Weston reach Pickeridge Bowls final after defeating Worlebury

PUBLISHED: 13:49 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 13:49 29 August 2018

Jack Radcliffe and Kaylee Davey.

Jack Radcliffe and Kaylee Davey.

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Weston reached the final of the scratch county Pickeridge Bowl after defeating Worlebury at Mendip Spring.

Weston booked their place in the final of the Pickeridge Bowl after defeating Worlebury.

The match was played in windy conditions at Mendip Spring with Adam Sloan leading the way with a convincing win. Matt Evans won the third pairing and anchorman Matt Pearson sealed the victory on the 16th hole. The team now play Enmore in the final.

The second mixed open of the year was played in very testing conditions and congratulations must go to all the players who took part.

Continuous rain and strong winds throughout the day proved too much for some, but Jack Radcliffe and Kaylee Davey completed the round with an excellent score of 37 points, four shots ahead of runners-up Andy and Hayley Carpenter from Stover.

Taking third place were members Angela and Derek Cook and visitors Brian and Sally Newman from Stover took fourth.

Weston seniors held a three-man bowmaker with two scores to count on each hole. Conditions were not easy with some early morning drizzle and a stiff breeze.

Countback was required to separate the first and second places as both teams posted 84 points. With the better back nine and in first place came Neil Horsfield, Steve Strange and Nigel Jillings and runners-up were Gordon Robert, Dave Rowland and Clive Stilwell.

Third place went to David Andow, John Whitewood and Ben Riddell, followed by Robin Webb, Chris Slocombe and John Morgan and Trevor Doyle, Steve Petrie and John Dixon.

It was a great week at Worlebury for the teams. Pride of place goes to Mark Otterburn’s Somerset Bowl side, who, in a strong team performance, beat Weston 4-1 to reach the final of the competition.

Worlebury are the holders and this is their third final in succession. Close behind were great performances by the Alliance League side and the Avalon Royals.

Claire Bayliss’s team, who, after another big win, this time 12-2 away to Clevedon B, are well on course to record back-to-back promotions in the Alliance League (Division 4).

Claire has a strong squad of players and on this occasion was ably supported by Emma Bourton, Helen Clarke, Janet Fear, Janet Jamieson, Sue Sokol and Sue Tarry.

They have one game left, away to their closest rivals, Filton, and a victory will see them crowned once more as division champions.

Terry Santo’s Avalon Royals are still in with a chance of winning their third successive promotion. They travelled to Long Sutton Levellers and produced an outstanding team performance to come back with a bonus loaded 12.5 to 3 win.

There were fine wins for the pairings of James Marshall/Tom Main and Will Denyer/Dan Bovingdon, plus three fighting halves from the combinations of Santo/Gareth Hawkes, Ben Main/Mark Terry and Steve Cameron/Lee O’Dea.

The Dri-build man of the match was Tom Main.

The Royals then entertained Brean. It was so wet it was touch and go as to whether the match could be played. Santo was delighted that the game went ahead as his team won 10-0.

Mick Keen was a last-minute call-up and combined well with Mark Terry to get the team off to a great start winning one up. There were comfortable wins for the partnerships of James Marshall/Tom Main, Terry Santo/Steve Cameron and Will Denyer/Dan Bovingdon.

The final pair, Dave Collard/Gareth Hawkes were taken to the 18th before the latter held his nerve to hole a tricky putt for an excellent win.

The Dri-build man of the match was Mark Terry.

The Royals hold an eight-point advantage over their nearest challengers, Long Sutton Stags, who have a game in hand. They face the Stags in the final match which will decide who wins the division. It is finely poised as Worlebury will have home advantage, but playing away, the Stags have the potential for bonus points.

Graham Hewlett’s Avalon Orginals also entertained Brean on the same day, the match ending all square.

Good wins were notched by Hewlett/Kerry Dunstan and Fred Hooper/Andy Taylor. Tony Westren and Rob McMillen gained a good half.

The seniors had a good turnout for their Bernard Oldfield Salver which was played in one division. Twenty-six handicapper Steve Corcoran took the honours with a nett 64.

Keri Allchurch was runner-up with a 66, edging out Patrick Balchin. Gary Barford was fourth, also on countback, pipping Malcolm Timmis, both scoring 67.

The seniors entertained Cannington in a social match and won convincingly 4.5 to 1.5. The match saw big wins for the pairings of Bob Oram/Dave Pope, Gary Barford/Colin Dale and John Millar/Pete Cornish. A narrow win was notched by Brian Matthews and Nick Ryan.

The ladies held their August medal and a nine-hole Stableford. Alliance starlet Sue Tarry, narrowly won the medal with a nett 72 and teammates Julie Stafford and Emma Bourton followed closely behind.

Ginette Bright won the second division with a 73. Michelle James was runner-up and Lisa Griffiths third. Marnie Sweet won Division 3 with a 76 followed by Patricia Sharp and Tonia Wood-Rosingh.

The nine-hole competition was won by Yvonne Webb with 16 points. Jennifer Roberts and Mary Rides came second and third respectively.

Janet Fear and John Leech won the St Dunstans Cup (mixed foursomes) with 40 points. Angela Bagley and Tony Westren were runners-up with 39.

The men’s midweek Stableford continues to be popular. Gareth Richards won the latest one with 38 points. Rod Gribble came second with 37 and Rob McMillen third on 36.

The Stragglers continue to enjoy their season although the results have not always gone their way. In their latest encounter they went down heavily at home to old friends from Henbury.

Brean Golf Club are the champions of Division 3 of the Avalon Golf League.

They travelled to Worlebury for their final game of the campaign knowing they needed two wins out of the five matches to secure top spot.

Those wins were duly delivered on a horribly wet day by the pairings of team captain Matt Shaw and Leighton Jenkins and Dan Broom and Murray Parsons and added to by a half from Steve Bateman and Tom Broom.

This result now sees the team move back up to Division 2 next season.

The Silver Jubilee Cup was up for grabs the previous day and the silverware headed in a familiar direction as the Edmondson twins of Ron and Don collected it with a comprehensive victory.

The format was a pairs aggregate medal meaning mistakes and high scores had to be kept to a minimum to have any chance of success. Only four players beat their handicaps out of the 46-strong field with Tony Slade and Don Edmondson leading the way with superb 64s.

Steve Bateman posted a 67 while the other sub par round came from club champion Ron which secured the win for them by a massive 11 strokes. The runners-up spot required a countback to separate two pairs on 143.

Russell Shaw and Anthony McCann had the marginally better back nine nett score to relegate their playing partners for the morning, Murray Parsons and Tony Richards into third.

The ladies’ August Stableford was another event which saw an Edmondson top the scorecharts. Members’ secretary Linda continued her excellent season with a scorecard showing 39 points which led home runner-up Debbie Windmill by two. Shirley Marlow was the third placed finisher with 36 points.

After two recent runne-up finishes, John Procter finally secured his first win in a seniors’ competition since joining Brean. He went one better than last week’s runner-up finish in the August Stableford by taking top spot in the medal by three shots with his superb nett 65 in Division 1.

Only three other players in the field beat their handicaps and they were all left trailing in Procter’s wake in the top flight. Bill Marlow was placed second with the better back nine of the trio of 68s ahead of Pete Dunn in third and Tony Roper fourth.

A nett 73 was good enough for Ken Ponter to claim the Division 2 award. He was one stroke better than Bob Toller, with Bill Griffin another stroke further back in third.

The ladies at Wedmore were competing in the inaugural holding of the Shirley Gooding Cup, a Stableford competition for a trophy presented by this year’s lady captain.

Although playing in three divisions, there could be only one trophy winner and best score of the day came from Diane Midgley in Division 2.

Her 36 points made her the only player on the day to play to her handicap and put her two points clear of her closest rivals. In fact there were six players all finishing with 34 points, two of whom took second and third place in Division 2 with Ann Dixon just beating Sue McDonald on countback.

Remarkably, the other four players were all in Division 1. Six pars over the back nine was enough to secure the divisional win for Liz Hill, just ahead of Ange Webber and Sue Chambers, with Mary-Lou Denny, paying the price for an outstanding front nine, in fourth place.

In another coincidence, the first three players in Division 3 also all finished on the same score, this time with 31 points each. Countback was therefore required yet again, awarding first place to Heather Hector, just ahead of Sue Edwards with Ruth Rogers taking third place.

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