Captain’s week at Wedmore

Isle of Wedmore Golf Club held their captain’s weekend with three days of golf.

CAPTAINS’ weekend at Wedmore Golf Club means three days of golf and given the seniors also had their captain’s day and the ladies the Grannies’ Cup, it was a busy week.

Main event of the weekend was the Captains Cup, which made the ladies’ turnout slightly disappointing. There were some close finishes with Sue Chambers (34 pts) taking the silver division cup from captain Jane Hewitt by two points. Maggs Willets was the clear winner of bronze from Ann Adams.

The men were also restricted to two cups. Steven Cainey won the cup for the higher handicappers with the highest score of the day, 41 points. This was a shot ahead of David Myers with Glen Vearncombe a shot back in third.

Bill Lander had a gross 72 to win Division 1 with 40 points, holding off seniors’ captain Tony Biggs (39) with Martin Olive in third another point back.

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Neville and Eileen Gillibrand, teamed with Jenny and Jeff Brown to win the diminishing club bowmaker. They were closely pursued by Nesta and Peter Hathaway, Vera and Tony Ireland, who beat a galaxy of captains, Bob Jones, Cathy Olive, Claire and Tony Biggs into third place.

The next event was an unusual two-man Texas scramble. Rob Davis and Martin Wilyman took third place, just behind Nick Parker and Brad Ruddick who had the best gross (66), but Russell Shaw and Simon Bayliss claimed the final trophy of the week with a net 61.5.

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In the seniors, Jim Sims (41pts) claimed the Barron Bowl from Ellis Nearn with Bob Jepps just claiming the Over-70s trophy from Alan Shiner. The divisional winners were Geoff Brooks, Tony Ireland and Phil Rogers.

In the ladies’, the Grannies’ Cup went to a new granny, Linda Roberts, who also won the bronze division with 38 points, one ahead of Ange Webber and Maggie Morris. Silver went to Alison Dodkin ahead of Jan Jenkins and Cathy Olive.

? WESTON Golf Week was back with many events and competitions being undertaken both at Worlebury and Weston Golf Clubs.

The individual Stableford was first up at Worlebury in trying conditions, but visitor Don Miniham emerged victorious with a 39 point haul

Results: Don Minihan 39pts; Rob Field 38; Tim Coker 38; Phil Woodall 37; L Crooke 36.

The winners of the pair’s Stableford bowl competition at Worlebury were Phillipe Vibert and Ken Hanson with an excellent 45 points.

The Murphy Cup final and Mike Tilke Putter for the season’s medal winners was held at Worlebury in good conditions.

The winner on the day was Richard Godwin with a net 67, who is also in the finals of both the Petty Cup and the Founders Cup summer knockout competitions.

The winner of the Mike Tilke Putter was Paul Simmonds on gross 72. Runner-up of the net competition was Billy Coles on 67, with John Wright third on 68.

The Avalon team had their away day at St Pierre Golf Club, just over the Severn Bridge in Chepstow. The event was a three ball bowmaker (best two to count) with some double and triple points to be had on the par three and five holes.

The event was sponsored by AMC Communications, who were the Avalon team sponsor for the season and was won by the trio of Cameron McLeod, Mark Burland and Sam O’Donnell with a score of 127 points. Runners-up were Stuart Fawcett, Tony Westren and John Wright on 120 points.

? TONY Roper was out in the first group of the 2011 Brean Golf Club seniors’ open and handed in a score that was not to be beaten all day.

He amassed an amazing 44 points on a windy Somerset coast as the 73 entrants took up the challenge. He was awarded the Bill Martin Trophy and with players only able to win one prize, the next two scores overall took the other two cups on offer for their respective age groups.

The Nicoll Trophy for players aged 65-69 went to Barrie Yearsley with 41 points. Tony Anderson took the final piece of silverware as he claimed the Veterans Trophy (70+) after scoring 38 points. Leading visitor was Dennis Brown from Woodspring on 36.

Calmer conditions prevailed for the September seniors’ Stableford and another excellent score topped the leaderboard. John Bowman produced a storming homeward nine holes littered with birdies and eagles on his way to 43 points and victory.

Second place went to Barry Tucker on 40, just ahead of his good friend Roger Phillips on 39.

Nigel Hodges is becoming something of a Super Series expert of late. He secured his third outright victory in just five starts in the current series with a haul of 39 points.

However, he still doesn’t lead the points table though as Ian Adams maintained his leading status as he finished just one point behind Hodges in second.

Three players tied on 37 for third with the countback showing that Graham Foy ousted club chairman Graham Exton and Barry Tucker for the last share of the prize money.

? TIM Rees and Symon Clifford won the Lowell Baldwin foursomes knockout final at Weston Golf Club after a great match against Carl Hall and Tim James.

The early holes were tight, however a chip in by Rees on the seventh followed by a run of three holes won, left the pair four up after 10 holes.

An excellent tee shot by Hall led to a birdie and a win on the par three 11th hole. The next few holes were halved, leaving Rees and Clifford three up playing the 16th. Clifford found the green with a super tee shot to seal a 4&2 victory.

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