and Rob Lewis all with a net score of 69.
The early league table already illustrates the advantage of consistency over occasional brilliance, with Colin Walters, Chris Palmer and Roger Horsfall sharing top spot, while in the first year of the veterans’ competition for seniors aged over 70, Horsfall is two points ahead of Roy Gallop, with Winston John in third position.
After two away defeats, captain Tony Wood was delighted to see his team show some good form in the first home match of the season with a comfortable 6-2 win over Langland Bay.
The star turn of the day was Clive Jones, who demonstrated that even the highest handicappers have their day, with twos on both the second and fifth holes and a 7&5 victory with partner Nick Argue.
There was also a convincing 6&4 win for Phil Rogers & Winston John, with the other winning pairs being Wood & Palmer, Graham Bebb & Phil Mountjoy, Hugh Thomas & Alan Hire and Graham Owens & Meirion Evans.
The captain will be hoping for his team’s good form to continue this week when the seniors face a tough challenge in their attempt to regain the Christine Phillips Cup from the ladies’ section.