NEWMAN – SUPERHUMAN?
I think that I should start by helping you, dear reader, to keep up to date with the position of players in the five ongoing competitions which the Seniors contest every Tuesday. At the half-way stage the results looked like this:
1 Order of Merit – The Ken Goldsbrough Bowl for Seniors 75 and over. 1st–Des Stone 215 points, 2nd–Rod Clarke 201 points, 3rd–Mike Fox 192 points
2 Order of Merit – The Clifton John Memorial Trophy for Seniors 74 and under. 1st-Jim Moffatt 227 points, 2nd-Bob Howse 226 points, 3rd- Idwal David 221 points
3. The Des Stone Trophy for the best Gross strokes eclectic score. 1st-Jim Moffatt 61, 2nd-Allen Watts 62, 3rd- Jeff Banfield 66
4. The Colin Griffiths Trophy for the best Net eclectic score by a Senior 75 years and over. 1st Jim Martin 58 points, 2nd-Des Stone 55 points, 3rd-Newman Vincent on 54 points (countback) over Mike Fox 54 points.
5. The Dudley Williams Tenby Senior’s Cup for the best Nett eclectic score overall. 1st-Dave Henry 59 points, 2nd Jim Martin 58 points, 3rd David Lamb 57 points (countback) over Bob Howse 57 points.
Bearing all the above information in mind, Eclectic number 11 on Tuesday January 17th was always going to be a battle – particularly since Jim Moffatt’s excellent score on the previous Tuesday – and so it turned out! The conditions were not far from perfect, not too cold, barely any wind and no sign of rain – ideal for some good scoring, and some good scoring is exactly what occurred!
Let’s set the scene, 39 Seniors competed and the CSS was 38 Stableford points – The top eleven players equalled or exceeded this score – and as a measure of the high standard of play, 5 twos were recorded – Who achieved what? – read on:-
Derek Bath and Meurig Jones scored twos on hole 6
Newman Vincent scored a two on hole 12
Allen Watts scored a remarkable two on the par 4 13th hole – then went on to pot another two on the 17th!
The occupants of this weeks winners circle were:-
In third place with a fine 41 points – Bob Howse. Bob was one of five players with 41 points, but a countback of the last six holes secured his prize – it also secured him a drop in handicap of one stroke.
Second place went to Dave Henry, whose splendid 44 points almost made him the victor, but just not quite! However, Dave’s excellent round of golf reduced his handicap from 18 to 16.
Top Spot and much glory went to Newman Vincent, fresh from a holiday in - Tenerife and sporting an expansive tan. Newman encountered a rich vein of talent and played spectacularly well to score 45 points – actually he had 45 points walking off the 16th hole, and hoped to beat Jim Moffatt’s score of 47 last week – but the pressure of leading a big field took it’s toll and he failed to score on the last two holes. Happily, 45 points was enough to claim Top Spot – and the subsequent loss of 3 strokes from his handicap bothered him not a jot – as can be seen from the photograph!
So – much changing of positions on the leader-board, some outstanding performances and a burst of handicap reductions – quite a day!
And Finally, the charity raffle prize of £10 was won this week by the ever-cheerful Steve Sutcliffe – now even more cheerful!