The captain’s drive-in for Raymond Thomas, the recently installed captain of the Glamorgan Farmers’ Golf Society, took place last Thursday at Southerndown Golf Club when 42 members assembled at the first tee to witness the traditional opening shot of the new golfing season.
Gale force winds reaching a reported 80 miles per hour failed to deter the contestants and it was not surprising the majority of the balls that failed to return home were carried on the strong winds heading towards the Bristol Channel.
Golf bags and electric trolleys being blown over was a regular feature and despite the hazardous conditions caused by Storm Doris everyone completed their round.
Not surprisingly just 28 stableford points was good enough for Bryan Wadham to collect the Southerndown Cup from the day’s generous sponsor, Mr Glyn Watts-Jones.
Runner-up, also with 28 points but an inferior back nine, was Gareth Perkins with John Cains taking third place with 27 points, one more than Chris Watson who finished in fourth place.
Nearest the pin on the Watts & Morgan sponsored par -3 holes were Dai John, Aubrey Thomas and Julian Kelly.
Rhydian Harris with 29 points and playing off a handicap of five won the visitor’s prize with David Evans finishing runner-up with 24 points.
Mark Dowling collected the Bear Hotel, Cowbridge sponsored longest drive prize when hitting an enormous drive assisted by ‘Doris’ down the sixth hole and Tony McCarthy returned home with the Premier Turf sponsored bottle of whiskey when guessing 59 balls would not make it back to the clubhouse. This raised £86 for the Bridgend branch of The Stroke Association.
The society’s next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 30 at Ashburnham Golf Club, sponsored by Cowbridge solicitors Glamorgan Law.