Andrew captures Richardson Trophy with stunning round

PUBLISHED: 14:49 02 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:49 02 May 2018

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In-form golfer Andrew Zanelli picked up the Richardson Trophy on the links course at Weston.

With the weather better than expected, 94 Weston members played for the Richardson Trophy on the links course.

Andrew Zanelli followed his hole-in-one earlier this month with a stunning nett 65 to take first place, just one shot better on nett score from Geoff Sinclair. Dave Wright (69) took third place on countback from David Rowland and Lee Walsh.

The overall competition placings of second to fifth places took the first four positions in Division 1, with David Harding (70) fifth. Zanelli topped Division 2 with Trevor Doyle, Ian Chamberlain and Steven Edwards taking the next three places, all on 70 and only separated on countback. One shot behind was David Isaac with a 71.

There were handicap reductions all round for the ladies medal competitions. Claire Redwood had a fantastic round in the Saturday medal scoring 68 nett reducing her handicap by three shots.

Sue Andow won the Tuesday medal also with an excellent 68 nett and reducing her handicap by one shot. Reine O’Reilly followed close behind with 70 nett with a handicap reduction of one. Jean Cooper and Claire Redwood were third and fourth with 72.

Kaylee Davey won the Miss Apps Salver and took one shot off her handicap. She also won the Silver Division Stableford qualifier with Anne Blannin winning the Bronze Division.

Further from home, 16 ladies travelled to Trevose Golf Club for their annual two-day event competing for the Rose of Trevose Trophy.

Bright and breezy conditions added to the splendour of the course and Jan Bishop was crowned “Rose” accumulating the best score over two days. Reine O’Reilly won the “Rosebud” award as runner up, losing out by just one shot.

Another breezy day welcomed Weston seniors for their latest trophy competition which was the Foursomes Plate. The format was a pairs competition with players taking alternate shots.

Higher average handicap teams triumphed with the winners Matthew Brosnan and Dave Cummins scoring a nett 70. Second were Bill Diamond and David Holder on 71, with Ian Freeman and Allan Tucker taking the third spot on 72.

It was a good week for the teams at Worlebury with the juniors, ladies, Somerset Bowl, Avalon Royals and senior Avalon sides all achieving success.

Worlebury hosted the first round of the county junior event and got the season off to a great start by taking first place with an impressive team total of 114.

The team of five played consistently well with Troy Young top scoring on 38 points, closely followed by junior captain Michael Nicholls and Alix Kew, both on 37, Lauren Hanson, 36 and Callum Tucker, 31.

The other scores were: Oake Manor, 82, Mendip Spring 79, Taunton and Pickeridge 76, Enmore 62 and Wells 52.

The ladies have made a flying start to their Alliance League campaign recording their second whitewash. On this occasion, Clevedon B were put to the sword by Claire Bayliss’s side.

As well as Claire, wins were recorded by Sue and Katherine Sokol, Emma Bourton, Helen Clarke, Maxine Gardiner and Janet Fear.

The Somerset Bowl team, once more skippered by Mark Otterburn, got their defence of the trophy off to a good start by beating Stockwood Vale 3-2 at the neutral venue of Farrington.

On paper it was an uphill task as Worlebury were giving between four to six shots in four of the five matches. Despite this, good wins were recorded by Josh Freeman/James Marshall (3&2), with John Melwani/Keri Allchurch and Ryan Jones/Lewys Charles, both winning 4&3.

The Avalon Royals travelled to Cricket St Thomas looking to build on a solid start to their season. The Royals were slow out the blocks and initially found themselves two ties down.

Tom Main and Craig Young steadied the ship, however, winning the third tie 2&1. Ben Main and Mark Terry were involved in the tightest match of the day, but showed great resolve to grind out a draw against experienced opponents.

Captain Terry Santo played his trump card deciding to put Gareth Hawkes and Dave Collard last out and the pair combined beautifully to romp home 4&3 to leave the match drawn, but giving the Royals an away bonus point.

The Dribuild golfer of the day, for the second time this season, was Dave Collard.

The seniors’ Avalon opened their season with a 3.5 to 1.5 home win against Enmore. This was a fine win given that the opposition have won the league for the last two seasons.

The pairings of Steve Taylor/Steve Rowlands, Tony Westren/Paul McAdams and Dave Treleaven/Danny O’Connor, each won comfortably. John Wright and Jim Skinner fought back from three down to earn a vital half.

Keri Allchurch continued his remarkable record in the Glover Cup (winter fourball knockout) by partnering John Ratajczak to victory over the Avalon Royals pairing of Gareth Hawkes and Mark Terry.

Hawkes and Terry got off to a flyer winning the first three holes, the highlight the latter driving the third green and holing an eagle putt from 12 feet. Allchurch birdied the 8th to pull one back and also birdied the 9th, but this was only good enough for a half.

Hawkes and Terry seemed in control at two up at the turn. Ratajczak’s birdie on the 12th, once more narrowed the deficit and when Allchurch won the long par five, 15th, the match was level. Ratajczak parred the tricky 17th with a shot for the pair to go ahead for the first time.

The drama was not over as Terry came within a whisker of birdieing the 18th to take the match into extra time. Doughty competitor, Allchurch was on the green in two, however, and held his nerve to knock a 15ft putt to inches from the hole to give the pair a win by the narrowest of margins.

Some finals can be nervy affairs but this was one where the holes had to be won with good golf. It was a really competitive game but played in a great spirit.

This is Allchurch’s fourth final in the last six years and his third win during this time.

Malcolm Summers won the seniors’ Bill Eynon Cup with a nett 68. Five players had nett 69s with countback required to decide the prizes. Stuart Macivor pipped Glyn Ager, Tony McDonald, Tom Blackett and Frank Neill.

Janet Fear top scored in the ladies’ medal with a nett 71 to win the First Division. Janet Keight won the Second Division and Carole Miles the Third, both having 76s.

Julia Jago, with 15 points, won the inaugural nine-hole Stableford beating Joyce Tiney on countback.

The ladies are hosting a taster day on May 13 between 2-4pm. Details are on the club website (www.Worleburygc.co.uk) and Facebook. All ladies are warmly welcomed to give the game a go. No need to book, just turn up

Murray Parsons secured the opportunity to join Brean professional Andrew March in the regional final of the PGA National Pro-Am.

He scored a superb 44 points which equated to an excellent gross score of 73. He won by four from Pete Barton and Tony Higgins with Barton getting the nod for second on a countback.

Parsons and March will now join forces to represent Brean in early August when they will be just 18 holes away from a trip to the national final played in Portugal.

March was in good form last week as he competed in the Total Triumph sponsored Gloucester and Somerset PGA Strokeplay Championship at Filton.

He returned scores of 73 and 75 on a blustery day in Bristol to finish in a tie for third at the completion of the two rounds, two strokes behind winner Giuseppe Licata from Chipping Sodbury.

The previous day the qualifiers were decided for the semi-finals of the Upton & Scott Greensomes Trophy when 31 pairs contested the 18-hole qualifying round.

Dave Glasby and Phil Barry were the comfortable winners with 43 points and take the top seeding in the matchplay stage where they will now face the fourth-place finishers John Rabbetts and Nigel Ellis.

Runners-up on the day were father and son duo, Brian and Jeff Read, with 38 points and they find themselves up against Pete Barton and Les Clutterbuck for a place in the final.

Suzanne Hatfield won the April medal but only after a countback with Liz Blackwell. Both players returned nett 72s, but Hatfield had the better back nine score to win her first medal in over a year.

Due to that fact she was ineligible for the Brean Masters, Blackwell had the consolation of collecting that as she had won the same medal 12 months earlier. Third place went to Linda Edmondson with nett 76.

Bill Griffin was the winner of the John Heath Memorial Trophy. Griffin returned a 39-point score in the Stableford event to match the early clubhouse leader Roger Phillips.

No-one else joined the pair at the top so the countback rules were applied and Griffin won with the better back nine total leaving Phillips to settle for the runners-up spot. Brian Read took third on 38.

The seniors faced the Minehead Warreners at home and romped to a convincing 5-1 win. The hosts enjoyed some big wins with captain-elect Vincent Ford and Roger Blackwell shaking hands with their opposition on the 11th green, while Don Edmondson and John Cranley did the same one hole later and with it earned captain’s Chris Stephen’s ‘team of the day’ award for their efforts.

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