Tim wins 'Chalkhouse Challenge'
5:02pm Wednesday 30th October 2013 in Penarth sport
PENARTH'S Glamorganshire Golf Club has welcomed players from the world famous Celtic Manor Resort at Newport which, of course, famously hosted the Ryder Cup.
The event was the Celtic Manor Seniors' ‘end of term away day' and, despite a grim forecast, the bad weather held off and the visitors enjoyed the beautiful condition of the course in dry and, sometimes, even sunny conditions.
So, with the weather sorted out, the main test was the ‘Chalkhouse Challenge’ for the best individual performance. The prize was provided by the local bespoke kitchen manufacturer and consisted of a fine bottle of port and a custom made cheeseboard. It was presented by Graham Screen, ex-Celtic Manor member, current Glamorganshire member and the managing director of Chalkhouse. Tim Gascoigne was the worthy winner with a score of 39 points on a course he had not played before. Seniors captain and master of ceremonies Hywel Davies spoke highly about the overall success of the day, both on the course and in the dining room! Well done the catering staff. A return visit next year is already being keenly talked about.
The team prize was won by Martin Morris, Ray Hughes, Roger Eady and Berian John in closely fought contest which went to a count back on the last two holes - they don’t come much closer than that! The longest drive was won by big-hitter Archie Smith but, surprisingly, his monster drive was nearly matched by Paul Fullard, one of the more vertically challenged team members! The ‘nearest the pin’ on the tricky seventh was won by Les Slade, a man with a string of holes-in-one to his name.
Newport and the Celtic Manor may have played host to one of the world’s largest sporting events but Penarth and the Glamorganshire have proudly shown that they also know how to treat their visitors!