Alex triumphs at prestigious Burnham & Berrow event

Alex Winn.

Alex Winn. - Credit: Archant

Worlebury Golf Club member Alex Winn won the prestigious Burnham Salver, a 36-hole scratch event played at Burnham & Berrow.

Alex Winn was the toast of Worlebury when he brought home the prestigious Burnham Salver, a 36-hole scratch competition played at Burnham and Berrow.

It was a tough day for the field on a hot day with 36 holes played on a challenging championship course.

The Salver attracted a field of quality golfers from far and wide, none of whom could match Alex’s consistency over the two rounds. Two handicapper Alex was joint leader with Jake Phillips of Cotswold Hills and Andy Ferris of Clevedon after the first 18 holes, each scoring gross 73s.

Alex’s four birdies in his outward half gave him a cushion for the tough inward nine. Scoring was slightly more difficult in the second round in the afternoon and Alex had to dig deep to return a 76 to beat Jake by two shots.


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The Avalon Royals, having lost their opening match against Vivary Park, were looking to bounce back in quick fashion when they entertained Mendip Spring B.

In an eventful match they eventually won handsomely by 5-0 to boost their confidence for the rest of the season.

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James Marshall and Tom Main were six up at the turn and despite the best efforts of their opponents to eat into their lead, they won 3&2.

Terry Santo and Craig Young had the win of the day. Things looked bleak when they were four down after five, but they fought back to win it on the last.

Captain, John Melwani and Dave Collard, were never in trouble, winning 4&3, while Mark Puddy and Leigh White were involved in the closest contest as they squeezed home one up.

The final pairing of Dale Rendell and Ben Main battled back brilliantly from three down at the turn, to win 2&1.

The ladies held their May medal which was also a qualifier for the Dickenson Cup. Ginette Bright top scored to win Division 2 from Lisa Griffiths and Jane Wakerley. Sue Sokol won Division 1 beating Emma Bourton in to second place with Jill Phillips third. Division 3 was won by Lorna Mcivor, closely followed by Marnie Sweet and Judith Nicol.

The men’s midweek Stableford drew a decent entry and was won at a canter by seasoned campaigner Tom Bisdee, with an excellent 40 points. Andy Nicholls was runner-up on 38 and Mick Keen pipped Paul McAdams for third place on countback, both scoring 37 points.

The seniors’ Stableford saw John Millar winning Division 1 with 41 points, just edging out Malcolm Summers who had 40. John Jones came third with 38.

Scoring was not so good in Division 2 with Tony McDonald taking first place with 37 points. Countback was required to decide the minor placings, with Geoff Wildman pipping Colin Goddard, both returning 36 points.

The seniors travelled to Woodspring for their latest social match, but found the opposition too hot to handle. Tony McDonald and Clive Rides’ half their only crumb of comfort.

A light drizzle greeted over 100 Weston golfers for the Richardson Trophy, but a wonderfully sunny day developed as the day progressed.

The overall winner of the Richardson Trophy and Division 1 was Graham Hicken with a nett 63, other scores in Division 1 was Geoff Sinclair second on 67 (71), Terry Waite (67), Chris Evans (67).

Division 2 was won with a 65 by Steve Dowden, followed by Johnathan Walton (67), Nick Palmer, Andrew Jones, Mark Fozzard and Terry Leonard all on 68.

The men’s first team continued their steady progress in Division 5 of the Bristol & District Golf League with a 3-2 win over Tall Pines at Weston.

Liam May & Ronnie Mitchell won 5&4, Pete Allen & Dave Edwards lost 4&2, Nigel Browne & Chris Homer lost 1 down, Jack Radcliffe & Ashley Collis won 4&2 and Ian Hudson & George Worthington had a walkover.

Fifty-seven Weston seniors played for the annual Workman Cup in dry and warm conditions with a relatively light wind making for great playing conditions.

New member, Martin Booth, playing in his first competition, won the cup with 40 points, just ahead of Steve Strange on 39, followed by Neil Horsfield and John Rowsell on 37. John Greaves, chairman Roy Schubert and John Blackett scored 36 points.

Assistant professional Dan Toogood came a credible joint third in the Somerset & Gloucester PGA Stroke Play Championships at Mendip Springs, sponsored by Total Triumph.

Sixteen Weston ladies travelled to Constantine Bay in Cornwall for the annual Rose of Trevose competition, now in its seventh year. It was a cold, damp start but, as always, the weather cleared and improved over the two days, finishing the final round in sunshine.

Sally Irlam won the individual prize on the first day with Glenda Latham’s team coming in with the best score. Joan Jenkinson’s team won on the second day and Sue Andow came in with the best individual card.

It was close, but the amalgamation of scores over 36 holes proved Andow to be the winner on countback and crowned Rose 2016, with Sally the runner-up.

Back at the home course, Tessa Williams won the nine-hole qualifier with Wendy Thomas in second place and Cathy Preston third.

The Putting Championship was won by Glenda Latham, Zena Balcombe was runner-up and Eileen Donbavand in third spot.

For the first time at Bleadon there was a Ryder Cup style event, which involved the Red Team, captained by Chris Leaman and the Blue Team, captained by Stuart Glanville.

After a tight affair in the morning betterballs, both teams were level on two matches apiece with everything to play for in the afternoon singles.

After a delicious lunchtime spread, organised by Leaman, the battle commenced with some close matches which went down to the wire, with the Blue team being victorious with a 7-5 victory.

Thanks go to Chris for his organising of this now annual event.

The Lombard qualifier was played for the chance to partner club professional Pat Baker at Burnham & Berrow. The eventual winner was Simon Childs with a nett 67 to beat Mark Williams and Martin Rich (68).

Brean’s Somerset Bowl team progressed into the last eight of the prestigious county competition.

It came courtesy of a 3-2 win against The Mendip at Weston and now wait to see if they will face Entry Hill or Taunton & Pickeridge in the quarter-finals.

Back at Brean, Craig Higgins produced the best score of the day in the May Stableford on his way to success in Division 2. He scored 42 points to hold a three-point winning margin over Mats Mattsson. In Division 1, Tom Broom handed in 41 points for victory, four points clear of runner-up Phil Hodgson.

Division 3 was claimed by Steve Martin with a 38 point score. Mel Brown was hot on his heels in second place just one point behind.

Late entrants Kevin Davies and Jason Kidley combined to perfection to win the fourth staging of President’s Day with an amazing 53 point total. With the new handicap allowance for the betterball stableford event giving the duo a few extra shots, they dovetailed perfectly to rack up an amazing 28 points on the back nine holes alone and win by a comfortable eight-point margin.

Second place was decided on a countback with Gordy Wheelaghan and Chris Fairchild edging out Stuart Wills and Pete Lismore over the homeward nine. In fourth place on 44 points was the pairing of Brian Read and Mel Brown.

In a busy week for the seniors, Mike Drayton was the clear winner of the May Stableford as he was the only player to beat his handicap as he returned 38 points.

Despite the bright conditions, good scoring was surprisingly rare and Drayton won by three from Barrie Tucker. Tucker won a countback for the runners-up spot from fellow 35 point scorer Colin Roberts.

The seniors enjoyed both the sunshine and company as they took on the Minehead Warreners at home. The hosts managed to win by 3.5 to 2.5 in the end, but all games were close run affairs and played in a good atmosphere.

Barrie Tucker completed a hectic week as he was declared the winner of the Wally Pape Bogey with an impressive +6 score in the format which the player plays matchplay against the course.

Going one better than his result in the Stableford two days earlier, he won by one from Mike Porter with Bob Toller taking third on +2.

Adam Cox was the comfortable winner of the first 18-hole midweek Stableford of the season with a superb score of 45 points, winning by one over Ron Vine. In the battle of the Lismore’s for third place, Scott just edged out Byron on countback after they both scored 37 points.

A busy week at Wedmore started with the annual Texas scramble for the Martin Bull Trophy.

Despite a bit of wind and rain there were the usual fantastic scores. Best of all were Tom Smith, Dom Channon, Jon Thompson and Max Grant. They were nine under par gross at the finish equating to a net 55.2.

They were followed by Janet and Ian Robson and Jan Jenkins and John Russell on 57.3, particularly good as it was Janet’s first big competition. Jane Hewitt, Bobby Jones with Ange and Brian Webber took third with 59.7.

There was a beautiful day for the ladies open bowmaker and it was a team from Bristol & Clifton who took the main prize. Veronica Shorttle, Karen Smith and Sue Underwood scored 81 points to win by three points from Sue Painter and Jenny Brown from Wedmore in partnership with Diane Ramsey from Wells.

The all-Wedmore grouping of Wendy Lucas , Diane Miler and Betty Norman took third on the same score. The visitors’ prize went to Min Woodward, Cynthia Miller and L Dallalco from Farrington with 73 points.

The King Alfred and Queen Elizabeth Cups for the best man and lady gross scores saw Josh Barwell take the men’s trophy with a brilliant gross score of 73. The slightly older Terry Clark and John Russell took second and third place with 75 and 76 respectively.

Jim Dobbs and Pete Beavan had the best nett score of 69, with Dobbs taking first place on countback. Twelve-year-old Harriet Lockley was the star of the ladies’ competition, winning the cup with a gross 83. This was just one better than runner-up Cathy Olive. Sue Tarry had the best nett score of 72.

Divisional winners in the monthly Stableford were Simon Moore with 35, Brian Webber with 39, Chris McKinley with an outstanding 41 and Sue Chambers on 30. Seniors’ medal winners were Frank Denniston (66), Graham Stock (69) and Peter Rutter (67).

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