Sunny conditions for Worlebury ladies’ weekend medal

PUBLISHED: 15:43 04 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:43 04 April 2018

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club.

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The sun greeted the ladies at Worlebury Golf Club for their weekend medal, a welcome departure from the recent gloomy conditions.

The ladies’ weekend medal at Worlebury was played in day of some sunshine which was a welcome departure from the recent wet, gloomy conditions.

Reigning club champion Sue Sokol took the honours with a 76, closely followed by Louise Goodrum with 77 and Helen Ball with 80.

The Fred Crawford Trophy, after a soggy start, was also played in pleasant conditions. The winners with an incredible 46 points were Louise Goodrum and Kelvin Betts. Jill and Peter Phillips were runners-up with 40. Claire Bayliss and Dougie Woods came third on countback with 38 points edging out three other duos.

Unfortunately the Philpott Trophy final, which had recently fallen foul to the snow, had to be cancelled once more due to heavy and incessant rain with some of the field out on the course.

With all the players back in the clubhouse, ladies’ captain Lorna Macivor took the opportunity to make the presentations for the Philpott qualifiers.

Pairs: Lauren and Ken Hanson, 243 points; Sam and Graham Hewlett 233; Michelle and Darrell James 232.

Ladies: Eunice McAdams and Michelle James 119 points; Lauren Hanson 118. Men: Ken Hanson 125 points; Graham Hewlett 117; Ron Ganfield 116.

The lady captain thanked Claire and Neil Bayliss for their hard work in organising the competitions in an excellent way over the winter. It was announced that £150 had been collected towards the club charity during the series.

The seniors arranged an extra Stableford to make up for one lost in the snow. They introduced an over 80 years of age category which was won by Rod Still with 28 points. Paddy Watson was runner-up on 27 and Mike Amesbury third on countback, edging out Jim White, both scoring 26.

The day’s top scorer was Phillipe Vibert, who shot an excellent 39 points, to win the Division 1. Alan Woolford was runner-up on countback edging out Bob Webber and Pete Gilpin, each player scoring very good 37s.

Countback was required to decide the outcome of Division 2 with Nick Ryan pipping Bob Darling, both scoring 38 points. John Hobbs scored 37 points to take third place on countback from Tony Evans.

The Avalon Royals travelled to Minehead for their second league match of the season. After persistent rain it was touch and go as to whether the game would be played. Despite the deluge, the course held up well, with the greens in superb condition. Minehead has not been a happy hunting ground for Worlebury in the past and team captain, Terry Santo, was reasonably content to score some bonus away in a 3-2 defeat.

Four of the games went to the 18th with Worlebury winning two and losing two. Both pairings of Dave Collard/Mark Terry and James Marshall/Tom Main survived late fightbacks from their Minehead opponents to get vital, if narrow, wins.

By contrast the pairings of Santo/Dan Bovingdon and Steve Cameron/Craig Young finished strongly but just lost out on the last hole.

John Melwani and Ben Main were up against the home team’s strongest pairing, who hit them with a string of birdies, to win comfortably.

Dribuild man of the match was Dave Collard.

The restaurant was packed for a special Easter lunch provided by chef Peter Carraud and his team. Anyone interested in dining at the club should contact Peter on 01934 626450 or email: caterer@worleburygc.co.uk

Weston’s monthly Stableford was held last Saturday which also included an optional qualifier for the Lombard pro-am qualifier.

Jason Brock was the overall winner with 38 points with Dave Beacham, Jack Radcliffe and Zachery Ward taking the next three places with 34, only separated on countback.

David Rowland (32) and Graham Osman (31) took third and fourth places in Division 1 behind Jason and Jack. In Division 2, Nick Bohin (33) and Lee Palk (32) came third and fourth behind Dave and Zachery.

The ladies have become accustomed to playing golf in the rain, so Tuesday’s relatively dry conditions for the bowmaker were a welcome change.

Jan Bishop, Wendy Thomas and Claire Redwood were the trio with the best score of 74, way ahead of the runners-up Kaylee Davey, Mandy McEvoy and Jean Cooper with 65. Tessa Pitt, Sue Andow and Sue Stilwell were third with 63.

Two competitions were completed at Wedmore before the arrival of a deluge of rain.

The seniors were up first, playing a fourball betterball in the captain/pro challenge. It was almost spring-like early in the week and the players duly took advantage with four pairs all finishing with 45 points.

The complexities of countback were fully tested with Chris Norris and Martin Olive winning on the back six from Phil Rogers and Philip McMahon and Keith Thomas and Ken Lohmann taking third place over the back nine.

The weather had already taken a turn for the worse when the ladies played their competition, a greensomes. Countback was needed again with Liz Hill and Louise Allen just getting the better of Eunice Bond and Aileen Robertson after both scored 31 points. Rachel Lockley and Cathy Olive took third place with 29.

Trevor Guy produced a stunning round to take the Super Series bogey competition at Brean.

The course had dried sufficiently from the deluge of Good Friday to allow the event to be played and scoring was impressive. Guy handed in a superb score of +8 which would normally be expected to warrant a comfortable victory, but in the end his winning margin was just one from Phil Hodgson.

Hodgson broke par by one to run the winner close courtesy of a final hole birdie. Third place went to Eamonn Wynne on +4.

Mike Carter’s challenge for the 2018 Somerset Bowl fell at the first hurdle at Clevedon. His troops battled gamely but went down 3-2 against their opponents Bath.

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