Charlotte captures English title

BURNHAM and Berrow Golf Club member Charlotte Humphries (15) continued her impressive improvement by winning the English Girls' Under-15 handicap event held at The Wiltshire, near Wootton Basset.

BURNHAM and Berrow Golf Club member Charlotte Humphries (15) continued her impressive improvement by winning the English Girls' Under-15 handicap event held at The Wiltshire, near Wootton Basset.

The event, organised by the English Ladies' Golf Association, attracted the top 80 golfers from the UK. In horrendous conditions the Somerset County player handled the strong winds and heavy rain extremely well, shooting a consistent nett 73 and 73 to comfortably make the halfway cut, during the three-ay event.

Play had to be stopped on Day 2 due to flooding and strong winds, but Charlotte failed to let that deter her and continued her superb golf when play resumed the following morning. Her final round in equally windy conditions saw her again shoot 73 nett to win on her first attempt. It completed an impressive double in Wiltshire which saw her win the South West Girls'Championship Salver at North Wilts last year.

Charlotte has now reduced her handicap in just over a year from 33 to a remarkable 10, in a period that saw her also win the local Junior Summer Cup at the end of July and the Davis Cup on Ladies' Championship Day this week. She was also awarded the Courtesy Cup by Somerset Girls' Golf for her achievements.

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Last week, Charlotte improved her handicap even more by winning the Burnham Junior Open Nett with 80-10=70 and reduced her handicap to single figures, now 9.2 Unfortunately she lost the best gross on count-back.

WEDMORE hosted the Junior Championship and despite being a much smaller entry than the other competitions, this was an extremely hard fought event with only one of the completed nett scores being over par.

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Competition was particularly strong between the Olive twins, Laurie and Joe, who finished the morning round tied for the lead with rounds of 79. Matt Shaw was only a shot behind, with Matthew Pinsent one shot further behind. The nett competition was even closer, with Alex Hicks, Jon Pinsent and junior captain Adam Peters all tied on 68.

The same high standard was carried through into the afternoon round. Matt Shaw pressed for the lead but dropped shots towards the end to finish with 81. The two Olive boys continued to score well. Joe improved on his morning round with a 77 but Laurie was unstoppable and added a 73 to the morning 79 to take the title.

In the nett competition, Alex Hicks produced an excellent round of 65 for a two-round total of 133, 7 under par. Mathew Pinsent completed two steady rounds to take the runner-up prize with 139. Congratulations to all players on a remarkable standard of play.

The ladies continue to press for promotion from Division 3 of the Bristol and District Alliance. In the last two weeks they scored victories 9-5 at home to Filton and then, an even better result, by the same margin away to Knowle.

They still have matches left against their two nearest rivals, Clevedon and Farrington, but wins in these would go a long way to clinching promotion.

Particular congratulations go to one member of the team, Jane Rose, who recently got married. We can only hope that Jane Rose by any other name will play as sweet.

WESTON hosted a field of over 120 mixed golfers who enjoyed the fantastic weather and course conditions, as well as the cannon fire and smoke from the Sealed Knot battle re-enactment on the adjoining beach, in the second Mixed Open of the year.

The Open had the largest field ever, and shows the growing popularity of the course, clubhouse atmosphere and the strong competition. Players from 23 clubs contested the mixed greensomes format with Westonmembers taking the top positions.

Les and Vicki Brewin scored a superb 45 stableford points, but only beating Graham Hicks and Di Allen on count-back. Third place was taken by the husband and wife combination of club and ladies' captains Tim and Alysia Rees, who beat Andrew and Zena Balcombe on count-back to take third and fourth places. Overall the scoring was superb, with nine couples scoring 40 points or more.

The top four pairings now progress to contest the Claude Lalonde Trophy, also involving the top four pairings from the first mixed open held earlier in the year. Couples who did not qualify are invited back to contest for the Walker Plate, held on the Claude Lalonde finals day, Octobe 18.

Mallen Cup (Medal), Division 1: C Kennedy 75 (12) 63; J Lane 71 (5) 66; E Langford 76 (9) 67; G Sinclair 70 (3) 67 (lowest gross); Richard Carter 76 (9) 67; A Forte 71 (3) 68; Jerry King 80 (12) 68; P Fryer 74 (5) 69; J James 71 92) 69; M Biddle 79 (9) 70; I Freeman 77 (7) 70; G Taylor 80 (10) 70; D Snowdon 82 (12) 70; D King 81 (11) 70.

Division 2: R Bartlett 82 (20) 62; C Hallworth 84 (19) 65; A Skinner 79 (13) 66 (lowest gross); M Dyer 91 (24) 67; C Rimmer 82 (14) 68; J Whitewood 82 (13) 70; P Griffith 88 (18) 70; R Filer 86 (16) 70; G Somerville 84 (13) 71; P Walsh 87 (16) 71; D Holder 90 (19) 71; D L Bates 86 (15) 71; Richard Turner 91 (20) 71; D Goldie 86 (15) 71.

Scull Bowl (putting championships): P Fryer 58; A Sloan 60; A Forte 60; D Goldie 62; K Trask 62; G Sinclair 63; A Northern 63; L Bliss 63; J Cornish 64; C Rimmer 64; D King 66; L Brewin 66; D Cook 66; R Beecher 66; S Jones 67; J Greaves 67; M Allen 67; N Palmer 69; D Snowdon 69; L Walsh 69; R Higgin 69; R Carter 70; J King 70; R Davidson 70; A Morgan 71; R Orr 71; D Bates 71; P Walsh 71; J Ness 72; D Isaac 74; R Bartlett 78.

Midweek Stableford, Division 1: M Evans 41 points; P Hughes 40; Aaron Northern 39; D Morriss 39; F Ferrari 39; R Bartlett 38; P McKechan 37; J James 37; R Wilkinson 36; S Acton 36; K King 33; J Searle 32; J Bamsey 30; N Urch 30; A Chapman 30; I Heppenstall 29; Henry Bladon 29; P Wilkinson 28; N Bateman 27; R Orr 25; J Fry 17.

Second Mixed Greensomes Stableford: Les and Vicki Brewin 45 points; Graham Hicken and Di Allen 45; Tim and Alysia Rees 42; Andy and Zena Balcombe 42; Jim and Di Brown 41; Sue and Jerry McFerran (Frome) 40. Gross: Bob and Doreen Cummins (Burnham0 27.

Weston Seniors encountered tough conditions in the Eric Benn Trophy due to the strong southerly wind.

This was brilliantly overcome by Graham Somerville and John Poole, who produced the winning score of 41 points in this high/low drawn greensome foursome format.

Second place with 39 points was closely challenged for by Peter and John with 20 points on the back nine, Tim and George with 18 points and Jonathan and Ray with 17.

G Somerville and J. Poole 41 points; P Hardaway and J Atherton 39; T Latchem and G Leigh 39; J Latham and R Hammond 39; P Lund and D Evans 38.

Other leading scores: R Harris and R Fowler 38; R Yeomans and M Sweeney 38; R Webb and T Willis 37; I Freeman and M Heath 36; D Bates and R LaBand 36;V Bush and D Scarrott 36.

Weston's Avalon B team was heavily defeated at Wells in tough wet and windy conditions 4-1

Also the following week away at Frome. they were beaten 4.5-0.5 by a strong team.

There are two matches remaining this season and all is not lost, if both are won strongly to top the Division 7 and gain promotion.

WORLEBURYLadies' Invitation Day was won by captain Helen Clarke and her partner Julie Jones, with 43 points (back nine). Second were H Cox and S Whiting 43, and third T Hollister and S Hodgkiss 41.

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