Bob is new seniors’ champion at Weston

Weston Ladies Golf Club.

Weston Ladies Golf Club. - Credit: Archant

Bob Clarke-Hall is the new seniors’ champion at Weston Golf Club.

THE fast greens were not enough to stop Bob Clarke-Hall becoming Weston Golf Club seniors’ champion.

On a sunny day Bob, shot a brilliant four over par gross 74 to lift the title. Runner-up was club chairman Gordon Roberts with 77. Winner of the seniors’ Championship Cup for the best nett score was David Farmer on 68.

The midweek Stableford was won by Simon Hawkings with 37 points. In second place was Adam Jones, 36 and third was Kevin Jones on 35.

Neil Urch scored an impressive 65 nett to win the Fullers London Pride Gold Medal, followed closely by Nick Palmer on 66 and Andrew Disney on countback.

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Weston ladies played their 18-hole Stableford competing for the Grandmothers Cup, Half Century Cup and Youth and Beauty Shield.

Di Walker took the Grandmother’s Cup with an excellent 41 points, Joan Jenkinson followed in second place with 37 (countback) and Wendy Homer in third. The Half Century Cup was won by Sue Osman with 31 points and Bobby Ferrari runner-up with 26 points.

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The Youth and Beauty Shield was won by Zena Balcombe with 35 points, Kath Farrant second with 34 and Kaylee Davey third with 32 points.

The ladies Rogers Cup team had a great result playing on neutral ground at Mendip Spring. The rain stopped just in time for their match and they beat Worlebury 5-2. The team will now play Taunton & Pickeridge in the semi-final at Burnham & Berrow.

Jade Cope and Glenda Latham won their scratch foursomes match against Farrington and will now play Clevedon in the semi-final.

On a scorching hot day, the friendly team drew their match at Burnham and Berrow. The A team lost to a strong Henbury team at home and also away at Lansdown.

WORLEBURY seniors held their annual club championship, which was played in pleasant conditions.

With the course set up in a challenging fashion by head greenkeeper Tim Needham and his staff, the competitors knew they would have to be at the top of their game if they were to lift any silverware.

It was last year’s seniors’ captain, Gerry Miles, who rose to the challenge. His gross 77 was the best score of the day, only equalled by the experienced Alan Hartree, who has won club championships on a number of occasions.

This means there will be a play-off later in the season to determine this year’s champion and the winner of the Wally Hartree Cup.

Miles’ nett score of 65 was also good enough for him to win the Over-70s competition from Roger Clouter, who came second with a nett 70, but as best of the rest, Roger lifted the Malcolm Simpson Cup.

The Cyril Morgan Cup for the day’s best nett score was won by 23 handicapper Rod Still, who played exceptionally well to record a magnificent 64. Gerry pipped Dick Gorton for the runners-up spot on countback.

The Les Marston Cup for handicaps of 19 or over was won by Tony Evans with a nett 70.

For many years, the past captains of Worlebury, Wells and Enmore have held a triangular match which has helped cement a special relationship between the clubs.

Sadly, for the first time, Enmore were unable to fulfil the fixture this year and the other two clubs had to go it alone.

Enmore’s absence did not detract from a highly enjoyable event which saw old friendships renewed and Worlebury, under the leadership of wily Eric Waghorn, making home advantage count and recording a narrow victory.

Worlebury’s first team, under the able captaincy of Harry Rowlands, entertained a strong Chipping Sodbury side. The whole team excelled and won comfortably by 4.5 to 0.5.

WORLEBURY Golf Club ladies club championship was held in glorious weather for both rounds.

The championship was won by Helen Clarke with a combined gross of 164. The runner-up and Papworth Cup winner was Emma Limer with 171. Helen also claimed the Marshall Salver for the best combined nett score of 142. Second nett was Michelle James with 148.

BURNHAM & Berrow Golf Club chairman Harvey Sampson won Division 1 of the June Stableford with 39 points.

Playing in glorious sunshine with a light breeze, scoring was still not that easy, with the rough playing havoc with any shot that is off line.

Sampson made his score on the front nine, racing to the turn in one over par for 22 points. Picking up a further three points at the 11th and 13th holes before a run of dropped shots on 14, 15 and 16, he managed to steady the ship at the last two holes for a one-point victory over Mark Parsons in second place.

Charlie Huggins edged out David Lloyd on a countback for third place after they had tied with 37, and John Whitcutt took fifth place with 36.

Despite two no scores, Division 2 was won by Stuart Taylor with 38 points, giving him a one-point victory over Andy Gent, who also suffered two no scores.

Ex-club captain and veteran golfer Geoff Robinson, was on track to beat his age (80), but a triple bogey at the 15th and a double bogey at the 17th for an 83 and 37 points, scuppered the rare feat that he has achieved in the past.

It was a successful weekend for the Avalon League team, who conceded just one point in two matches. They beat Enmore Park 5-0 and followed this with a 4-1 victory over Orchardleigh.

WHAT a difference a year makes, as so far in the Avalon League, with matches still to complete, Brean’s Division 6 side have already scored more points than they managed in the whole of last season.

Their latest success came at home against Frome as they won 4-1. The best win of the day came from Les Clutterbuck and John Cullinan who stood on the 12th tee five down but managed to comeback to win their game at the final hole.

The following day they played host to Taunton Vale and were unable to repeat the previous day’s win. They went down 3-2 with the only bright spot being the Barton/Bradley pairing recording their seventh win of the season together.

The Division 2 side also played over the weekend with a trip to Enmore Park. They were defeated 4-1 by their hosts, with Steve Bateman and Tom Marshfield winning their only point.

The seniors’ team travelled to Oake Manor and went down by four games to two. Alan Marshall and Mo Sanders were their only winners with two other games finishing level at the end.

The rain greeted the seniors as they hosted the return leg of their quickfire derby with Weston. After winning narrowly at their course, they battled to a 3-3 draw at home with two games won, two lost and two halved, meaning they just held the advantage on aggregate over the two games.

Richard Triscott won the opening salvo of the new Super Series event with a stunning round of 45 points. He was level par after 14 holes and despite dropping a few shots on the final few holes, he was still three points clear of runner-up Murray Parsons.

Third place went to John Mardon on countback ahead of Gordy Wheelaghan on 41 on a day of low scoring.

Due to many players being involved in the various matches, the next event became a pro shop Stableford. The competition was won by Ian Adams with a score of 40 points, ahead of Nigel Hodges on 38.

AS a precursor to the upcoming open week, the PGA open was held at Wedmore.

Youth was certainly to the fore as far as the ladies were concerned, with two of the younger members picking up major prizes.

Jennifer Hughes was the star of the day, winning the overall trophy with 41 points. Hannah Lockley continued her excellent run of form, winning Division 2 with 40 points. Deidre Wheadon took the runners-up spot. Alison Dodkin was the winner of Division 1 with 35 points just one better than Claire Biggs.

The visitors got more of a look-in in the men’s competition with James Sharrod from The Mendip winning Division 2 narrowly on countback from Robert Cornish, both scoring 39 points. A Moughton from Tiverton was a point behind in third.

Steve Lockley, playing second fiddle to his daughter at the moment, still won Division 1 with 38 points, closely followed by Danny Guyatt in second and Bill Lander third. Clear winner of the overall trophy, two clear of the rest of the field, was Geoff Fisher with 41 points.

The ladies combined three events earlier in the week, with a gross competition for the Summer Bowl, a EWGA medal and a putting trophy for the fewest putts in the round.

The Summer Bowl went to Gina Falcon with 87, followed by Rachel Lockley on 89, with Liz Hill third on countback.

Despite a 12 on the third hole, the medal was won by Ann Adams, who scored a nett 70. She was closely followed by Jennifer Kellaway, whose score of 71 included just 26 putts, enough to win the putting competition. Jane Midgley was third on countback.

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