"Steffan Rowe" 2017 Pontardawe Golf Club Champion
The Club championships are the highlight of every golf clubs competition calendar. Again this year was no exception, with all eligible club golfers aspiring to become club champion and see their name on the prestigious club championship winners board in the clubhouse.
This course, as per usual, was presented in superb condition by Jamie Probert and his ground staff with some fair but really tough pin positions, exactly as you would expect for the club championships with the greens rolling very fast and true. There was nothing but praise for the course from the entrants, again confirming Pontardawe Golf Club as one of the top courses in South Wales.
The weather on Saturday was absolutely fantastic, with lovely warm sunshine and very light winds. There was a tremendous turn out of golfers and all tee off times were fully booked. The standard of golf was extremely high with some very good scores being posted by many players.
In the first round, defending champion playing off plus one, Steffan Rowe took the lead in the gross competition with a gross score of 68 which put him 6 shots in front of the field. The net Competition for the Salver was closely fought on the Saturday with Owain Jones leading the field with a net 66.
The field was cut to 27 golfers to play for in the second round on Sunday, with a lot of golfers in positions to move up the leader board and possibly win the converted title. Again Sunday was a beautiful sunny day, with little or no breeze, really good conditions to shoot low scores. There was a terrific atmosphere around the club with the competition being well supported with crowds watching the top matches. This year saw high number of juniors posting good scores on the Saturday to qualify for the second round on Sunday
On the Sunday the net salver competition became a close fought competition with
Paul Morgan scoring a net 68 to post a total 2 day net score of 133 playing off
a handicap of 14. In second place was Steve Williams who posted a net 66,
putting a very commendable 2 day net score of a 137 playing off 15.
The gross competition became a nail biting affair and the pressure told with a
few shots being dropped by players. Steffan Rowe held his nerve and managed to
win by one shot with a two day gross score of 148, Young Dylan Thomas finished
runner up one shot behind with a two day gross score of 149. Most players felt
the pressure during a very close fought contest.
Well done to all who made the cut and played on the second day.
The 2017 Club Captain Gwyn Williams commended the ground staff for the their fantastic work in manicuring the course to a pristine condition and setting the tricky pin positions. He then thanked all entrants for making the club championship a very tight, hard fought, memorable competition. And lastly he congratulated Steffan and Paul for winning their respective competitions.
A big congratulations to Steffan Rowe who successfully defended his 2016 club champion status and now becoming the 2017 club champion, He is now a 5 times club champion being club champion the last four years on the trot.
"Pontardawe Golf Club Champion 2017 Steffan Rowe"
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