Worlebury golfers squeeze in event before weather closes in

PUBLISHED: 15:41 07 March 2018

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Golfers at Worlebury managed to play two events, with the seniors and ladies both taking part in competitions.

The ladies’ and senior sections at Worlebury managed to get a competition played before the ‘beast from the east’ bared its teeth and led to the cancelling of the men’s weekend fixtures.

It was a good week for the Macivors with ladies’ captain Lorna, being part of a winning team in the bowmaker and Stuart top scoring in the seniors’ Stableford.

Lorna, partnered with the two immediate past captains, Sue Kinch and Michelle James, strolled to victory in a 15-hole bowmaker. Their 84 points was three better than runners-up Mary Rides, Tonia Wood-Rosingh and Jennifer Roberts.

Ang Bagley, Janet Jamieson and Julia Jago came third, pipping the trio of Carole Miles, Patricia Smith and Joyce Tiney on countback.

Some good scores were recorded by the seniors in their monthly Stableford. Stuart’s win was by the narrowest of margins. He required countback to edge out Clive Rides, both scoring an excellent 45 points to take the top two positions in Division 2. Robert Darling also played well to come third with 44.

John Jones won Division 1 with 44 points. Bill Watson was runner-up on countback, both he and the evergreen Brian Matthews scoring 43.

Long-standing member David Mellor had the round of the day, his 41 points, which included four birdies, saw him record a comfortable win in Division 1.

Countback was required to decide second and third place, with Andy Taylor edging out Graham Hewlett, Mikey Nicholls and Keith Thomas, each scoring 36 points.

Keiron Osmond had the top score of the day, his 42 points saw him win Division 2 at a canter. Rick Exon was runner-up on 38 and Mark Terry third with 37.

Countback was also required in Division 3 with Steve Corcoran pinching it from Fred Spearing, both scoring 39 points. Frank Woolman was third with 36.

Both David and Keiron were further rewarded with reductions in their handicaps.

Weston Ladies took no notice of the forecast for arctic conditions and completed the Texas scramble competition before the snow arrived.

Despite a wind chill temperature of -9, there were some good scores recorded. Linda Bell, Jean Cooper and Mandy McEvoy came top with 67.9. The team of Eileen Donbavand, Lynn Perry and Tessa Putt came second with 71.6 and the captain’s team of Melanie Rossi, Moira Parish and Cathy Preston were third with 73.3.

Following the competition there were celebrations in the clubhouse as Sally Irlam celebrated 65 years as a member of the club.

Sally was signed up as a member in February 1953 by her mother Ruth Alford, who was herself a single handicap player and a member of the club for 72 years when she passed away in 2007.

Sally went on to win the ladies’ club championship 10 times, the Somerset Junior Championship when she was 16 and the Somerset Ladies Championship in 1966, when she beat her mother in the semi-final.

Sally played for the county first team, often with her mother in foursomes, for a number of years. She has held various committee posts, been captain and lady president, is now a vice-president of the club.

Following in her mother’s footsteps, Sally was elected as Somerset County president in 20012/13, since when she has been involved with the county junior girls.

Sally celebrated her milestone at tea time with the ladies, when she was presented with a bouquet of roses and a bottle of bubbly by the captain Mel Rossi.

Snow was the ultimate winner at Wedmore, but the seniors managed to get some golf in at the start of the week despite the bitter cold.

They played a Stableford with the best scores coming in Division 3 where the raising of the upper handicap limit has rejuvenated some of the players. Gordon Risk led the way with 41 points on a day when scoring generally proved difficult.

This put him three ahead of Dave Nelson in second place with James Robertson third on 37.

Division 2 proved a two-horse race with Ian Hollands just getting his nose in front at the line to squeeze Chris Donald into second place with 40 points to 39. Mike Nicholls was a distance behind in third place on 33.

Mike Smith had 37 points to win Division 1 by a single point from Bobby Jones with Dave Hollingdale third on 34.

The weather was just as bitter the following day for the opening home friendly of the season when Wedmore were frozen out by Tiverton, the vistors winning by four matches to three.

Only one event escaped the clutches of the wintry weather as 17 hardy seniors braved the sub-zero conditions to contest the re-arranged February medal at Brean.

With the ‘beast from the east’ blowing, George Stratford had the leading score of the day with a nett 65 to win Division 2 on the temporary greens. He headed home Bob Hurrell and Roger Phillips by one, with Hurrell getting second spot on countback.

Sixty-six was the winning score in the top division with Bill Marlow posting that number. He enjoyed a larger winning margin than Stratford as his nearest challengers were three strokes behind him.

Barrie Yearsley and Ron Edmondson both scored 69s with Yearsley having the superior back nine to take the runners-up position.

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