Worlebury professional retires after 30 years at the club

PUBLISHED: 12:07 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 12:07 08 November 2017

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Worlebury Golf Club professional Gary Marks has come to the end of his tenure after 30 years.

Worlebury Golf Club professional Gary Marks is coming to the end of his tenure having served the club excellently for 30 years.

A full field turned out for his farewell competition which was held as one of the events to mark the occasion.

The greenkeepers team with guest Nick Extence, set the early pace coming in with 117 points. The team was captained by head greenkeeper, nine-handicapper Lauchlan Millar and completed by his deputy Paul Healy and trainee Ryan Tate.

They were eventually overtaken by a team of golfing chums Jon Dyer, Graham Horroll, Danny Saunderson and Fred Spearing, who won the honours with an excellent 123 points.

In third place, came the old faithfuls of Pete Gilpin, Merv Kinch, Stuart Lock and David Mellor with 115. Just behind came the quartet of Dave Brown, Simon Cowgill, John Flannigan and Trevor Isaac with 114 points.

The fourball of ladies’ captain, Sue Kinch, Ginette Bright, Sue Tarry and Diane Millar won the ladies’ competition with 95 points.

Nearest the pin prizes: Steve Taylor (second), Claire Bayliss (sixth), Tony Foster (12th) and Joe Joyce (16th).

The ladies held their Christmas hampers competition, which was played over 15 holes. Lynn Pope’s home will see plenty of Christmas cheer as she won with 26 points. Ginette Bright narrowly lost out, coming second with 25 points, edging out Janet Fear and Jennifer Roberts on countback.

The seniors’ October Stableford saw club chairman Keri Allchurch top score with 42 points to comfortably win Division 1. This saw Allchurch’s handicap reduced to nine. Tom Blackett was runner-up with 39. Frank Hopkinson won third prize on countback, pipping Gerry Miles.

Seniors’ captain Barry Newson was a popular winner of Division 2, his 38 points giving him a narrow win over Fred Spearing who took the runners-up position on countback from Clive Mealing, both scoring 37.

A happy and proud Newson had his handicap reduced to 18 and elevation into the men’s second division.

Newson is coming to the end of a highly successful senior’s captaincy. He hosted the ladies’ night which was a great success, with a fantastic turnout of members, who enjoyed quality fare and a brilliant band.

The second open forum of the year was held at the club. Chairman Keri Allchurch gave an overview followed by short presentations by the heads of each of the committees.

Wide ranging topics were discussed and it became clear that while there are challenges and issues to be addressed, the overall feel was a positive one.

Weston Golf Club seniors enjoyed a late autumn day with long sunny periods and light winds for teams of pairs participating in a four-ball betterball competition.

The course was in wonderful condition for the time of year with superb greens. Scoring was very good with 11 pairs achieving 40 or more points. Winners on 44 were Nick Palmer and Kenton Simpson followed by three teams on 42. Second were Dave Farmer and Brian Whiddett, just pipping Vic Bush and Allan Tucker and Gary Homer and Dave Snowdon on countback.

The ladies’ Stableford and fifth millennium qualifier was a close call for first place. Terri Blackhurst edged forward on countback with Mandy McEvoy as runner-up, both scoring an admirable 38 points. Jean Cooper came in third with 35 points.

All three have now reduced their handicaps Mandy and Terri by two shots and Jean by one, now playing off 15. There were four twos recorded - Lynn Perry on the 16th and Tessa Pitt, Wendy Thomas and Sue Stilwell all on the third.

Fine weather greeted the seniors at Wedmore for their monthly Stableford, but the course is still proving a test for those who stray into the rough.

This clearly was not the case for Ken Brice who cruised round amassing 44 points on the way, which was seven points better than anyone else on the day. Apart from winning Division 3, this also earned him a large drop in his handicap. Mike Nicholls finished second on 37 with Bob Jackson third on 34.

The other divisions had very close finishes. Failure to score on the penultimate hole cost Ian Dillamore dear in Division 1 as he lost out on countback to Martin Olive with both scoring 37. Tony Biggs was third on 36.

Par at the last secured a win in Division 2 for Ian Hollands, his score of 37 being one better than Roy Tomlins, who beat Ivor Monelle on countback.

There was frustration for the ladies whose competition had to be postponed due to persistent fog. This was no problem though for their Alliance League teams who held their annual meal at the club with the A team able to reflect on a successful season, finishing runner-up in Division 3 and therefore able to look forward to life back in Division 2 next year.

Tom Broom was the winner of the Bill Anderson Memorial Trophy at Brean after a countback with club captain Dave Porter.

The trophy, awarded to the leading score in the November medal, went to Division 1 winner Broom as he had the better back nine of the pair of 66s.

Division 2 saw the biggest margin of victory out of the three flights. Phil Barry enjoyed a comfortable four-stroke winning advantage over Jerry Brueford to collect the silver award.

Trevor Searle led all day in Division 3 with his nett 67. Searle was one of the early starters and was never headed with Nigel Ellis ending the day his nearest challenger on 68.

Tony Richards and Murray Parsons won the opening Christmas-themed competition at Brean. They posted 44 points in the Turkey Greensomes Stableford to enjoy a two-point winning cushion over the father and son duo of Russell and Matt Shaw. Roger Phillips and Tony Romeo took third spot on 41.

The fog was the winner of the planned seniors’ medal as visibility was restricted making play unsafe for the large field that had congregated at the club. They will try again in a couple of week’s time.

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