Three Worlebury teams reach county cup semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 12:50 19 July 2017

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Worlebury’s men, seniors and ladies’ team all reached their respective semi-finals of the county cup after a successful week for the club.

It has been an excellent weekend for most of Worlebury’s teams with the seniors and men both progressing to their respective Somerset Bowl semi-finals and the ladies reaching the equivalent stage in the Rogers Cup.

The men faced a strong Oake Manor team at the neutral venue of Isle of Wemore. Oake Manor were keen for revenge following Worlebury’s win against them in the final three years ago, but it was latter who prevailed, by 3.5 to 1.5.

Due to unavailability, captain Mark Otterburn called in Alan Street, James Marshall, Ryan Jones and Lewys Charles for their debuts. It was a baptism of fire for 20-handicapper Street, who was playing representative team golf for the first time.

Otterburn made the inspired decision to pair him with the experienced Mick Keen and put them out in the final tie when the opposition were likely to have a strong duo. The plan worked perfectly. The Worlebury pair had nine shots over their low handicapped opponents and with Keen taking the lead, they romped home 3&2.

The youthful pairing of Ryan Jones and Lewys Charles finished strongly to win one up. Club champion, Josh Freeman and Royals stalwart James Marshall, were always in control winning 2&1.

Otterburn, paired once more with Zac Shelford, halved their match. The only loss was a 3&2 reverse suffered by John Melwani and Keri Allchurch.

The seniors’ quarter-final match against Wheathill, also played at the Isle of Wedmore turned into a tense affair.

A strong wind and a tough course off the back tees proved difficult, but a superb all round performance saw Worlebury successfully in to the semi-final, winning by three games to two.

Things were not looking good in the early stages, with the opening pairing of Keri Allchurch and Tony Westren finishing all square and the next two pairings going down.

Worlebury finished strongly however and won the last two ties. Alan Hartree/Stuart Lock and Dave Treleaven/Paul McAdams, combined well to level the score at 2-2, which meant that Allchurch and Westren would have to play sudden death.

The pair had scrambled a half with Western nailing a long putt to take the tie into extra time. They won the first extra hole thanks to Allchurch hitting a 200-yard plus three wood, to within eight feet of the pin. This set up a birdie chance, which could not be matched by the opposition.

Both teams await news of their opposition and venue for the semi final.

The ladies made it a winning treble by pulling off a 5-2 victory against a team of high handicappers from Cricket St Thomas at a wet and windy Mendip course to reach the Rogers Cup semi-final.

In addition to the weather conditions, the course had been set up for the ladies championship earlier that day, with fast greens and difficult pins and all the Worlebury players found themselves giving shots (ranging from four to 13).

This was balanced by Janet Fear’s scouting trip to The Mendip the previous week and her copious course notes at least ensured the team of Sue Sokol, Katherine Sokol, Emma Bourton, Helen Clarke, Amanda Cook, Maxine Gardner and Janet Fear were well prepared.

Led on the day by Sue Sokol, the team spirit carried everyone through and the well deserved celebrations were exuberant. The ladies eagerly look forward to a semi-final against The Mendip at the neutral venue of Minehead.

It was not such good news for the Avalon Royals who played back-to-back matches away at Orchardleigh and Brean, losing both. This is the first time they have lost two games in one season.

Captain Terry Santo handed debuts to Dec Dorrington, Darrell James, Steve Cameron and Paul Coumis, also recalling James Crandon for the Orchardleigh match.

The Royals started well with Gareth Hawkes and Will Denyer, flying out the traps and winning the opening rubber. This was followed by a fighting half for Crandon and James.

Unfortunately, although the last three pairs put up a good fight, each went down on the 17th, leaving the Royals with their first defeat of the season, 3.5-1.5.

The Royals shuffled the pack again the following day at Brean and brought back James Marshall, Craig Young, Mick Keen and handed Simon Dempsey a debut.

Brean are strong at home, however, and the Royals suffered the ignomy of a whitewash, a result which seriously dents their promotion hopes.

Seniors’ captain, Barry Newson’s joy at his Somerset Bowls team’s success more than made up for the disappointment of losing heavily in social matches against Landsdown and Mendip Spring.

The highlights of the trip to Lansdown were a convincing win for John Langdon and John Yates and Dave Pope finally getting a result against his brother, Robin. Partnered by Newson, the Worlebury pair managed a half. It might have been better had Newson holed at tricky putt on the last but it was not to be. The other four ties resulted in heavy defeats making the final result, 4.5-1.5.

In the home match against Mendip Spring, Newson’s team started well securing two halves by John Langdon/Mike Strang and Fred Spearing/Bob Oram and a win by John Hobbs/Newson.

The visitors took the last three matches, however, to win 4-2. The nearest the pin prize donated by vice-captain Mike Strang, was won by John Langdon.

There was better news for Avalon captain Terry Santo, when he narrowly won the midweek Stableford with 41 points. Robert White was runner-up with 40 and Darran Mason third on countback, edging out James Marshall, both scoring 39.

Junior Lauren Hanson won the ladies’ weekend medal with 44 points. Sam Hewlett was runner-up with 39. Lauren was rewarded with a three shot cut in her handicap.

A few hardy souls braved the elements to play in the ladies’ July medal. Helen Clarke top scored with a 73. Janet Jamieson was runner-up with 75 and Ginette Bright third with 76.

Worlebury had a presence at the Haywood Village Community Games. Golf practice facilities were provided by the Somerset Golf Union development officer which allowed participants to try their hand. It was a good publicity event and much interest was shown in club membership.

Weston Ladies club championship was played in rather wet and humid conditions, making the 36-hole competition a true test of endurance.

Congratulations to Jade Cope winning the best gross and the championship once again. Sue Stilwell was runner-up with second best gross for the day. Jean Cooper had the best nett for silver division and Sally Brosnan was second.

Reine O’ Reilly won the Audrey Hirst Cup gross bronze with Claire Redwood in second place. Ruth Forte won the Anne Bryant Trophy and Audrey Hirst Carafe for second best gross bronze division.

Kaylee Davey won the morning best gross and Bobby Ferrari best nett. Pam Hudson won the afternoon best gross and Vicki Brewin best nett. Terri Blackhurst won the 18-hole competition.

Weston seniors’ latest competition was a 1-2-3 bowmaker for teams of three.

It is a challenging competition especially for the higher handicappers. This coupled with a stiff breeze made for moderate scores. The winners scoring 77 points were Steve Strange, Ron Kelley and John Stokes, well ahead of Graham Osman, Roger Magor and Steve Roberts on 74. Third place went to Nigel Jillings, Gerald Taylor and Andy Skinner with 72.

There were two major events at Wedmore with the ladies holding their championship and the 25th anniversary open week starting on Sunday.

The ladies is a tough event with 36 holes being played in a day, although this year the weather was warm but not too hot. The morning round saw Dawn Chadwick take an early lead with a round of 79, which put her four clear of Cathy Olive and a further three shots ahead of Shirley Gooding and Liz Hill.

In the afternoon things began to change and the gap between the two leaders began to narrow and one more good putt from Olive would have forced a play-off. As it was, Chadwick held on to win by a single shot and claim her fifth championship. Behind the front two, Annya Patten had a strong afternoon to take third place ahead of Gooding and Hill.

In the nett event, Trish Phelps set the early pace with a 69, but Karen Barnett was just two back on 71 which she improved on in the afternoon to win with a two round total of 141.

Deidre Wheadon finished as runner-up thanks to a second round 68, which pushed her ahead of Phelps on countback with Maggie Morris in fourth.

The first event of open week was a four-ball better-ball sponsored by Footjoy which saw some truly incredible scoring. More than 150 members and visitors took part, over half the teams scored more than 40 Stableford points and there was a hole-in-one from Catherine Nicholson on the fourth hole.

Best score from the visitors came from Arthur Moughton and Mike Perkins with 42 points. The real fireworks though came from the home players with Ian Williams and Richard Macathur taking third place on 46 points, Tim Williams and Stuart Bishop going one better to take second place on 47, but everybody was eclipsed by a staggering score of 50 points from David Taylor and Chris Donald to win by three clear points.

Former Brean Golf Club bar manager Les Byrne was the winner of the prestigious Captains Cup at Brean in Dave Porter’s captain’s day.

He was awarded the silverware after a countback for the best score overall with Matt Shaw which saw him victorious over the back six holes. Both players returned nett 64s on a damp day.

He had the best score in Division 3 as he headed home Bob Masterman by three, who in turn was three ahead of Steve Hill.

Shaw, who just six days earlier had won the club championship at Weston, where he is also a member, was on track to challenge Porter’s course record, but let a couple of shots slip on the homeward run to end with a level par round of 69.

He won the Division 1 category though by two from Clive Goode with Leighton Jenkins third also on 66.

The middle division had the countback rules working overtime with the top duo requiring it to decide the winner. Nigel Hodges and Mel Brown both posted 67s with Hodges getting the verdict with a superior back nine.

Third-placed Wayne Barrett also won a countback with no less than six others who all matched the par of 69 to claim the prize.

The ladies’ event was won by the youngest competitor in the field, 12-year-old Millie Jones is improving fast and she shot a stunning nett 65 off a 36 handicap to win by seven from birthday girl Gail Mason.

Club professional Andrew March devised his usual devilish course for the teams in the afternoon cross-country scramble competition where each player was restricted to just two clubs and a putter each.

The afternoon drizzle dampened a few spirits but the scoring was still good with Clive Goode, David Glasby and Phil Barry running out the winners on nett 28.

Phil Aspinall, David Hunter and Phil Hodgson were the runners up 0.6 of a stroke behind with ladies’ captain Jenny Vaughan joining her husband Roger and pro shop assistant Jordan Hills in taking third spot on 28.9. Gail and Steve Mason along with John Rabbetts were fourth on 29.

Following the presentations, the members and their guests enjoyed a night of fun and entertainment in the clubhouse kindly provided by Tony Higgins which left most of them as wet on the inside as they had got on the outside on the golf course during the day.

At the presentation, captain Dave Porter also thanked the members for their support over the day especially his wife Leanne, Val Groves, Glenys Flett behind the bar and Robin Williams and his team for the excellent presentation of the golf course.

He also thanked the competitors for contributing to his charity, Cure Leukaemia, in various ways during the day and night.

Despite some of the players still suffering from the previous evenings over indulgences, Brean’s two Avalon League teams produced stunning performances.

Both produced their best results of the campaign so far with the Division 5 side keeping up their challenge at the top of the table by defeating Worlebury 5-0 and with it avenging their early season defeat in the reverse fixture.

Following the completion of that match, the Division 3 side matched the result by sending their Stockwood Vale opponents back to Bristol empty-handed on the end of a 5-0 drubbing.

Craig Higgins was the winner of the Super Series Stableford with a 42-point score played from the white tees. Last year’s Series winner Steve Martin matched his score of 42, but missed out to the now 10-handicapper Higgins on a countback. Third spot was claimed by Ray Rushman with 37.

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