Su­perb sec­ond round wins Pres­i­dent’s Cup for Gra­ham

Llanelli Star - - CRICKET/GOLF -

THERE were two very con­trast­ing days of golf last week when the se­niors com­peted over 36 holes for the Se­niors’ Cham­pi­onship at Der­llys Court Golf Club.

The first round was played in con­stant heavy rain and the con­di­tions af­fected the scor­ing to such an ex­tent that there were only two be­low-par net rounds recorded.

The first of these golfers, six-hand­i­cap­per John Hart­ley, carded an out­stand­ing gross 76 to take top place in both the gross and net com­pe­ti­tion. The sec­ond, Paul Gibbs, play­ing off 13, bat­tled to a gross 82 with the as­sis­tance of two 2s earn­ing him a net score of 69.

Scores of 81 and 85 kept Gra­ham Owens and Phil Pick­ers­gill in con­tention for the sec­ond round of the gross com­pe­ti­tion, while in the net com­pe­ti­tion Roy Gal­lop and Hugh Davies took the top place in the 18-22 hand­i­cap group, with K Huw L Jones and Barry Davies tak­ing sim­i­lar hon­ours in di­vi­sion three for the higher hand­i­cap­pers.

Af­ter a cut to just 27 competitor­s, the dry weather for the sec­ond round re­turned the course to firm con­di­tions, and with blue skies over­head there was an ex­cit­ing con­clu­sion as Gra­ham Owens ex­celled with the best round of golf from a se­nior this year.

In a great dis­play of long hit­ting and solid putting, six-hand­i­cap­per Owens recorded nine pars and three birdies to fin­ish with a gross score of 73, and with his main ri­val Hart­ley dou­ble-bo­gey­ing two par four holes, Owens over­took the five-stroke first-round deficit to even­tu­ally win the Pres­i­dent’s Cup for the cham­pion golfer of the year by two strokes.

Mean­while, in the bat­tle for the Cap­tain’s Tro­phy awarded to the best net golfer, Barry Davies’s ex­cel­lent net score of 65, added to his 73 from round one, earned him the ti­tle by just two strokes from Gra­ham Bebb (72+68) and Hart­ley (68+72), tied on 140.

The award for the best vet­eran golfer over the 36 holes was won by the se­niors’ trea­surer, Brian New­combe, with a net to­tal of 149, beat­ing last year’s win­ner Roger Hors­fall by a sin­gle stroke.

This week the se­niors com­pete in the eighth round of the Dawn Pa­trol league.

Der­llys Court Golf Club Se­niors’ pres­i­dent Rob Walters pre­sent­ing the Pres­i­dent’s Cup to 2019 win­ner Gra­ham Owens.

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