Two Worlebury teams reach the county cup finals

PUBLISHED: 14:27 16 August 2017 | UPDATED: 14:27 16 August 2017

Worlebury Golf Club ladies.

Worlebury Golf Club ladies.

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Worlebury men’s and ladies’ teams were both successful in reaching their respective county cup finals.

A hectic few days at Worlebury saw all the sections enjoying success. It started with acts of charity, saw the junior club championship, Andy Cooper winning a board event and culminated in the men’s team reaching the Somerset Bowl final and the ladies the Rogers Cup final.

The charity day, was well supported and raised more than £9,300 for Mary’s Day, the annual Bone Cancer Research Trust. Club captain Andy Collard and his wife Sue, organised the day to raise funds in memory of their daughter, Mary, who passed away in 2012.

They expressed their thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the day, but particularly, the members for the use of the course and the clubhouse, Drive Vauxhall for being the main sponsor, hospitality tent chefs Paul Lintern and Jim Sutherland, various family members and friends and, finally to the Baskervilles band for kindly playing free of charge.

The golf, in many respects, was incidental but won comfortably by the quartet of Kevin Marshall, Geoff Snook, Chris Thorne and Steve Partridge with 137 points.

Jon Dyer, Danny Saunderson, Graham Horroll and Fred Spearing came second with 130. Third were N and J Parker, A Burford and M Vaughan with 125 and fourth, Andy Nicholls, Lee Grant, Adam Day and Craig Conway on 124.

The ladies’ competition was won by Claire Bayliss, Janet Fear, Pam Jarvis and Helen Clarke with 105 points.

The BCRT Day was quickly followed by seniors’ captain Barry Newson hosting his charity day. A sum in excess of £300 was raised for the Weston Hospital Scanner Appeal.

John Jones won the golf with 44 points. John Biggs was runner-up on 41, with Michael Cerasoli pipping Pete Gilpin for third place, both scoring 40 points.

The seniors had one social match which was at home to a team of high handicappers from Wells. Barry Newson played the captain’s part winning his tie, partnered by Clive Rides. Dave Pope and Fred Spearing were the only other winners in a 4-2 defeat.

The Somerset Bowl team beat Fosseway 3-2 at the neutral venue of Wells, to reach the final for the third time in the last four seasons.

It was a close contest, but the team, ably led by Mark Otterburn, came through in the end. Congratulations to Mark and the team: Mick Keen, Simon Dempsey, Keri Allchurch, John Melwani, Zac Shelford, Ryan Jones, Lewys Charles, Josh Freeman and Ken Hanson.

Andy Cooper made up for narrowly losing out in the club championship by winning the Pro Trophy final. His fine nett 64 included five birdies and an eagle. Andy’s best competitive round of the season saw his handicap reduced to one.

Junior Mikey Nicholls had four birdies of his own to come second on 65. Lee Grant also had four birdies to take third place with a 67 on countback, pipping Barry Saunders and Rich Exon.

Martin Weston won the midweek Stableford with 42 points. Seven-handicapper Avalon Royal player James Marshall continued his run of good form to finish second with 41. Both players were rewarded with handicap reductions.

Gareth Hawkes came third on countback, edging out Steve Ganfield, both notching 38 points.

It was a good week for Mikey Nicholls, as he went on to win the junior nett championship with two good rounds of 67 and 69 to beat Callum Tucker by one shot. Callum, a recent addition to the junior section, has made his presence felt and if he consolidates his progress, his handicap is bound to tumble. Alex Chandler, who, along with Ryan Thrupp, top scored in the morning with a 65, could not sustain this and had to be content with third place, a further shot adrift.

The top performance of the day however was made by one-handicapper Dylan Xanh, who comfortably won the gross championship. Dylan’s morning round of 69 included six birdies. His 74 in the afternoon sealed the win.

A 15-hole Stableford for the higher handicappers was won by Olly Tripp, his 32 points edging out Lauren Hanson by one.

The ladies travelled to Minehead to play in the Rogers Cup semi-final against The Mendip and came away with a resounding 6-1 victory. The team consisting of Sue Sokol, Katherine Sokol, Emma Bourton, Helen Clarke, Maxine Gardiner, Janet Fear and Amanda Cook eagerly await Mendip Spring in the final on September 3 at a venue to be confirmed.

Seven-handicapper Sue Sokol won the Hon Secs Cup, her 36 points edging out Tricia Smith on countback. Louise Goodrum came third on 35.

The ladies’ weekend Stableford saw a narrow win for Helen Clarke, her 37 points pipping Lauren Hanson by one. Sam Hewlett was third with 30.

Weston seniors continued their season with the Jonathan Latham Trophy under the medal format.

Played on a dull day with light winds, but with some difficult pin positions, the competition was extremely close with seven golfers separated by a single shot.

Don Harris won the trophy with a nett 69 winning on countback from Nick Bohin, John Stokes and Steve Thomas. A score of 70 was achieved by Eddie Langford, Ian Pitt and John Atherton.

The ladies’ friendly team continue their successful season winning the last two matches on home territory. Weston took on Brean in singles match play and Wedmore in greensomes format, comfortably winning both matches.

A team from the ladies section played at home against Burnham and Berrow at the weekend, winning all five matches.

The Teachers Trophy and EG medal was won by Sue Andow with a score of 70.

Glenda Latham-Creasey was runner-up with 71 and Jo Blackett third with 73. Jean Cooper won the Saturday medal with 73.

It was week of team events at Wedmore, kicking off with a Texas scramble.

Although the field was slightly low, the scores as usual were extremely low. Despite this, there was also a tight finish.

Di and Daryll Cornelius playing with Richard Weight and John Wormald got round in 10 shots under par to finish on a nett 53.4 to win by just 0.6 of a shot from runners-up George and Grahame Cox, with Paul Dickie and Chris McKinley, who themselves were nine under par for the round.

The seniors also had a Texas scramble, this time a step aside which together with teams consisting of just three players, pushed scores a little higher.

Roger Harding, David Bates and Tony Biggs were still just one over for the round to finish on a nett 61. This was four better than the two-man team of John Harding and Brian Kidd who took second place on countback from Calvon Paulton-Sadler, Alasdair McDonald and Peter Spinks.

Playing in the seniors’ Avalon League team who beat The Mendip by three matches to two, there was a first-ever hole-in-one for Steve Lawrence. The win means the team are still in with a chance of making the semi-finals this season.

The ladies played a bowmaker for the Team Trophy again in teams of three. The trophy went to vice-captain Shirley Gooding playing with Marlyn Jackson and Deidre Wheadon who came in with 75 points.

This was four better than runners-up June Smith, Ann Dixon and Helen Tanswell. Debbie Ramsell, Jennifer Fell and Karen Barnett took third place with 69 points, one more than Saybria Sims, Cathy Olive and Gill Jones.

A final hole eagle eventually secured victory in a low-scoring Margaret Copp Chalice scramble at Brean.

The quartet of Dan Reason, Matt Shaw, Les Clutterbuck and Dan Broom were the ones who sunk the telling blow to win the trophy by just 0.4 of a shot and prevent a successful defence by the 2016 winners.

As it turned out, a couple of late lip-outs cost Stuart Wills, Andy Thomas, Martyn Cahill and Paul McLanaghan the chance of a repeat win as they finished on 54.6 as opposed to the winners 56.2. Mel Brown, Simon Baunton, Chris Fairchild and club captain Dave Porter were third on 55.9.

A Jenkins double was achieved in the August Stableford the previous day as brothers Leighton and Mark both scored wins in their respective divisions.

Leighton was the Division 1 victor with a 41-point score ending three clear of Dan Broom and four clear of club champion Matt Shaw.

Mark did not quite match the heights of his brother’s score, but his 37 points was still the best in Division 2 by two points and completed the double win for the Welshmen. Simon Baunton was the runner-up on 35 ahead of Roy Fletcher on 34.

The only other player to break through the 40-point barrier came in the form of Steve Martin in Division 3. He matched the 41-point score of Leighton Jenkins on his way to a three-point win over Dan Reason. Roger Phillips was third with 35.

It was a busy week for the seniors with three different events requiring their attention. More than 30 Brean seniors travelled across Somerset to play in their annual away day event at Orchardleigh.

Club professional Andrew March was invited to join the seniors to take part in the event and he ended up with a double win (although he was not old enough to take the trophy).

He notched 38 points which was three more than his nearest challenger. John Hale was a late stand-in for Bob Hurrell who was ill and he made the most of the opportunity as he collected the Ron Taylor Trophy for the best score with his 35 points.

His card showed three holes on which he failed to score making the overall total even more impressive on his first visit to the course. John Cranley won a four-way countback on 32 to take the third prize.

The seniors also held a blind pairs draw after the meal to give everyone a chance of a prize, but as it turned out March and Hale were drawn out together giving an untouchable total of 73 and victory.

Runners-up with 61 were Tony Grimes and Mike Hurman, with Roger Phillips and George Thomas taking third on 57.

David Hunter followed up his recent win in the Phil Fudge Trophy by adding another piece of silverware to his growing collection the following day.

He won the over-65s shield with a score of 40 points giving him a three-point winning advantage over Pete Douglas, with Barrie Tucker one point further back on 36 in third.

The opening round of the seniors’ eclectic competition took place and Ron Edmondson led the way. The five-handicapper had both the lowest gross and nett scores with his gross 71.

He was one ahead of Mats Mattsson with another single figure man in Pete Douglas taking third after losing out in a back nine countback to Mattsson.

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