Hart­ley and Palmer edge out ri­vals to reach fi­nals

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

JOHN Hart­ley and Chris Palmer will rep­re­sent Der­llys Court Golf Club in the na­tional fi­nal of the Wales Golf Se­niors Green­somes com­pe­ti­tion at Mor­lais Cas­tle, Merthyr Tyd­fil, in Septem­ber after a close fin­ish in the home course qual­i­fier.

A steady start of five con­sec­u­tive pars saw them fin­ish the front nine holes on just three over par. And de­spite a dou­ble bo­gey on the 10th, a fi­nal score of six over par, worth 42 stable­ford points, saw them edge into first place on count­back from K Huw L Jones and Michael Thomas thanks to a birdie on the 18th hole.

Clive Jones and Win­ston John re­peated their per­for­mance from last year when an iden­ti­cal score of 41 points earned them third place once again.

In a tight con­test, Tom Thomas and John Phillips fin­ished one point be­hind, with Nick Ar­gue and Jeff Jones and Huw Hafod Jones and Geraint Roberts both tied on 39.

Later in the week, cap­tain Tony Wood led the way in the se­niors’ team match against Glyn Abbey when he recorded a con­vinc­ing 5&4 vic­tory with part­ner Id­wal Thomas in the open­ing match.

With the course in great con­di­tion and the weather fair, there were fur­ther wins for Hugh Thomas and Phil Jones (3&2), Nicky Gold­smith and Chris Palmer (4&3), Phil Rogers and Gra­ham Owens (5&4), Nick Ar­gue and Chris Evans (1up), Alan Hire and Paul Gibbs (4&2), and a halved match for Wayne Cau­son & Clive Jones.

The team’s cur­rent good home form will face a stern test this week when Haver­ford­west are the vis­i­tors.

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