Past captain’s event held at Worlebury

PUBLISHED: 15:38 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:38 05 July 2017

Brean Golf Club winners.

Brean Golf Club winners.

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Worlebury Golf Club captain Andy Collard and seniors’ captain Barry Newson, hosted their respective summer get-togethers with their past captains.

Worlebury club captain Andy Collard and seniors’ captain Barry Newson, both hosted their respective annual summer get-togethers with their past captains. Both events were well supported with a competition, followed by dinner.

Keri Allchurch was a comfortable winner in the club past captain’s competition. His 41 points saw him finish well ahead of the opposition.

The seniors’ event was much closer, with Jimmy White winning on countback from Roy Brown, both notching 39 points. Bob Oram was third with 38.

It was another good week for the teams, the only disappointment saw the seniors knocked out of the county scratch singles by a strong team of low handicappers from Oake Manor, at the neutral venue of Burnham and Berrow.

Team captain Keri Allchurch produced the only crumb of comfort with a resounding 6&4 win.

It was much better news for the three Avalon teams and the ladies’ Alliance side, each of whom had comfortable wins.

The Avalon seniors came away from a soggy Cannington, with a fine 3-2 win which earned them bonus points. Keri Allchurch triumphed once more. Partnering debutant Merv Kinch, they had a fine 3-2 win. This was trumped by the pairings of Paul McAdams and another new boy, Roger Leaver, and Dave Treleaven/Nick Ryan, who both won 4&3.

The Royals, under Terry Santo’s captaincy, marched forward in their quest for a third successive promotion, with a whitewash at home against Long Sutton Stags.

The Main twins were available once more and Santo handed debuts to Lee Grant and Craig Conway.

John Melwani and Rich Exon led the way in the opening tie and after winning the first six holes went on to coast home 3&2. Big-hitting Will Denyer and Tom Main made light work of their opponents, winning 5&4 with six birdies between them.

Ties three and four were pivotal in the final result. Santo partnering Lee Grant and Dan Bovingdon with Craig Conway dug deep to win on the 18th. The last pair out, Dave Collard and Ben Main, grew stronger as their tie progressed, eventually running out 4&3 winners.

Graham Hewlett’s Avalon Originals also had a good 4-1 home win against Wells. Hewlett astutely chose Keri Allchurch as his partner and a win was foregone conclusion.

The other pairings of John Leech/Paul Lawrence, Tony Western/Paul McAdams, Rob McMillen/Ross Coyne each won by a comfortable margin.

The ladies’ fine run of form in the Alliance League continued and a team consisting of Emma Bourton, Claire Bayliss, Helen Clarke, Amanda Cook, Janet Fear, Susan Tarry and Janet Jamieson achieved a good 10-4 away win at the Isle of Wedmore.

The seniors held their June Stableford, which saw Rod Gribble top score with 42 points to win Division 2. Seniors’ captain Barry Newson finished strongly to take the runners-up position on countback, edging out Patrick Balchin and Nick Ryan.

Peter Hill played well to win Division 1 with 40 points. Dick Gorton pipped his golfing chum Danny O’Connor to take second place on countback, both scoring 39.

It was a mixed week for Stragglers captain, Martin Morgan. Under his captaincy, the team lost heavily at home to Bristol and Clifton in a social match, but Martin notched his first hole-in-one using a nine iron on the 12th hole at Worlebury a few days later.

Recent recruit, Diane Millar, won her first ladies’ competition, the Kelson Cup. Her nett 67 was two shots better than the experienced Hazel Cox, who took the runners-up slot. Lynn Pope came third on countback, ahead of Cheryl Saunders and Louise Goodrum, each scoring 70.

Amy Barnard Smith from Above & Beyond visited the club to be presented with a cheque for £9434.40, the proceeds raised by last year’s captains’ charities appeal.

Past club captain Paul Lintern made a short speech to a full clubhouse, thanking the members for their incredible generosity. Amy gave a brief outline of the work of ward 32 at Bristol Children’s Hospital, stating that the money received would make the world of difference to the ward and allow them to purchase items of equipment which the NHS is unable to fund.

Weston Ladies have enjoyed a great run of successes on the fairways both at home and away.

Zena Balcombe and Sue Garrett played their Alliance quarter-final match against Bath pairing Stephanie Anderson and Pippa Western winning 3&2.

Sally Brosnan and Di Walker are through to the semi-final of the SLCGA Centenary Plate having secured a great win, despite the wet conditions at The Mendip against Wheathill winning 6&4, while the A team won 13-1 at home to Wells.

One of the most popular competitions, the Grandmothers Cup was closely contested with 12 ladies scoring over 36 points. Cathy Preston hoped to secure the trophy with a fine 43 points, only to discover Lynn Perry was already in the clubhouse with 44.

The Half Century trophy was played alongside the Grandmothers Cup and won by Sue Osman and Kaylee Davey won the Youth & Beauty Shield.

After a spot of early morning drizzle, the seniors’ Bag a Bird competition was played in fine conditions. Sue Andow and Brian Whiddett came in with the best score with an excellent 43 points.

Jean Cooper and Alan Harris were runners-up on countback also scoring 43 and Dave Reynolds and Julie Ward were third with 40.

The re-arranged captain’s charity day in aid of Cure Leukemia took place at Brean and not for the first time recently, a team put together at the last minute tasted success.

Ray Rushman and Vince Ford stepped with less than 24 hours notice to join Jason Kidley and Dave Bradley in the winning team with a score of 93 points. In a good day personally for Ford, he also collected two of the nearest the pin spot prizes as well as making a two on the 14th.

Second place went to a team named Norfolk’n’Chance as the quartet of Ian Adams, Stewart Garrett, Tony Groves and Brian Read scored 91 points to secure the runners-up prize.

Club chairman Tony Roper led the team in third position as The Merlot Boys scored 90 points. Roper was joined by his son Gareth, Ash Grey and Roger Broom as they finished a point clear of the Jones Bros Decorators team.

Past captain Paul Jones, his brother Steve, Pete Barton and Les Clutterbuck made up the final prizewinners of the day.

Club captain Dave Porter also included a few other extra competitions on the day with the lost ball sweep proving popular. Various guesses were posted as to total number of golf balls that would be lost by the field over their round and John Rabbetts took home a cash prize by correctly guessing 145.

Ian Adams won a fourball voucher as well as he was drawn out of the hat from the players who managed to hit the seventh green with their tee shot and score an extra bonus point for their team.

A successful auction and raffle followed the prizegiving and when everything was added up, the day raised more than £1,800 for Porter’s chosen charity.

The Brean ladies hosted a successful invitation day. The weather was kind, the course in excellent condition and the company superb as the Brean members joined with their guests for the day.

A blind pairs draw was conducted by barmaid Glenys Flett after the conclusion of the round in the clubhouse, with a Brean Member being drawn out with a visiting lady to make a pair.

As it happened, the two best scores of the day were drawn out of the box together and Lesley Millard and Kim Porter combined for an unassailable winning total of 72 points. They won by seven from Beverly Cranley and Amy Stevenson, with Jenny Vaughan and Jenny Hay taking third.

There were no less than five players who returned respectable nett 65s in breezy conditions in the July Medal. With only the three divisions, not all of them could taste success though and two missed out after countbacks.

Division 1 winner was Matt Shaw, who saw his handicap drop back to five after his round, defeating Phil Hodgson on a back nine countback.

The other countback winner was the in form Dan Reason in the third flight. He edged out early starter Bob Smith with the better back nine. The biggest winner of the day came in the middle division as Pete Dunn held a one-shot advantage over Steve Mason. Barrie

Tucker was the winner of Sunday’s Super Series bogey event with a score of +7. This was two clear of the rest of the field on another low scoring day. Paul McLanaghan ended the day in second on +5, but only after a countback separated him from Mel Brown.

Generally beating the par by seven is good enough to win a seniors’ medal, but it wasn’t this time for Mike Allen as George Thomas posted a sparkling nett 61 to win. Thomas claimed top spot in Division 2, one clear of the unlucky. Dai Wood was third with a 65.

The story was much the same in Division 1 with Brian Read winning with a nett 64, ahead of seniors’ debutant Neil Barker on 65. Barker got the nod for second after a back nine countback with Barrie Yearsley.

There was some incredible scoring in the Wedmore seniors’ Stableford last week.

The competition in Division 1 was particularly fierce with nine players all beating their handicap. Leading the way was Martin Olive with a nine under par 45 points. John Sims was only one behind with 44, good enough to win most weeks with Peter Rowntree in third place on 42.

Division 2 was not quite as dramatic with George Smith winning on 39 with countback giving second place to Chris McGowan, ahead of Martin Blackmore after both scored 37.

Forty points was needed to win Division 3, this being scored by David Nelson and was two better than David Griffiths with Bernard Abbott third on 34.

Many of the seniors were back in action, this time in partnership with the ladies competing for the Alwyn Hill Trophy.

This produced a close finish with Mary-Lou Denny and John Hogan winning on countback from Esme Gulliver and Chris Donald after both scored 41 points. Ann Dixon and Phil McMahon were just a point behind in third place.

The week closed with past captains of the club competing for the Chris Hoskings Trophy. Despite the strong winds, this demonstrated that at least some of them can play golf as Ken Willets took the men’s trophy with 40 points and Jane Hewitt claimed the ladies prize on 35.

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