Captains charity day at Weston greeted with unbroken sunshine

PUBLISHED: 15:43 13 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:43 13 June 2018

Weston Golf Club winners.

Weston Golf Club winners.


The captains charity day held at Weston Golf Club was played in unbroken sunshine with a stiff breeze, proving a good test of golf.

Weston Golf Club’s captains charity day supporting the Wallace and Gromit Grand Appeal and Weston Hospital Scanner Appeal was played in unbroken sunshine with a stiff breeze up and down the course, providing a good test of golf.

Jack Palmer, Rob Claridge, Lee Swain and Andy Jones had a brilliant front nine with 65 points, playing a bowmaker with three to count they managed to hold on to win with 119 points.

Chasing up behind with 116 was Scott McKechnie, Paul Burns, Brian Whiddett and Steve Edwards. Best mixed team was lady captain Zena Balcombe, husband Andy, Robin Webb and Ken Warner. Captain Chris Homer thanked all the sponsors for their generosity and donations.

Weston ladies are through to the quarter-finals of the Bristol & District Handicap Foursomes Knockout competition.

The pairing of Sue Stilwell and Sue Andow won their second round match at home against Burnham & Berrow. The pairing got off to a quick start and were five up after nine holes.

The match finished 5&4 with the Weston pair sinking a long putt on the 14th hole for a birdie. The quarter-final match will be against Bath with the venue yet to be confirmed.

The lady captain picked perfect weather for her away day to Stover. A parkland course with an abundance of trees, streams and ponds proved a challenge for some, but not so for the winning team.

Playing a bowmaker with two to count and all four on the par threes, the team of Angela Cook, Sally Brosnan, Jackie Read and Joan Jenkinson carded an impressive 106 points.

Close behind were Reine O’Reilly, Julie Ward, Alison Whitewood plus an extra card. In third place were Sally Irlam, June Phillips, Glenda Latham-Creasey and Diney Costeloe. Pam Hudson, Pat Murray, Mandy McEvoy and Julia Wood were fourth.

It was a big week for seniors’ captain Mike Strang at Worlebury, as he hosted the section’s championship and their away day at Cricket St Thomas.

The championship drew a big field of 100. Club champion and winner of the Wally Hartree Cup for best gross was John Wright with a 77. This was John’s first championship win and reflects the hard work he has put into his game over several years. Frank Hopkinson was runner-up on 78 and Barry Saunders third with a 79.

Tony McDonald with an amazing 61 won the Cyril Morgan Cup for best nett. He was further awarded with a two shot reduction in his handicap. Gary Freeman was runner-up 69 and outgoing captain Barry Newson third on 70.

Stuart Lock with a 65 won the Malcolm Simpson Tankard for the over-70s and Frank Woolman’s 69, took the Les Marsden Trophy for the higher handicappers.

The away day was highly successful. Club captain Steve Taylor was the runaway winner with 41 points, taking home the Cliff Harrison Cup. Runner-up was Bob Webber with 36. Rob Leach took third place on countback over Paul McAdams, both scoring 35 points.

Gordon Pointer narrowly won the putting competition, closely followed by Bob Webber and Strang. The sweepstake winners were Roger Griffiths, Nick Rowdon and Barry Newson

Nearest the pin: Paul McAdams on the second and 16th and Paul Ager on the ninth.

It was a good week for Worlebury’s teams. The ladies Alliance continued their domination of League Four and seem well on course for their second promotion in succession, having only dropped three points in their opening four matches.

Their latest win was a 14-0 success against Knowle. Captain Claire Bayliss was ably supported by Emma Bourton, Helen Clarke, Sally Dawkins, Maxine Gardiner, Katherine Sokol and Sue Sokol.

Katherine and Sue Sokol are through to the quarter-finals of the BDLGA Scratch Foursomes following a comfortable 4&3 home win in the second round against The Mendip.

Julie Stafford and Cheryl Saunders are through to the quarter-finals of the BDLGA Handicap Foursomes following a fine away win at Wells. Worlebury are the current holders of this trophy, Emma Bourton and Maxine Gardiner, having won the competition last season.

Avalon Royals captain Terry Santo was unavailable for their home match against Minehead. Dave Collard proved a more than adequate deputy and led the team to a resounding 5-0 victory which may give Santo a selection headache for the next match.

Avalon Originals captain Graham Hewlett celebrated his birthday by leading his team to a creditable away draw at Mendip Spring.

Ryan Jones/Fred Hooper and Andy Taylor/Ross Coyne had good wins with Paul Lawrence/John Leech drawing.

The men had a full field for their latest medal, with eight-handicapper Mike Callahan a recent welcome acquisition from Clevedon winning Division 1 with a 67, pipping Dave Collard on countback. Andy Taylor came third on countback, his 68 edging out Phil Stone, Lauchlan Millar and Bernard Kew.

Robert White, despite a triple bogey on the first hole, had the day’s top score, a nett 65, to win Division 2 by two shots over Rich Exon. Although he had an eagle on the 13th, Paul Marsh lost out on third place to Andy Judkins on countback.

Tom Weston won Divison 3 on countback from Gareth Richards, both scoring 68s. John Hobbs came third with a 69.

Worlebury Pro, George Ryall, continues to have a good season. After an excellent round of six under, he finished tied second at Cotswold Hills in the latest round of the PGA (South West) Circuit.

The juniors held a bogey competition, a traditional format rarely played today which pits the players against the par of the hole in a match play format.

The winner was Ben Smart playing off 39, who broke 100 for the first time and had a winning score of +5. Second with a fine gross 72 was open champion Alix Kew with +4. Troy Young and Olly Tripp both broke 90 for the first time to tie for third on +3.

A new junior, Tyler Reeves, was welcomed who, despite still learning the course, managed a creditable -1.

Despite being pitted against lower handicappers, Ben Smart used a wood to win the nearest the pin prize on the 12th for the second competition running.

Club chairman Phil Stone organised a highly successful taster day for Hornets Rugby Club. The event was mainly attended by juniors and their parents who were a credit to their club.

The sun shone and all the participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Club pro Roy Baker put the talented players through their paces and there was a real feel good atmosphere with many positive comments received.

The event culminated in a putting competition which was won by Sophie Adams and Louis Millman, who are pictured with chairman Phil Stone.

The captain/pro matches are now in full swing. After a narrow 2&1 win against the experienced pairing of Keri Allchurch and Martin Green, captain Steve Taylor and pro Roy Baker lost their first match in the series by 3&2 against the Avalon Originals pairing of their sponsor, Rich Godwin and club vice-captain, Paul McAdams.

The main event of the week at Wedmore was the senior ladies’ open bowmaker with more than 100 players from across the South West enjoying the cooler weather.

Prizes were deliberately split between Wedmore and visiting players, but home players took the overall prize with Marlyn Jackson, Wendy Lucas and Judy Cutter scoring 77 points.

It was a close run thing though with two other teams just a point behind. These were another Wedmore team of Helen Tanswell, Debbie Ramsell and Jenny Thomas who took best home team and Ange Webber, Mo Longstreet and Alison Arnold who were the best mixed team.

Best visitors’ team were Jen Jones, Janette Ambrosini and Jenny Ead from Wells scored 74. This score was matched by both second and third-placed home teams with Claire Biggs, Jane Hewitt and Gill Jones beating Eunice Bond, Pam Berry and Ronnie Follenfant on countback.

Catherine Covill, Sue Hares and Susan Long from Mendip Spring were another team scoring 74 to take the second visitors’ prize with third visitors’ spot going to Pat Rushin, Gill Gould and Chris Leaney also from Mendip Spring with 71.

The brighter weather certainly perked up the scores for the seniors in their monthly medal with sub-par rounds needed to secure a prize.

Leading the way in Division 1 was Brian Webber, his score of 67 put him one ahead of Derek Moody with Terry Clark a further shot back in third place.

Roy Tomlins and Tony Ireland both scored 67 in Division 2 with Tomlins taking first place on countback, Tei Newman was just a shot back in third.

There was another tie in Division 3 with Mike Nichoils beating James Robertson on countback after both scored 68, Bill Witter was third on 69.

Nicholls’ score was good enough to secure him the title of medal of medallists, a competition for those who had already won medals earlier in the year.

Brean ladies captain-elect Lyn Bird was the winner of the June medal after a stunning round of nett 65.

Her winning margin was only two though as Beverly Cranley was hot on her heels with a 67. Both ladies saw their handicaps reduced thanks to their low scoring exploits. Liz Blackwell ended up in third after her 71.

Bird continued her great form as she combined with Suzanne Hatfield for an excellent score of 46 Stableford points in the Ping fourball betterball qualifying round.

The duo headed home runners-up Linda Edmondson and Lesley Millard with Sue Wright and Millie Jones taking third place. Bird and Hatfield must now wait to see if they qualify for the next stage of the national event.

Bill Marlow enjoyed another seniors’ victory as he collected the Vic Rowe Trophy for the leading score in their June Stableford.

He survived a back nine countback with secretary Tony Roper to secure top spot in Division 1 after the pair had both scored 39 points. Captain Chris Stephens was third on 34.

Thirty-six points was the winning score in the second flight with George Stratford being the proud owner of that scorecard. Like Marlow, a countback was required to separate him from runner up Bill Griffin who matched the score and the duo were one point clear of Ken Ponter who took third spot with 35.

It was a Super Series double header at the weekend with events on both days. Saturday’s round was dominated by a superb round from Martyn Brown. He played steadily with birdies galore as beat the course by nine and win by a healthy six holes from Barry Brindley.

For Brindley it was his third runners-up position of the series so far, but the seemingly regular bridesmaid now finds himself sitting at the top of the points table. Third place went to Phil Barry on +2.

Twenty-four hours later Joe Selway and Greg Guyatt were the winners of the betterball Stableford. The duo revelled in the warm conditions as they racked up a superb score of 47 points to win by three from Gavin Jenkins and John Ham.

Two points further back and taking third place was the pairing of Nigel Hodges and Bob Masterman.

The Paul Wynne Memorial Trophy was also hosted at Brean with almost 70 players taking part. A combination of members from Brean and Fosseway plus a few guests took to the course in the two player scramble event and many good scores were returned.

None of them could beat the nett 58 posted by Brean’s John Cullinan and Fosseway’s Gary Wilcox as they took the trophy.

The runners-up position was decided by a countback with Fosseway’s Paul Rose and Brean’s Lyn Bird beating the all Brean duo of Dan Broom and Gavin Jenkins after a countback with both pairs scoring 59.

Dan West won his first competition at Brean after his 40-point return in the midweek Stableford saw him top the leaderboard. He won by one from his playing partner Kevin White and Lee Roberts-Neale who both scored 39 points. White was awarded the runners-up spot after a countback over the back nine.

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