Presidents’ unveil centenary stone

PUBLISHED: 09:11 17 December 2010

Centenary stone at Worlebury Golf Club

Centenary stone at Worlebury Golf Club

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MEMBERS of Worlebury Golf Club and visitors will have been impressed with the new structure adorning the gravelled flowerbed area adjacent to the first tee over the last couple of months.

MEMBERS of Worlebury Golf Club and visitors will have been impressed with the new structure adorning the gravelled flowerbed area adjacent to the first tee over the past couple of months.

This stone was kindly donated and officially presented to the golf club last week by the presidents of the club, to commemorate Worlebury’s first 100 years (1908-2008). The stonework was provided by David Brown Sundials of Somerton.

Worlebury Golf Club resumed competition play last weekend with the belated Christmas hampers four-ball betterball Stableford pairs event.

With the greens still under works and temporary greens in play, there was expected to be some fairly high scores, and so it proved.

Results: G Freeman and M Otterburn 48 pts; Lee Grant and N Carter 48; R Godwin and A Taylor 47; J Neary and R Harris 47.

Seven Worlebury members have, by virtue of winning the summer competitions, been entered into the Daily Mail Classic.

Dennis Thompson, Mark Burland, Scott Burgin, Harry Rowlands and Andy Westren are entered in the singles, whilst Ken Hanson and Rob Berry are in the foursomes.

■ THE frost and ice kept its grip on Wedmore golf course this week, which meant winter greens, but plenty of golf and excellent scores.

Play kicked off on Monday with the seniors’ medal and kick-off was the right word as the ball took strange bounces off the ice. All this made no difference to Mike Peacock, who completed a remarkable hat-trick by winning Division 2 for the third month in a row.

His net 65 followed a winning 64 in November and a 66 in October. He only just won this month though, beating Peter Hathaway on countback. John Bussell finished third with a net 68.

Division 1 players found scoring more difficult, with Graham Stock winning on 68, one shot ahead of Tony Roe, who was a further shot ahead of Alan Blythe.

The ice still had a firm grip on the course for the ladies’ greensomes on Thursday. This saw new captain Jane Hewitt begin her year with a flying start by winning in partnership with Wendy Lucas on 39 points. Maggs Willetts and Sue Hughes was a close second on 38.

By Saturday, the temperatures lifted to just above freezing, but with the frost deep into the ground, winter greens were still used.

The shorter winter course allied to a softer bounce for the ball which meant high scores in the club Stableford. However, no-one expected the 49 points recorded by Bill Wallace to win Division 3.

Ian Mann was disappointed to score 44 and still find himself five points off the lead. Steve Patch was third with 43. The scoring was good, but not quite so dramatic in the other divisions.

Darryl Cornelius won Division 1 with 43 points, one point ahead of Martin Stephens and Michael Snelgrove in second and third respectively.

Division 2 went to Mike Garbutt with 44 points, with second and third again being settled on countback. Tom Bennett just beat Dave King, both scoring 42 points.

There was a restricted ladies entry, but 42 was a worthy winning score for Marlyn Jackson, now obviously well along the road to recovery.

■ DESPITE a couple of frost free days, the damage at Brean Golf Club was done by the preceding fortnight of freezing temperatures which saw the temporary greens employed again for the weekend’s action.

This allowed for a glut of low scoring on the oversize holes with all three divisions in the Monthly Medal being won with sub 60 nett scores.

Fifth-eight was the winning nett score in Division 1 with Steve Peates edging out Paul Jones after a countback. Barry Tucker was only third after a 59.

Division 2 winner Mark Elvins had the lowest return of the day with a nett 57. This left him two clear of runner-up Chris Stephens and third place Jim Wotton, with Mike Parfitt having to settle for fourth place despite matching their score.

Division 3 saw the countback system into overdrive again as it needed the first six holes to separate the cards of eventual winner Tony Groves and runner-up Graham Foy. Barry Fisher was third with a nett 60.

The Christmas Scramble for the Grumpy Trophy was the prize on offer on Sunday. Barry Fisher again was in the winner’s enclosure as he accompanied Steve and Tina Bateman and Graham Exton to first place.

They totalled a nett score of 51.3 and were over two shots clear of the rest of the field. Tony Roper, Alan Marshall, Mike Parfitt and Mo Sanders finished in second position with 53.6, ahead of a quartet made up of Roger and Jenny Vaughan, along with Stuart Wills and Martyn Cahill on 54.5.

■ WESTON Golf Club seniors Stableford: Monty Hughes 46 pts; Roy Schubert 45; John Williams 43; Bill Menzies 42; Ray Chambers 41; Tim Latchem 40.

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