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Lloyd lifts the President’s Bowl at Wenvoe Castle

The President’s Bowl is a special event at in the golfing calendar at Wenvoe Castle. The competition provides an opportunity for ladies and gentlemen to compete directly against each other rather than in their separate individual tournaments or mixed competitions where they play as partners.

On yet another excellent summer’s day there was a large entry and the outcome couldn’t have been closer with the top four places all scoring 38 points. The close winner was Lloyd Konten-Sloman who took first place on count back over the last nine holes played.

Just missing out on the top prize by the narrowest of margins was Nick Caulfield as runner up while Neil Mclean and Tim Hansen took third and fourth places respectively.

Sandra Hathway posted the highest Ladies score with 35 points.

Club President, David Sherrard, sponsored the day and presented the magnificent President’s Bowl to Lloyd who together with Sandra was presented with sets of crystal glass for their top scores in the Men’s and Ladies Categories.

The competitors then enjoyed an excellent buffet kindly donated by the President who congratulated the winners on their excellent performances and thanked all competitors for supporting the competition. He also paid tribute to the green staff that once again presented the course in a magnificent condition and thanked the club staff for the efficient organisation throughout the very busy day.

WCGC Results of both Finals Days 2014

The sun shines for Wenvoe Castle Finals

Perfect weather conditions greeted the finalists on the first of the two Finals Days which were held at Wenvoe Castle Golf Club a week last Sunday.

A full programme saw finalists teeing off in the early hours with the Men’s and Ladies Championship being played over 36 holes. Back in time for lunch and back out again soon after was the challenging day gruelling day for some players and a large number of members turned out to give their support.

The busy programme was also boosted by the finals of the Hallett League and Cup Plate Competitions. The matches were between teams who have s successfully fought their way to the finals stages and Wenvoe Castle is the traditional home for finals of all the Hallett Society Competitions. Over 40 clubs throughout south Wales compete in the knockout stages and to reach the final is a considerable achievement. Coed y Mwster successfully defended their League title in the play-off against Caerphilly while the Vale of Glamorgan deservedly saw off Aberdare to clinch the Plate trophy.

The course was again prepared and presented at its best and without exception the players spoke highly about the excellent condition of the course. The referees who presented the trophies at the finish of the individual matches consistently spoke of the sporting manner and the spirit in which the matches were played.

The Men’s Club Championship was a stunning contest between the veteran Keith Simpson and Leigh Ivory during which there were no less than 15 birdies shared by both players as the game ebbed and flowed to a thrilling finish. Over the first 18 holes Keith built up a commanding lead of 4 holes which increased to 6 as they began the final stretch. In a tremendous effort to get back in contention Leigh fired a barrage of birdies to get back to just a one hole deficit as the players stood on the 16th tee. Drawing on his vast experience at the highest level Keith then responded with birdies on the next two holes to close out the match 3&1 on the 17th hole and clinch the title for the 7th time. Leigh was denied his first Championship title but played his part in a high quality match and will be long remembered by all the spectators particularly Club Captain Ken Howells who congratulated both players on match played in a truly sporting manner and a credit to both players.

In the Ladies Championship it was to be a new name on the cup with Barbara Beedham and Lynda Campbell challenging for the title for the first time. It was another match over 36 holes in which the tested the quality and stamina of both players. Barbara gained the upper hand over the first 18 holes and at the half way stage led by 4 holes. A determined fight back by Lynda closed the gap to just 2 holes but the match was probably won and lost on the 9th and 10th holes where Barbara won both and extended her lead back to 4 holes. Despite a valiant attempt by a very competitive opponent to close the gap the match eventually finished on the 13th hole and where Barbara deservedly clinched the title. The Lady Captain Trish Walker refereed the match and complimented both players on quality of the game the spirit in which the match was played especially as it was the first appearance in the Championship final for both players.

The remainder of the finals were played out over 18 holes the majority of which were decided on the last few holes.

The excellent weather continued for the second finals day held last Sunday and was organised for players who had reached two finals and avoided having to play two in one day. The day provided some compensation for the two losing finalists in the Men’s and Ladies Championships as both Leigh Ivory and Lynda Campbell won their second final.

Leigh Ivory teamed up with Sheila Morrow to win the Dr & Mrs AM Trophy against Nicola Sims and Jeff Plevey.

Lynda Campbell came back from three holes down against Barbara Beedham in the final of the Mary Fellows Bowl and finally clinched victory in a play off on the 21st hole. In the two weeks the pair had played 57 holes against each other and honours were shared with a trophy each.

Pat Regan picked up his second trophy this time with partner Matthew Gill in the H. Regans Foursomes final. It was second time unlucky for Mark Gallivan who had played against Pat the previous week and although going down at the final hurdle he and his partner can reflect on doing so well to get to the final after many knockout stages throughout the summer.

The Hallett Society also returned to complete their programme with Creigiau and Cradoc Golf Clubs contesting the final of the Hallett Cup. Neither of the Clubs had previously won the trophy and it proved to be a very close nail biting affair with a draw at two matches each after 18 holes. One pair from each side was nominated for the sudden death play-off and Creigiau were the eventual winners on the second play-off hole.

The full results of the Club finals are shown below. Congratulations to the various winners and well done to the runners up who had battled through many knock out round to get to the finals stages.

Summary of Results

Men’s Finals

Men’s Club Championship

Winner Keith Stimpson Runner up Leigh Ivory

Robert Rickard Trophy

Winner: Pat Regan Runner up Mark Gallivan

Dragon Trophy

Winner: Roley Brana Runner up Martyn Lewis

H Regans Foursomes Knockout Trophy

Winners: Pat Regan & Matthew Gill Runners up Mark Gallivan and Mike Veryard


Ladies Finals

Ladies Championship

Winner Barbara Beedham Runner up Lynda Campbell

Mary Fellows Bowl

Winner Lynda Campbell Runner up Barbara Beedham

White Cup Foursomes

Winners Helen Hughes and Sheila Morrow Runners up Delyth Thomas and Lyn Williams

Blod Lewis Cup

Winner Deborah Williams Runner up Jayne Smith

Bronze Championship

Winner Wendy Motton Runner up Linda Bird


Mixed Competition Final

Dr & Mrs AM Jones Trophy

Winners Leigh Ivory and Sheila Morrow Runners up Jeff Plevey and Nicola Sims



Wooden Spoon the Winner at Wenvoe Castle

The Captain’s Charity Day at Wenvoe Castle Golf Club is one of the big events in the busy calendar but this year again exceeded expectations with over 180 entries from golf clubs throughout the region taking in a fun golf day but with overall aim of raising funds for the Captain’s nominated local charity Wooden Spoon. The Wooden Spoon was founded in 1983 and since then has been making a difference to the lives of disadvantaged children and young people. Supported by our volunteer committees and their great fundraising ideas, we make sure that all the money raised stays in the local community to fund local projects.
The overnight rain gave Club Captain Ken Howells a sleepless night but it soon gave way to excellent weather and the well-drained course was in superb condition. The special event also included an impromptu display by the Red Arrows which added to the great atmosphere throughout the day.

The event was boosted by the generous sponsorship by Club Choice Ireland and Treacy’s Hotel Spa and Leisure Centre who provided the three main prizes in the form of golf package holidays to include accommodation, golf and return ferry crossings.

During the course of the round players took on challenge after challenge with the opportunity to pick up a prize for nearest the pin at the three par 3 holes, target golf on the 12th fairway and finish with nearest the pin with the second stroke on the testing 18th hole. This exciting finish was watched by the ever increasing audience on the club’s panoramic patio raising ironic applause as the approach shot slid past the ‘nearest’ mark.

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses and club members sponsors there were some excellent prizes on offer and this extended to the raffle which was very well supported.

The final positions were so close and the first three places had to be determined on count back:-

Winners - Pat Regan & Stuart Cleverly, 45pts (24pts on back 9) - 2 nights B&B, 2 rounds of golf & Return Ferry (incl. car)

Runners Up - Mark Weaver & Dave Thomson, 45pts, (21pts on back 9) - – 2 nights B&B, 2 rounds of golf & Return Ferry (foot passengers)

3rd Place - Craig Miller & Terry O’Grady, 45pts, (19pts on back 9) - 1 night B&B, 1 round of golf & Return Ferry (foot passengers)
4th Place - Mike Sutton & Gareth Owen, (Neath) 44pts – Voucher 4 ball better ball at Carmarthen Haverfordwest & Newport Links Golf Clubs plus accommodation in country cottage located in the Preseli mountains.

5th Place - P. Torkington & R. Hutchings, (Tredegar & Rhymney) 43pts, (22pts on back 9) – Voucher for 2 ball at Celtic Manor Resort (either Roman Road or Montgomery courses)

6th Brian Morris & Seamus Gately, 43pts, (21pts on back 9) - £50 Voucher each
7th Rob Picton & Steve Nicholls, 43pts, (19pts on back 9) - £25 Voucher each

Every competitor had the opportunity to go home in a brand new car for a ‘hole in one’ and some came extremely close but took the consolation of a prize for being nearest the pin.

Nearest the Pin on 2nd hole – Pip Smith, 1.72m
Nearest the Pin on 9th hole – Billy Harrington, 50cm
Nearest the Pin on 15th hole – Pat Regan, 1.25m
Nearest the Pin in 2 shots on 18th hole – Pat Regan, 21cm

Winner of Putting Challenge – Rob Campbell,
Winner of Chipping Challenge – Mark Gallivan after a draw involving Barbara Beedham and Mike Froud

Club Captain Ken Howells was clearly delighted with the support he had received on the day and gave particular thanks to the sponsors. He was grateful to everyone who had entered a team in the competition and those who had given so generously throughout the day. The day had certainly exceeded his expectations and the funds raised would make a significant contribution to the work of the Wooden Spoon Charity

The Captain also thanked the Head Green Keeper and his team for their efforts in presenting the course in superb condition especially considering the overnight rain.. He expressed his appreciation of the service provided the staff throughout the day particularly Nicola Sims (Club Secretary), Simon Gatheridge (Steward) and the catering and bar staff.

Special mention was made of the efforts throughout the day of the Club Professional Jason Harris and the Club members helping at registration and as starters on the first tee.

Larry Byrne on behalf of the main sponsors complimented the club on the organisation on the day and looked forward looking forward to further involvement in supporting competitions.

A truly remarkable day and the real winners were the Wooden Spoon with a significant boost to their funds.

Well done Wenvoe Castle more of the same next year.

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