Busy and successful week for Worlebury’s ladies’ section
PUBLISHED: 14:13 21 April 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 21 April 2017
Worlebury Golf Club’s ladies’ section enjoyed a busy and succesful week, with pride of place going to the Rogers Cup team.
It has been a busy, but successful, week for Worlebury’s ladies’ captain, Sue Kinch and her section.
Pride of place goes to the Rogers Cup team who travelled to the neutral venue of Mendip Spring to take on The Isle of Wedmore. Although they faced strong opposition, Worlebury prevailed 4-3.
The team consisted of Sue Sokol, Katherine Sokol, Claire Bayliss, Emma Bourton, Amanda Cook, Maxine Gardiner and Michelle James. Emma and Amanda both had convincing wins, with Sue edging a close match.
Although the whole team played their part, Katherine was the star, pulling off an amazing win on the last hole after being five down at one stage.
Sue also held her charity day in aid of the Weston Hospital Scanner Appeal, with a tidy sum being raised. The ladies played a pairs medley Stableford (six holes four-ball betterball, six holes greensomes and six holes foursomes).
Janet Keight and Jane Wakerley combined well to take the honours with 37 points, pipping Amanda Cook and Sam Hewlett by one.
Jackie Smith, the X-ray manager at Weston Hospital, gave an informative talk to the ladies about the Scanner Appeal and it was made clear that the monies raised will be put to good use.
To round off a good week, the mixed section held a highly successful Fred Crawford Trophy competition. A full field turned out in pleasant conditions and some good scores were recorded.
In a tight finish, Cheryl and Barry Saunders pipped Janet Fear and John Leech on countback, both pairs scoring 43 points. Emma Bourton and Keri Allchurch came third with 42, edging out Sam and Graham Hewlett, also on countback.
The juniors have also had a busy time of it. The Commsplus Cup is a long-standing competition sponsored by club member, Steve Collard. The winner this year was seven handicapper Alix Kew, with a fine round of 38 points. Junior captain Alex Chandler was runner-up with 34.
Worlebury staged the first round of the junior SGU team event with six clubs in contention.
Given the challenging breezy and rather cool conditions, the overall scoring was good. Mendip Spring came first with 97 points. The best individual score on the day was returned by Bailey Langford from Taunton & Pickeridge with an excellent haul of 42.
The best scores from Worlebury juniors were Alix Kew with 36 points, followed by Oliver Chandler on 34. Troy Young made an excellent debut for Worlebury, scoring a good 32 points.
Team scores: Mendip Spring 97pts; Worlebury 94; Taunton Pickeridge 92; Long Sutton 79; Enmore Park 51; Wells 37.
The feedback from the junior organisers confirmed that all the teams were happy and enjoyed the day. They thanked the match and handicap team, particularly Barry Saunders, for playing an important part in the success of the event.
The seniors and Stragglers both played two social matches with mixed results. The seniors, under Barry Newson’s captaincy, were pleased to get back on track with double home wins over Weston and Stockwood Vale by 4.5 to 2.5 and 4.5 to 0.5 respectively.
Nearest the pin prizes for both games were generously donated by vice-captain Mike Strang and won by Nick Ryan and Roger Leaver.
The Stragglers fared less well, losing both matches away to Wells and Bristol and Clifton, the former, a whitewash. There was a big improvement in the second match and wins were recorded by captain, Martin Morgan/ Phil Hawkins and Dougie Woods/Mike Knight, the end result a mere 3-2 defeat.
All four fixtures were played in good spirit and were highly enjoyable occasions.
Calm conditions greeted the early starters for the Weston monthly medal, with nearly all the leading scores coming from those who started in the first hour or so.
On a day when the wind picked up to a steady 25mph, every score from a two to a 16 was recorded with only 19 players equalling or beating par.
Division 1 winner was Lee Walsh on nett 65, followed by Dave Harding (67), a solid gross 71 from Matt Evans (68) helped him to a third place, with Jack Radcliffe on 69 in fourth place. Division 2 was won by Simon Collier on (64), second was Nick Palmer on 66, Mark Davie managed a 67 for third place, with fourth going to Derek Goldie on 68.
Neil Urch and Darren Henderson won their first round of the Daily Mail Foursomes win against Worlebury 3&1 to progress to the next round.
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Weston seniors’ latest competition started their trophy season, with 55 contesting the Derick Wood Trophy, affectionately known as the Woody Cup.
Weather conditions were good and Steve Burrough took full advantage, recording a nett 64 which won the trophy, just ahead of John Poole on 65. Third place went to Gerald Taylor, beating David Poole on countback, both scoring 67s.
It was a highly successful week for the ladies’ teams. Jade Cope and Glenda Latham-Creasey won their opening match in the BDLGA knockout scratch foursomes against Tracy Park.
Zena Balcombe and Sue Garrett had a tough match to win against Burnham and Berrow in the handicap foursomes and are through to the next round and a strong Rogers Cup team secured a win at Burnham and Berrow against Saltford.
Jade Cope, Glenda Latham-Creasey, Joan Jenkinson, June Phillips, Wendy Homer, Sue Andow and Tessa Pitt were the winning combination, putting Weston through to round two.
At home, the ladies’ Saturday and Tuesday Stablefords were won by Glenda Latham-Creasey scoring 39 points. Beryl Robert was in second place with 38, reducing both their handicaps by one shot.
New member Claire Redwood was third scoring 36 and Bobby Ferrari and Eileen Donbavand both scored 34, Bobby taking fourth place on countback.
The first major event of the year took place at Wedmore, with the ladies’ Spring meeting in dry, but chilly conditions.
The main event in the morning was a Stableford with two cups on offer. The lower handicappers played for the Midgley Cup and Eunice Bond was the clear winner on 36 points, although only by a single point from Liz Hill with Ange Webber another shot back in third.
The higher handicappers playing for the Fry Cup had a blanket finish with countback sorting out the prizes after three players finished on 38.
Just claiming first place was Karen Barnett, with Ann Dixon squeezed into second place ahead of Pauline Hale. For those still up to it, the afternoon was a nine-hole bowmaker won by Ronnie Follenfant, Jennifer Fell and Esme Gulliver.
Easter Saturday saw the welcome return of a fun competition, a greensomes open to all. Serial winners Liam Cann and Dale Worthington took first place on 45 in a well-attended competition
This was three better than Nick Parker and Bobby Jone, with Janet and Ian Robson third on countback. On Monday, the seniors’ Stableford saw divisional wins for David Taylor, Philip Horn and David Adams.
The April seniors Stableford at Brean was won by Matt Haskins, but only after a countback with Tim Durbin.
Late starter Haskins matched the long-time leader Durbin with his score of 42 and pipped him on the back nine when the countback rules were applied to claim top spot in Division 1. Steve Mason ended up third, one point behind the leading duo.
In Division 2, there was a clear winner as Vince Ford secured victory with a 41-point card. Second place was a much closer affair as the countback rules were needed once more to separate Pete Lock and Roger Phillips who both handed in 40 point scores. Lock got the nod on the back nine for second, leaving Phillips to settle for third.
The penultimate round of the Super Series was played on Easter Saturday and despite a cold northerly wind, the scoring was still good.
Five players reached the 40-point mark, but only one managed 42 and that was the winner Pete Barton. He finished one in front of Avalon League captain Russell Shaw and Vince Ford, with Shaw shading the countback for the silver position.
All three of the leading players earned handicap reductions after their rounds with the victor reaching single figures. Both Steve Mason and Ian Adams returned 40 points, but they had to settle for fourth and fifth spots.
Matt Haskins continued his good form as he won the final qualifying round of the Super Series with 38 points. His win also propelled himself into the top 15 players who will get the chance to play in a pro-am with Andrew March during the summer.
He won by one from Craig Higgins, who recovered from a poor start to snatch second spot on countback from Martyn Cahill. Gordy Wheelaghan also finished on 37, but was declared in fourth spot in the same countback.
At the conclusion of the event, Steve Martin was the leader of the points table as his top 10 finish in the last event moved him back above Pete Dunn.
Liz Blackwell was the winner of the ladies’ April medal. She ended the day two strokes ahead of runner-up Beverly Cranley and four clear of ladies’ captain Jenny Vaughan.
Vaughan did retain the Brean Masters title though which was played for between all the medal winners from last year.
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