Avalon title for Worlebury Royals

PUBLISHED: 09:05 11 September 2015 | UPDATED: 09:05 11 September 2015

Worlebury Golf Club mixed winners.

Worlebury Golf Club mixed winners.

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Worlebury Royals won Division 7 of the Avalon League after challengers Mendip Spring failed to win their final match.

THERE was cause for celebration at Worlebury as news filtered through that the Royals had won Division 7 of the Avalon League.

There had been an anxious wait to see if Mendip Spring B would win their final match and overtake them, but they lost away to Wheathill B to hand the Royals the title.

This is a commendable achievement for a team of comparative newcomers to golf, tasting their first experience of league competition. They have been ably led by Nathan Talbot and Adi Marshman and have been a credit to the club.

The Avalon team in Division 3 signed off in style with a good 3-2 home win against high-flying Minehead and West Somerset A. This saw them finish in fourth place in the league.

It was a tense encounter with three of the five matches being decided on the 18th, with Worlebury winning two of them. The successful pairings were Jeff Banfield/Rob Furlong and Tony Westren/Keri Allchurch. Jim Skinner and Martin Green, sadly, fell short. Ross Coyne and Rob McMillen were Worlebury’s other winners on the day.

It has been a successful and highly enjoyable campaign for Paul Hibbard’s team who have more than held their own in a tough division.

Following on from the recent Scratch Salver, the lower handicappers at Worlebury took to the course for the Fallon Salver.

The event is played on a hole to hole basis, the player with highest score being eliminated. If a hole is halved, a chip off takes place to decide who drops out. The winner is the last man standing at the end of the competition.

Eight members took part on a pleasant evening, playing seven holes. Gradually players were eliminated and by the 17th, three of the youngest players were left in contention.

Last years winner, Joe Dale, fell by the wayside leaving the two Scratch Salver finalists, Jack Partridge and Matty Blackman to go head to head once more and in a reverse of fortunes, it was the latter who took the honours up the 18th.

It was sweet revenge for Matty, having finished runner-up in last year’s final to Joe and losing the scratch final to Jack only a week or so ago.

The WD Payne Flag Cup is a popular board competition, which, as always, drew a large entry, well into three figures. A full round is played and those with shots in hand proceed up the first until their shots are exhausted and a flag is placed where the ball has come to a rest.

Three players finished on the second hole and it was long standing member, nine-handicapper Chris Wiseman, who prevailed. Chris shot a fine gross 72 leaving him with seven shots in hand.

His round was a mixed bag with three birdies and the highlight an eagle on the eighth which proved decisive. Chris finished 4.7 metres from the hole, with Matty Blackman and David Blackhurst 10.7 metres and 13.9 metres away respectively. Will Denyer was fourth and Keri Allchurch fifth, both finishing on the first extra hole.

Keri was back in action when he entered the St Dunstans Trophy with Amanda Cooke. The pair had never played together and once tactics were agreed, particularly the decision to discard the pink ball in favour of the conventional white, the pair did not look back and combined well to win this foursomes competition with 41 points, two more than their nearest challengers, Emma and Russ Bourton.

The men’s midweek Stableford produced a close finish with countback required to separate the top four, each of whom had 39 points. It was won by head greenkeeper Tim Needham, who pipped Andy Taylor, Steve Cameron and Russell Priest.

The ladies held their monthly Stableford with countback needed to separate the top two in Division 1. Vice-captain, Michelle James was runner-up being edged out by her mum Janet Jamieson, both scoring 37. Captain Maxine Gardiner was third.

Jan Simms won Division 2 with Hazel Cox second and Megan Cochrane, third. Pat Smith won Division 3, with Marnie Sweet, runner-up and Maureen Williams, third.

Angela Bagley won the weekend medal with a nett 72. Louise Goodrum was second and Sam Hewlett third.

The seniors’ social matches continued with an away fixture against old friends, Wells. Carrying a 5.5-1.5 win from the home game, captain Mike Williams was quietly confident the aggregate score would be in Worlebury’s favour.

Defeat however, was snatched from the jaws of victory with only Jeff Banfield and Brian Book gaining a half. Even so, having being four up, their lead dwindled away and required a long putt on the last hole from Brian to secure the half.

Winners of the St Dunstan’s Cup at Worlebury Amanda Cooke and Keri Allchurch with lady captain Maxine Gardiner.

IT HAS been a busy week for the ladies section at Weston, with members and guests enjoying some late summer sunshine for their four-ball better-ball invitation day.

There were a few sharp showers and a brisk wind to contend with, but spirits were high and so were the scores.

Congratulations to Linda Papworth and her guest Sue Painter, who took the top spot with 42 points. Runners-up, also with 42, were Alysia Rees who invited her sister, Lucinda Hallett as her guest.

Cathy Preston and Lesley Floyd were in third place with 41 points. Nearest the pin for members and guests were Dodie Waterhouse and her guest Val Trounce. The only two of the day went to Gay Long’s guest Julia Paul.

Two magnificent cakes made by Olga Forte and Chriss Read were raffled with proceeds going to the captain’s charity.

Kath Farrant is having a fantastic run winning the ladies’ medal last week with a 70 and reducing her handicap by one shot. This weekend’s Stableford competition again brought in some good scores, but the 43 scored by Kath was hard to beat.

Her handicap has seen a further reduction and she is now playing off 12. Jade Cope came in second place with 36 points and Sue Andow third with 34.

In the Bristol Alliance, Weston B ladies team played Bath, winning the match 9-5, but the away fixture against a strong side at Clevedon proved too much for the team. The team were unable to earn any points, but congratulations to the five reserves for their support.

Lady captain Julie Ward with Sue Painter, Linda Papworth and president Anne Bryant.

THIRTY-SIX players from Wedmore set off to the Wiltshire Golf Club to fight out their own Ryder Cup between the professional, Nick Pope’s team and a team led by John Russell.

This year, players also competed for a new trophy, presented by Greg Cox and named after the group’s oldest player, Fred Linham, who celebrated his 84th birthday on the trip.

He celebrated by scoring a hole-in-one on the 191 yard par three sixth, only the second ace in the 17-year history of the event, the only previous one coming from Fred.

His trophy went to David Bates, who won all four of his matches including a resounding 8&6 victory in the singles. The overall match went to Nick Pope’s team, who edged ahead in the ongoing contest between the teams, winning by a convincing margin of 26.5 points to 18.5.

On hundred and fourty six lady golfers, including 89 from visiting clubs, took part in an open bowmaker. With at least one visitor in every side, there was bound to be at least one winning visitor, but in fact there were four as the winning team, Sandra Atkins, Ros Chidgey, Lesley Davis and Mary Beakes were all from Minehead.

Their score of 87 was four better than three teams, with countback determining the places. Gill Jones, Esme Gulliver, Joan Peck and Ann Collins (Mendip) were runners-up, ahead of Carole Lewis with Kath Sheills, Lesley Moore and Viv Ellis from Farrington.

June Smith, Liz Hill, Liz Miller and Shenna Foley (Enmore) were fourth. Linda Lynch, Heather Crump, Chris Collins (all Taunton & Pickeridge) and Vanessa Warden of Oake Manor took the visitor’s prize.

The week started with the Richard Banks Trophy. This is a bowmaker in memory of the much-missed Richard Banks. The event raised £250 for charity and turned out to be a family affair this year with the winners being Steph, Jim and Sean Gray, together with Andy Flavell, scoring 83 points.

David Bates, Fred Linham, Greg Cox, John Russell and Nick Pope at Wedmore’s version of the Ryder Cup.

Prizewinners at the open bowmaker with Wedmore ladies’ captain Ann Adams and organiser Sue Tarry.

AARON Puddy recorded his first win since joining Brean Golf Club in the Super Series competition.

He enjoyed a comfortable three-point winning margin over Russell Shaw, but this would have been five had he not had the two shot penalty he incurred at the last hole when he inadvertently played the wrong ball.

Shaw started his round like a steam train with three consecutive birdies, but ran out of puff on the back nine and was actually disappointed in the end with only 41 points. Despite his frustration, he still managed to fend off early starter Trevor Pitt on the back nine countback to secure the runners-up spot, leaving Pitt to take third.

The previous day, Mike Porter had the round of the day in another Super Series Stableford. He racked up 43 points to win by three points.

Runner-up was Nigel Hodges, who just about managed to complete his 40-point card after tweaking his knee on the final hole. Hodges also edged a countback with Barrie Tucker, who had to settle for third.

Steve and Gail Mason retained the Husband and Wife Trophy with an excellent 41-point score to replicate their 2014 success. They enjoyed a seven-point winning margin over Roger and Jenny Vaughan and also scored the only two of the day at the 17th.

Chris Stephens saved the best score until last as he claimed the seniors’ September Stableford on the opening day of the month.

Stephens was the final player off the course and he was the only one in the 26-strong field to beat his handicap as he returned 37 points to head home Barrie Tucker by one.

Tucker was awarded second after a countback with Charlie Hastie after they both scored 36.

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