Dick battles to trophy success at Worlebury

PUBLISHED: 12:40 02 August 2017 | UPDATED: 12:40 02 August 2017

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club.

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Dick Gorton emerged the winner of the Battle of Britain Cup at Worlebury Golf Club.

The Battle of Britain Cup was played for last weekend at Worlebury Golf Club.

This is a board competition, with maximum handicap of 18 to win. One hundred and four players entered, with the winner Dick Gorton, playing of a handicap of 17, shooting a magnificent nett 65.

Dick has had his own health problems over the last few years which he has battled his way through and it was wonderful to see him getting his name on the board for the second time, the first some 17 years ago.

Three players finished on 66, namely Declan Dorrington, Mike Ham and Mark Otterburn, with Barry Stone coming fifth with 67.

The final of the Tollodine Cup, which is played for by players with handicaps of 18+, was played over 18 holes. This year the finalists were Adrian Heaney and Stuart McIvor. An exciting match ensued which went down to the 18th hole and saw Adrian sink the winning put, after earlier in the round being four down.

A men’s midweek medal was won by Chris Taylor with 41 points, followed by Lewys Charles with 39 and Steve Cameron with 38 - all three having their respective handicaps cut, with Chris going from 21 to 19.

The ladies hosted Weston B team in an Alliance match, which they successfully won 12-2, their sixth win out of six played.

The Prunier Cup, last years medal winners was played and won by Janet Fear with 71, beating Tricia Smith into second who scored 73. An alternative medal was played at the same time and won by Hazel Cox who shot a 74.

The mixed away day was held at Oake Manor with 34 pairs travelling, the format being a four-ball bowmaker, two scores to count. The winners were Lyn and Dave Pope, Sue (lady captain) and Merv Kinch with 92 points.

Second were Sam and Graham Hewlett, Lyn Johnson and Keith Wharton with 86, third place going to Lorna and Stuart MacIvor, Eunice and Paul McAdams with 84.

It has been another busy week for the senior section, run by the enthusiastic Barry Newson. The first match away to Isle of Wedmore, resulted in a draw 3-3, a commendable result. The hospitality afforded to our team was as good as ever, both on the course and afterwards in the clubhouse.

The second game was against Shirehampton at home, again captained by Barry, again resulting in a 3-3 draw, with the captain leading from the front, gaining a 4&3 victory. The Shirehampton captain was very complementary as to both the course and the hospitality at the after-match meal.

The junior section started their summer holiday competitions playing for the Eric Snow Trophy, which is a Stableford. This year the trophy was won with 40 points by Callum Tucker, playing off 29, beating brother and sister, Dylan and Davina Xanh, who scored 38 and 37 points, playing of handicaps of three and six respectively.

The end of the week saw Worlebury past captains hosting the triangular past captains match with Wells and Enmore. The best six Stableford scores from each team is added up to identify the winner.

An enjoyable day was had, with home advantage showing, which included a commendable 42 points from club captain Andy Collard, which resulted in Worlebury winning the trophy.

Weston hosted its annual captain’s day with the potential of rain forecast, but held off to great relief.

One hundred and forty-eight players ventured out, a full mixture of men’s, ladies’ and mixed teams. The competition was stiff with at least 10 teams recording below par scores.

The winning team with 117 points was Richard Magor, Adam Sloan, Simon Allen and Andy Wellsbury. Second with 116 points were Zena Balcombe, Pam Hudson, Wendy Thomas and Jade Cope, beating Josh Butterfield Steve Corrick, Steve Dowden and Ian Hudson (116), Neil Watkins, Richard Harris, Gavin Somers, Andy Fernley (116) on countback.

Fifth with 115 points were Roy Schubert Scott McKechnie, Geoff Sinclair and Paul Burns. The best ladies’ team outside the top five with a level par score of 108 points were Jan Bishop, Vicki Brewin, Pat Murray and Tessa Pitt. The best mixed team outside the top five with 101 points were Gordon Robert, Beryl Robert, Mark Perry and Lynn Perry.

Nearest the pin was Geoff Sinclair with inside of one yard, Longest drive was Zac Ward with more than 300 yards. Longest drive for ladies was Jade Cope. A total of 23 twos were recorded which was remarkable, and 22 men’s and ladies beat the pro on the 11th hole.

The evening finished off with a hog roast and fancy dress 80s themed disco.

The sun shone on the competitors in celebration of Weston’s lady captain’s day. The ladies gathered before the shotgun start and enjoyed coffee and pastries courtesy of the captain.

The day’s format was a bowmaker with two scores to count, plus longest drives and nearest the pin on two par threes. First to third place all came in with the same score, but were settled on countback.

In third place with the popular score of 86 was Di Walker, Julie Ward and Sue Garrett. Runners-up were Eileen Donbavand, Jo Blackett and Linda Towens and in first place were Sally Irlam, Beryl Robert and Pat Rowlands.

The longest drives were Glenda Latham-Creasey and Gay Long and nearest the pin Jean Cooper and Caroline Poole.

Weston seniors resumed their trophy season after a short break, with a full field of 60 contesting the Dennes Cup. Conditions were typical of Weston with a moderate breeze and superb greens.

Two golfers mastered the conditions, with Alan Harris winning the trophy with 42 points, closely followed by Nick Walker with 41. Steve Strange was a distant third on 37, just ahead of Ron Kelley and Steve Corrick on 36.

Just weeks after winning the club championship at Weston, Matt Shaw added the closely-contested Brean championship to his growing list of wins in 2017.

Twelve players were within five shots of the lead at the halfway stage in what was shaping up to be the closest finish for some time. Shaw had other ideas though as he overcame a shaky start to add a solid second round 72 to his opening day 71.

This ensured a six-stroke winning advantage over the chasing pack and claim his first championship at Brean in the event that everyone wants to win in the golfing calendar.

Previous winner Dan Broom was the runner-up after a closing birdie edged him ahead of Dan Williams on countback after both posted 149 totals. 2105 champion Stuart Wills was fourth on 151.

The ladies event had a new winner as well with Lyn Bird taking the top spot ahead of Debbie Windmill. Bird held the lead overnight and consolidated her victory by returning the lowest score of the day again in the final round. The nett prize went to Windmill over the two days.

The nett champion was the fast-improving Dan Reason. He produced a stunning nett 61 on the opening morning and a 68 on day two kept him ahead of Pete Dunn, whose pair of 65s left him one shy of Reason’s total.

John Cranley matched Reason’s 61 on Saturday and with a 70 on Sunday took third place overall.

At Brean, any Texas scramble competition is usually a hotly-contested affair and the seniors’ version was no different. The leading two teams were separated by just 0.2 of a shot with the winning score of 57.3 coming from Neil Barker, Brian Read and Steve Bentley.

Runners-up by that tiny margin were the trio of Mike Drayton, George Thomas and Eric Jones. Ian Raymond, Pete Douglas and Mike Allen rounded out the top three by taking third on 58.7.

Life returned to normal after the excitement of open week at Wedmore which is not to say there was no golf taking place.

The monthly medal took place at the weekend in dry conditions and produced some close finishes. Rob Davis won Division 1 by a single shot on nett 67, which put him one better than a group of three players on 68. Countback saw Rich Vowles take second place ahead of Mark Cornish, with Josh Barwell just missing out in fourth.

Scoring seemed tougher in Division 2 with Evan Newman winning on 70, two better than both runner-up Dale Worthington and third-placed Brian Webber.

Best scores of the day though came in Division 3 with David Ash winning on a nett four under par 66 which was just one better than second-placed Roy Tomlins with George Smith two shots back in third place.

The ladies played the club qualifier for the Ping Ladies Golf Championship, a four-ball betterball competition with the 50 best pairs from across the country going forward to the grand final.

Twenty-eight pairs took part, not all aiming for the final and as so often, another close finish ensued. A single point covered the first four places with Marlyn Jckson and Alison Dodkin just getting the better of Dawn Chadwick and Shirley Gooding over the back nine after both scored 39 points.

There was a similar situation for third and fourth with Annya Patten and Wendy Lucas taking third on countback from Carol Jackson and Carol Lewis after both scored 38.

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