Trophy day competition held at Worlebury

PUBLISHED: 14:53 22 November 2017

Wedmore Golf Club.

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There were birdies aplenty at Worlebury during the trophy competition held at the club.

This year’s trophy day competition at Worlebury was a Texas scramble format which saw a birdie fest.

The winners with 61.2 strokes were Craig Conway, Ross Coyne and Dean Hooper, who had six birdies in their round plus an eagle on the 13th, which gave them the edge over the rest of the field.

Runners-up were Dave Collard, Will Denyer and John Melwani on 63.3. Andy Cooper, Chris Mannings-Hill and Russell Priest with 63.8, were third and the seasoned trio of Pete Gilpin, Steve Gray and Dave Mellor with 64.4, fourth.

The men’s November Stableford saw John Ratajczak top score to win Division 2 with relative ease. John’s 41 points was three better than Gareth Hawkes and four more than Ron Ganfield.

Avalon star Paul Lawrence was also a comfortable winner in Division 1. His 40 points, which included five birdies, left him head and shoulders above the opposition.

Club vice-captain Steve Taylor with 36 points was runner-up, beating James Marshall, John Leech, Pete Cornish and Graham Hewlett on countback.

Both John and Paul had their handicaps reduced as a result of their fine performances.

The higher handicappers found it more of a struggle with no-one shooting below their handicap. Tom Weston was the best of the bunch, winning with 35 points. Simon Cowgill came second, beating Adam Kinghorn on countback.

The latest round of the Sunday mixed greensomes drew its customary large field and was superbly organised once more by Claire and Neil Bayliss. The pleasant conditions saw some very good scores recorded.

Top of the pile were Eunice McAdams and Peter Phillips, who shared top spot with Ken Hanson and Michelle James, both pairs notching an excellent 42 points. Tony Westren and junior Lauren Hanson came third with a creditable 40 points.

Emma Bourton and James Marshall came fourth on countback, just edging out the pairings of Mike Knight/Julie Stafford and Hazel Cox/Ron Ganfield.

A packed clubhouse assembled for a highly successful autumn quiz and were put through their paces by quizmasters Dougie and Dot Woods.

The winners by a mere two points, were the erudite Blind Antelopes team consisting of Frank and Sue Barlow, Dave and Rich Brown and Linda and Keri Allchurch.

John Wright’s team, Miles Wright came second, beating Nick Ryan’s Sister Act on a tiebreaker. The chef, Peter Carraud’s team were fourth and Louise Goodrum and Graham Hewlett’s Little Treasures outfit, fifth.

The heavy rain and unpleasant conditions welcomed Weston ladies for their medal competition.

The hardy few that completed 18 holes did well with Sue Garrett topping the leaderboard with a 73. Zena Balcombe was runner-up on countback and Sue Stilwell close on their heels with a 74. Fourth and fifth places went to June Phillips and Sue Andow.

A miserable wet day did not dampen the enthusiasm of Weston seniors who participated in teams of four in a fun competition consisting of a Texas scramble.

Scoring was excellent and very close with the winners being the team of David Andow, David Holder, Roy Schubert and Chris Wilson with a nett score of 59.4, followed by Nick Bohin, Roger Magor, Graham Osman and Dave Rowland with 60.5.

Third place went to Peter Brewin, Steve Burrough, Dave Reynolds and Geoff Seaman on 60.7. A further four teams were within one shot of third place.

There were better scores this week as the first round of the Wedmore seniors’ Winter Stableford League got underway.

Leading the way was Terry Clark who won Division 1 with 41 points. This was one better than both Geoff Fisher and Tony Biggs with Fisher taking the runners-up spot on countback.

There was another close finish in Division 2 with Ray Dodkin claiming first place on countback from Dave Hollingdale after both scored 36 points, which was two better than third-placed Keith Rabbitts.

Dennis Howard was the clear winner of Division 3 with 38 points which put him three ahead of both runner-up Phillip Springfield and Phil Incledon.

The ladies played a betterball with more fine scoring especially from winners Desiree McGowan and Catherine Nicholson with 40 points. This was just one better than the second-placed pairing of Annya Patten and Sue McDonald, with Marlyn Jackson and Maggs Willetts claiming third place on 36.

The week finished with the annual match between Cheddar and the Rest of the World. This was the 18th holding of the event with Rest of the World being the current holders, but trailing overall by eight wins to nine. They were unable to draw level this year as Ian Bunn led his Cheddar team to a convincing win by 20 points to 14.

Dave Bradley has developed a liking for the November monthly Stableford at Brean, as for the second year running he produced his best round of the year in the event.

He carded a superb 44 points to secure top spot in Division 2 and with it retain the Sam Smalldon Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the best score on the day.

He held a three-point advantage over Paul McLanaghan in their division, but his overall wining margin was just two as Division 1 victor Pete Barton returned 42 points.

Barton also was two points clear of his nearest challengers as Steve Bateman defeated Paul Jones after a countback for second position. Trevor Searle took the third division with his 41-point haul and enjoyed a comfortable winning margin of five points over second-placed Nigel Ellis.

Ian Rogers enjoyed a bumper pay day the previous when he scooped top spot in the Winter League Stableford. He scored 41 points which was matched by Barrie Tucker, but Rogers had the better back nine to relegate Tucker into a runners-up position for the second time in a week.

Rogers also scored the only two of the day on the fourth hole and therefore collected the entire twos pot, a far cry from Sunday when no less than 15 twos were scored. Jason Kidley took third on 38 points.

An Edmondson double was completed in the seniors’ monthly events during November as Ron Edmondson produced a stunning round of nett 62 to secure the medal, seven days after Don won the Stableford.

After starting with back-to-back birdies, the five-handicapper added an eagle at the 10th in his round of 67, two under par. This gave him a handicap reduction to four and also a twostroke cushion in Division 1 over Barrie Tucker, with Charlie Doherty winning a countback for third on 66.

Division 2 belonged to Roger Williams as he returned the only sub par score in the second flight. The former seniors’ captain beat par by one to win by the same margin over Roger Phillips and Colin Robert, with Phillips awarded second spot after another countback.

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