GOLF: Home duo star in Ashburnham victory

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LOCAL knowledge proved invaluable when the November meeting of the West Wales Alliance was held over the challenging Ashburnham links.

Home pair Jordan Davies and Scott Johnson dovetailed magnificently for a stunning net 62, 10 under par.

That gave them a two-stroke victory over another local couple Justin Nicholas and Dylan Rees, who took second place on a card play-off from Langland Bay duo Andy Jones and Simon Hughes.

Geoff Humphries and Hugh Hilary from Cardiff followed them home with a score of 65.

Officials and players were full of praise for the overall condition of the course and particularly state of the greens.

Former Glamorgan County League champions Neath have been handed a trip to Radyr — the side who stole their crown — when the new Premier division season returns at the beginning of May.

It’s the toughest possible start for Neath, who surrendered the title they had won for the past three years to Radyr in a tense finale to the last campaign back in August.

Radyr, who had trailed Neath heading into the final week, only needed to halve just one of their last two games against Mountain Ash to overhaul them at the top. And they got what they needed — despite a defeat by Mountain Ash in the last match.

A double-header against Brynhill then awaits Neath, before they host Royal Porthcawl in early June.

Porthcawl are back in the top flight for the first time in more than a decade after securing promotion from 1B last term. They start with a trip to Brynhill before a clash at Mountain Ash followed by a home fixture against Radyr.

Pennard, who were relegated out of the top flight at the end of last season, begin life in 1B with a trip to Neath seconds, while Clyne start their campaign with a home fixture against last season’s runners-up Mond Valley.

In 3B, both Swansea Bay and Langland Bay, who were relegated from 2B last term, will be looking to make positive starts in their respective bids to go back up.

Swansea Bay host Maesteg, while Langland Bay go to 4B winners Pennard seconds, before the two then collide during the week commencing May 18.

In 3A, Swansea Bay seconds, who were promoted as runners-up in 4B, go to their Wenvoe Castle counterparts.

Meanwhile in 4B, Gower — relegated from 3B last season — visit the Grove while 5B champions Langland Bay seconds face a tough opener as they go to the other relegated 3B outfit, St Mary’s.

In 5B, the sides who were promoted from 6B clash, as champions Lakeside host runners-up Glynneath seconds as they both look to carry on the form that saw them promoted.

Clyne seconds visit relegated Fairwood Park and Morriston seconds are at Mond Valley seconds.

And in Division 6B, Pontardawe seconds open their campaign with a trip to Llantrisant seconds, while Maesteg seconds welcome Grove seconds.

Meanwhile, Neath A won the South Wales Seniors Classic this season while South Pembrokeshire lifted the Classic Bowl.

At Pennard, the fourth Turkey Trot of the winter was won by Vernon Crowley with 42 points. Nik Patel took the division two honours with 38, while Tony Williams (39) won division three.

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