Captains installed at Wedmore

The three new captains at Wedmore Golf Club started their new year well, with victory in the Texas Scramble.

IT was a big week at Wedmore as the final AGM of the season saw Ian Robson installed as club captain for the coming year.

The auguries for a successful year were good as the three new captains, Ian Robson, ladies’ captain Cathy Olive, seniors’ captain Peter Laney, together with Martin Olive won the Texas Scramble which preceded the AGM.

The AGM itself was a feast of thank-yous and congratulations which reflects the healthy condition the club is in at present. Most notable event was the presentation of a cheque for over �5,600 to Carol Hicks from Help The Children, the outgoing captains’ charity for the year.

There was also a lot of golf played in the week. The seniors started with a Bowmaker on Monday. A hole-in-one from Gordon Newbery helped his team, which also comprised Derek Osborn and Tony Biggs to third place.

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Geoff Brooks recorded three ‘twos’ and Derek White and Mac Hargraves had another one each to secure second place, but were still nine points behind the winning team of John Russell, Tony Ireland and Phil Incledon with a remarkable 93 Stableford points.

The ladies had a Texas Scramble which saw Claire Biggs, Carol Pinks, Jenny Cornwell and Winnie Burkhill finish third on 70.6, half a shot behind runners-up Cathy Olive, Jane Hewitt, Maggs Willetts and Eileen Gillibrand.

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Comfortable winners though, almost five shots under par on 67.6 was the winning team of Judy Cutter, Liz Hill, Joan Peck and Hazel Gough.

The monthly Stableford saw the usual rash of good scores. Brian Warner led the way in Division 1 with 42 points, two ahead of Martin Stephens, who was a point ahead of Dave Clements.

Division 2 went to Graham Clifford with 39 points, with Mike Munns and Max Grant two points back in second and third respectively. There was a tight finish in Division 3 where Kevin Stacey (41) just edged out Chris Monks and Scott Perry by a single point.

? THE Christmas Ransome competition at Brean produced a close finish.

Two pairs handed in almost identical nett scores of 65.7 and a countback was needed to separate them. The two pairs involved were Steve Bateman and Steve Peates, along with Roger Vaughan and Eamonn Wynne.

The two Steves had the marginally better homeward run and took the first place ahead of their rivals, allowing Peates to retain the title he won last year, albeit with a different partner. Third place went to Ian Adams and Barry Tucker who were just 0.3 of a shot shy of the leading duos.

In the December Monthly Stable-ford it was Steve Peates who was on top form again. He carded a superb 43 points, the highlight of which was an eagle two at the par four 16th.

In a case of d�j� vu, Roger Vaughan again filled the bridesmaids position behind Peates with a 38 point haul. In the other two Divisions, 38 points was the winning number.

Matt Haskins beat club captain Dave Bradley by one to win Division 2 and Tony Romeo ended two better than Kevin Davies in winning the third division.

The seniors also contested their monthly Stableford and it also required the countback rule to be used. This time 40 points was the winning score returned by Jim Wotton and Barrie Yearsley.

Even though Wotton failed to score on two holes on the back nine, his barrage of nett birdies and eagles allowed him to secure top spot. Tony Anderson handed in 39 points and took third position.

Andrew March regained second spot in the G&S PGA Order of Merit after he posted an excellent four under par round of 68 in their final medal of 2011 at The Players Club.

This score was good enough to see him share third spot on a day of low scoring and also leapfrog three places up the points table going into the Christmas break.

His Brean counterpart David Haines also finished in the top 10 after his steady level par round of 72.

? WESTON Golf Club seniors 6-6-6 Stableford results: Trevor Knott, John Atherton, Roy Schubert 75 pts; Tony Wyatt, Peter Sedley-Jones, Ranjit Mal 72; Bob Bates, Alan Tucker, Dave Rowland 70; Ray Harris, Rob Yeomans, Terry Holden 68; Dave Snowdon, Mike Hill, David Andow 68; Frank Burns, Rick Fowler, Gary Homer 67; Nigel Jillings, Pete Hardaway, Tony Hynam 67; Robin Webb, Tony Barry, Terry Waite 65.

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