Weston Ladies celebrate golfing achievements with trophy presentation
PUBLISHED: 13:47 20 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:47 20 December 2017
Weston Golf Club ladies’ celebrated their golfing achievements with a trophy presentation and Christmas dinner.
Weston Ladies celebrated their golfing achievements at the annual Christmas dinner attended by players and social members.
The trophy presentation followed a festive meal and the evening ended with an excellent cabaret performance celebrating 125 years of Weston Golf Club.
Captain Melanie Rossi gave thanks to everyone for making her year a success, with particular mention to the BDLGA scratch fours and handicap runners-up and promotion to Division 1.
Lynn Perry won the Auchterader Quaiche and Grandmothers Cup. Jean Cooper won a number of awards, the Betty Butler Cup, Final Medal Spoons, Lillington Bowl and Barstow Shield together with Di Walker.
The Blackmore Bowl, Brockenshaw Bowl, Christine Mason, Sally Irlam Salver were all won by Sue Stilwell. Claire Redwood picked up the Boulton Cup in her first year as a playing member.
Club champion Jade Cope also won the Constance Blackmore Spoons, Ruth Alford Cup, Jubilee Award, Lloyd Cup and winter foursomes together with Wendy Thomas. Wendy also won the Costeloe Carafe.
Reine O’Reilly won the Audrey Hirst Cup and the Past Captains Rose Bowl presented by Joan Cummings. The Audrey Hirst Carafe was presented to Ruth Forte together with the Anne Bryant Trophy.
The Final Medal Spoons and Miss Apps Salver were won by June Phillips and Kaylee Davey won the Youth and Beauty Shield and the 125 Trophy together with Tessa Pitt. Sue Osman collected the Half Century Cup and Margaret Buckley Net Bronze award.
Glenda Latham-Creasey was awarded the Millenium Silver, the Jenny Carter Toast Rack and the Margaret Buckley Gross. Terri Blackhurst won the Millenium Bronze award. Pat Rowland collected the Sanders Bowl, Eileen Donbavand and Julie Ward won the summer foursomes.
A special mention was made to Sue Andow who won the Teachers Trophy this year. Sue has been an active member of the golf club for 50 years competing in A and B team matches, Rogers Cup, has won the club championship numerous times and has made a huge contribution to the ladies’ section.
The seniors held their last competition of the year, the aptly named 4BBB Christmas Bottle Stableford with all the prizes being something that can be used over the festive period.
Conditions were near perfect for December golf and of the scores returned most pairings managed par or better. The winning score with a superb 45 points was Steve Thomas and Richard Harris.
Neil Horsfield and Nigel Jillings were hot on their heels on 44, just edging Steve Edwards and Dave Snowdon into third place on countback. In fourth with 43 points were Anthony Cooksley and Pete Hardaway, with their better back six holes pushing Eddie Langford and Gerry Taylor into fifth.
Weston trophy winners together with captain Mel Rossi, club champion Jade Cope and president Wendy Homer.
A busy weekend at Worlebury culminated in the traditional punchday celebrations, a greensomes competition was followed by a gathering in a packed clubhouse to mark the end of a successful year.
Punch and roasties were served followed by the prize giving and the traditional goffle.
Clear winners of the competition by two points with 41 were the imperious pairing of Chris Mannings-Hill and Andy Nicholls who proved, yet again, that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
Countback was required to separate the rest of the prizes with Steve Cameron and Joe Dale edging out the scratch pairing of Josh Freeman and Alex Winn, Pete Gilpin/David Mellor and Andy Taylor/Roger Thompson.
The Roy Connett Salver and Plate are contested by pairs who have taken part in the captain/pro challenge during the course of the season. Winners compete for the salver, also-rans for the Plate.
The salver winners with an excellent 44 points were Craig Conway and Adam Day. Ken Hanson and Alix Kew won the plate with 41 points.
The annual Christmas staff/committee match, excellently organised by John Keight drew a field of eight teams of four playing a Texas scramble and each team had a member of staff.
It was easily won by the team of deputy head greenkeeper Paul Healy, accompanied by John Keight, Nick Extence and John Yates with 49 strokes. It was difficult to separate the rest of the field and it took countback to decide second and third place.
The team of Ryan Tate, Paul McAdams, Rob McMillen and Andy Collard pipped last year’s winning captain Peter Carraud, Tony Westren, Steve Taylor and Lorna Macivor.
Worlebury prize winners (left to right): Chris Mannings-Hill, club captain Andy Collard, Andy Nicholls, Ken Hanson, Alix Kew and vice-captain Steve Taylor.
Despite a couple of late missed putts, Phil Hodgson held on to win his third Brean monthly Stableford of what has been a productive year for him.
He carded 43 points to win Division 1 by two from his playing partner Roger Vaughan and saw his handicap reduced to his lowest ever mark of 6.9.
Ian Rogers was the Division 3 winner with an impressive 42 points. Rogers enjoyed the most comfortable winning margin of the day as he ended six points of his nearest challenger who was Steve Martin, but only after a countback with John Rabbetts.
Mats Mattsson won the most competitive division of the day as he secured Division 2 with 39 points. He won by one from Mark Elvins, who held off Trevor Pitt after another back nine countback.
Club champion Matt Shaw was the only player to score over 40 points in the Winter League Stableford. The four-handicapper scored a superb 42 points to win by three from Tony Higgins. Runner-up Higgins ended up one clear of the third-placed finisher Murray Parsons.
With a sharp frost in the ground and some sub zero temperatures when play started, it was not surprising the temporary greens were deployed for the final seniors’ medal of the year.
The shortened layout with the larger holes made up for the unpredictable frozen bounces and scoring was lower than usual, especially in the top flight. Barrie Yearsley was the winner with a nett 61 as he beat Mike Allen into second spot by three strokes. Roger Blackwell took third spot with his nett 65.
In the second division, all of the top three played off of 22 handicaps with George Stratford beating his two rivals by two strokes. He carded a nett 64 ahead of runner-up Bob Toller. Toller was awarded second position after a countback victory over George Thomas.