Gary and John take Captain's Day honours

WESTON Golf Club entertained over 170 members at its Captain s Day, with a four-ball better ball competition open to all, glorious weather and a course in superb condition.

WESTON Golf Club entertained over 170 members at its Captain's Day, with a four-ball better ball competition open to all, glorious weather and a course in superb condition.

The eventual winners were Gary Langdale and John Collins with a great score of 47 points, pipping long-time leaders Dave Richardson and Mark Horn on 44 points, while third place went to Mark Fozzard and Peter Sedley-Jones.

The prize-giving was held at the start of the evening event, which was a beach party, with the club house decorated accordingly and over 150 members and their partners entered into the spirit by dressing for the occasion.

The best costume of the night was undoubtedly social committee member Carol Harris who was dressed as a lady being eaten by a shark.


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Entertainment was supplied by the superb Beach Boys tribute band, Good Vibrations, who were a real hit, with the crowds dancing both inside and outside the clubhouse throughout the evening.

Results: Gary Langdale, John Collins 47 points; Mark Horn, Dave Richardson 44 (back nine); Mark Fozzard, Peter Sedley-Jones 44; Steve Jones, Martyn Forman 43; Paul Lund, Oz Denison 43.

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Nearest the pin 14th: Ladies, Sue Radcliffe; men, Neil Owen.

Midweek Stableford, Division 1: D Whitewood 39 points; S Acton 35; M Lancaster 35; J Bamsey 34; J Searle 32; F Ferrari 30; M Vann 28; P McKechan 25; C Evans 25; L Wherlock 24; W R Griffiths 24.

Excelsior Cup (Medal), Division 1: D Harding 77 (11) 66; L Brewin 77 (9) 68; D Richardson 75 (7) 68; N Bateman 70 (1) 69; S J Wyllie 73 (3) 70; A Sloan 69 (-1) 70 (lowest gross); D Snowdon 83 (12) 71; D Rowland 77 (6) 71; R Higgins 80 (9) 71; O Bliss 82 (11) 71; J P Latham 80 (8) 72; P Fryer 77 (5) 72; G Sinclair 75 (3) 72.

Division 2: M Forman 80 (13) 67 (lowest gross); S R Petrie 84 (16) 68; G Somers 82 (13) 69; C Wray 85 (16) 69; J Fry 82 (13) 69; P Sandry 88 (19) 69; M Vann 86 (16) 70; D Goldie 85 (15) 70; A Henderson 89 (19) 70; P Porter 88 (18) 70; S Ham 88 (17) 71; A Northern 87 (16) 71; N Watkins 87 (15) 72; D L Bates 87 (15) 72.

n Burnham and Berrow juniors earned a place in the quarter-finals of the Somerset Junior Knockout Cup in a thrilling climax to the tie away to Wells, thanks to Jack Kesterton playing the game of his life.

The format was three singles matchplay with a maximum handicap of 18.

Roy Baker went out last but came in first, beating nine handicapper Joe Saffer 9 and 7 after making par at every one of the first 11 holes. Roy then birdied the 12th on his way back to the clubhouse.

Alex Charalambous had to play off 18 and played a tight game with nine handicapper Tom Leaney, but eventually lost 2 and 1.

The match was then decided by the game between Jack Kesterton and Wells' captain Josh Knight. Jack, whose handicap is 28, had to play off 18 and was receiving only 12 shots from six-handicapper Josh.

Jack went into a lead of four up before Josh fought back to take the lead. Jack came up the last one down, but earned a half after holing a 10-foot putt on the last to win the hole. The game and the match was decided on the 19th when Jack made a four nett three to take the match by two games to one and put Burnham and Berrow into the last eight.

Burnham and Berrow juniors played out a 2-2 draw in the league match away to Isle of Wedmore. Captain Roy Baker and partner Robert King found the partnership of Laurie Olive and Matt Shaw too much and went down 3 and 2.

Charlie Powell partnered 12-year-old six-handicapper Josh Fletcher. Both played well to level the match with a 3 and 2 victory over Joe Olive and Matt Pinsent in the second game.

Alex Charalambous and Jack Kesterton held off a strong challenge from Alex Hicks and Randy Salway in the third game to win their game one up.

In the final game, Harry Longman and newcomer Darren Atkins went six down to Adam Peters and Lewis Collins but fought back well to make a game of it, eventually losing 5 and 3.

n Isle of Wedmore's Tony Ireland held another successful charity day in support of the Weston Oncology Unit, following the success of last year's event in aid of Arthritis Research.

This year's event was in memory of Pat Symonds who had been treated by the unit over the past year. Pat sadly died in April but it was her wish that the charity day should go ahead.

Entry fees, raffles, a putting competition and generous sponsorship from many people resulted in the wonderful sum of �4,000 being raised. The money raised will go towards the purchase of a much-needed blood warming machine. Particular thanks must go to Mike Atkins for his organisation before, during and after the event.

It was good to see many visitors supporting this event, but the main prizes, which fell into three categories, were all won by Wedmore players. The winning ladies' team was Sue Tarry, Hazel Gough, Vera Ireland and Nan Watt; mixed team, Annie Fry, Sue Chambers , David Adams and Tony Biggs; combined team, Maggs and Ken Willetts, Peter Rodwell and Derek Moody. Ann Adams won the most fiercely contested prize of the day for the putting competition.

The Isle of Wedmore Club prides itself on the friendly atmosphere. For example, at the ladies' invitation day held this week, not only was the four ball better ball competition played off full handicap but cake and drinks were served half way round the course.

It is no surprise that this is therefore a popular event and the two-tee start means that everybody can meet over a meal at the finish without having to wait too long.

This year, the guests had clearly been chosen well because the scoring was excellent. June Smith with partner Julie Ward from Weston needed 41 points just to get sixth place while three pairs scored 42. Count-back secured third place for Jenny Brown and Marion Ramsey (Wheathill) just ahead of Eunice Bond and Hazel Bevan (Burnham and Berrow) and Vera Ireland and Ann Tancock (Weston).

Runners-up were Sue Chambers and Bev King (Oake Manor) with 43 points. Topping the pile, two points ahead of the field, this year's winners were Wendy Lucas with her partner Debbie Svenson-Taylor from Wells.

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