Sue and Simon triumph in Worlebury club championships

PUBLISHED: 09:42 24 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:42 24 June 2016

Worlebury Golf Club winners.

Worlebury Golf Club winners.

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Sue Sokol and Simon Dempsey won their respective club championship titles at Worlebury Golf Club.

It was club championship weekend at Worlebury, which was cause for celebration for Sue Sokol and Simon Dempsey, who won their respective titles.

The ladies’ competition was a straight forward affair, with six handicapper Sokol comfortably winning her first championship, with two good rounds of 83 to lift the Championship Cup.

Runner-up in the gross and winner of the Papworth Cup was Emma Bourton, with Maxine Gardiner third. Bourton also won the Marshall Salver for the best nett score, pipping Pauline Smith and Sokol on countback.

There was drama, however, in the men’s event with Dempsey, in a repeat of last year’s championship, beating Josh Freeman in a four-hole play-off.

The first round produced some excellent scores. Head greenkeeper Tim Needham, shot six birdies and an eagle in his level par round of 70, with Joe Dale, Jack Butterfield, Will Denyer and Paul Lawrence also having excellent rounds.

Needham, working from dawn to dusk over the weekend, could not maintain his momentum and failed to reproduce his form in the second round.

It was the big three, all one handicappers, who led the way however, with Dempsey nudging ahead on the first day with a brilliant gross 67, closely followed by Freeman on 68 and Alex Winn on 69. The trio had 13 birdies between them, with Winn also eagling the eighth.

The scoring on the second day for the field was not quite so good and this was mirrored by the top three, who could only muster a meagre 10 birdies between them.

Winn played well but a double bogey on the ninth proved costly and this put his opponents in a commanding position.

Freeman managed to rescue a brilliant par on the 18th, having been in the trees, to leave Dempsey needing to hole a tricky putt to win the championship outright. The putt horseshoed and stayed out, leaving them joint leaders on a magnificent 138. Winn finished third with a commendable total of 142.

Dempsey took control of the play-off and two birdies in the extra four holes were enough for him to retain the championship with Freeman, despite his excellent performance over the weekend, losing out.

The 138 scored by the two players is a new post-war record for the championship, which was set by TJ Griffin and has stood since 1966.

This is Dempsey’s fifth championship win and he has achieved a prestigious double, having recently won the Jubilee Cup. It leaves him level with Griffin and Paul Simmonds, although one behind Alan Hartree.

The record is held by club legend Wally Hartree, who has won nine. Given the competition within the club, Dempsey, now playing off scratch, will have to work hard to close this gap.

It is particularly rewarding that, apart from the above three, there are a number of home-grown young golfers who are knocking on the door. Two such examples are Jack Partridge, who finished fourth in the gross, and Jack Butterfield, who, playing off nine, won the Bisdee Cup with a total of 132. Ross Coyne was runner-up with 134 and Paul Lawrence third on 135.

In the various speeches made at the presentation, praise was heaped on Needham and his team for the quality of the course and to Jim Skinner, Sue Kinch and the M&H committee for their excellent organisation of the event.

It was an early start for the ladies when they held their Cockcrow competition which was won by Maxine Gardiner with 36 points. Angie Bagley was runner-up with 35, with Sue Sokol pipping Sue Kinch on countback, both scoring 32.

The seniors took on Bath in the Somerset Bowl at the neutral venue of Tall Pines. Despite two resounding wins by the pairings of Keri Allchurch/Gerry Miles and Pete Cornish/Brian Eleanor, the team lost 3-2.

The club had a presence at the successful Haywood Village community event on the estate. Visitors were able to try their hand at golfing activities and were given information about the club. Our picture shows club members manning the stall.

A premier event, The Grand Atlantic Trophy, was held at Weston Golf Club with a full field.

The course was in outstanding condition and there were many tributes paid to all the greenstaff for its presentation.

The overall winner was the popular Gary Langdale with a two round total score of nett 131. In second position was Darren Henderson on 134, followed by Chris Homer (137), Andy Fernley (139) and Jack Radcliffe (139), with Neil Urch losing on the back nine holes. Steve Thomas was in seventh place with 141.

The winner of the morning round was club treasurer Steve Corrick and the afternoon nett went to Adam Royle.

The Avalon A team travelled to Long Sutton but lost 3.5 to 1.5. Matt Mitchell and Gary Hutton won, with Paul Burns and Paul Griffiths sinking an 8ft putt for the half on the 18th.

The B Team remain top of the league midway through the season.

Allan Tucker is the Weston seniors’ Padre Cup winner for 2016. On a grey morning with little wind, the course was presented in fantastic condition with long rough and fast greens.

Allan breezed around the links scoring 41 points to take the trophy. He beat runner-up Chris Kelly by two points, who in turn beat Dave Rowlands into third place and three others on countback.

The Ladies Lillington Bowl was won by Mel Rossi with an excellent 37 points. Hot on her heels was Sue Andow with 36 and Tessa Pitt was third with 36. Jean Cooper came fourth with 35.

There were plenty of visitors at Wedmore as the senior ladies held an open bowmaker and the seniors played their invitation day.

The winning team appropriately for an open came from three different clubs. Deidre Wheadon was partnered with Di Walker from Weston and Mary Ainsworth from the Mendip. Their score of 75 was just one better than the all-Wedmore team of Gill Jones, Wendy Lucas and Ronnie Follenfant, who were first team out and held the lead for most of the day.

Another Wedmore team, captain Sue Tarry, Saybria Sims and Judy Cutter took third place with 72 points, with fourth place going to Val Rosser and Maggie Morris from Wedmore with Sarah Campion from Burnham and Berrow.

The visitors’ prize went to Peta Romaine, Gill Russell and Heather Woodland from Farrington, with a score of 72.

Thunder threatened the seniors’ invitation day, but apart from a couple of distant thunderclaps the weather behaved itself and the scoring was excellent.

The switch to a shotgun start made for a crowded clubhouse for the presentation. Taking the main prize was Ellis Nearn with his partner from Wheathill Ken Creed. Their score of 45 was matched by runners-up Graham Hayes and Mick Prue from Kenilworth, who just lost out on countback.

It was a good day for Wheathill players as they took third place as well as first with Peter King partnering David Russell from Wedmore and scoring 44 points. Seniors’ captain Mike Tanswell got among the prizes by winning nearest the pin and John Russell had the only two of the day.

FORTY points was the best score of the June monthly Stableford contested at Brean, with both the winners of the first and second divisions returning that score.

Roger Vaughan claimed top spot in Division 1, two points ahead of Phil Hodgson. Neil Barker was the Division 2 victor as held a three-point advantage over John Mardon.

Newcomer to Division 2, Tony Romeo, just missed out to Mardon for the runners-up spot after a countback. Division 3 honours went to David Glasby, but only after another countback was made as Mel Brown matched his 36-point haul. Glasby prevailed over the back nine to take the win.

Sunday saw the third round of this year’s Super Series take place and Nigel Hodges was the winner with a superb 44 points.

The one-point victory over Mel Brown, who was runner up for the second day running, gave Hodges the early lead in the new points table. Third place went to Kevin Davies with 42 on a day of low scoring.

Pete Douglas won the third round of the seniors’ Captains Cup with a nett 65 in breezy conditions. He held a six-stroke winning margin over the rest of the small field, with Bob Toller leading the best of the rest. Toller had a nett 71 and beat Tony Roper into third with his 73.

Bob Smith was the midweek Stableford winner with a card of 41 points. Early starter Smith was the only player to beat the 40-point barrier and he held a three-point advantage over second-placed Jon Bassi. Trevor Searle was third on 36.

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