South Wales Seniors League..
Glamorgan V Brecon & Radnor at Builth Wells. 30th July. 2021.
The rearranged match between county neighbours Brecon and Radnor and Glamorgan seemed to be in doubt once again when heavy morning rain began to flood some of the bunkers and greens at Builth Wells delaying the 9.30 am start by some twenty minutes. Fortunately it did clear up and our team began to play well in the foursomes. Ian Booth and Roger Maliphant won 2 & 1, Gwyn Jones and Keith Stimpson won 3 & 2, Darryl Baileys and Steve Watkins won 1 UP whilst the Neath pairing of Kevin Spear and Richard Williams only halved whilst Chris Glenny and Eric Torjesson unfortunately lost their game. Morning score 3.5 to 1.5 in Glamorgan’s favour.
The afternoon was dry and pleasant when the first four pairs went out , although a strong breeze across the course did make the going tricky later on. Glamorgan started strongly with Gwyn Jones winning by 7 & 6, Keith Stimpson 8 & 6, Ian Booth by 5 &4, Kevin Spear by 3 & 2. Roger Maliphant went all the way to the 18th against B&R former secretary Phil Evans, when a 15 foot birdie putt was enough to win his game and secure a team win as well.
Brecon and Radnor had beaten Dyfed both home and away this season and were obviously top of the league. Their Team Manager Bryn Rees had put in a great deal of effort in getting some low handicappers to join the team and felt that this year was their best chance of winning the league. No longer were B&R going to be push overs.
To finish the day Darryl Baileys had a comfortable 6 &5 win whilst Steve Watkins and Chris Glenny halved their matches to give Glamorgan a comfortable 10.5 to 4.5 win.
At this moment in time the league is delicately poised with Glamorgan and B & R with two points each,( Dyfed none) with Glamorgan having two home matches remaining. We will be competing against Dyfed at the Grove on Friday 27th August, and the final game of the season at Mountain Ash against B & R where the title will be decided. It’s going to be a close call.