100 golfers enjoy good conditions for invitation day at Weston
PUBLISHED: 09:41 26 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:41 26 May 2017
Weston Golf Club's invitation day saw 100 golfers take to the links to battle for the prizes on offer.
Weston Golf Club saw 100 players competing in the men’s invitation day, this year it also included the seniors’ invitation day too.
The main event was won by member Oliver Finch with guest Luke Purdy with 47 points which included a two on the par 400-yard sixth hole for a cheeky five points.
It was a cold with 15mph wind, but the course was in fantastic condition just a month before the clubs hosts the South West Counties Championship.
In second place were Chris and Philip Slocombe on 46, just beating Richard and Declan Dorrington on the back nine. In fourth on 45 were Andrew Balcombe and guest Gordon Mitchell, fifth on 44 was Paul O’Hara and guest Phil Towner on 44 beating Stephen Smith and his guest Geoff Ellis also on 44.
The winners of the seniors’ section were David Holder and Nelson Scott (43), followed by Gary Homer and Neville Gibson (42) and David Andow and George Davies (41).
The club also played host to the BNI golf day, with the winning team from Howe Design and Build members Joe Howe, Kieran Ward, Lee O’Dea and Dec Dorrington on 93 points.
More than 60 players took part and raised over £2,000 for charity.
The event was organised by BNI, who meet at Weston Golf Club every week for a breakfast meeting, the whole event was organised by John Mayer, managing director of TaxAssist.
Avalon A team played against The Mendip losing 3-2, but gaining six valuable points in the league.
The men’s first team travelled to Kingsdown in their third match of the season in Division 4 and suffered a 4-1 defeat, with only Joshua Butterfield and Taylor Lloyd winning their match.
Visitors and members entering the ladies’ open were not deterred by the rain greeting them from the start of the day. There were only a few dry moments, but the weather did not dampen spirits and all players completed 18 holes and enjoyed the hospitality in the clubhouse.
The format was an individual Stableford and there were prizes for the top six scores. Wendy Thomas won first prize with 37 points. Patricia Rowlands and Jean Cooper were second and third also scoring 37, but decided on countback.
Glenda Latham-Creasey came fourth with 34 and Jenny Hay took the best visitor prize, also scoring 34. Alysia Rees from Burnham and Berrow was sixth with 34. Cath Preston and Sue Painter both scored a two and Julia Paul and Pat Rowlands scored two twos.
A glorious sunny day welcomed Weston seniors for the Salmon Cup competition. However, a strong, tricky breeze hampered the early starters.
As a result, the top five positions were taken by later starters. Way out in front was club chairman, Roy Schubert with a stunning 43 points earning him a two-shot handicap reduction.
The runner-up was Mark Fozzard on 40, with Chris Slocombe third on 39, just pipping Terry Marnock on 39, with Eddie Langford fifth on 37.
Worlebury had three entrants in this year’s county championship at Minehead with mixed results.
Josh Freeman with fifth and sixth previous finishes, went one better with an excellent fourth place. Josh followed his morning round of 71 with a 70 in the afternoon to give him a three under total of 141.
Alex Winn had a consistent day shooting two level par rounds of 72 to give him an eighth equal finish. Matt Blackman struggled in the morning, but improved significantly in the afternoon to finish in the pack and help Worlebury come third in the team event.
Josh went into the championship in good shape having recently played for the county against Gwent and winning Worlebury’s Jubilee Shield over 36 holes. Josh is pictured (on the right) with the Jubilee Shield with club captain, Andy Collard and Rich Godwin, who won the Jubilee Cup for best nett.
Several teams were in action over the weekend. Pride of place goes to the seven-strong ladies’ team who whitewashed Isle of Wedmore in the Alliance League. Sue Sokol, Katherine Sokol, Emma Bourton, Claire Bayliss, Maxine Gardiner, Amanda Cook and Sue Tarry all played exceptionally well to win the day. Having been relegated last year, the team are looking forward to bouncing back at the first time of asking.
The three Avalon teams were also in league action. The Originals, sporting new shirts, which was sponsored by Rich Godwin’s company, Acorn Installations, had a resounding 4.5 to 0.5 win.
It has been a good spell for generous Godwin. Having excelled in the Jubilee, he partnered John Leech to send Worlebury on their way in the opening tie, winning 2&1.
Comfortable wins were recorded by the pairings of Tony Westren/Paul McAdams, Steve Taylor/Kelvin Betts and Rob McMillen/Stuart Fawcett. Team captain, Graham Hewlett and Paul Lawrence fought back to gain a half to give Worlebury an easy win.
The Royals in Division 5, had an excellent 3-2 away win at table-topping Wheathill, to give them bonus points. Three wins in the opening ties won the match. Captain Terry Santo partnered by John Melwani led the way, winning one up.
Comfortable wins were recorded by Ben Main/Craig Young and James Marshall/Tom Main. Dave Collard and Will Denyer unfortunately lost one down in the final match.
In challenging conditions with persistent rain, the Avalon Seniors won 3-2 at home to a team of low handicappers from Taunton and Pickeridge. Wins by the pairings of Keri Allchurch/Nick Ryan, Rob McMillen/Gerry Miles and Danny O’Connor/Jim Skinner saw Worlebury stroll home.
A young team of juniors went to Taunton and Pickeridge to play the third league match of the season. The league is now a five-player Stableford event.
Experienced juniors Jack Partridge, Ryan Thrupp and Alix Kew were joined by Troy Young and on her first league outing, Lauren Hanson. A consistent team performance with all scores in the mid-30s saw Worlebury close the gap on Mendip Spring. The clubs are tied at the top of the league with three matches to go.
The seniors’ tale of woe in their social fixtures continued with their biggest defeat of the season to date, away to Oake Manor. John Ratajczak and Stuart Macivor, were the only crumb of comfort, when they gained a fighting half.
They got back to winning ways, however, with a narrow win when they entertained Henbury at home. Former long-standing Worlebury member, Neil Redman was given a warm welcome on his arrival at the club.
The welcome, however, did not extend to the course. Neil and his partner faced seniors’ captain Barry Newson, and his vice, Mike Strang, who were at the top of the game, romping home 6&5.
Gary Barford, making a welcome return to the club, after a 12-year absence partnered by Pete Cornish, won two up. Steve Rowlands and Dave Treleaven won a tight tie on the 18th to clinch the win, John Millar and Bob Oram having nicked a half.
Last season’s lady captain Michelle James, won the weekend Stableford with 33 points, pipping Sam Hewlett, who had 31. Current captain, Sue Kinch, came third with 30.
The clubhouse was full for a 80s evening with a sprinkling of members and guests dressed for the occasion. The party was complete with great 80s food and entertainment provided by quality South West band, Retro Electro.
The main event at Wedmore was the King Alfred and Queen Elizabeth Cups, medals with players all competing off scratch.
Heavy showers kept the course refreshed and pushed scores up. There was a close competition for the places among the men with Rich Vowles taking sixth on 79, one behind John Russell, in turn one behind a group of three players on 77.
Countback gave fourth place to Daryl Cornelius with Ben Barwell in third and Stuart Bishop taking the runners-up spot. There was a clear winner though with Tim Harris winning by three shots after an excellent 70.
There were nett prizes, with Chris Norris leading the way on 67, two better than Lee Parsons, who beat Richard Ham on countback.
There was an even more emphatic winner in the ladies with Catherine Nicholson going round in 78 to win by a street from Dawn Chadwick on 89, with Cathy Olive third on 93. The nett prize went to Joan Peck, who edged out Ange Webber by a single shot.
The ladies’ own competition earlier in the week saw captain Saybria Sims and professional Tom Hiscock take on the field. Their 34 points was only beaten by two pairs.
Winners were Liz Hill and Annya Patten on 37, with Shirley Gooding and Dawn Chadwick taking second place on 35. Wendy Lucas and Karen Barnett matched the captain/professional to take third place on 34.
The seniors’ played a Stableford which incorporated the Committee Cup. John Russell scooped this, also winning Division 1 with 38 points. Ian Sentence held off Bill Lander on countback to take runners-up spot in Division 1, both scoring 36.
David Hollingdale won Division 2 with 35 points, one better than George Smith who in turn was one better than John Stent. Roy Peck had a comfortable win in Division 3, his score of 36 being two ahead of Philip Wren with David Nelson a further two shots back in third.
The ladies’ and seniors’ came together competing for the Friendly Bowl with the seniors taking the trophy by 486-467.
Ron Vine is in great form at present and produced another winning round in the May medal at Brean.
He handed in a best of the day nett 62 to win Division 1 by three from last year’s captain Andy Thomas. Vine’s excellence was rewarded with another stroke being deducted from his handicap which now sits at 11.
The other two divisions both required countbacks to decide the winners. In the third flight, Les Byrne won his first medal at Brean with a 65 as he edged out Kevin Davies with the better back nine.
No less than three players posted nett 67 in the middle division and CJ Organ relegated Dave Bradley and Stewart Garrett into second and third positions respectively after the back nines were scrutinised.
Steve and Gail Mason won the husband and wife greensomes with a 38-point score. They held of the challenge of Trevor and Lyn Pitt who ended one point back with defending champions Beverly and John Cranley taking third spot this time around.
The third event of the new Super Series was played and Clive Goode and Phil Barry emerged victorious with a betterball score of 48 points. The first of the new pair’s events created a close finish as Phil Hodgson and Jeff Read also handed in 48, but were beaten in second spot on the back nine countback. Tom Broom and Oli Poole were third with 45.
Linda Edmondson collected her first win since joining Brean earlier this year in the Lady Secretary Shanker. With the restriction of only two clubs and a putter being permitted, the emphasis was on keeping any big numbers off of the scorecard especially with the medal scoring format.
She managed to do just this with a steady round and won by three from Debbie Windmill, who in turn was four clear of Beverly Cranley in third.
Pete Douglas was one of only two players to beat their handicap in the seniors’ May medal. His nett 67 gave him Division 1 success by one stroke over the other sub par return which came from John Cranley.
Had Cranley been in the other division he too would have tasted success as the winning score in that section was a nett 71 from Pete Lock. The higher handicappers struggled somewhat in the damp conditions as Roger Phillips’ nett 75 was good enough for the runners-up prize on the day.