Nicky claims gold as he storms to Patrol glory
AFTER two consecutive postponements, the fourth round of the Derllys Court Golf Club seniors’ Dawn Patrol League was eventually played and featured a tremendous round of golf from 17-handicapper Nicky Goldsmith.
Eight pars and two birdies contributed to a net score of 63 and ensured first place in the competition, a clear three strokes ahead of his nearest challenger.
In second place, Adrian Evans and vice-captain Hugh Thomas tied on net 66, with Evans getting the nod on countback.
Huw Hafod Jones, Ian Watson and Graham Owens followed, all recording 68, with Chris Palmer one behind, and Ninian Davies and Brian Newcombe on 70.
In the league table, Palmer and Owens now share the lead, with Phil Mountjoy in third.
The competition reaches the halfway stage this week when the players gather to contest the rearranged fifth round.
The seniors’ B team welcomed Pennard, with the winners going through to the final eight of the cup competition of the South Wales Seniors’ Classic.
In blustery and wet conditions a close contest developed, with the 18-hole result seeing both teams with one win apiece and one halved match.
Goldsmith wasn’t in such good form when he and partner Colin Walters were unable to reproduce their excellent form from previous rounds, losing 3&2.
This meant that a victory was needed from at least one of the two remaining pairs, and captain Tony Wood and Chris Palmer duly obliged, with both players contributing fully in a convincing 4&3 victory.
The pick of the matches saw Graham Bebb and Phil Mountjoy matched against two solid 10-handicappers, and the quality of the match was exemplified by all four players recording twos on the par-three fifth.
As the match moved to its final stages, a three-putt double bogey on the 17th gave the visitors an unexpected one-hole lead.
However, a brilliant second stroke on to the 18th gave Mountjoy a birdie and the match moved on to the 19th.
Not to be outdone, Mountjoy’s par on the first extra hole was bettered by an excellent birdie from Pennard, which took the Gower visitors through to the quarter-finals.
This week sees the section’s A team travel to Ashburnham in the Classic Bowl competition.