England star takes to the fairways at Weston
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England wicket-keeper Joss Buttler visited Weston Golf Club and was partnered by Somerset cricketer Peter Trego.
A SUNNY day greeted over 100 players at Weston Golf Club for the PGA Lombard Trophy qualifier and monthly medal.
The winner will play in the regional round with the club’s teaching professional, Mike La Band. Division one was won by Richard Carter nett 66 winning on the back nine from Chris Evans. Jack Radcliffe was in third place and Graham Osman fourth.
Division 2 was won by past captain and chairman Trevor Doyle on nett 68. Andrew Skinner was second with 69. Third and fourth place with 71 (cb) went to seniors’ vice-captain David Snowdon and Peter Hardaway.
England wicket-keeper Joss Buttler back from the World Cup was a welcome visitor to the Weston fairways, with Somerset cricketer Peter Trego.
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The ladies’ March weekend medal competition winner was Kath Farrant, who was in fine form scoring an excellent nett 71. June Phillips came in second with 75 and Tessa Pitt third with 77.
There was a great turn out for the ladies hidden partners Stableford draw on a day. The fine weather brought in some good scores with a joint 70 points for winners Jade Cope and Pat Murray, taking a strong five-point lead. Jan Bishop and Joan Jenkinson came in second with 65 (cb), with Tessa Pitt and Gill Pearce third.
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COUNTY competitions are beginning to take place and Worlebury have made a good start.
The seniors had a convincing 4-1 win against Fosseway in the Somerset Bowl at the neutral venue of Mendip Spring. In the first round of the Daily Mail Foursomes, the experienced pairing of Ken Hanson and Pete Gilpin were given a home draw against Woodspring and took full advantage, winning comfortably 4&3.
The winter knockout competition, the Glover Cup, is progressing well with several strong pairings still in the mix. Nathan Talbot and his partner Julian Claydon were looking good to win their tie against Terry Santo and Julian Brown.
Using a five iron, Nathan had his first hole-in-one at Worlebury on the 173 yard sixth, which gave them an early fillip. Their opponents finished strongly however and pipped them on the last to win one up.
Nathan was well known in local footballing circles, before joining Worlebury about three years ago and in that time has managed to achieve a creditable 12 handicap and become a prominent member of the club.
He has been appointed vice-captain of the newly formed Worlebury Royals in their first season in the Avalon League.
After the comparative luxury of winter Stablefords, the ladies held their first medals of the season with Emma Bourton top scoring to win Division 1. Hazel Cox won the Division 2 and Cheryl Saunders Division 3. Louise Goodrum won her second competition in successive weeks by winning the weekend medal.
Twenty teams packed into the clubhouse for the popular spring quiz organised by Dot and Dougie Woods. The teams were set some challenging questions and entertained by club captain, Peter Phillips, who performed the music round.
In a close, but highly enjoyable contest, club chairman Keri Allchurch’s team, who have been on a winning run in recent times, were finally knocked off their perch by John Wright’s team. Club treasurer, Graham Hewlett’s team, came second with Keri having to be content with third place.
Peter thanked Dot and Dougie for their efforts in organising the evening, the teams for their participation with £60 being raised for the club charity, Above and Beyond.
THE week at Wedmore started with a double header for the seniors.
The friendly team were at Bristol & Clifton and lost only one match in beating their hosts 5-2. Meanwhile at Wedmore, the rest of the section played a Texas scramble. As usual in this format, there was some low scoring.
Best of the lot was the three-man team of Daryl Cornelius, Graham Hayes and Chris Adams. Their score of 57 put them two ahead of runners-up Brian Webber, Barrie Gardiner, Peter Spinks and Bernard Abbott, with third-placed Mike Smith, Terry Simpson, Dennis Howard and Barry Stone a further shot behind.
With top-dressing taking place, the ladies settled for a non-qualifying format, selecting the best 15 out of their 18 holes. Jenny Thomas managed 38 points from these holes, which was one better than second-placed Joan Peck.
Carol Jackson was a further shot back in third, with Ange Webber just beating Gill Jones for the final places after both scored 35.
With many men away in Cornwall for the weekend, there was a reduced field for the monthly medal, but still some excellent scores. Mark Hayes-Williams won Division 1 with a level par gross 70 for nett 64. This put him four ahead of James Brooking-Clark, with Pip Nicholls a shot back in third.
Best score of the day was in Division 2, won by the ever-improving Sean Gray with a nett 63. Glen Vearncombe beat David Myers on countback for second place after both scored 67.
There was a three-way tie in Division 3 with countback giving first place to Stephen Young from Jay James and Greg Speller after all scored 67. Hannah Abraham led the ladies with 68, ahead of Claire Biggs on 71 with Harriet Lockley third with 73.
Sunday’s mixed greensomes turned into a bowmaker to compensate for the lack of men. First home was the team of Vera Ireland, Ronnie Follenfant and John Russell, whose score of 85 points just saw them home by one point from Pam Berry, Wendy Lucas and Nick Parker.