County cup win for Worlebury ladies

Worlebury Golf Club ladies beat Weston in the first round of the county Rogers Cup at Enmore.

WORLEBURY ladies beat Weston 5-2 at Enmore in the first round of Rogers Cup, after a close and exciting match.

The Fred Crawford mixed competition was won by Alan and Lynn Johnson with 41 points. Runners-up were Kevin Fudge and Pauline Smith with 39.

EWGA monthly medal - Silver Division: Zandie Lennox 73; Emma Limer 77. Bronze Division: Lynn Johnson 73; Lynne Pope 75. Copper Division: Maureen Williams 84; Jillian Hobbs 86.

The weekend medal was won by Michelle James with a nett score of 67.

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The photo attached is of the Rogers Cup winners with lady captain Sylvia Cook, Helen Clarke, Emma Limer, Claire Bayliss, Pam Burnell, Janet Jamison, Lisa Griffiths and Michelle James.

CHRIS Mannings-Hill followed up a good showing in last week’s Texas Scramble competition by posting an excellent net 66 to take the Coronation Cup at Worlebury Golf Club in fine style.

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Always a popular competition, this event attracted a large field of entrants, the greens were prepared in superb condition after some much needed rain. Despite this, only four players managed to score under net par on the day.

Result: Chris Manning Hill 74 (net 66); Alex Winn 75 (68); Joe Dale 75 (69); Pete Wyatt 83 (69).

Worlebury seniors Stableford – Division 1: Nick Extence 42 pts; Nick Ford 39; Alan Hartree 37. Division 2: Charles Hart 39; Bob Anderson 37; Bernard Land 36.

The excellent form of the seniors’ team from late last season, has not quite transferred to the new season. The side played their first match at home against Lansdown, but came in a close second losing a tight match 3.5 to 4.5.

The team also had a local derby away against Weston in pouring rain, but again lost another close encounter by 4-3.

BURNHAM & Berrow ladies held their annual closed meeting recently.

Although the weather was atrocious, Jackie Richards and Maureen Atkinson braved the conditions and put in some fine performances.

Richards won the Lady Catherine Cairns Trophy for the best gross score, Silver Division and the Handicap Cup for the best nett score overall. Maureen Atkinson won the Tregellas Cup for the best gross score, Bronze Division and the Cotton Trophy for the best nett score for ladies over 60 years of age.

One of Burnham & Berrow’s rising female players, Charlotte Humphries has been appointed junior section captain of Somerset Ladies.

Charlotte, a final year student at King Alfred’s School was presented with her badge of office by county ladies’ president, Sally Irlam and county junior organiser, Diane Gough at the suniors spring meeting at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club. Charlotte currently has a handicap of five.

Jackie Richards (left) and Maureen Atkinson.

Burnham’s Charlotte Humphries with county president Sally Irlam (left) and county junior organiser Diane Gough (right).

BURNHAM & Berrow played their first round match in the Somerset Bowl at Stockwood Vale against Fosseway Golf Club.

The foursomes format always brings some unexpected results and the team struggled to establish a winning margin. After 18 holes, the match was drawn with two wins, two losses and a half.

The match then went into extra holes with the Burnham pair of Andy Fisher and Andy Birkett emerging as winners on the second extra hole. It was a close run thing, but captain Geoff Robinson and his team are through to the next round.

In addition to the above, the successful Burnham team members were Robin Griffiths, Martin Wilkins, Neil Folland, Neil Darby, David Lloyd, Rick Metcalfe and Guy Edge.

IT was un-Spring like weather this week for the Wedmore ladies spring meeting, with trong, cold winds making scoring difficult.

There was a close finish in the silver division for the the Midgley Cup, with three players all scoring 32 points. Third place went to one of the donors, Jane Midgley, who was just beaten on the back nine by captain Cathy Olive, who in turn just lost out to Liz Hill.

There was another tight finish in the bronze division with Wendy Lucas just losing out to Louise Allen for second place, both scoring 31 points. The clear winner of the Midgley Cup, albeit by just one point, was Mary Clarke who scored 32 points.

Having enjoyed themselves so much, the ladies then played a Bowmaker in the afternoon over nine holes which provided Liz Hill, teamed with Maggs Willetts and Joan Peck, with her second win of the day.

The seniors took on their captain Peter Laney and professional Nick Pope, who scored a respectable 35 points. This was six points behind the third place, taken by Phil Batt and Mike Clarke and a full eight points behind the first two pairs, with John Bennett and Clive Williams just losing out to winners Ray Fisher and Nick Bennett.

The monthly medal was also hit by strong winds, but this did not stop Mark Cornish in Division 3 scoring a remarkable 62 to beat J Barrett (66) and Dave Skelton (68).

Scores in the other divisions were not quite so good. Jim Dobbs had an excellent 68 to win Division 1 from John Russell and Steve Lockley. Andy Clifton also scored 68 to win Division 2 from Malcolm Tanner and David Myers.

The ladies took their first step towards winning the Rogers Cup, beating Wells at a windy Burnham by 4-3, with the final win coming in the final match on the final green.

Sponsors of the Midgley Cup, Jane and Di Midgley, with winner Liz Hill, winner of the Fry Cup, Mary Clark with sponsor Annie Fry and captain Cathy Olive.

SARAH Burnell has joined Platinum Golf at Bleadon Hill Golf Club and will be running coaching sessions for juniors and ladies, as well as being available for individual lessons.

Following a successful amateur career, which included being an England international with a handicap of +2, Burnell turned professional in 1994, joining the ladies European Tour for two seasons.

Burnell’s highest-placed finish was 18th in the French Open in 1995. She also made all four rounds in the Weetabix Women’s British Open on two occasions, once as an amateur in 1993 and again as a professional in 1995.

Burnell has been coaching golf since 1997 and will be running regular group sessions for ladies, but will also be setting up a YMG junior coaching programme. These sessions run in 10 week courses.

There is a free taster session on April 28 when children can come along to try out the programme. To book your child a place, please contact Sarah on 07725 555970. For more information about YMG please visit our website and follow the YMG link.

RICK Fowler won a tight Weston seniors’ Workman Cup competition from Nigel Jillings in difficult conditions.

Results: R Fowler (16) 39pts; N Jillings (14) 39; C Dixon (14) 38; D Southern (20) 37; T Bacon (16) 37; T Hynam (10) 36; A Barry (11) 35; P Parish (27) 35.

BOTH of Brean Golf Club’s Avalon League teams were celebrating success as both notched excellent victories.

The Division 6 side opened their campaign with a whitewash of Frome at home. The hosts were not put off by the inclement weather and played some superb golf to take maximum points on the day.

The other side, who play in Division 2, continued their fast start to their season. In their first fixture away from Brean, they defeated Isle of Wedmore 3-2 and this result sees them riding high at the top of the league table, albeit having played more games than most of their rivals.

The seniors kept up the winning trend as they built up a healthy advantage in the first leg of the Kingbrean Trophy, contested in the annual fixtures against Kingweston.

Brean were at home for the first leg and all but whitewashed their opponents. Only one game ended all square and with the home side winning the rest they take a sizeable four point lead into the second leg later in the year.

Two rounds of the Super Series were the competition for those not involved in the matches over the weekend and with blustery showers and a strong breeze, not too many ventured out.

Chris Leaman was the winner of Saturday’s event with 35 points ahead of club captain Stewart Garrett on 34 and runaway series leader Nigel Hodges taking third with 31.

Sunday’s victor was club champion Roy Baker, who managed to beat his handicap by a shot as he compiled 37 points. Roger Vaughan was the runner-up on 35, ahead of last year’s club captain Dave Bradley on 34.

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