Clear victory for Dawn

PUBLISHED: 09:12 03 August 2012

Wedmore Golf Club ladies' winners.

Wedmore Golf Club ladies' winners.


Dawn Chadwick won the ladies’ championship at Wedmore by five shots.

THE hottest day of the year met competitors for the Wedmore ladies’ championship over 36 holes.

The players set out in handicap order and in the first group, Dawn Chadwick and Marlyn Jackson both had good front nines with Jackson just holding the edge.

The next pair of Liz Hill and winner for the last two years, Cathy Olive had steady rounds until Olive took a seven on the seventh to finish on 43 to Hill’s 42.

On the back nine, Jackson had trouble on the 10th and 14th to slip back to 88 for the round. This score was matched by Olive, while Hill was two better on 86.

A strong finish from Chadwick, including a birdie on 17 saw her take a commanding lead on 82.

The heat of the afternoon saw the top four struggle and the next grouping of Alison Dodkin and Claire Biggs closed the gap, both recording 86. The top four had too much in hand, though.

Olive took fourth just behind Hill, who had a disastrous eighth hole. Jackson had a poor finish which blunted her challenge, but was just good enough to secure second. This left Dawn Chadwick, despite a triple bogey on 17 to take the title and Insport Trophy by five clear shots.

In the nett competition, June Smith had the only sub par round of the day with nett 70 in the morning and did just enough in the afternoon to hold off Louise Allen, who dropped four shots to her opponent in the last three holes, by a single shot to win the Directors’ Cup.

Claire Biggs’ strong afternoon round took third place, while an exhausted Vera Ireland took fourth place on countback.

Other prizes went to Alison Dodkin for the best gross score in the afternoon, while the equivalent morning prize went to Chris Simpson. In the nett competition, Joan Peck had the best morning round with Liz Miller claiming this prize in the afternoon.

Ladies champion Dawn Chadwick and Directors’ Cup winner June Smith receiving their trophies from captain Cathy Olive together with the other prize winners.

THE annual Mendip Spring ladies’ invitation competition was played on probably the hottest day of the year, but on a course which was in excellent condition.

This popular event drew lady golfers from a wide area, the furthest lady coming from Whetstone Golf Club in the Midlands.

The betterball format, off full handicap, was won by partners Claire Walker of Mendip Spring and Roz Hughes from Long Ashton, with a total of 46 points. Claire was playing off a handicap of 26, having just been cut from 31 the previous Saturday after carding 44 points in a qualifying Stableford.

Mendip Spring’s Janet Fear with her mother Jill Jestico, who plays at The Mendip, came second with 44 points. Third with 43 points was Mendip Spring’s Chris Leaney, playing with her guest Elaine Morgan from Clevedon.

Nearest the pin competitions were held on all five par three holes, with winners as follows – visitors – 2nd: Lesley Wills (Wheathill); 8th: Jacky Richard (Burnham and Berrow). MSGC members – 6th: Di Yates; 14th: Janet Edwards. Open to all – 18th: Heather Kerr-Wilbur (Mendip Spring).

Gill Prophet and Kerr-Wilbur have reached the final of the Bristol and District handicap foursomes, to be played at Bath on September 2. Also, Ruth Wilson and Penny Holroyd reached the regional final of the Australian Spoons, after qualifying from the club’s winter competitions.

Left to right: Yvonne Bate MSGC’s lady vice-captain, Lyn Withy pictured with ladies’ invitation winners Roz Hughes of Long Ashton and Claire Walker.

Other competition results - men’s Stableford: C Gowing 42pts; P Nicholson 39; A Vowles 37.

Ladies’ qualifying Stableford: C Walker 44; Heather Kerr-Wilbur 39; Katherine Sokol 32.

Men’s monthly medal: P A Hearne 91 (70); D J Toogood 76 (71); A Vowles 85 (71).

Senior men’s Stableford: G Flannigan 41; R Pawley 39; G Poynter 38.

THE lady members of Burnham & Berrow recently played their annual championship.

The usual Burnham breeze made playing conditions tough, but Donna O’Connell coped well, scoring an unbeatable gross 76. With a combined score of 163, Donna was 11 shots clear of the field.

The attached picture shows Donna with her trophies.

THERE were competitions a’plenty at Worlebury with the main board competition the Battle of Britain Cup the top prize.

This medal competition played in one division, was greeted with a bright sunny day, although pretty windy, making the longer holes quite tough.

No such troubles for Steve Gray though, as he steered himself round the course in a tidy gross 76 (65) to take the cup.

Second place was Robert Clark Hall with a gross 81 (66), followed by Kevin Marshall 79 (67) in third place.

The seniors’ open fourball betterball event took place, attracting over 160 players from far and wide. Worlebury pairs did well and had three teams placed in the top six places.

Results – winners: M Wilks (Rodway Hill) and D Miniham (Tewkesbury Park) 44 pts; Mike Usher-Clark and Ron Stevens (Worlebury) 43; Mike Amesbury and Bob Anderson (Worlebury) 43; A Fellingham (Brean) and P Horlock (Clevedon) 43; R Covington (Long Ashton) and J Hutt (Taunton & Pickeridge) 43; Malcolm Summers and Frank Hopkinson (Worlebury) 41.

The junior medal was won by Jack Partridge, shooting gross 79 (69) to win the competition. Dario Flood was second with 82 (69), followed by Chris Camper 86 (72).

The midweek Stableford was won by Graham Daugherty with 41 points, followed by Andy Taylor (40) and Paul McAdams 39.

Worlebury seniors played Minehead for the Minehead-Worlebury Seniors Challenge Trophy which Worlebury won over two games 9.5-4.5 and retained the trophy for a second year.

GORDON Robert continued his fine run of form winning the seniors’ St George Trophy to add to the Padre Cup he won a couple of weeks earlier.

Most of the field found the going tough, although consistent players Eddie Morris and Colin Dummett came second and third with net 72s.

Results: Gordon Robert 76 (5) 71; Eddie Morris 86 (14) 72; Colin Dummett 83 (11) 72; Trevor Jenkinson 81 (8) 73; John Atherton 94 (21) 73; Dave Rowland 77 (4) 73; Tony Wyatt 95 (21) 74; Nick Palmer 93 (18) 75.

TO commemorate the start of the Olympic Games, Weston ladies’ captain Carol Harris organised an Olympic challenge golf competition.

With a twist to the usual Texas scramble format, all four players in each team had to play the course using different items of sporting equipment and alternative clubs.

The players had to use their skill to tee off with a tennis racquet, chip into hoops, putt blindfolded with vocal directions, roll balls guided by team members through a tube onto the green and retrieve point scoring targets from the pond on the 15th hole.

To add to the difficulty team members had to crisscross drive the fairways to different greens. The competition finished with a team relay hole on the 18th hole to finish the challenge.

In first place was Team Australia with Wendy Thomas, Sue Garrett, Chriss Read and Gill Hall, with weekend amalgamated player Zena Balcombe winning the Texas Scramble competition with 112 pts.

In second place with 109 pts was Team Italy: Joan Jenkinson, Christine Dodgson, Julie Ward and Linda Towens, with their bonus weekend scoring player Jade Cope.

In third position with 105 pts was Team Great Britain with lady captain Carol Harris, Sue Andow, Pat Murray and Reine O’Reilly, with their additional weekend scoring player Kath Farrant.

Nearest the pin in two on the 16th hole was also won by Team Great Britain.

Recent competition results include the triple trophy competition day with three categories - Grandmothers Cup: Joan Jenkinson 35 pts; Half Century Cup: Katrena Thomas 32 pts; Youth & Beauty Cup: Jade Cope 33 pts.

Brockenshaw Bowl: Wendy Thomas 70; Reine O’Reilly 74. Grass Roots qualifier: Terri Blackhurst.

EWGA Medal: Kaylee Davey 74; Wendy Homer 77.

Miss Apps Salver: Sally Brosnan 41 pts; June Phillips 37; Kaylee Davey 34; Moira Parish 31.

Pictured from top back row are winners Team Australia, middle row are Team Italy and Team Great Britain are the bottom row.

EARLY starter Trevor Pitt drew out the name of Australian professional Geoff Ogilvy as his partner in the open championship pairs at Brean and they combined to take first prize.

Pitt did most of the damage with his excellent nett 63, while Ogilvy helped out with a three under par 67 in his final round of the Open Championship at Royal Lytham.

Pitt wasn’t the lowest nett score of the day though, as that honour went to club chairman Graham Exton with a 62. His professional partner Steve Alker could only manage a 71, so Exton had to settle for the runners-up spot overall.

Captain-elect Brian Read had a best of the day nett 65 on his way to winning Division 2 of the monthly medal. Martyn Cahill was the Division 3 winner on 68, while Barrie Tucker took the Division 1 medal with 69. Shelia Rouse took the victory in the ladies’ event.

Vince Ford will go forward to represent Brean Golf Club in the regional final of the County Golfer Challenge in a couple of weeks time.

Another successful day in the next round may see him taking a Brittany ferry to the grand final in northern Spain in September. Runner-up to Ford was Graham Exton on 38 and Pete Barton was third on 37.

The ladies contested their Secretary’s Shanker which is always a fun event as each player can only take two clubs and a putter with them.

Ladies’ captain Gail Mason made light of the restrictions to record a respectable 31 points and win ahead of Annie Williams on 30.

The club’s Avalon League Division 2 side completed their home games for the season when they faced Isle of Wedmore. The home side’s golf was as bright as their final game clothing choices as they comfortably won 4-1, which briefly moved them back to the top of the league.

Pete Douglas added more silverware to his growing collection as he took the Phil Fudge Trophy, which was played in conjunction with the seniors’ monthly medal. His nett 65 was four clear of runner-up Wally Pape and four clear of third-placed man Roger Blackwell.

The seniors will face an uphill battle to retain the overall trophy they compete annually for against Fosseway. Playing the away leg first, they ended up losing 4-2.

Brean professional David Haines continued his winning ways at the Upavon PGA Pro-Am in Wiltshire. After not winning a Pro-Am team event for a long time, he now has two successes in quick succession, adding to his recent win at Broadstone.

He also had a good day individually as he finished in a tie for fourth on his first visit to the course.

THE annual Stella Hammond Salver mixed Stableford competition consisting of a member of the men’s senior section and a lady member took place at Worlebury.

The winners were Paul and Maxine Gardiner with 45 points, runners-up were Gerry and Carole Miles with 43.

The ladies’ Centenary Trophy was won by Maxine Gardiner with a nett 76, runner-up was Ginette Baker 77.

Ladies’ Secretary Cup was won by Angela Bagley with 41 points and the runner-up was Zandie Lennox with 39.

The photo is of the Stella Hammond winners Paul & Maxine Gardiner with Lady Captain Sylvia Cook.

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