Worlebury ladies continue their excellent start to the league season

PUBLISHED: 14:18 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:18 23 May 2018

Gareth Starr (right) and Keith Knight.

Gareth Starr (right) and Keith Knight.

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Worlebury Golf Club ladies defeated The Mendip 11-3 to continue their excellent start to the league season.

Worlebury Ladies, under Claire Bayliss’ leadership, continued their excellent start to this season’s Alliance League campaign.

Having won promotion to Division 4, they have had a near perfect start in their opening three games, their latest result a fine 11-3 win away to The Mendip B, giving them 39 points out of a possible 42.

Claire was ably supported by her team of Sue Sokol, Emma Bourton, Helen Clarke, Janet Fear, Julie Stafford and Janet Jamieson.

Louise Goodrum continues to make good progress and her latest win in the weekend Stableford with 42 points, saw her handicap reduced by three shots. Bayliss was runner-up on 36 and Emma Bourton third with 35.

President Janet Jamieson top scored with 38 points to win Division 1 of the May Stableford and earned a one-shot reduction in her handicap. Helen Clarke was the runner-up with 33 points beating Sue Sokol on countback.

Golfing chums, the evergreen Hazel Cox and Jill Phillips vied for the Division 2 title with the former just winning with 34 points. Jill was runner-up on 33 and Sam Hewlett third with 32, pipping Jane Wakerley on countback.

Division 3 was won by Carole Miles with 31 points. Lady captain Lorna Macivor was runner-up on 28 and Jill Hobbs third with 26.

Lee O’Dea, with an excellent nett 65, narrowly won the first round of the Pro Trophy qualifier. Lee, who recently made his debut for the Avalon Royals has made excellent progress in the last few months and a Division 1 handicap should be his goal by the end of the season.

The round of the day, however, was shot by Alex Winn to take the runners-up slot. One-handicapper Alex, had four birdies and an eagle on the par five 15th for his 66. Keith Thomas was third on countback and Stuart Lock fourth on 67.

Josh Freeman playing off plus one just missed out on a prize on countback, his excellent round included six birdies. Also missing out on countback was two-handicapper Matty Blackman, who had four birdies in his outward nine.

Avalon Royals stalwart John Melwani had a narrow win in the midweek Stableford. John’s 41 points edged out Josh Talbot and Danny Saunderson by a point. Both John and Danny were rewarded with their handicaps reduced by one shot.

The Stragglers season under Keith Knight’s captaincy is picking up momentum. Their latest match resulted in a 3-1 win against the Police to see them win the much coveted Handcuff Trophy. Notable performances by the home team included a rare win for Jon Dyer and Danny Saunderson.

Mike Strang’s seniors had mixed results in their two social fixtures. They were trounced 5-1 when they travelled to Oake Manor. Their only crumb of comfort was two fighting halves achieved by the pairings of Dave Pope/Carl Morteo and Clive Rides/Nick Ryan.

They bounced back with a 4-2 home win against Henbury. The highlight of the day was a resounding win by Colin Dale and John Hobbs. Other good wins were recorded by the pairings of Pete Cornish/Dave Toulson, Peter Douel/Brian Maidment and Glyn Ager/Nick Rowden.

The Worlebury professional team of Scott Thompson, Roy Baker and George Ryall, have settled well in their short time with the club. One aim they had was to convert the upper floor of the pro shop into a teaching area and as part of their investment in the club they have installed a golf swing simulator there.

This will allow users to play a number of famous golf courses or as a teaching aid which will give an analysis of the swing path and feedback regarding the distance, spin, shape and destination of the shot.

The simulator can be hired at £25 an hour and can accommodate up to four players. It will be both fun and informative and is open all the year round during pro shop hours. To maximise its use as a teaching aid, a lesson with one of the professionals is highly recommended, but not essential.

The facility is available to the general public as well as Worlebury members. For further details call the pro shop on 01934 623932 or email proshop@worleburygc.co.uk

There could not have been a better day to invite guests to play in Weston Golf Club’s men’s invitation day.

Wall-to-wall sunshine, warm temperatures and a well prepared course led to 33 of the 42 pairs achieving 36 points or more.

Ian Chamberlain and his partner Matt Nott won with a superb 49 points. Jack Radcliffe and R Bennett just pipped the pairing of Andrew Balcombe and Ken Warner on countback both pairs with a great score of 44.

Fourth and fifth were taken by Roy Turner and Gordon Mitchell, beating Matt Evans and Charlie Elliott on countback both scoring 43 points.

Weston’s Steve and Wendy Thomas won the first mixed greensomes open. Andy and Gaynor Williams (RAF St Athan) were runners-up and Matt and Sally Brosnan were third. Kym and Robin Hill (Minehead) were fourth with Beryl and Gordon Robert in fifth place.

The ladies’ friendly team triumphed at home with a 4-0 win against Brean. The Stableford and Barlow Cup qualifier was won by Jackie Read with a fantastic score of 40 points, reducing her handicap by two shots. There were reductions for the next three players, Claire Redwood, Anne Blannin and Julie Ward, who all scored 38 points.

Weston seniors played Wells in the Somerset scratch knockout at the Isle of Wedmore.

Geoff Sinclair was first out in his match and secured a 4&3 victory. The next tie featured Steve Thomas who also managed a win by 5&4 and third up was Dave Rowland who won 3&2.

In the final two games with Kevin Lane and Ron Kelley both leading and the score standing at 3-0 to Weston, the match was conceded. Weston will now meet Tall Pines in the second round at a venue yet to be decided.

The seniors played the Salmon and Vets Cups. The Salmon Cup winner was Dave Snowdon who managed a creditable 42 points. Second was Steve Strange with 37 who had a better back nine than Dave Holder in third.

Countback separated the next two places also as Graham Osman and Chris Slocombe both returned 36 points.

The Vets Cup was won by Mick Monaghan who scored 40 points followed by John Blackett on 39 and Nigel Jillings 34, who came second and third respectively. Probably the most surprising statistic of the day was that there was just a single two which was achieved by Roger Magor.

Main events of the past week at Wedmore were the King Alfred and Queen Elizabeth Cups with trophies for once going to the best gross scores.

Best score of the day by a large margin came from Richard Macarthur with a one over par gross 71. This put him three shots clear of runner-up Ben Barwell, who in turn was three better than Terry Clark, taking third place by a single shot from John Russell.

Marlyn Jackson took the Queen Elizabeth Cup for the ladies with a gross 81 ahead of Dawn Chadwick who faltered over the last three holes.

There were nett prizes as well with Jim Dobbs beating Frank Denniston on countback with both on 69, two better than third-placed John Wormald. Liz Sweeney took the ladies’ prize with a nett 73.

The ladies took on the captain, Shirley Gooding and professional Tom Hiscox in a greensomes competition. Only four pairs beat their score of 33 with the best score coming from Jane Hewitt and Janis Lawrence with 35.

The other places were all sorted out by countback after three pairs finished on 34. Best of these were Liz Hill and Pauline Warner with Di and Jane Midgley taking third place and Maggie Dommett and Liz Sweeney in fourth.

The seniors played a Stableford which incorporated the Committee Cup. Only two players managed to reach 40 points, the first of these being Philip Horn who won Division 1 by a single point from Frank Denniston with Stephen Lawrence three shots back in third.

The other 40 points came from David Adams, winning Division 3 from Pete Rutter who took second place and the Committee Cup, on countback from Bob Jackson.

A topsy-turvy week for the A team saw a brilliant 5-0 away win at Oake followed by a disappointing draw at home to Brean.

Further disappointment looked likely in the Somerset Bowl with scores level and the final pair one down with two to play. Going all square on the penultimate hole, Dom Channon and Jon Thompson snatched a win from the bunker to clinch a team win.

The President’s Putter is usually awarded to the best overall score in the March medal each year at Brean, but as both attempted stagings of that event fell victim to the weather, it was decided to carry it over to the May medal instead.

The weather couldn’t have been any more different for the players on a gorgeous day and Roy Fletcher produced the best round of the day in the large field.

His nett 66 was the winning score in Division 2, but only after a countback separated him from Matt Haskins. Fletcher had the better back nine and with that he won both the medal and the President’s Putter. Brian Read took third in that division with a 69.

Vincent Ford was the only other player under par on the day as his 67 brought him Division 3 glory. He won by three from Barry Brindley with Steve Barker ending up third.

Division 1 players couldn’t match the sub par scoring of the other two divisions and a 71 was good enough for the win. That score belonged to Leighton Jenkins. Runner-up was Paul Jones on 72 as he made a welcome return to the prize winners after some injury problems over recent months. Third place was claimed by Murray Parsons on 73.

Mark and Suzanne Hatfield won the husband and wife greensomes for the second time, five years on from their first success in the event. They scored a superb 42 points to win by three in a low-scoring event.

Defending champions Steve and Gail Mason were the runners-up after a final hole disaster cost them the chance of retaining the title. John and Beverly Cranley took third after losing out in a countback with the Masons.

Linda Edmondson was the winner of the ladies’ May Stableford after an excellent score of 37 points. She won by five from Shirley Marlow who enjoyed her best competitive round at Brean. Marlow scored 32 points and ended one clear of club champion Lyn Bird in third.

The seniors team travelled up the A38 to Tall Pines to take on their counterparts next to Bristol International Airport. The match was a close one with both teams enjoying a 7&6 victory and also a win apiece at the final hole.

The other two matches were concluded at the 17th and both went the way of the hosts leaving the final score 4-2 to Tall Pines.

Captain Chris Stephens awarded his team of the day to Ron Edmondson and Roger Blackwell for their 7&6 win.

Two days earlier, only one senior managed to match his handicap in the May medal. That came from Roger Phillips who handed in a nett 69 to win Division 2 by a massive seven shots from Ken Ponter. Ponter held off John Hale after a countback with Hale having to settle for third.

In Division 1, a 73 from Barrie Yearsley was good enough for him to secure the win. He had a two-stroke winning margin from Pete Douglas with Barrie Tucker a further stroke behind in third.

A Brean team travelled over the Bridge to play the first leg of their annual match against their friends at Caerleon. On a beautiful day in South Wales, they ran out 5-2 winners over their hosts and now hold a decent advantage ahead of the home leg in September.

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