Fun day at Weston

ALL did not go according to plan for Alysia Rees, Weston's lady captain, when she awoke to monsoon-like weather conditions on the club s ladies' captain's day.

ALL did not go according to plan for Alysia Rees, Weston's lady captain, when she awoke to monsoon-like weather conditions on the club's ladies' captain's day.

Her planned shotgun start, over 18 holes, had to be quickly revised and so became a ten-hole round with an indoor putting competition. In the spirit of the day nearly all the playing members of the ladies' sections braved the elements, donned their waterproofs and teed off at midday.

In spite of the conditions, they had enjoyable rounds and, after a hot shower and a change of clothing, got together for indoor putting and tea with other members of the section. Alysia had wanted it to be above all a fun day for everyone and, in this, she certainly succeeded.

Players and non-players all took part in the indoor putting competition. A tie between Ann Bryant and Jill Spanner was resolved between courses during the lady captain's tea and resulted in Ann being the worthy winner.

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Results: Glenda Latham and Bobby Ferrari25 points; Jan Bishop and Linda Papworth 22; Ann Tancock and Caroline Poole 22. Nearest the rope, June Phillips. Indoor putting, Ann Bryant.

WEDMORE had early starts for the order of the day recently.

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The sun had barely risen at 4.40 in the morning when Dave King, Danny Guyatt, Dave Clements and Tony Glover set off on a mammoth round of golf. Their aim was to complete four rounds of golf in the day, and, more importantly, raise as much money as possible for MacMillan Cancer Nurses.

Thirteen hours and 20 minutes later they had completed their rounds. They even took the time to record their scores which amounted to 346 stableford points. The final score for the money raised was also impressive. With money still coming in the final total was reaching �1,500.

There was a more leisurely start for the annual triangular match between the ladies, seniors and men. This is a shotgun start at 6am and although cloud spoilt the usual sunrise this year, at least it did not rain and the champagne breakfast somehow makes the early start worthwhile.

The competition is a complicated combination of matchplay and stableford points which no one really understands at that time of the morning. This seemed to cause club captain John Cutter some confusion or maybe he was just reluctant to see the trophy pass to the seniors who narrowly pipped the men with the ladies in third.

Results: Club Medal, Division 1, M Sercombe (67); N Parker (67); B Jones (67). Division 2, T Edwards (63); M Garbutt (67); C.Woodard (68). Division 3, C.Perry (66); L Norton-Collins (68); N Young (68). Ladies: S Sims (72); F Beattie (72).

Club Stableford, Division 1, N Parker (41); D J Russell (40); W Lander(37). Division 2, S Norton Collins (40); M Coombes (38); M Garbutt (37). Division 3, D.Myers (41); P Rodwell (38); F Rabbitts (37). Ladies, A Dodkin (34); C Jackson (32).

Seniors Stableford, Division 1, A Biggs (41); D Warn 39. Division 2, B Gardiner (41); J Taylor (38).

MENDIP Spring hosted 70 pairs for the club's annual invitation day.

The Brinsea course was in excellent condition and off the white tees proved to be a great test of golf for all entrants.

Will Poole, one of the club's leading juniors, took first place partnered by J Perry from Long Ashton with a score of 45 Stableford points. Second was club captain David Bate partnered by G Norfolk from Stockwood Vale with 44 points and Malcolm Fraser partnered by M Blake from Bristol and Clifton took third.

WESTON held the Rotary Club charity day with almost 50 teams competing in blustery and showery conditions for some great prizes and raised about �9,000 for charity.

The teams were generously sponsored by local businesses and individuals. The day was supported by businesses through advertising. Again the main sponsor was Mercedes Benz of Weston.

It has grown from small beginnings to the largest event of its kind in the area and has now raised over �110,000 for charity. The winning team with 84 points were the Travelling Worleburys, captained by Steve Taylor.

Rotary president Bernard Land made donations of �5,500 on the day, �2,500 to the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, �1,500 to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and �1,500 to Cancer Research. The balance, along with other monies raised by the Rotary Club, will be distributed mainly to local charities during t he year.

This year the event was tinged with sadness as two of the main Rotarian organisers had passed away since the last event. Well-known local businessman David Brown of Browns of Weston, and Roger Jones of Roger Jones Lighting, were involved with the golf day since its inception and without whose efforts it would not be the hugely successful event it is today. At the prize giving formalities, Rotary president Bernard dedicated this year's golf day to the memory of David and Roger.

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