Air ambulance called to Wedmore

ISLE of Wedmore had to call the Air Ambulance when David Summers-Cooke was taken ill, but in the end, he was taken to hospital by ordinary ambulance.

ISLE of Wedmore had to call the Air Ambulance when David Summers-Cooke was taken ill, but in the end, he was taken to hospital by ordinary ambulance and after an overnight stay continued to recover at home.

Meanwhile the competition continued and Ivor Monelle and Malcolm Timmis came first with 39 points ahead of Gordon Newbery and Richard Sanders (38) with Peter Silvester and Graham Clifford (37) coming third.

By Thursday the snow had turned to rain and the ladies settled for a 15-hole competition, This was a Texas Scramble and as usual this format produced some really good scores. Winning team were Eunice Bond, Linda Rogers, Jennifer Kellaway and Cathy Olive with a nett 52.1. Second place went to Sue Tarry, Nan Watt, Maggie Dommett and June James with 55.4 and Judy Cutter, Val Webber , Shirley Restorick and Joan Peck took third with 56.2.

The rain continued into the weekend making for difficult conditions for the Monthly Medal. Russell Shaw continued his run of good form, winning Division 1 with a nett 68 ahead of Richard Goad (69) and Nick Parker (70).


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Best score of the day came in Division 2, won by Alan Chambers with a nett 66 ahead of Tony Rymell (69) and James Vowles (69). Peter Roberts' score of 67 was good enough to win Division 3 with Lewis Norton-Collins (68) and Tony Wilde (68) taking the other places. Sue Chambers continued the trend of family victories by winning the Ladies Division.

WESTON'S Glenda Latham is the current reigning ladies club champion and was runner-up in February in the Hong Kong Ladies Club Championship.

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Glenda, who currently plays off a handicap of seven and has won the club championship at Weston eight consecutive times from 2002-2009, competed in this prestigious competition while on holiday with her husband. Glenda is also a member of the Hong Kong Golf Club and visits every year for a couple of months.

The final round of the competition was staged over 36 holes match play, playing from the men's forward tees. After a tight and exciting final Glenda lost on the 35th hole 2:1. Her opponent and overall winner played off a handicap of six. Local knowledge of the grainy greens gave the winner a distinct advantage in the final tense moments.

Sue Mardell, who has a handicap of 17, recently qualified in a Howdidido national competition staged at Hill Valley, Chester, last October with her partner Symon Clifford. They were runners- up in the final of the competition where heats were played over five days at Victoria Golf Club, Vilamoura , Portugal in early February.

Ladies results for February at Weston: Ewga Medal: P Hudson 76; T Blackhurst 79; B Robert 82 nett. Bowmaker: M Rossi, A Meakin, S Radcliffe 77 points; P Hudson, P Murray, J Phillips 76. Stableford First Millennium Qualifier Division 1: J Jenkinson 37points; J Bishop 35 (back nine); S Garrett 35. Division 2: C Harris 39; A Whitewood 35; P Hudson 34. Nine-hole qualifier Stableford competition and Pamper Day: Sue Radcliffe 19 points (on count-back); W Homer 19; L Papworth 18. Final Winter Foursomes: Beryl Robert and Sue Mardell beat Katrina Thomas and Alysia Rees in an exciting final to end the winter knockout competition.

Midweek Stableford, Division 1: J James 41 points; J Whitewood 40; A Northern 36; C Hall 36; J Searle 35; D Rainey 34; M Mantell 33; A Heeney 33; K Aplin 33; S Roberts 33; S Jones 33; P McKechan 32; I Hall-Scott 32; G Tripp 31; A Skinner 29; R Teagle 25; R Bartlett 24.

On a cold morning, the weather caused most of the Weston Seniors early starters to retreat to the comfort of the clubhouse.

There were a few hardy seniors who completed their round as the conditions improved.

A good score of minus one, by last year's senior captain, Tony Barry saw him finish ahead of David Andow and Nigel Jillings. The popular figure of Brian Whiddett achieved the only two of the day.

BREAN'S senior section have been busy over the past week as they competed for the February Medal as well as playing an inter-club match.

The medal was contested by a good sized field and was won by a new member to the club, Cliff Crawford, who has recently joined from Burnham and Berrow. His nett 70 was matched by Barrie Yearsley, but Crawford had the better back nine.

The following day it was the first inter-club match of 2010 as they travelled to play the Minehead Warreners. It was a re-arranged affair thanks to the snow in January and because of this Tony Roper took charge for the final time.

He led his troops to a 3-3 draw which is a much improved result from the same fixture last summer. Roper partnered Roy Snell to claim a win for Brean with the other points coming from the Dave Benjafield-Jim Longford and Peter Lock-Graham Collins combinations.

A bright day saw the latest round of this year's Super Series take place. The temporary greens were in operation again and the leading score came from Bob Champion. He accumulated an excellent 49 points and ended three clear of the rest of the field. Runner-up to Champion in Division 2 as Vince Ford who beat Mike Carter on count-ack after they both had 45 points. Dave Bailey was the victor in the top division with 46 points ahead of three players on 44.

The President'sPutter was up for grabs as it was awarded to the best score in the February Monthly Medal. This honour went to 2009 captain Roger Vaughan. Free from the pressures of captaincy, he blitzed his way around the course in a nett score of 65 to claim the silverware.

It also won him the Medal for Division 1 ahead of Barry Tucker on 67. Wayne Barrett shot a nett 66 to take Division 3, while Brian Read was the top man in Division 2 with 68.

While the ladies only had a small entry for their medal, it was an outstanding score that won it. Tina Bateman handed in a card of 99 which when he handicap was deducted gave her a superb nett 65. This was well ahead of her nearest rival Jenny Vaughan on 75.

WORLEBURY had 99 entries for February's Monthly Medal Stableford competition held in some fairly testing wintery conditions .Despite this some excellent scores were posted in all three divisions.

Division 1: D Spearing 45 points; G Slade 45; S Taylor 43. Division 2: G Smith 46; J K Wharton 45; S Beasley 45. Division 3: R Godwin 45; F Speariing 43; M Morgan 43.

Congratulations to all division winners, especially Richard Godwin who followed up his Division 3 win in the January Medal with an even better scoring display to win it again this month, and a promotion to Division 2 surely beckons.

Well done also to Steve Taylor who had a second appearance on the medal board this year already with his third place in Division 1

The first cup competition of the season, the RNLI Shield was due to be played on February 27, but fell victim of the continuing wet weather, forcing the closure of half of the greens. This competition will be rescheduled in the near future.

Ladies' Section February results: Fifteen-hole Individual Stableford: L Griffiths 28 points; J Simms 26. Two: J Simms on the 12th hole. Fifteen-hole three team Stableford Bowmaker: E Limer, J Keight, M Sweet 66 points; J Wakerley, L Johnson, T Hollister 64. Fifteen-hole Individual Stableford, four clubs and a putter: L Johnson 31 points and on the back six holes L Pope, M Ford, J Smith 29. Two: L Griffiths on the sixth hole.

The final competition for February was a 15-hole Individual Stableford which was followed by the annual bring and buy sale with the ever popular home-made cake stall and raffle. This event made even the cold and wet February conditions fade into the background and the winner was I Swift 30 points. J Simms was second on 29 and H Clarke third with 29.

March sees the first of the 18-hole qualifying competitions which, hopefully proves spring has arrived and with it the start of the serious golfing season. All Worlebury members are looking forward to playing in sunshine the much improved and manicured course which the dedicated greens staff have created throughout the difficult winter conditions.

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