Worlebury mixed open attracts full field with many visitors

PUBLISHED: 09:25 05 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:25 05 May 2017

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Worlebury Golf Club’s mixed open attracted a full field, with visitors from 25 different clubs taking part.

Worlebury’s mixed open attracted a full field with, pleasingly, visitors from 25 different clubs competing.

It was also pleasing that the majority of prizes were won by visitors, although Worlebury members did have one hand on both of the trophies at the prizegiving. The winners of the Phillips Cup, for the best gross score of the day, with 31 points, were John Melwani of Worlebury and Gina Falcon from Isle of Wedmore.

Countback was necessary to decide the winners of The Delhorn for best nett with three pairings each scoring an excellent 44 points. Clive Rides (Worlebury) and Mary Rides (Mendip Spring) won the day squeezing out Sara Evans/Alan Weetman (Enville in Staffordshire) and Debbie and Derek Quinn-Hall (Clevedon).

Fourth place went to Brian and Jill Piner (Worcestershire) who notched 43 points, with Jill and John Hobbs of Worlebury fifth, with 41. The visitors’ prize went to Kim and Neil Clarke from Cricket St Thomas with 40 points.

The ladies’ nearest the pin prize on the 12th hole was won by Gina Falcon. Ray Sewell from Stover took the mens’ which was on the sixth.

Lady captain Sue Kinch thanked everyone who made the day such a huge success, with a particular mention for Lynn and Dave Pope, who were pivotal in the smooth running of the event..

It has been a good week for Worlebury’s teams in county knockouts. The seniors’ and the mens’ Somerset Bowl teams were drawn to play their matches at Tall Pines against Bath and The Mendip respectively and both were highly successful.

There was also a good win for the ladies team in the Bristol and District Handicap Foursomes.

Mark Otterburn, having led a successful campaign last season in taking the mens’ team to the final, was given the captaincy once more this season. Although he was spot on with his team selection, there was some personal disappointment for Mark.

Partnered with Zac Shelford the pair were one over gross at the turn but, such was the quality of the opposition, they found themselves four down. They fought back gamely on the inward nine only to eventually lose by one hole.

By comparison, the next pairing of Keri Allchurch and John Melwani went off like a train, winning the first three holes. They had to hang on, however, eventually winning one up.

Ken Hanson/Graham Hewlett also went down, but the youthful pairing of Matt Blackman/Jack Partridge were never in trouble, winning their tie by a comfortable margin. The performance of the day, however, came from Mick Keen and Simon Dempsey, who won 7&6 to seal a fine 3&2 win.

The following day the Seniors took to the course and recorded a convincing 4-1 victory.

Keri Allchurch played once more and partnered by Gerry Miles, won 6&4. The pairings of Rob McMillen/David Grant; Dave Pope/Gary Freeman and Dave Treleaven/Pete Cornish each won tight games, with only Pete Gilpin and Stuart Lock losing and this by the narrow margin of 2&1.

Emma Bourton and Maxine Gardiner faced a pair from Farrington Park in the second round of the Bristol and District Handicap Foursomes. Although they had to give shots to their opponents, they were never behind.

They combined beautifully and made the most of home advantage to advance to the quarter finals by 3&1.

The seniors’ social team are on the crest of a slump as a thrashing away to Enmore and a narrow home defeat to The Bristol means they have now lost their last three matches.

Captain Barry Newson took the team to Enmore full of confidence, having just thrashed the same opposition the week before. However, the tables were turned, with the home team wiping the floor with Worlebury.

Barry played the captain’s part and together with the experienced Brian Matthews returned the visitor’s solitary win by 3&2. The final result would have been more respectable had the pairings of Martin Ford/Roger Leaver and Mike Williams/John Langdon had a bit more luck, but both ending up losing by a single hole.

This was quickly followed up with a home defeat to The Bristol. Barry once more was at the top of his game and, bolstered by a strong partner in Dave Treleaven, they won convincingly.

This was emulated by Martin Ford and Clive Rides and thus Worlebury were ahead. Two matches were lost by the odd hole and another by a considerable margin, leaving the home team’s hopes resting on the final pairing of Gerry Miles and Mike Williams. Unfortunately, they could only manage a half, which gave the Bristol a win by 3.5 to 2.5.

The seniors have a chance to get back on track next week with games against Burnham and Berrow and The Mendip.

Gina Falcon/John Melwani and Mary Rides/Clive Rides with their respective trophies.

Weston took a new look Avalon A team to West Somerset to take on a typically strong Minehead team, whose young guns were to be key.

A south easterly wind was light to start but quickly picked up, always a concern. Mainly into wind on the front proved punishing, with a strong tail wind on the return nine making controlled entry to greens tough on a long approach.

Mikey Brueford and Ian Pitt struggled valiantly against a strong high-low pair losing 4&3. Father son pairing of Dave and Dan Chapman had a ding-dong battle with a similar pairing that finished a creditable halved match.

Captain Paul Burns struggled on the first few holes with Andy Smith holding the opposition off, but the tide was to turn despite Burns coming strong. Minehead young guns Chris Webber and Mike Bohun started to show how to play the links course, a superb birdie on 15 sealing a home win 5&3.

Sean Frost and Jon Hebbes could not repeat their heroic effort of the Mockeridge Cup, falling to another young guns pair, 4&2. This score was reversed with a superb joint debut by Ross Thomas and Zach Ward beating the host captain and partner 4&2, to give the A team a valuable away leg win. Weston lost 3.5 to 1.5 a hugely valuable 4.5 points in the bag at a difficult venue.

The first team entertained The Bristol in the Bristol & District League Division 4, trying to continue their fine form from their first match of the season they beat the visitors 3.5 to 1.5.

The youngsters of Ashley Collis and Jack Radcliffe swiftly disposed of their opponents 6&5, with Nigel Browne and Neil Urch halving their match, Dave Edwards and Matt Evans won 2 up, with Chris Evans and Rob Chalker winning one up.

The only losing pair for the club were vice-captain Chris Homer partnered by Josh Butterfield 5&4.

Weston seniors’ latest competition was the St George’s Trophy which was donated by past seniors’ captain Tony Willis, to be played as close as possible to St George’s Day.

The competitors enjoyed a course resembling mid-summer after all the recent dry and breezy weather. The groundstaff have to be congratulated for producing exceptional greens in spite of the lack of rain.

The winner was Howard Evans with a stunning nett 63 which resulted in a handicap reduction of three. Second was Rick Fowler with a score of 65 which would normally be a winning score. His handicap reduction was two. In third place was Maurice Miller, some way back on 69.

Congratulations go to Sam Fernley on finishing sixth out of a field of 120 in the West of England competition.

The seniors at Wedmore travelled to Filton for their Spring away day.

The day warmed after a frosty start, but despite the excellent condition of the course, players struggled to get to grips with it. Heading the way, and the only player to beat his handicap, was Chris Donald.

His score of 37 Stableford points took the overall trophy, the Crick-Tanswell Trophy. Behind him, the Division 1 trophy was taken by Calvon Poulton-Sadler on countback from Peter Bennett with Ian Robson two points away in third.

Ken Lohman claimed Division 2 on 36 points, four better than runner-up John Stent, with Phil Incledon in third.

Brian Crosby claimed the over-70s prize, captain Tom Bennett claimed a nearest the pin prize and professional Tom Hiscock was allowed a special prize, despite being several decades too young.

The ladies stayed at home for a Stableford in even colder conditions with Ronnie Follenfant leading the way on 38 points. Linda Roberts was two shots behind in second place, while Aileen Robertson took third place on countback from Deidre Wheadon after both scored 35 and Sue Tarry claimed the final prize with 32.

Chris Donald, winner of this week’s Spring away day surrounded by the other prize winners.

The first leg of the FosseBrean Trophy was played at Brean. The matches were just completed before a hefty hailstorm hit the Leisure Park and the end result was a win for the visitors by 3.5 games to 2.5.

This means that Ray Byatt’s men have some work to do to ensure the trophy stays in the Brean cabinet for another year in the return fixture later in the summer.

The seniors played their second home game in 24 hours as they welcomed the Minehead Warreners to the Leisure Park the following day. The end result was slightly improved as they halved the match overall three games apiece.

In their third and final match of the week, they finally recorded a win as they won their opening round of the seniors’ Somerset Bowl. With matches played on neutral territory they travelled to Taunton & Pickeridge to face the Enmore Park.

They came out on top of a close encounter winning by 3-2 and now move onto the next round of the inter-club county knockout.

The rejuvenated Brean ladies team, led by Sue Wright, took on their Cannington counterparts at home in their first game of the season.

The match was played as an aggregate Stableford with the home team ending the day 15 points ahead of their visitors to secure the victory.

The Upton and Scott qualifier took place with the leading four pairs progressing to the matchplay stage of the greensomes competition. A large entry of 32 pairs teed up looking for one of the semi-final spots available.

Steve Martin and David Hunter ended the day as the top seeds as they were the only duo to reach 40 points. They were one ahead of a trio of 39 points scores who completed the final four.

Father and son partnership of Russell and Matt Shaw were the best of the 39s on a countback ahead of Tony Richards and Andy Chapple. Pete Barton and Dan Reason survived a late wobble to clinch the last spot and now face the top seeds for a place in the final.

Andy Newham enjoyed one of those rare rounds of golf when everything seemed to go right for him as he claimed victory in the second annual Holiday Resort Unity owners’ golf day.

Playing well below his 28 handicap, he took full advantage to off some good bounces to return a 43-point total and with a comfortable eight-point winning margin. Second place was a much closer affair with a back nine countback required to separate Richard Doherty and Paul Denston.

They played together and a short putt that stayed above ground on the final green would ultimately decide that Denston would beat Doherty after the countback. Doherty did win the nearest the pin prize though to go with third prize with Richard Jacobson winning the award for the best back nine on the day.

In the second event of the new Super Series, Ron Vine emerged victorious. The format of the event was a bogey and Vine finished on an impressive score of +6.

He only won by one though from Mats Mattsson, who was almost equally impressive on +5. The duo were a distance ahead of the rest of the field with third place going to Dave Bradley who ended at +1.

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