HOT, humid, still conditions greeted the large entry of some 150 golfers young and old competing on Club Captain's Day on Saturday.
The course was in excellent condition once again and a tribute to the hard work of Kevin Rawlins and his team of Steff and Ed. Mention must also be made of the unstinting contribution made by Lyndon Brown, Chairman of Greens.
It was therefore no surprise that there was high scoring. What could not have been predicted were the exceptional scores that came in?
Josh Lewis, playing in the junior section, returned a magnificent 50 points. Who could possibly beat such a tremendous score? It was swashbuckling, senior golfer Gareth Bryant, who did so with a staggering return of 52 points.
Shaun Dyson also had a magnificent card scoring a gross 61 nett 60 to give him 47 stableford points.
The ladies were not to be outshone. Eileen Davies carded a tremendous 48 points only to lose on countback to form golfer Diana Warlow, who also had a haul of 48 points.
The day's golf was followed by an evening quenching the thirst and listening to the music of the talented Dave Williams, singer guitarist.
During the course of the prize giving Lady Captain Pat Evans presented Club Captain Gwyn Scale with a generous donation from the Ladies Section to his Captain's Fund, which will be used to carry out improvements to the course. The support of the Ladies in that regard is greatly appreciated.
1, Josh Lewis 50pts
2, Brandon Cooper 43pts
3, Tom Wood 42pts
Josh will now play off seven after his handicap was reduced by three shots due to his exceptional score.
1, Diana Warlow 48pts
2, Eileen Davies 48pts (lost on countback)
3, Margaret Hicks 42pts
Nearest the Pin - Jackie Skelhorn
Longest Drive - Lucy French
The high scoring meant there were some severe handicap reductions with Eileen Davies and Diane Warlow losing 5 and 4 shots respectively.
The reductions were as follows: - Eileen Davies 30-25, Diana Warlow 24-20, Margaret Hicks 21-20, Denise Kimber 23-22 and Jackie Skelhorn 17-16.
There was only one two with Denise Kimber scooping the £14 in the pot.
Club Captain's Guests
1, Peter Taylor 39pts
2, Dickie Setterfield 36pts
1, Shaun Dyson 47pts
2, Tom Hughes 45pts
3, Mike Arnold 44pts
1, Gareth Bryant 52pts
2, Ian McCarthy 46pts
3, Karl Rhead 45pts
The nearest the pin prize was won by Martyn Price and the straight hitting Sean Conway winning the longest drive on the 17th hole.
Peter Brock was the happy winner of the best endeavour prize as he will now benefit from a lesson with the club professional Matthew Hearne.
There was a hatful of twos recorded, too numerous to list, each worth £5.43 Notably Shaun Dyson bagged three, including one on the par four third hole, with Jonathan Rees bagging two.
Gareth Bryant's extra prize courtesy of Handicap Chairman Dai Humphreys was a withering three shot handicap reduction
AFTER the successful Captain’s Day and the celebrations of Saturday night, Sunday morning saw the Rabbits turn out for their match against Garnant at home. The boys did Milford Haven proud by winning 3.5 to 2.5 against stiff (and possibly less hung-over) competition.
Congratulation are due to Martin Rodgeston of Garnant for his hole in one on the fourth hole.
The next Rabbits game is away at South Pembs on July 27.
Results for Thursday, July 17 - The Vince Evans Trophy
1, Jack Jenkins - 40pts
2, Brian Keen - 39pts
3, Bryn Gee - 38 (20/9)
4, John Hicks - 38 (19/9)
Twos - Bryn Gee x2, B Hier, Ray Andrew, R Setterfield.
Colin Reynolds Points
No changes in the league, Roy John still top with 14 points, Mike Ballantine close second with 12 points and Ken Edwards in third with 10 points.
The biggest applause of the day came when Dick Wooding senior (well in his 80's) playing off a handicap of 28 collected his £1 side bet from Dick Setterfield (in his mid 50's) playing off a handicap of seven.
ON Tuesday, 15th July, ten ladies played in their weekly tournament in perfect golfing weather. The winner was Liz Durward with 38 points, and the runner up was Eileen Davies, also with 38 points but losing on countback. There were three two's recorded who all received a share of the kitty. Eileen Davies on Hole #8, Cheryl Eva and Denise Kimber both on Hole #16.
On Sunday, 20th July, fourteen ladies played in the Norah Smith Salvers, which is a pair’s competition. Again, it was a glorious golfing day and the course was in very fast condition. The winners were Liz Durward and Barbara Phillips, and the runners-up were Pat Evans and Cheryl Eva.
Friday Twilight Golf
THE Friday evening twilight fun nine-hole stableford competition is well underway, anyone interested can just turn up on the evening.