Annual Help for Heroes competition held at Weston links

PUBLISHED: 14:46 26 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:46 26 July 2017

Weston Ladies Golf Club.

Weston Ladies Golf Club.


The annual Help for Heroes day was held at Weston Golf Club, with 83 players venturing out in unsettled weather.

Weston Golf Club hosted its annual Help for Heroes Day with the threat of heavy rain forecast for much of the day, but 83 players ventured out fully equipped for the rain to come.

The competition was well attended and the winner was Gerald Taylor on 39 points, second with 38 was Sam Clark and third also with 38 was Martyn Foreman.

It was a closed contested competition with four players sharing 38 points having to be separated on countback. A total of 13 twos were recorded which was remarkable given the conditions during the day.

The seniors played a bowmaker competition and strong teams took to the course. The winners with 76 points were Dennis Longden, Tim Latchem, Maurice Miller, followed by Eddie Langford, Nigel Jillings, Gerald Taylor with 75 and Dave Garrett, Maurice Sweeney, David Snowden with 74.

The senior sections of the club picked the perfect week for their two open competitions. The ladies welcomed players from near and far with a visitor celebrating a hole-in-one and taking her team to the top spot in the competition.

Jacqui Richards gained the ace on the 14th and together with Chrissie Read and Jenny Hay, were the overall winners. Tessa Pitt, Sally Irlam and Wendy Thomas were the runners-up and Diney Costeloe, Sue Painter and Reine O’Reilly were third.

Nearest the pine for visitors was Lesley Moore and members Bobby Ferrari. Amanda Maybe, Lesley Moore and Alison Kerr won the best placed visiting team.

The ladies played for the Lillington Bowl/NGCC in warm conditions. Jean Cooper came first with 37 points with Tessa Pitt close behind with a 36. Di Walker was third on 35.

Glenda Latham Creasey and Jade Cope are through to the semi-final stage of the scratch fours after securing a great win away at Thornbury.

The seniors’ open attracted a fantastic field of 142, including 97 visitors. Early cool conditions with a moderate breeze improved, resulting in a warm day with sunny periods and just a gentle breeze.

Great credit must go to Simon Cresser and his greenkeeping team in providing wonderful greens in spite of the recent dry and windy weather. This resulted in a lot of good scores with a quarter of the field matching or beating par.

The top five were: John Whitewood from Weston on 41 points, closely followed by Roy Howarth from Knaresborough, Eugen Kupich from Stockwood Vale and Fred Donbavand from Weston on 40, with Dennis Hale from Appleby on 39.

Best visitor not in first five was Barry Deeming from Broadway on 38, with best Weston, not in first five, Steve Petrie on 39. Age winners were Robert Ford from Long Sutton and Ian Freeman from Weston, with nearest the pin winners Frank Seddon from Chipping Sodbury and Mike O’Donnell from Redditch.

The visitors were extremely complimentary about the warm Weston welcome and the condition of the greens.

The annual Ryder Solheim men versus the ladies match was another great victory for the ladies. Seven pairs of A and B team players entered the four-ball betterball and after a great win last year, the pressure was on the ladies to produce something special. It was down to the last pair winning on the 18th with the final putt.

On hundred and fifty six players representing 31 clubs played in the Worlebury seniors’ open four-ball betterball competition.

The course was extremely well presented with the weather being kind to all competitors, showed in the scoring.

The winners, Anthony Smith and Robert Price being from Bath and Burnham & Berrow respectively scored 48 points, beating Glyn Pearce and Edward Winter from Oake Manor by one point, who beat Dave Brimfield and Peter Hagendyk (Worlebury) on the back nine.

The winners and many other competitors were generous in their praise of both the course and the organisation, which was carried out by Rob Rogers, Mike Bibb, Bob Oram and John Yates.

The seniors under the captain of the day, Bob Oram, visited Minehead to play the second half of the annual Rod Rufus Trophy and despite losing the match 3.5 to 2.5, Worlebury retained the trophy 8-4, thanks to their convincing home win earlier in the season.

The senior Avalon team hosted Cannington which saw a different look to the weather with strong winds and torrential rain at times. However, the home team dealt with the weather better than Cannington and won the match 4.5 to 0.5. Both sides enjoyed an excellent meal afterwards, having dried out, prepared by chef Peter Carroud.

Also played was the final of the Scratch Cup, over 36 holes between Josh Freeman, the current club champion and Matt Blackman.

The morning round was played in reasonable weather and Matt lead by three holes, having completed the round in level par. The afternoon saw different conditions, with wind and heavy rain.

However, this did not deter Matt who, following birdies on two, three and four, went onto win convincingly 7&6,

Worlebury ladies played the annual Vets and Grannies Cup which resulted in Angela Bagley beating Lyn Pope on countback, which saw Angela achieving her goal of reducing her handicap this year.

Winners of the pro’s weekend were presented with their prizes. The Stableford competition was divided into three divisions. Winners were – Division 1: Dave Mellor 39 pts, beating Terry Bradley on the back nine and Malcolm Summers with 37.

Division 2: Paul Marsh 40, Max Pitcher 37, Julian Winn 36. Division 3: Paul Otterburn 37, John Yates 35, beating Daniel Winter on countback.

A four-ball betterball Stableford competition was won by Chris Mannings-Hill and Alan Street with 44 points, beating the father and son team of Andy and Mickey Nicholls on countback. Colin Cleeve and Kevin Marshall came third with 43.

The final six days of the Wedmore open week saw the weather move from the sublime to ridiculous which was also true of some of the golf.

Not so Graham Clifford, who sailed through Monday’s Stableford to win with 41 points, two better than Clive Warren-Smith who won Division 3 with his 39. Tom Smith won Division 1 on 38, a score matched by Peter Searle to win Division 2.

The ladies’ winner was Sue Chambers again with 41, which was three better than Lesley Reagan who won bronze division with Lesley Moore winning silver on 36.

The Tuesday Bowmaker was a Warren-Smith benefit with Marion partnering Saybria Sims, Susie Spragg and Sue Chambers to victory on 97 points, while husband Clive took second place, three points back in company with Ashley Ribi, Mike Nicholls and Jill Cornelius.

The Wednesday greensomes went to the father and son pairing of Josh and Ben Barwell with 43 on countback from Richard Ham and Mike Sartain. This was just one better than both Karen and Richard Barnett and Louise Allen and Terry Mogg, who were third and fourth.

Best score on Thursday was from Tony Biggs, winning the medal on nett 67. This was just one better than Ben Barwell, who won Division 1 and Tom Bennett who won Division 2. Chris McGowan was the Division 3 winner on 71.

In the ladies, Jenny Brown took the overall trophy with a nett 70, two better than silver winner Shirley Gooding, while Hazel Gough claimed the bronze division on countback after a blanket finish with three players ending on the same score.

Big disappointment of the week was the Texas scramble on Friday when late heavy rain caused abandonment.

The course had recovered well by Saturday which saw a repeat of the blistering scores from the opening day’s betterball competition. This time it was it was Dave Ash and Daryl Cornelius who set the pace, winning with 49 points, which gave them a single point margin over Mary-Lou and Trevor Denny, with Tim Harris and Toni Ribi taking third place on 44.

David Hunter led the way in the Brean seniors’ medal as he mastered the breezy conditions better than the rest to take the Phil Fudge Trophy that was on offer for the best score of the day.

His nett 66 brought him top spot in Division 1 by two strokes ahead of Pete Dunn and Charlie Doherty. Dunn gained the runners-up prize though after a countback over the back nine.

The Division 2 players found scoring much tougher as Ken Ponter’s nett 70 gave him first place, two clear of Mike Haskins on 72. Pete Lock took third with a 73.

The ladies played a friendly against their Vivary Park counterparts and managed to win by a 3-2 scoreline. Stars of the show were Liz Blackwell with 37 Stableford points for the home side and Vivary Park’s Sandra Eaton with 35.

Saturday saw one win and one loss for our two Avalon teams. The win came from the Division 3 side at home against league leaders Oake Manor.

They won by four games to one and leapfrogged their opponents to head the Division. They only have one more game to play though, which is the return fixture at Oake, while the Taunton side have a few more games in hand before the end of the season arrives.

The loss was recorded by the Division 5 side who travelled away to Long Sutton. On an often wet day, they lost by 3.5 to 1.5 with Dave Bradley and Steve Jones scoring the win and Adam Cox winning the last hole to claim a half point with team captain Mike Carter.

Clive Goode and Phil Barry are enjoying a successful time in this year’s Super Series as they each recorded their third wins in this year’s events. They combined to produce a nett 56 in the betterball medal format.

They were two clear of Nigel Hodges and series leader Nigel Ellis, who in turn relegated Steve Hill and Ian Rodgers into third position.

Jeff Read ran away with the midweek Stableford as he enjoyed a five-point winning margin after his spectacular 45-point round. He even failed to score at the final hole, but with his round including no less than four nett eagles, it was irrelevant in the end.

His handicap was duly reduced by two shots as he led home runner-up John Rabbetts who returned 40 points.

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