Worlebury enjoy successful week on the fairways

PUBLISHED: 15:22 31 May 2017 | UPDATED: 15:22 31 May 2017

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club.

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Worlebury Golf Club teams enjoyed a successful week, with two men’s sides and the ladies all winning their county cup matches.

In another good week for Worlebury’s teams, wins were recorded by both the Somerset Bowl sides, the ladies in the Rogers Cup, the seniors in their two social matches and saw the Stragglers holding their own.

The ladies played second round of the Rogers Cup against Taunton & Pickeridge, at the neutral venue of Oake Manor. The team represented by Sue Sokol, Claire Bayliss, Sue Tarry, Janet Fear, Janet Jamieson, Ginette Bright and lady captain Sue Kinch, narrowly won 4-3 and eagerly look forward to the next round.

Keri Allchurch’s fighting qualities are legendary at the club and this came to the fore in the two Somerset Bowl matches.

Allchurch, captaining the seniors team against Cricket St Thomas at Cannington, and partnered by Tony Westren, were in trouble when they were three down with five holes to play. A strong finish, however, saw them secure a vital one up win.

The pairings of Robbie McMillen/Dave Grant and Dave Pope/Gary Freeman, took early leads in their matches and secured comfortable wins. Stuart Lock/Paul McAdams and Dave Treleaven/Pete Cornish had tight matches which could have gone either way, but both narrowly lost out, leaving Worlebury with a deserved 3-2 win.

A few days later, playing in the Somerset Bowl for the men’s team once more against Cricket St Thomas, but this time at Wheathill, Allchurch was partnered by John Melwani.

Things looked bleak when the pair were three down at the turn. Remarkably, they won the next seven holes on the bounce to streak home 4&2.

Team captain Mark Otterburn, playing with Zac Shelford and Mike Keen with Simon Dempsey, both won 2&1. Stuart Fawcett and Graham Hewlett fought back gamely from four down, but ran out of holes and ended up narrowly losing by 2&1.

Josh Freeman & Jack Partridge birdied the last hole to secure a half and round off a fine win by 3.5 to 1 which takes the team into the quarter-finals for a tie against either Oake Manor or Isle of Wedmore.

The seniors came back to form, winning convincingly in their social matches against Isle of Wedmore and Minehead. The sun shone almost as brightly as Worlebury’s golf, the team showing no mercy to their visitors, only dropping half a point in the 12 ties.

Despite the heavy defeat, the visitors from both clubs had a great day out, with the course in wonderful condition having recovered from the arid conditions at the start of the season. Chef, Peter Carraud, and his staff laying on a lovely meal and the guests enjoying the traditional warm Worlebury welcome.

The Minehead fixture is a two-legged affair with the clubs competing for the Rod Rufus Memorial Trophy. Worlebury will take a commanding lead into the second leg in July. The nearest the pin prize in the Minehead fixture was won by Dave Treleaven who, ironically, had donated it, having won it in the Isle of Wedmore match.

The Stragglers arrested a poor run of early season form when they drew home matches against the Police and Filton.

The ladies attracted a good field for the Daisy Payne (Flag) Trophy. Competitors, with shots in hand at end of the round, restart on the first and play until the shots are exhausted.

Lisa Griffiths won the day having three shots in hand, planting her flag just short of the first green. Maxine Gardiner with one shot and Sam Hewlett with two, also teed off on the first, but fell short of Lisa’s flag.

A 100-strong field entered the first round of the pro trophy qualifier, the top 20 plus ties advancing to the final. The cut off point was set at a nett 71, resulting in 27 players qualifying. Members have a further opportunity on July 2 to qualify for the August final.

It was a day for the lower handicappers with Matt Blackman (4) winning with a fine nett 65. Zack Shelford (6) was runner up on 66, closely followed by Andy Cooper (2) on 67. Six handicappers Lee Grant and Mark Otterburn with 68s came fourth and fifth respectively on countback, pipping Malcolm Summers, Eoin Anderson and Andy Nicholls.

Seasoned veteran Pete Cornish top scored with a good 39 points to win Division 1 of the seniors’ Stableford. Brian Book came second with 38 and Danny O’Connor third on 37.

Steve Zanelli won Division 2 on 37 points, with vice-captain, the evergreen Mike Strang, taking second place on countback, edging out Kenny Yam, both notching 35.

Past captains, Michelle James, Paul Lintern and Mike Williams paid a recent visit to Ward 32, the Cardiac Unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

The visit was arranged by the club’s chosen charity Above and Beyond to give the club an insight as to where the money, the generous members had raised over the last two years, was being spent.

The former captains were given an in-depth look at the work involved on the ward and briefly met some of the hardworking nurses. The ward has 18 beds, and nurses patients from birth to young adult.

Collectively, Worlebury’s members have raised two huge sums of money. Captains Peter Phillips, Maxine Gardiner and Mike Williams helped to raise £9,315 in 2015/16 and Michelle James, Paul Lintern and Ron Stevens, a sum of £9,434 in 2016/17.

A visit is scheduled in the near future for the official presentation of the cheque to the charity Above and Beyond.

Weston Ladies Alliance A team continue to play with great success and the latest match was at home against Mendip Spring, with Weston winning 10-4.

The Meon Valley Golf Resort in Hampshire was the venue for the two-day Somerset Ladies Past Captains event. Weston past captains Diney Costeloe, Alysia Rees, Sue Andow and Di Walker came fifth out of the 21 teams taking part in perfect conditions.

Nine holes were played on the Meon and nine on the Valley which made for an interesting round with plenty of ditches and hidden hazards. A team from Wells took the trophy.

Jean Cooper and Di Walker won the foursomes Barstow Shield with 68.5. After a wobbly start, the pair soon got back on track, sinking some excellent putts to achieve the winning score.

Tessa Pitt and Chriss Read were runners-up with 71.5 and Wendy Homer and Carole Menzies third. A great final match for Carole, who moves this week to a new home in Devon.

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