Pontardawe Golf Club
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Gentlemen's evenings at Pontardawe Golf Cub. How did it all start ?

Friday 29th of November 2013 00:30
How Did It All Start
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A little bit of an insight into the history of the most popular event in the Potardawe Golf Club diary, how it all started and what celebrity guests have entertained us over the years

"The gentlemen's Evening "or as it was called back in the day "The Smokers Evening"started back in 1990 when Alun Evans was club captain. A couple of members suggested to the captain that it would be a good idea to organise a Smokers Evening at the golf club with a cue ritzy guest speaker.

It was quite a venture for the club to embark on and after much persuasion Alun eventually succumbed to the members requests and agreed to organise such an evening.

Taking into consideration this sort of event was new to the club, the big problem was, who could be invited as a guest speaker at the club that would excel at after dinner speaking on a subject that would entertain the members.

As the November date for the Smokers Evening got closer, things were beginning to look a little bit desperate, as there was no celebrity speaker booked and most avenues had been exhausted in the way of enquiries to find a suitable candidate.

Purely by fate, Alun was playing in the Glyneath golf club open day and approached Max Boyce to see if he would be interested in being the guest speaker at Pontardawe golf clubs first ever Smokers Evening. To Aluns great surprise Max readily agreed to be the guest speaker.Relief all round !

As you can imagine with Max, he treated the members and guests to a truly superb and memorable evening of entertainment with his stories having everybody in fits of laughter, The old club house as it was then, was busting at the seams and the evening was a resounding success.

After that first Smokers Evening, the event was well and truly launched and has gone from strength to strength right up to the current year. The Gentlemen's Evening has now become one of the most popular events in the golf clubs yearly calendar, and rightly so.

The Captains and their Gentlemen's Evenings guest speakers from 1990 to present

1990 Alun Evans......................... Max Boyce
1991 Cenfyn Hopkins.................. Alex Hey
1993 Randall Connick..................Roy Noble
1994 Keith Evans.........................Dai Parkins & Hugh Llewelyn Davies
1995 Eurig Griffiths...................... Alex Hey
1996 Hugh Cairns........................John Sterling
1997 Meirion Griffiths...................Brynmor Williams
1998 Keith Davey.........................Phil Bennett
1999 Norman Hopkins..................Barry Mcguinley
2000 Gwyn Jones. .......................Nigel Walker
2001 William Lord.........................Robert Croft & Tony Cotee
2002 Richard Grove..................... Derek Bevan
2004 Martyn Darrell.....................  Alan Kennedy
2006 Steve Edwards.................... Clive Rowlands
2007 Wayne Boobier....................Glen Turner
2008 Kevin Thomas..................... John Deveraux
2009 David Havard......................  Derek Bevan
2010 Alan Jones.......................... Steve Fenwick
2011 Alan Lewis. .........................1 Rick O'Shea
                            ..........................2 Nigel Owen
2012 Conrad Dyment Jones........ 1 Wyndham Evans & Leighton James
                                            ..........2 Sean Fitzpatrick
2013 Alan Lewis........................... Tommy David
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Quite an impressive list of celebrities you'll agree.
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