Neath BellMaesteg’s Tom Williams upsets the “Old Guard” to take the honours in the Neath Bell

Great weather and the growing reputation Neath have for providing a fair test of golf meant a full field of 60 players teed off in the first event in the 2019 Order of Merit, The Neath Bell.

The recent dry spell and warm weather enabled the greenkeeper to produce excellent putting surfaces although for the competitors.

The morning round gave a hint of things to come when Maesteg’s Tom Williams returned the only sub-par round off 69 to open up a 2 shot lead over the ever consistent former County Captain Richard Hooper 71.
New County League Secretary Rhys Carhart (Mountain Ash) was 3rd on 72 and Wenvoe Castle’s Dave Barrell a further shot back on 74.

The leaders could not quite reproduce their morning form but Tom’s 75 was just enough to make him the 2019 winner of the Neath Bell and earn 20 Order of Merit Point.

Dave Barrell’s 71 allowed him to tie second place with Richard Hooper, who shot 74 to finish on 145.

Luke Thomas returned an excellent 69 to add to his morning 78 to take 4th place.

Consistent local player Ryan Nedza with rounds of 75 & 73 took 5th place

Our thanks must go to Neath Golf Club for preparing the Course in excellent condition for all the players. Look forward to seeing you again in 2020.

Neath Bell Award

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PlayerClubRd 1Rd 2Total
Tom WilliamsMaesteg6975144
David BarrellWenvoe Castle7471145
Richard HooperNeath7174145
Luke ThomasMountain Ash7869147
Ryan NedzaNeath7573148
Oliver YoungRadyr7574149
Rhys CarhartMountain Ash7277149
Jaco Van Der MerweSoutherndown7873151
Jordon Price-DaviesGlamorganshire8072152
Jack BushMorlais Castle7973152
Ian FlowerMountain Ash7874152
Darren RichardsNeath7874152
Kyle Davies Radyr7775152
Lewis WhiteSidmouth8172153
Darren HarperSoutherndown7875153
Kevin SprearNeath7875153
Jonathan OwenNeath8373156
Stephen HarriesPontardawe8076156
Alastair MasonRadyr8076156
Luke ColwillNeath7779156
Neil HollandSidmouth8077157
Gareth SewardRadyr8375158
Matthew ArbourneNeath7583158
Daniel DaviesNeath7484158
Huw TateWenvoe Castle8277159
Rhodri BoothPyle & Kenfig8674160
Dylan MatthewsNeath78 82160
Damon GeeAshburnham7684160