Finals weekend at Wedmore

Wedmore Golf Club hold their finals weekend.

THE finals of the summer knockouts were played at Wedmore Golf Club.

In the seniors’ greensomes, Andrew Edwards and Mike Tanswell came back from three down with four to play to claim victory at the first extra hole against Tony Ireland and Tony Biggs.

Ann Adams also claimed victory at the same point against Ange Webber in the ladies’ singles Macarthur Cup bronze division final, although this had been close throughout.

In the men’s singles, played over 36 holes, Harry Edwards led by six shots over Chris Donald at the halfway point. This was never relinquished with Edwards running out winner early on the back nine.

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The ladies’ singles Macarthur Cup silver division also finished early with Chris Simpson playing brilliantly to overcome Liz Miller. The fourth singles match was for the higher handicap ladies’ Pinks Plate, which Sarah Mathews finally clinched against Ann Reid.

The seniors’ singles completed the third quick win with Jim Crick never at his best losing to Peter Bendell. The closest match of the day was for the seniors’ plate which eventually went to Ian Robson, but it took 20 holes to decide this against Andrew Edwards.

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In the pair’s competitions, Alison Dodkin and Tony Biggs took a decisive lead in the mixed, leading by five at the turn and although Saybria Sims and Paul Plume fought back, they were never able to overcome the deficit.

The ladies’ competition for the Crandon Cup was close over the front nine, but Ange Webber and Judy Cutter pulled ahead over the back nine to win comfortably.

The final match was the men’s pairs for the Peter Hathaway Trophy. Defending champions Mike Garbutt and Bill Lander got off to a slow start and never recovered, relinquishing their title to Ian Mann and Brad Ruddick 4&2.

? ALAN Marshall and Neil Barker both handed in winning scores of nett 66, which meant they claimed the two cups on offer in conjunction with the October medal at Brean.

Marshall’s score won him Division 2 and the Fred Baker Trophy which went with it, while Barker took the Stanley Trophy for his Division 3 success. Andy Chan led the way in the top division with a nett 71, edging out Stuart Wills on countback. Martyn Cahill and Tony Hicks were the respective runners up in Divisions 2 and 3.

Sunday’s competition was the John Smiths Trophy, a blind pairs format. Mike Carter had the best individual score of the day with 38 points, but unfortunately for him he was drawn with his father Graham Foy, who could only manage 29.

This left them in the runners-up position behind Pete Barton and Steve Peates. Barton contributed 37 points in what was the second best score on the day and Peates added 34 for a comfortable winning total of 71.

The seniors’ found scoring tough in their monthly Stableford and 34 points from Barrie Yearsley was good enough to take the win. Mike Allen and Charlie Hastie battled it out for second, with Allen taking it on countback after they both scored 32.

Winter is fast approaching and Brean’s two professionals have started their Gloucester and Somerset PGA winter medal season.

The first event of the season was at their home venue of Brean and both handed in scores which saw then comfortably finish in the top 10. Haines posted a one under par 70 to finish fourth, while March was two shots further back on 72 in a tie for seventh.

This week sees the G&S PGA matchplay championships at Henbury in which March will be flying the flag for Brean as Haines is unable to play due to PGA commitments.

? WORLEBURY junior Matt Blackman took on form player Richard Godwin in the final of the 36-hole summer medal knockout, the Founders Cup.

Matt overcame the already double winner of this season by a clear three shots, shooting a net 154 total to take the title.

Club captain Jim Sutherland gathered his troops to take on vice-captain Pete Nuttall’s side in the annual skippers grudge match. A full field of 18 matches took to the course in Ryder Cup style.

In a closely-fought contest, the vice-captain emerged victorious by a narrow margin of 9.5-8.5 to take the trophy

The seniors’ medal and Sayer Shield was contested in the last of the late season warm weather.

Results – Division 1: Fred Williams 67; Ron Jamieson 69; Mike Strang 69. Division 2: Bob Anderson 67; Charles Hart 70; Robert Oram 70.

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