Kenilworth: Course open. trolleys and buggies permitted.
The Llandrindod Weekend began at 7.30 on a dull September morning - but with suitable beverages available to take away the chill in the bones - or to help one forget the chill at any rate. Despite the dire weather forecasts for the weekend the intrepid Kenilworth team were not deterred. The bus and trailer were loaded to the gills and set off on the journey which turned out to be a new route to even the long term regulars but did get to Llandrindod Wells Golf Club eventually.
The weather didn't seem so bad as we had our cooked breakfast and even as we teed off - but half way up the first hole the rain decided that it had held off for long enough and now was the time to attack. To be fair it wasn't as bad as it could be - or as it has sometimes been in the past. Looking out from the top of the hills we could see the storms approaching us but fortunately they either dropped their rain on the upslopes or diverted themselves to an easier route along the valley.
The Les Williams trophy was predictably won by a home player familiar with the conditions returning 38 points. The best Kenilworth player was Martin Pye with a commendable 34 points given the circumstances.
The early Sunday morning weather looked similar to that experienced on Saturday but fortunately the skies cleared and - as the photos show - there was some sunshine. The odd shower threatened but again - having swept towards the golf course with threats of a complete drenching - the rain diverted along the valley rather than climbing the hills to the golf course.
Following the match - won by the home team 8.5 to 4.5 - the meal was held - the food well up to the expected standard. The camaraderie of the occasion has to be experienced to be understood. The atmosphere in the club house for this event was tremendous. The Presidents of both clubs were present with our President Ann Saywell having driven over for the day to take part in the closing ceremony and with both Presidents paying tribute to the history of the event and the special relationship between the two clubs arising from that.
Somehow the skies cleared and the sun shone for the post match photograph - a fitting end to the special weekend.
The weekend began with a jigsaw style puzzle - how to load golf bags, trollies and clothing into the trailer
Note the special beer can shaped ball markers in use at Llandrindod Wells - specially designed to prevent them being blown away
Kenilworth Captain Chris presented the traditional Kenilworth putter to Llandrindod Captain Ross who was totally overwhelmed
|The traditional match photo after the meal|