Hot form in the heat at Axe Cliff
- Credit: Archant
In the third round of the Axe Cliff Golf Club, young Stella Thompson coped with the heat the best, storming in with a net 76 medal round and didn't lose any of her Srixon balls given to her by retired professional husband Andrew.
She was pushed all the way by two in-form ladies, namely Pauline Willis and Paula Heasman, who managed to get her lovely little red "Poppy" CV2 car to pass its MOT. Pauline putted well and just managed to get second place from Paula on countback.
The Seniors had another good turnout for the Founders Trophy Medford Cup, which was presented to the club by a member who suggested that a Seniors Section was formed. Although we can't find his name, I can confirm that the Section was formed in 1976/77.
The Trophy, which had been lost, was discovered in an Auction lot in 2009 by my former Vice Captain Brian Blackwood. It was generously given back to the club and has been played since 2010. The first nine holes are played as a Medal, less your handicap allowance, and the back nine as a Stableford. The number of stableford points are then deducted from the net Medal scores.
On our Course, the net par on the first 9 is 36, so if you got a par stableford score of 18 on the back 9, you would finish with an 18 par score - still with me?
Being seniors, we were given clear and helpful instructions on how to score and, thankfully, 86 year- old Geoff Hughes allowed me to do our scoring, otherwise we would not have got round in our usual 4.5 hours but that includes lunch on Sid & Rose Pember's bench on the 10th Tee overlooking the Bay.
What a tight finish, with three players all on 2 under par 16 but very good to see Handicap Secretary. Chris Read come out on top with his back 9 score of 22 points.
Mind you, he is responsible for all the crying in the Valleys for Welshman, David Morgan, who was pushed into second spot with only 20 pts on the back nine and Pinky John Purdy, for a change, had to be satisfied with a third place with only 19.
Don't forget to book your place if you would like to see if golf is for you, or want to improve your present play, in this weekend's free open days on Saturday and Sunday.
Yes, I did say free, which will give you lessons, a little play and with free drink and food to finish. Book now by phoning the club on 01297 21754.