Callum makes county debut and shares top spot in junior Stableford

PUBLISHED: 14:44 26 September 2018 | UPDATED: 14:44 26 September 2018

Worlebury Golf Club ladies.

Worlebury Golf Club ladies.

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Worlebury Golf Club’s Callum Tucker made his county Under-18 debut and also shared first place in the junior Stableford.

It was a good week for Worlebury’s Callum Tucker. He made his county debut for the Under-18s and shared first place in the club’s 36-hole junior Stableford.

Callum was a late call up for the county match against Gwent at St Pierre. Partnering Worlebury clubmate, the experienced Alix Kew, he did not have the best of starts, as they lost their morning foursomes.

He fared much better in the afternoon finding himself dormie one up against James Drury on the final tee, a long par three. Both Callum and James found the putting surface from the tee.

James was 20ft away and putted first but lipped out. Callum had a 15ft putt with a severe left to right break. He held his nerve holing out for a birdie and an excellent win two up.

Capping a great day for the pair, Alix won one up against Cameron Powell, one of his opponents from the morning foursomes. Alix was dormie three up, only to find Cameron converting birdie chances on the 16th and 17th holes to take the game down the 18th. Alex held on, however, to make it a Worlebury double.

Callum shared first place in the junior Stableford competition with Lauren Hanson, both scoring 70 points over the two rounds. Lauren held a four-point lead after the morning round only to find Callum chipping away at her lead in the afternoon and drawing level on the tricky 18th with a fine par.

Claire Bayliss’ magnificent Alliance team recorded their ninth straight win in their penultimate league match of the season. This time it was Orchardleigh who were put to the sword, 10-4.

They have now accumulated 103 points for the season, which is an amazing achievement. Only Mendip B, whom they face next week at home, stand between them and their second successive 100 per cent record and promotion.

Claire has used a full squad to date and on this occasion was ably assisted by Emma Bourton, Janet Fear, Janet Jamieson, Katherine Sokol, Sue Sokol and Susan Tarry.

Jamieson hosted a very successful lady president’s day. Played in threes, the winning trio, in a close finish were Cheryl Saunders, Angela Bagley and Joyce Tiney.

The runners-up were Julie Stafford, Trish Smith and Mary Rides, closely followed in third place by Emma Bourton, Kay Pollard and Audrey Cowlin. Nearest the pin prizes went to: Sue Sokol (Silver) and Angela Bagley (Bronze).

Janet, who has done a superb job, thanked the ladies for their support and announced that long-standing member Carole Miles would be her successor.

There was also cause for celebration for Danny Saunderson who notched his first hole-in-one when he was playing for the Stragglers against the seniors in their annual encounter.

Danny’s ace came on the par three second using an eight iron. This helped him and his partner Martin Morgan to a comfortable win over Barry Newson and Steve Corcoran.

First back in the clubhouse, this gave the Stragglers, under Jon Dyer’s captaincy, false confidence they would win finally their first match of the season.

Sadly for the Stragglers, the other matches took a more predictable route and Mike Strang’s seniors, with the experience of a packed fixture list, had far too much match play guile for the struggling Stragglers, who, despite putting up a good fight, lost 4-1.

In fairness most of the matches were tight, but good wins were recorded for the seniors by the pairings of Glyn Ager/Mike Williams, Mike Strang/Brian Maidment, John Hobbs/Ron Stevens and Nick Ryan/Bob Webber.

The Stragglers were consoled by the enjoyment of a few drinks, a high quality meal and the seniors’ scintillating company.

Steve Edwards won the Weston seniors’ matchplay cup as he defeated Dave Rowland on the 18th green in an absorbing and competitive final played in the most testing of conditions.

Both had played difficult opponents in the semi-finals with Steve beating Ben Riddell and Dave overcoming the challenge of Paul Chesney.

Unfortunately the final was played on a day with gale force winds and driving rain causing constant problems. Scoring on the front nine reflected the difficulties and the lead changed hands several times before the match was all square on the 10th tee.

The competition is played off full handicaps and although Steve had the benefit of 10 shots, Dave’s consistent play from tee to green ensured that the match continued with never more than one hole separating the finalists.

Steve edged ahead with a nett birdie on the 13th only for Dave to level the match with a superb two on the 14th.

This pattern repeated itself when Steve gained the advantage only for Dave to level on the next hole.

Both played the 17th solidly to gain their pars, but Steve’s shot gave him an invaluable one-hole lead as both players stood on the 18th tee. Dave’s par four meant that Steve had to hole a testing eight-foot putt to halve the hole. His nerve held and a one-up victory was ensured.

The seniors travelled to Filton for their latest friendly encounter. Mo Sweeney and Don Harris led the way for the visitors and came home with a half. David Andow and Graham Quick were not as fortunate as they went down 3&2.

Two more honourable halves were gained by the pairings of captain Robin Webb and Rob Filer and John Stokes alongside Pete Hardaway.

However another defeat came next for John Morgan and Geoff Seaman before the team finished on a bit of a high with a solid 4&3 victory for Terry Waite and Ian Freeman. This left the overall match score as 2½-3½ defeat.

The seniors played a Stableford on a sedate autumn day with plenty of sunshine. The top four competitors all had the same score of 38 points, so countback was required.

With the best back nine and in first place was Mike Westacott followed by runner-up John Rowsell. Back six was needed to separate Pete Hardaway in third from Dennis Longden fourth and with three players on 37 points it was Phil Eastman’s back nine that secured him fifth place.

Weston Ladies welcomed their guests from far and wide for invitation day. The patsomes format proved popular with the first six holes fourball betterball, the following six greensomes and the final six foursomes.

The overall prize winners were Melanie Rossi and her guest Lucy Delaney with a score of 41 points. Tessa Pitt and guest June Smith were runners-up on countback to Sally Irlam and guest Julie Stafford.

There were prizes for the best pair in each section of the format too. Jackie Read and Jenny Hay were the top pair in the fourball betterball, Lynn Perry and Kay Dinsdale top greensomes pair and Kaylee Davey and Jill Phillips the best foursomes pair. Nearest the pin was visitor Sue Gibson and member Pat Rowlands.

If anyone was in doubt about the end of summer, the ladies held their autumn meeting in mainly dry but distinctly unsummery weather.

There were five trophies available for the morning Stableford with a new trophy, the Wheadon Plate, going to the winner of Division 3. This was Janet Robson who edged out Linda Wright by a shot with Debbie Monks third on 28.

There was a close finish in Division 1 with Mary-Lou Denny with 34 winning the Sue Tarry Cup by a single point from both Eunice Bond and Chis Simpson who took second place on countback.

The closest finish though was in Division 2 with three players all finishing on 29. Countback gave first place to Ange Webber ahead of Hazel Gough and then June Smith.

This left two more trophies and these went to the two best scores of the day, These were both 39 points so countback was again needed to sort out the places.

Perhaps fittingly this gave first place and the Allington Cup to Ann Dixon who had organised the day with Sue McDonald taking the runners-up trophy.

The prizes did not stop there though with a nine-hole bowmaker in the afternoon with prizes for the winning team of Jen Jones, Hazel Gough and Debbie Monks on 46 with second prizes for Maggie Dommett, Diane Culliford and Pauline Warner on 44.

The seniors held their monthly medal which incorporated the Master Putter for the player taking the least putts for the round. This went to John Harding, but was still only good enough to take third place in Division 2. Winner was Dennis Pear on 67 followed by Ken Brice on 68.

There was some exceptional scoring in Division 1 with Graham Clifford winning on 64, three better than Tom Bennett with Mike Cowie three more shots back in third.

A close finish in Division 3 saw the ageless Jim Sims winning on countback from Chris Pearson with Barry Stone a further two shots behind in third.

Brean’s Avalon League Division 3 title-winning team had one final fixture to fulfil this season.

Each of the six divisional winners of the Avalon League met up at Tall Pines to compete for the Western Daily Press Trophy. Starting after the worst of the rain had passed through, the team of 10 competed in the betterball Stableford aggregate event.

With all five scores counting, the Brean team opened with a 40-point total from Murray Parsons/Russell Shaw and improved it by a superb 44 from Steve Bateman/Eamonn Wynne.

This was followed by a couple of steady 37-point returns from Ron Edmondson/Jason Kidley and Roger Vaughan/Tony Richards ahead of the clinching score from the final pair.

Dan Broom/Leighton Jenkins produced a best of the day card of 45 points to edge the Brean team past the Division 1 winners and defending Champion of Champions Vivary Park by a single point to secure another trophy in 2018 for Brean.

Jason Cracroft won his first-ever competition at Brean the previous day as he handed in a stunning nett 62 in some awful weather conditions. He beat his handicap by seven and also the rest of the Division 3 players by six as Paul Bacon was his nearest challenger with 68. Cracroft saw his handicap promptly reduced by three strokes as a result of his success.

Adam Cox led the way in Division 1 with a nett 66 and his gross 76 was also not bettered either. He beat his fellow 10-handicapper Roger Vaughan by two shots to take the top spot.

Division 2 honours went to Ian Adams with a nett 67. Like Cox, he held a two-stroke advantage over the runner-up who was Nigel Hodges. Hodges had to hold off Roy Fletcher on countback to claim that finishing position.

Only two seniors beat their handicaps in the September medal on a breezy day. Ken Ponter produced a 68 early on which was to remain unbeaten in Division 2, while later starter Graham Exton matched that score as he claimed Division 1 glory.

Exton held the slenderest of advantages over two of the lower handicap players as Pete Douglas and Ron Edmondson both scored nett 69s to trail by one. Douglas was awarded second spot after a countback.

Ponter had a little bit more to spare as the higher handicappers generally found the conditions tough. Ian Raymond was the runner-up on 71 with a 74 from Vince Ford was good enough to take third.

Ponter continued his winning ways as he secured the seniors’ Stableford and also the Chairman’s Cup that goes with it.

To complete his excellent week he produced a superb round of 39 points in tough windy conditions to win by two points from Ian Adams and Tony Roper. Adams did however win the Division 1 top award, matching Ponter’s win in the second flight, as he edged out Roper on the back nine countback.

Ponter ended three points clear of the runner up in Division 2 in the form of George Thomas who carded 36 points.

Gail Mason was the winner of the September ladies’ Stableford competition. She scored 31 points on the alternate day of the event which wasn’t beaten during a windy main day. Runner-up on 29 points was Bev Cranley with Lyn Bird taking third.

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