Aberdovey GC – 30th September 2013

It is a long way to Aberdovey... as just about all of the select field can attest, but worth the effort, most certainly. The links were as testing as ever and although the day started damp and dull it became, for everyone, an excellent golfing day.

Despite the small Welsh support, the Principality’s representatives did their country proud, with three in the top scores.

The winner, however, with a matchless 34pts, was one of the Championship’s most loyal and enthusiastic supporters, Martin Gillett(Hobbs Cross); he even missed a few putts whilst eclipsing the field. Dai Davies (7) Abersoch was runner up with 30 pts and the Club’s Treasurer, Chris Haywood came third with 29pts. Both scores could have been better, but they were sufficient on the day. We look forward to seeing all three at Trevose to play St Enodoc, next May. Also on 30pts were Dean Poynter (10) Eagle Promotions and the CEO of the Golf Union of Wales, Richard Dixon (8), both of whom we expect to see in Cornwall next year.

Our thanks to everyone who made the journey to Aberdovey, from near and far, and for those that didn’t, you missed a treat. Our thanks, too, to all at the Club, who made us most welcome and of course to our supporters: Stefanie Mainstone of Jonas, Chris O’Hagan of ClubView, Rob Corcoran of TeeoffTimes and of course, never out of the spotlight, Dean Poynter from Eagle; their support and that of their Companies is essential to the growth of the Championship.

The re-run of the Italian Job or the ‘Exit from Wales’ was eventually won by Neill Ellice (navigator Julie Ruscoe), as the convoy made Telford and the M54 in just about two hours.