Melding in Bush's shadow despite fine second round
NEATH'S Craig Melding finished a fine second in the Morlais Castle Bowl on Sunday.
Melding produced rounds of 75 and 68 to finish three over par in the latest County Order of Merit event.
But he could not trouble the winner, Jack Bush, who delivered success for the host club with two superb rounds of 70 and 67 to finish six clear of the pack.
Chris O'Neill of Radyr took third place in the 58-strong field with a total of 146.
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Richie Evans fared best of the Langland Bay players in fourth place with rounds of 74 and 73.
Club-mate Christopher Edwards was in contention after an opening 71, but dropped back to 14th after a closing 84. He was one place higher than Pennard's Ceri Llewellyn.
Meanwhile, James Frazer of Pennard occupies fifth place in the latest Pinnacle Order of Merit standings after the Brabazon Trophy.
Melding is back in 19th, one place ahead of Carmarthen's Matthew Moseley.
Richard Hooper of Neath is 24th.
Ben Westgate of Trevose leads the standings ahead of Rhys Pugh.
Melding and Hooper have also been in action at club level, with Hooper taking the division one stableford at Neath last weekend with 38 points.
Paul Hughes took second, on the same number of points as Melding.
Robert Jones took the division two event, also with 38 points.
Paul Jones edged out James Rees on countback to take the Sunday Stableford with 39 points.
And 12-handicapper Tim Michael won the Thursday event with a total of 38.
Strong winds contributed to high scores in the Swansea Medical Cup at Swansea Bay.
Many golfers were unable to master the treacherous conditions in a competition played over 36 holes in medal format.
Anthony Harry proved most consistent and emerged victorious with net scores of 75 and 76. His closest challenger was Rob Hornblower, who carded a second-round 72.
Paul Greenow won the Thursday Medal with a net 69, two ahead of Leighton Morgan.
Johnnie Rees won the strokeplay championship at Mond Valley, beating experienced club captain Howard Florence by one shot after shooting rounds of 73 and 74.
Simon Crane came third on countback.
And Chris Powell was the winner of a Captain's Day stableford with 40 points, beating Dave Davies and Martin Probert into second and third.
At Pennard, Robert Guard came out on top in a field of 84 to win the June Medal.
He fired a round of 71 to finish two clear of Oliver Dickson. Wayne Williams edged out Chris Cash for third courtesy of a better back nine.
CLYNE : Killay Cup: 1. L. Carr 85-16=69, 2. C. Orr 73-3=70.
Best gross: C. Orr 73.
FAIRWOOD : Alan Brown Memorial Stableford: 1. John Evans 43, 2. Nigel Havard 33, 3. Steve Owens 33.
White Box Medal Open: 1. Gareth Jones net 72, 2. Paul Wilkie net 73, 3. Hugh Quick net 74.
LANGLAND : Langland Bowl 1st rd: 1. JD Longden 74-4=70, 2. RW Llewellyn 81-10=71, 3. A. Phillips 81-10=71.
MOND VALLEY : Strokeplay Championship: 1. Johnnie Rees 147, 2. Howard Florence 148, 3. Simon Crane 150.
Captain's Day Stableford: 1. Chris Powell 40, 2. Dave S Davies 39, 3. Martin Probert 39.
NEATH : Sunday Stableford Div. 1: 1. Paul Jones 39, 2. James Rees 39, 3. Richard Williams 37.
Div. 2: Elis Hopkins 38, Lee Gamlin 37, Jason Hardwicke 36.
Friday Stableford: Div. 1: 1. Tim Michael 38, 2. David Bray 36, 3. Lee Elwell 35.
Div. 2: Brendan Sheehan 25.
Saturday Stableford; Div. 1: 1. Richard Hooper 38, 2. Paul Hughes 37, 3. Craig Melding 37.
Div. 2: Robert Jones 38, Stephen Sparkes 35, Carl Thomas 34.
PENNARD : June Medal: 1. Robert Guard 71, 2. Oliver Dickson 73, 3. Wayne Williams 74.
Best of the Rest: Div. 1 (0-10): Keith Child 76.
Div. 2 (11-14): Sheldon Owen 75.
Div. 3 (15-28): Peter Haddow 78.
Best gross: Oliver Dickson 72.
Ladies Stableford: Bronze division 1. Jan Edwards 36, 2. Jennifer Crooks 33.
Ladies' GUW Medal: Silver division: 1. Hazel Lloyd 75 net. 2. Louise Fleet 75 net.
Bronze division: 1. Sally Crowley 77 net, 2. Gill Higgins 79 net.
SWANSEA BAY : Thursday Medal: 1. P Greenow 80-11=69, 2. L Morgan 80-9=71, 3. H W Jenkins 79-6=73.
Swansea Medical 36-Hole Cup: 1. A Harry 75+76=151, 2. R Hornblower 80+72=152, 3. G Jenkins 76+76=152.