A COMPETITION - the Barbarians Cup - dating back nearly 90 years was the focus for members of the Glamorganshire Golf Club last weekend.

First played for in 1925, the cup was presented to the Glamorganshire in 1924 by the Barbarians Rugby Club who made Penarth their home in 1901 for their traditional Easter tour to Wales and adopted the the local golf club as the place to spend the free Sunday socialising and playing.

Although traditionally played on Easter Monday, the competition has since moved to the middle of May and this year, in marvellous sunshine, it was former first team player Mike Davis, playing off a handicap of 11, who won an 18-hole play-off on Sunday after four players were tied for first place following the Saturday medal competition. The three other players who qualified for the play-off were Steve Scarrett, Nathan Waters and Chris Burns, who all returned a score of nett 70.

In another great turnout, the medal competition attracted 200 players and, despite near perfect conditions, the course still proved a challenge, with no players under par. The standard scratch for the day was 73.

The play-off qualifiers were: S Scarrett, 81-11-70; M Davis (winner), 77-7-70; N Waters, 82-12-70; C Burns, 89-19-70. Best gross - Martin Price (76).

The next Glamorganshire competition will be the Webster Harrison Trophy over two rounds (May 24 and 26).