Annnual presentation evening held at Weston Golf Club

PUBLISHED: 14:28 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:28 06 December 2017

Wedmore Golf Club captains.

Wedmore Golf Club captains.

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Weston Golf Club held its annual presentation evening, with club captain Glenn Taylor handing out the awards.

Weston Golf Club held its annual presentation evening when all the cups, trophies and shields are presented to the winners of the competitions from throughout the year.

The awards were presented by club captain Glenn Taylor.

The seniors’ section held a bowmaker competition off three-quarter handicap with two scores to count on what turned out to be a perfect day to play winter golf, not too cold and just a gentle breeze.

The winning team consisted of the current Seniors vice-captain Eddie Langford, Nigel Jillings and Gerry Taylor, who came home with a score of 81 points. They finished two points clear of runners-up Ian Pitt, John Blackett and Gary Alcalde on 79.

The next two teams both recorded a score of 78, but with the better back six were Steve Burrough, Steve Petrie and Alan Melhuish, ahead of John Rowsall, Mike Latham and Geoff Seaman. In fifth place with 75 and a better back nine were Graham Osman, Nick Bohin and Roger Magor.

The winner of the ladies’ Stableford competition is decided on the best aggregate score from the competitions played on Saturday and Tuesday.

Jacqui Read had her handicap reduced by one shot, but lost out on the top score on countback to Sue Andow with 33 points. Jan Bishop was third with 31, Sue Stilwell fourth with 30 and Tessa Pitt fifth with 29 points.

Worlebury past captains had their winter meet. A 15-hole bowmaker competition was held, which was won by the team of Brian Evans, Keri Allchurch, Keith Wharton and Steve Taylor.

The golf was followed by a presentation to Gary Marks and the 24 players sitting down to an excellent meal. The event was capped off with the current vice-captain Steve Taylor, revealing his choice of his vice-captain, for the 2018/19 golfing season.

The past captains made the presentation to Gary in his last week as club professional. One of the highlights for the captains during their year in office was to play a number of matches partnering Gary against the members.

Each past captain can fondly recall some special moments on the golf course with Gary which will stay in their memory for ever. Gary’s golfing prowess on the course was almost matched by his razor sharp wit.

Organiser Steve Rowlands thanked Gary on behalf of the past captains for his long and loyal service and wished him well in the future. He presented Gary with a Glenesk cut crystal vase which was suitably inscribed.

Steve Taylor formally announced to the membership at the traditional Sunday gathering that his choice of vice-captain for the forthcoming season was Paul McAdams.

Businessman Paul, who plays off a 10 handicap, has been a member for almost 10 years, has represented Worlebury at club level, served on committees and has been a staunch financial supporter of the teams.

Steve and Paul will be a winning combination and are looking forward to developing an effective partnership in taking the club forward.

At the gathering, Lorna Macivor was also wished well when she takes over as lady captain next week. Lorna’s vice-captain elect is none other than Paul’s wife Eunice, therefore it will be a McAdams double act in 2019/20 and another winning combination.

Wedmore Golf Club’s annual meeting took place with Jim Gray taking over as captain from Steve Smith, who was able to close out his year by passing over a cheque for £6,000 to the Beacon Centre at Musgrove Park Hospital.

The three captains are raising money for three different charities in 2018 and the club captain’s choice is In Charley’s Memory, a charity in memory of Charley Marks who took his own life in 2014 and sets out to prevent such tragedies occurring again.

The captain also introduced members to Claire Hobbs, the new club assistant professional who comes to Wedmore from Chippenham and will strengthen the pro shop team.

There are always a few prizes to distribute as well. James Vowles took the John Viney Trophy as winner of the season-long order of merit, a reward for consistent performance throughout the year.

Abi Moore won the most improved junior of the year and looks set to follow in the increasingly long line of successful young female golfers at the club. There was also a competition preceding the meeting and this was won by Ashley and Toni Ribi playing with Sean Gray with a score of 41 points.

The ladies carried over the Christmas puddings from last week’s postponed competition and awarded them as prizes at this week’s greensomes. Taking home the biggest puddings were Sue McDonald and Ann Dixon.

Their score of 33 points was matched by runners-up Annya Patten and Eunice Bond, who lost out on countback. Mary-Lou Denny and Sue Edwards were just a point behind in third place.

Dan Broom needed just 65 strokes to complete his round at Brean in the Lukee Cup and with it won the silverware with a 46-point total.

He beat par by four and also scored one of only three twos in the men’s event as he reduced his handicap back down to five. Runner-up to Broom in Division 1 was Russell Shaw with 42.

Jerry Brueford was Broom’s nearest challenger overall with his 43-point card winning Division 2 by two from Mike Carter. With his handicap reduced down to 12, Brueford will now line up in Division 1 next time out.

Tony Romeo was the third division winner with 39 points, finishing one clear of Dave Jones. Ladies’ club champion Lyn Bird was the winner with 35 points, beating the up-and-coming Millie Jones into second with her return of 32.

Gordy Wheelaghan also produced a stunning round of golf the previous day as he took victory in the Winter League Stableford.

He carded 46 points which was no less than eight better than anyone else in the 25-strong field could manage on the day and with it promptly reduced his handicap by three shots.

The runners-up spot was a much-closer affair and was decided by a countback as Ron Edmondson and Nigel Ellis tied on 38. Ellis had the better homeward half though to just get the nod for second.

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