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It's double delight for Caerphilly.

Byline: By PAUL WILLIAMS Western Mail

Golfers from Caerphilly will celebrate the club's 2005 centenary in style after winning a notable double at the end of this season.

The Wayfarers team at Caerphilly Golf Club won promotion to the society's premier division and then went on to take the cup with a 4-1 win over Dinas Powis in the final.

The Wayfarers Golf Society was formed 25 years ago, the main purpose being to bring together golfers from clubs in south east Wales in an inter-club team competition.

Membership of the Wayfarers is restricted to members of recognised clubs, aged over 18 and a handicap between 10 and 17.

'The society was formed to provide competitive golf for players who might not make their club's scratch sides but were too good for the Hallett team for handicaps 18-24,' said Caerphilly Wayfarers captain Jon Beynon.

'That was how the handicap range of 10-17 was decided upon and it obviously struck a chord with golfers of that ability because the society has grown from an original 14 clubs to 48 teams in 2004, its 25th year.'

The social nature of the competition is underlined in the fact the six sections below the premier division are not ordered by rank, they are merely redrawn each year in a random process to make sure clubs meet new opposition.

All the section winners progress, like Caerphilly, to meet each other in the premier the following season. Only the premier league winner retains its place in the top division with the others dropping back down to the various sections.

'It's a social league, but it's also pretty competitive,' added Beynon. 'We really enjoy playing and it was great to win our section and cup, which includes the premier teams, this year.

'Our club has won the premier division before but we've never won a double like this.

'It's generated a lot of interest and there's plenty going on with the club gearing up for its centenary and a new pro, Jim Lee, hoping to develop the juniors.'
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 26, 2004
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