Golf round-up

WORLEBURY Golf Club Ladies played in a four ball better ball competition for the Fred Crawford Trophy.

WORLEBURY Golf Club Ladies played in a four ball better ball competition for the Fred Crawford Trophy.

The winners this year were Amanda Cook and Ryan Carlier and the runners-up were Ron and Janet Jamieson.

April Stableford winners: Silver Division - Lynne Johnson 32 points on a count-back, second Jane Wakerley, 32. Bronze Division: Amanda Cook 35, Maxine Gardiner 34. Copper Division: Rosemary Firth 33, Trisha Smith 33 on count-back.

Max Pitcher and Nick Carter received the Glover Cup from club captain Martin Green for winning the Winter Pairs competition at Worlebury. They beat the other final pairing of Jeremy Blackman and Martin Hinds by 4 and 3 to win the trophy last Sunday.


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WESTON B enjoyed a great win of 4.5 to 0.5 in the Avalon League against Wells in the first match of the season.

First out were Andy Skinner and Roger Thompson. They led the way with an emphatic 6 and 4 win including an eagle on the 13th hole.

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The seasoned pairing of Andy Fernley and Gavin Somers won on the 18th hole in a closely contested match. A tired Steve Corrick and experienced Gary Homer saved their match with a superb shot from Gary from off the 18th green to hole out to grab a halved match.

The positive and determined team captain Andy Balcombe and Graham Hicken won a hard fought match 3 and 2 which also included a five-foot putt resulting in an eagle on the par five 13th hole to help shake their opponents into defeat.

The pairing of Ed Stephens and newcomer Tim James did the business with a tidy 5 and 4 win in the final match of the day.

The Yearly Avalon Mockeridge Cup match was played on Sunday at Tall Pines where the Weston B team pairing of Kenton Simpson and Alan Harris managed a respectable 39 points.

Midweek Stableford, Division 1: A Fry 37 points; R McKechan 35; M Vann 35; A Northern 35; P McKechan 34; J Fry 33; F Ferrari 32; D Hewlett 32; S Thomas 30; S James 27; N Bateman 26; J Rees 26; S Acton 26.

Medal and PGA Pro-Am Qualifier, Division 1: J Rees 68 (9) 59; R Giles 68 (2) 66 (both lowest gross); P Humphries 78 (10) 68; D Broom 76 (8) 68; A Northern 76 (8) 68; G Somers 79 (11) 68; K Lane 75 (6) 69; H R Mabasa 81 (12) 69; E Langford 77 (8) 69; D Andow 79 (9) 70; G Sinclair 73 (3) 70; T Jenkinson 82 (12) 70.

Division 2: A McLeish 84 (17) 67; P Walsh 84 (17) 67 (both lowest gross after count-back); J Dixon 87 (20) 67 (after count-back): H J Sims 92 (22) 70; M Vann 84 (14) 70; D L Bates 84 (13) 71 (both lowest gross); D Cook 89 (18) 71; J Whitewood 85 (14) 71; S Jones 86 (14) 72; C Rimmer 86 (14) 72; R Beecher 85 (13) 72; M Horn 86 (14) 72; S R Petrie 88 (16) 72.

BREAN hosted its first-ever county championship when the Somerset Under-14s took to the course.

The 31 up and coming youngsters, who receive coaching throughout the winter months from Brean's director of golf David Haines, certainly enjoyed their visit and the scoring was good, much like the weather. The winner was George Abbott, from Farrington, who returned a gross 78 off his 13 handicap and was two ahead of James Tompkins, from Clevedon.

Either side of the county fixture the members have been busy with numerous events taking place. The Avalon teams both played on Saturday with the A team drawing with Stockwood Vale at home while the second team collected some useful league points despite going down 3-2 away to Taunton Vale.

Back at Brean, John Mardon continued his recent onslaught on the Super Series points table. He scored his second consecutive win after handing in 41 points which was by far the best score of the day. These good results have moved Mardon to the summit and made him the man that everyone else has to catch. Second place went to Tony Richards on 37 points while Graham Foy won Division Two on 36 ahead of Mike Porter with 34.

The following day was the Monthly Medal and with it the prestigious Brean Masters for Medal winners from the previous year. Tony Richards completed a good weekend as he was the only player to break 70 with his nett score. His nett 68 took Division Two from Mats Mattsson who had a 71, but as Richards had not tasted success in 2009, he missed out on the Masters title. Just losing out on count-back for second was Graham Exton, but he did have the consolation of being the leading player eligible for the Brean Masters so did not end the day empty handed.

Barry Tucker was victorious in Division One while Tony Hicks repeated his win of the previous month in the Third Division and will be out to complete the hat-trick in May. The Ladies' Medal and Brean Masters was won by Tina Bateman whose excellent score of nett 67 was six clear of Jenny Vaughan. Tina's reward for her efforts was a reduction of three shots on her handicap.

As always the Seniors have had plenty of competitions and matches over the last week. Pat Mullholland mastered some tricky conditions as he won the Stableford as well as the Millennium Trophy after scoring 34 points last Tuesday. Seniors' captain Dai Wood just pipped his predecessor, Tony Roper, for the runners-up position on 31.

The following day the cream of the seniors section travelled to Minehead for their first round clash in the Seniors Somerset Bowl against Taunton Vale with high hopes. A blustery day in West Somerset saw a close contest take place but unfortunately the Brean players always seemed to end up on the losing side of some close ties, meaning their dreams of winning the title must stay on hold for another year.

The following day they returned to home turf and played against a team of Past Captains from Brean in the annual match. In another close contest the outcome was still in the balance as the final game reached the last green but it was decided in favour of the current seniors by the narrow margin of 3.3 to 2.5.

The winter knockouts have also reached their conclusion. Graham Foy took the Singles title while the Jones brothers, Steve and Paul, won the Wadeley Plate doubles.

WEDMORE held their club winter knock-out finals over Easter.

It was perhaps risky to play this on a Bank Holiday weekend as the weather is notoriously bad and this proved to be the case as the weather on both the Saturday and Sunday was cold, wet and windy. It has become something of a tradition that these finals always contain the father and son pairing of Terry and Harry Edwards, This year was no exception as they played together in the pairs competition for the Wirsbo Trophy while Terry was also in the final of the singles.

The pairs was a family affair as the opposition were another father and son, John and Richard Vowles. Despite the conditions, the standard of play was high and the match itself closely contested. The Edwards' just managed to keep their noses in front and eventually clinched the match 3 and 2.

In the singles final, the opposition was another redoubtable match player, Graham Sugg. The match was always going to closely contested but again Terry Edwards, with some steady play, managed to get into a lead which proved impossible to reduce and ran out winner by the same margin as the pairs, 3 and 2.

The weather was marginally better for the Bank Holiday Monday Bowmaker which was won by the strong team of Paul Plume, Brian Warner, Mark Coombes and Steve Heal who saw off the challenge of another strong team of Mike Garbutt, Bill Lander, Tom Bennett and Andy Ratcliffe by two points.

The weather had changed to a heatwave for the captains' weekend away at Bowood in Cornwall. There was plenty of golf over the three days. The highlight was the final of the putting competition. The crowd's favourites, Sandra Hill and Mike Atkins, struggled to force a play-off against Sue Tarry and Peter Hathaway before Mike holed a 40ft effort to win at the first extra hole.

Results: Medal. Division 1: D Smith (68); J Wormald (70); T Harris (70). Division 2: D Coggan (67); ,I Robson (72); S Ferris (74). Division 3: I Mann (66); T Serle (67); J Vowles (70).

Seniors, Division 1: D Scarrott (41); D Coggan (39); J Hurdman (39), Division 2: M Beal (40); M Timmis (37); D Russell (35).

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