Captains drive in at Wedmore

The captains at the Isle of Wedmore Golf Club have completed the annual drive-in.

MEMBERS were able to get back to playing golf this week at the Isle of Wedmore.

However, the most important event of the week took place off the course with the club’s AGM. Prior to the formal part of the meeting, retiring captain Ian Robson was able to hand over a cheque for �4,794.62 to the Southmead Transplantation Research Fund, the culmination of fund-raising over the last 12 months.

The incoming captain, Tom Bennett, was able to announce that this year’s two charities close to many members hearts, prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, would benefit from the fund-raising efforts over the next year.

The new captain had already got this off to a promising start by shaving off the moustache he had nurtured over the previous month, and then, joined by ladies’ captain Deidre Wheadon and seniors’ captain Paul Burkhill, completed the annual drive-in of new captains.

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A nine-hole bowmaker competition was held prior to the meeting which was won by Sean and Jim Grey, partnered by Steve Young who amassed 39 points.

Earlier in the week, the ladies held their Christmas pudding competition. Best score of the day was June Smith with 36 points. She was followed home in the bronze division by Wendy Lucas with 33 and Nan Watt with 30.

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The silver division was won by Judy Cutter, who acquired most of her 32 points over the front nine. She was chased home by Aileen Robertson on 30 and Claire Biggs with 29.

Saturday saw the annual competition when Cheddar took on the rest of the world. For the second year running Cheddar triumphed, this time by the convincing margin of 17.5-10.5. To stop this run next year, the rest of the world are looking to draw in players from a wider catchment area.

WESTON ladies had a busy month of competition, despite the wet conditions.

Stableford competition - silver division: Wendy Thomas 33 pts; Katrena Thomas 32. Bronze: Gay Long 35; Pauline Lancaster 35; Sally Brosnan 35.

EWGA medal spoons: June Phillips 72; Patricia Murray 73; Caroline Poole 76.

Daily Mail Foursomes: Alison Whitewood & Katrena Thomas 76.5; Patricia Rowland & Vicky Brewin 77.5; Susan Andow & Wendy Homer 78.5.

Sixth millennium qualifier: Joan Jenkinson 36; Roberta Ferrari 29; Jan Bishop 26.

Odds and evens competition: Wendy Homer 15; Caroline Poole 14; Pamela Hudson 14.

End of season millennium trophy winners for 2012 - silver category: Sue Andow; bronze: Sally Brosnan.

Forty-four seniors played a Bowmaker on Weston’s new ‘lakeland course’ following the floods in Somerset. However, the greens and tees were in excellent condition.

The winners with 76 points on countback were: Dave Farmer, Trevor Jenkinson and Nick Bohin; S Strange, A Barry and B Whiddett 76; C Dummett, M Hill and D Reynolds 74; T Willis, N Jillings and M Sweeney 74; J Atherton, R Chambers and R Fowler 71.

THE Worlebury captains assembled for their winter meeting. The 15-hole competition, played in tricky conditions, was won by incoming captain Keith Wharton with 31 points.

It was then down to the serious business of receiving Keith’s nomination for his vice-captain for 2013/14, which needs to be ratified at the forthcoming AGM. This is Paul Gardiner, the current match and handicap chairman.

The nomination was supported by the captains and was formally announced to a crowded clubhouse. Paul has many qualities to bring to the role and the pair are looking forward to working together next season.

THE annual Lukee Christmas Cup at Brean saw more than 50 players turn up to play the individual Stableford competition.

All three divisions were won with scores in excess of 40 points, with the leading score on the day being returned by Division 3 winner Graham Foy. He carded 42 points to take Lukee Cup, awarded for the leading score overall. Runner-up to Foy with 37 points was Pat Mullholland.

Division 1 was again a Jones brothers shoot-out with Steve winning on 41, two points more than sibling Paul. Division 2 winner was Mark Hatfield with 41 points, one ahead of Tony Richards.

In the ladies’ event, Mark’s wife Suzanne couldn’t quite make it a Hatfield double as she had to settle for second behind winner Annie Williams.

Ron Vine and Paul Jones teamed up to win the Christmas Ransome with an excellent score of nett 59.

In second spot were Tony Richards and Russell Shaw and third place went club chairman Graham Exton and his partner Matt Haskins with a nett 61.

Roy Fletcher scooped the two’s pot with the shot of the day. His eight iron tee shot to the par three second bounced once and then disappeared into the hole for an ace.

The seniors’ held their Christmas and it was won by the pairing of Dave Benjafield and Charlie Hastie. The event was shortened to 15 holes and duo returned a score of 60.7 and this was not to be matched allowing them first selection from the prize table.

Runners-up were Tony Tissington and Mike Haskins on 61.7, just over half a shot ahead of the third place finishers Pete Douglas and Ian Raymond. Len Young and Ken Ponter completed the top four with their 63.

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