Busy mixed calendar at Weston

Weston Golf Club members have enjoyed a busy schedule of mixed matches throughout the year.

WESTON Golf Club ladies grabbed senior gentleman members for an autumn mixed club fixture, which reciprocates the earlier spring competition where the seniors bag their bird from the ladies’ section.

Thirty-three pairings took to the field in a greensome foursomes Stableford format, with winning pair Les O’Reilly and partner Vicky Brewin scoring 40 points.

Runners-up with 39 were Terry Whybrow and Christine Dodgson. Ian Freeman and Moira Parish came third on countback, Paul Griffiths and Sue Garrett were fourth, also with 38. In fifth and final place in the prizes of the day were Steve Strange and Wendy Homer with 37.

Weston has a large mixed section that plays friendly social matches throughout the season against various clubs at home and away.

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The section, organised by Gordon and Beryl Robert, have many long established relationships with several clubs and due to popularity with members have introduced new playing fixtures with clubs in Worcestershire, Devon and Wiltshire to accommodate the many members.

Lady captain Carol Harris with her team of Andrew Skinner, Mick Mantell and Tony Walker won an end-of-season competition at Weston between members who had played during the season.

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The first seniors’ scramble of the winter season took place in damp and windy conditions. However, the scoring was excellent with the winning team slotting in seven birdies and only two bogeys for a gross 65.

Results: M Hill, N Jillings, G Robert, D Snowdon 65 (6.25) 58.75; F Burns, J Hurcombe, T Knott, M Sweeney 69 (6.88) 62.12; A Barry, S Strange, R Webb, B Whiddett 69 (5.88) 63.12; R Mal, R Owen, W Raynham, A Wyatt 75 (11.75) 63.25; R Chambers, T Latchem, J Poole, D Reynolds 72 (8.38) 63.62; J Banfield, T Hynam, E Morris, G Tripp 71 (6.75) 64.25; D Bates, C Dummett, M Latham, I Woodfine 74 (8.75) 65.25.

Weston ladies EWGA medal results: Alysia Rees 73; Roberta Ferrari 74; Jade Cope 79.

EWGA medal: Julie Ward 73; Diana Brown 73; June Phillips 74.

EWGA medal: Jan Bishop 75; Jade Cope 76; Sally Brosnan 76.

Left to right: Terry Whybrow, Christine Dodgson, ladies’ captain Carol Harris, Vicky Brewin and Les O’Reilly.

The winning mixed team are pictured with Gordon Robert (right).

A BUSY week at Wedmore started with the last of the summer knockout finals in which Geoff Fisher played James Vowles over 36 holes in the men’s singles.

Fisher made a strong start, but his lead was gradually worn down to just one hole at the turn. Fisher then restored his lead to five holes, but the match was still not over as Vowles came back strongly to take the match down the final hole with Fisher holding on to win by two holes.

Andrew Edwards and Peter Laney, director and seniors’ captain took on allcomers in a greensomes betterball competition. Unusually, only one pair scored better than them, their 40 points being beaten by John Hurdman and Frank Denniston with 43.

They were equalled by Mike Peacock and John Hogan whose 40 points was just one better than Peter Bendell and Gordon Newbery. The event raised �145 for the captains’ charity.

The ladies headed to Yeovil for their rearranged away day, a victim of rain earlier in the month. With some unable to play on the revised day there was a need for a secret partner for the first team out, Liz Hill and Deidre Wheadon.

This caused a complicated result as this secret partner was Liz Miller and they all played well to win the competition with 84 points.

Miller was also runner-up with her actual playing partners Sue Tarry and Wendy Lucas with 82 points. Ladies’ captain Cathy Olive, with her partners Alison Dodkin and Nan Watt took third place with 79.

There was a disappointing turnout for the monthly medal, but there were some excellent scores. Martin Ford was level par gross to win Division 1 with a net 67. Don Edmondson came second on countback with John Malwani third with 68.

Bob Jones took Division 2 with a 66, just one better than both Ian Robson and Josh Barwell. Best score of the day though was 65 from Daniel Milford in Division 3, one better than David Thomas with Darren Cornish a further shot back in third.

WORLEBURY seniors held a medal competition with a good field entered in two divisions.

Frank Hopkinson was the clear winner in Division 1, winning with a gross 74 (69). Second was Brian Mathews on 85 (73), with Mike Amesbury in third also 85 (73) on countback

In Division 2, Rob Oram took the spoils winning with a card of 95 (76). Murphy Cup winner Kenny Yam was second on 99 (76) with Ken Lohmann third on 97 (76).

The seniors also played the first match against the ladies for the challenge cup and came out 6-1 winners.

BURNHAM & Berrow Golf Club’s Stableford competition was dominated by 70-year-old member Brian Colome.

On a day when only three players managed to beat par, Brian scored 41 points to win Division 1 by three shots from Peter Faragher. Stephen Haines was third on 34.

With the wind blowing strongly, it was reductions only, but Brian had four birdies and took just 27 putts to achieve his outstanding round. His handicap has been reduced from eight to six.

In Division 2, Mark Parsons won with an excellent 38 points, followed by Anthony Gibson with 34 and Kevin Cheeseman with 31. Standard scratch was 75, par 71.

GEORGE Thomas produced a stunning round of golf to win the seniors’ monthly medal at Brean.

He took just 84 strokes, but after his handicap of 21 was deducted his nett 63 was seven shots clear of Pete Douglas who was second and 10 clear of third-placed Mike Allen.

Seniors’ captain Tony Roper has won both of the seniors’ summer knockouts that have been concluded recently. Firstly he joined forces with Roger Blackwell to defeat Ken Ponter and John Sherwood in the final of the Greensomes Trophy, before beating David Jones in the final of the singles to collect the Presidents Salver for 2012.

In the pairs aggregate Stableford competition, Martyn Cahill continued his impressive form to hand in the best individual card of the day of 36 points. When this was added to his partner, Paul McLanaghan, they totalled 62 points.

Unfortunately, this was not quite good enough as they were awarded second place on countback. The winning pair of Roy Fletcher and Jerry Brueford beat them by two shots as they were one of the rare pairs where both players managed to top the 30 point barrier.

Fletcher contributed 30, while Brueford weighed in with four more in their winning total of 64. The third and fourth place pairs also totalled 62 points and countback was needed to separate them all. Eamonn Wynne and Tony Richards were declared third ahead of Neil Barker and Ron Vine in fourth.

Brean’s professional’s produced some solid if not spectacular performances in the latest G&S PGA medal at The Kendleshire in Bristol.

Andrew March ended in a tie for eighth after his 75, while Roy Baker was just two shots back sharing 11th spot. For the second event running David Haines had to retire as his troublesome back injury meant he could only complete 14 holes.

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