The Junior section of RAF St Athan Golf Club, recently threw down the gauntlet to South Wales Police, serving and retired officers’ and challenged them to an 18 hole golf match.
As several members of the junior section are service dependents from the service community at MoD St Athan, PC Bob Rand, the Defence Community Police Officer (DCPO), was invited to join the police team and represent the MoD Police. Bob, who had already been made aware of the event through his work with the station Youth Club, was more than happy to accept.
He said ‘This is at the heart of what community policing is all about, the police taking every opportunity to positively engage with the communities they serve. In particular, in this instance, engaging with the young people of St Athan’.
With the match being so late in the year the weather conditions were always going to be a deciding factor. The day before the match the heavens opened and it rained like only it can inWales(heavily). However, on the day, the sun shone and spirits were high. The players assembled in the club house, introductions were made and there was a fair amount of banter between the teams over the customary cup of coffee and bacon roll.
The format for the day was individual stableford with prizes being awarded to the winner and runner up from each side. There was also a trophy for the team with the most overall points. Fortunately, the weather held until all players returned to the club house and with their cards checked and signed the result was eagerly awaited by both teams.
During the post-match meal the banter returned and speculation was rife about who would be the eventual winners. When the result was announced it was the Juniors’ who took the bragging rights and didn’t they take great delight in their victory.
It is now hoped that this will be an annual event which will, at least, give the police a chance to regain some golfing credibility.
On a personal note it wasn’t all bad news for Bob, he did receive a prize albeit for ‘Best Endeavour’.