South Wales Open Seniors 2016
Rolls of Monmouth Golf Club
Sunday/Monday July 10/11
Sunday/Monday July 10/11
CONDITIONS AND HARD TO READ GREENS MAKE SCORING DIFFICULT FOR ALL AT "THE ROLLS"
ROUND 1- SUNDAY 10th JULY: BEST PLAYERS CAUGHT OUT & LEADERBOARD HEADED BY LESS-FANCIED NAMES
All players started their rounds in almost perfect conditions but soon were affected by a gusting wind that made shot selection difficult. With greens that were running well players found the difference upslope to down hard to judge and most had more 3 putts than usual. These meant that scoring was high - reflected by the CSS just scraping to counting at SSS +3. Swansea Bay's Ednyfed Morgan found the answer to the putting problem with a hole-in-one on 18 making the putter redundant.
The conditions making the back 9 very testing for late starters the fancied very low handicap players did not feature on the Round 1 leaderboard. Wenvoe Castle's Nick Grimmitt was level Par after 10 holes but then slipped to a 79. Overnight leader, Llanwern's Tony Lewis, playing off 5 went out in 35 but even he found the back 9 tough, coming back in 41 dropping 3 shots on the par 5's for his 76. Second place Rob Ware (Celtic Manor) played the Par 5's in 1 under Par and had two more balanced 9's in his 77.
ROUND 2 - MONDAY 11th JULY: CONDITIONS EASE BUT FAVOURITES HAVE DIFFICULTY IN MAKING UP LOST GROUND
The wind although still troublesome stayed in a constant direction so conditions were more predictable for the second round. As a result scoring improved somewhat but only sufficiently to bring the CSS down to SSS+2 (75). Radyr's Chris Glenny lead the way with a gross 74 (69 nett), Fraham Ruth (Tavistock) also on just losing out on lowest Gross. Three players followed on 76, Andrew Will;iams, Mike Gwyther and PaulBloomfield. Chris and Graham also had Nett honours but on the "no 2 prize rule" Kevin Rivers (The Bristol) took best Nett with Neath's Leighton Smith runner-up.
MIKE GWYTHER (MORLAIS CASTLE) JUST EDGES OUT ROGER FLOYD (CELTIC MANOR) & DAVID LYON (ROLLS of MONMOUTH) ON COUNT-BACK TO TAKE CHAMPIONSHIP
Mike Gwyther added a second round 76 to his first round 80 for a 156 total to win the South Wales Open Seniors Championship. He just pipped Roger Floyd also on 156 but with a second round 77. Joining them on 156 with 2 78's was home player and former Rolls of Monmouth Captain David Lyons. David took best Nett score with 146 (156 - 10). Nett Runner-up was Radyr's Chris Glenny 148 (158 -10).