Weston golfers compete monthly medal in continuous rain

PUBLISHED: 14:12 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 24 January 2018

Indoor coaching at Worlebury Golf Club.

Indoor coaching at Worlebury Golf Club.

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Ninety-seven Weston golfers braved the wet conditions to compete in the latest monthly medal.

Despite continuous rain, 97 Weston golfers competed in last Saturday’s monthly medal.

The overall winner was Neil Watkins with a nett score of 67 against a standard scratch of 71 and on countback from Steve Dowden. Gerry Taylor was third with 68. Only four more players broke 70 and took the rest of the places down to seventh. These being David Chapman, Nigel Browne, Ian Goldsworthy and Robert Mabasa.

After round two of the Winter League, the pairing of N Palmer and S Collier on 82 points lead from J Radcliffe and K Simpson on 81 and R Chalker and P Davies also on 81.

P Acton leads in the Quarterly Cup after three rounds with a score of 107 points, closely followed by T Waite (104) and C Evans (102).

The club is fortunate to play a course that is in great condition all year round without the need for temporary greens or tees.

Weston ladies friendly team, past, present and future, gathered together for a celebration dinner hosted by the team captain, Di Brown.

The ladies presented Di with a beautiful bouquet as she is stepping down this year and handing over the reins to Cath Preston. Vice-captain Zena Balcombe thanked Di for her leadership and wished Cath great success with future matches.

Following the cancellation of a Texas scramble last week due to the inclement weather, Weston seniors returned to the course for the third qualifying round of the Alan Holt Trophy, a medal competition with the first two places qualifying for the knockout stage.

The winner by two shots with a nett 66 was Mark Fozzard and John Whitewood came second with a 68. Both players will now go forward to the knockout later in the year.

The minor places went to three players on nett 70. With the better back nine was John Stokes in third place followed by Steve Strange in fourth and Graeme Somerville fifth.

After a quiet period, competition golf finally returned to Worlebury.

Although the course was holding up well, despite the weather, the competitors found the strong wind and low temperatures made good scoring difficult.

Bucking the trend was 16-handicapper Mark Terry, who top scored with 41 points in the January Stableford to win Division 2. A welcome return to form saw Willie Watson take the runners-up slot on 39, while Avalon Royals captain Terry Santo, came third with 37. Both Mark and Willie were rewarded with a reduction in their handicaps.

The round of the day, however, was shot by five-handicapper Pete Gilpin, the only player to shoot under his handicap in Division 1. Pete had four birdies, including three on the bounce from the 11th, to win the premier division with 38 points.

Vice-captain Steve Taylor was runner-up with 35. John Melwani came third on countback, pipping Keith Thomas, Jim Skinner and Dan Bovingdon, each scoring 34 points.

Countback was required to separate the top two in Division 3, with the youthful Josh Talbot, having the stronger finish to edge out Jason Ball, both scoring 39 points. Josh and Jason had cuts in their handicaps as a result. Chris Taylor came third on countback beating Dan Winter, both shooting 36 points.

The latest round of the winter mixed was played on a bitterly cold day. The pairings of Julia Jago/Stuart Macivor, Janet Fear/Graham Griffiths and Amanda Cook/Nick Extence, shared the honours with 39 points, with Pam Jarvis and Mike Knight just missing out.

Seasoned golf pro, George Ryall, who is now attached to Worlebury, won the latest Gloucester and Somerset PGA event. It was held on the Channel course at Burnham and Berrow in sunny but cold and breezy conditions.

George had a topsy turvy outward nine, with three bogeys and three birdies to reach the turn with 18 points. With a birdie and two bogeys in the inward nine, he finished as the only player to get round with no blobs.

George’s 35 points gave him a two-point win. This sets him up nicely for a visit to more pleasant conditions in Portugal next week for the latest qualifier in his efforts to regain his European Seniors Tour card.

The recent difficult conditions did not deter veteran Mike McManners, who notched yet another ace in his long and distinguished golfing career. On this occasion it was on the second hole.

Recently appointed professional, Roy Baker, is offering junior roll-up beginner sessions at the club on Sunday mornings between 10-11am. The costs are £5 a session or £35 for a block of 10.

All junior members and visitors are welcome. For more details contact Roy on 01934 625789 or 07973 795404 or email: proshop@worleburygc.co.uk

Seventy-two guests attended the annual committee dinner which was held to acknowledge the hard work, not only of the club’s staff and officers, but also the many volunteers who perform a wide variety of tasks, vital to the ongoing success of the club.

A warm welcome from club chairman Keri Allchurch was followed by a scrumptious meal and then a vote of thanks by president Frank Barlow, who paid tribute to the assembled company for their valuable contribution.

The weather continued to take its toll at Wedmore with the third round of the seniors’ winter league being abandoned before it had really started.

The club league did manage to be completed despite the ever worsening conditions. In Division 1, Jim Dobbs and Rich Vowles fought out a tight finish with Dobbs just winning on countback after both scored 41. Martin Olive was third on 39.

There was another close finish to Division 2 with Kevin Osman scoring 40 to finish a point ahead of both Danny Guyatt and Bobby Jones with Guyatt taking the runners-up spot on countback.

Forty points was also the winning score for Tony Wilde in Division 3 which put him one ahead of Ian Bunn with Ian Williams a further shot back in third. Claire Biggs took the ladies’ prize.

With one leg still to be played, unofficial scoring shows John Wormald still in front ahead of Bobby Jones and Tom Bennett, although with players able to discard their worst score, there are plenty of other players still in the hunt.

The ladies played a nine-hole patsome apparently a medley of better-ball, greensomes and foursomes. Joan Peck and Sue McDonald won with 18 points which put them just a point ahead of five pairs all finishing on 17 points.

Countback was therefore needed to sort out the places. Liz Miller and Deidre Wheadon took second place with Janis Lawrence and Alison Dodkin in third.

Only one fixture survived the weather at Brean and the Winter League Stableford played only just managed that.

With puddles appearing around the course as the steady morning rain continued to fall on the already sodden golf course, Phil Barry was racking up the points. He scored a superb 43 points considering the dismal conditions to win by a comfortable six points from club captain Dave Porter.

Murray Parsons took third with 36. Porter took a share of the twos pot along with Dave Bailey and Steve Bawden.

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