Closely-fought pairs competition held at Worlebury

PUBLISHED: 09:23 09 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:23 09 October 2015

Weston Golf Club ladies.

Weston Golf Club ladies.


Lee Grant and Will Denyer won a closely-fought pairs competition held at Worlebury Golf Club.

THE Bert Dunston Memorial Cup, a well-established pair’s competition at Worlebury, was won by Lee Grant and Will Denyer by just one point.

The cup is named after Bert Dunston, who was with the club when it was founded in 1908 and went on to work with the club all his life, much of it as head greenkeeper.

This year’s competition was a close-run affair with the pairing of Lee Grant and Will Denyer winning by a single point, their 63 pipping Stuart Fawcett and John Wright, who took second place on countback from Colin Dale and John Collinger. Graham Hewlett and Paul Marsh came fourth on countback from Liam Flood and Joe Joyce.

The club’s professional Gary Marks, organised a charity day which raised over £600 for the cardiac unit at Bristol Children’s Hospital.

Played on a perfect day for golf, the clear winners with 93 points, were the team of Steve Beasley, Mark Lyons, Mark Otterburn and Kevin Pearson. Second with 90 were Nick Farrant, Joe Neary and Alex and Julian Winn, followed in third place with 89 points by Will Denyer, Chris Mannings-Hill, Andy Nicholls and Russell Priest.

A team captained by the club president, who wish to remain nameless, won the consolation prize for bringing up the rear. Club captain Peter Phillips, thanked Gary for organising the day and the following for their sponsorship: Simon Dempsey, Callaway Golf, Oake Manor Golf Club, Taylor Made Golf, Upton Chilli Farm and the Masters Golf Company.

The seniors held the Sayer Shield, an event for those who have won a competition during the course of the season, in conjunction with a monthly medal.

Geoff King recorded the best score of the day with a nett 66 to win the Division 2 medal, with Tony McDonald runner-up, his 68 beating John Roberts by a single shot.

The top score in the Division 1 medal was a nett 68, which was shared by three players, with Dave Green edging out Pete Melhuish and Danny O’Connor on countback.

As far as the Sayer Shield is concerned, with Geoff King ineligible, of the four players who recorded 68s, only Danny and Tony were qualifiers and they will contest a play-off soon to decide the winner.

The seniors and Stragglers met in their annual encounter which resulted in a narrow 3-2 win for the Stragglers. The match saw debuts for Jim Skinner, celebrating his retirement by making his first appearance for the seniors and the more youthful John Wright, turning out for the Stragglers.

Jim was the happier of the two as he and Brian Maidment achieved a good half against Kelvin Betts and Billy Stow. John, partnering Phil Hawkins, had no answer to the brilliance of Tom Blackett and seniors’ vice-captain Ron Stevens, who won 3&2.

In the battle of the captains, it was the Stragglers’ Martin Morgan, who came out on top. Partnering Stuart Fawcett, they had the best result of the day winning 4&3 against seniors’ captain Mike Williams and Stuart Macivor.

Seniors John Jones and Mike Strang who, for much of their game were ahead, somehow contrived to lose on the 18th against Keith Knight and Roger Clouter and this proved decisive in the overall result. The final match saw Tony Foster and Chris Nelson halve with Tony Westren and Paul McAdams.

The Stragglers drew the curtain on a successful season with an end of season get-together. A round of golf was played for the Clive Thomas Trophy and followed by dinner.

Captain Martin Morgan thanked the players for their participation throughout the season, Keith Knight for his vice-captaincy, Paul McAdams for his continuing sponsorship and the bar/catering staff at Worlebury for their support.

There was a special mention and presentation to chef Andy Purdy. Keith responded on behalf of the team and thanked Martin for his excellent captaincy during the season.

Julian Brown played well at last week’s club away day and followed this up with a stellar performance to comfortably take the trophy with 44 points, his nearest challenger, last year’s winner Paul McAdams, was runner-up with 39, with Simon Cowgill third on 38.

IAN Freeman led the 100-strong field at Weston in the annual Don Rowland bogey matchplay competition, with a plus six finish.

Runner-up in Division 1 was Adam Sloan on plus four, playing off a handicap of one and Paul Turner was third with plus three. Andy Smith won Division 2 with plus four, beating Alan Harris on the back nine, followed by Stephen Smith with plus three.

Thirty players managed par or better, reflecting the superb conditions.

Weston take on Burnham & Berrow in the final of the Somerset Bowl on Sunday and the club wish both teams good luck.

The ladies played their Ryder Cup competition in lovely sunshine. This is an individual Stableford competition, with each player assigned to either Europe or USA.

The tension mounted waiting for the final two cards to be posted, but Europe were pronounced the winners of the Claret Jug by 20 points.

Zena Balcombe won the individual with a score of 36 points, Anne Blannin was runner-up with 34, followed by Diney Costeloe also on 34.

The ladies’ Alliance B team played at home against Saltford in perfect conditions. Armed with home advantage, the girls played brilliantly winning five matches and halving one, gaining 11 valuable league points.

The seniors were greeted with sunshine for their fourball betterball event. Forty-four players took to the fairways and some excellent scores were recorded.

Robin Webb and Tony Barry led the field with 41 points. Rick Fowler and Richard Smith were second also with 41, as were Roy Schubert and Graham Osman.

Twenty-two members travelled to the Isle of Wedmore to play a club mixed friendly and both teams enjoyed a great afternoon of golf in glorious weather, with Weston winning 6&5.

IT WAS Brean’s turn to host the annual quadrangular match this year and they used home advantage to good effect to win the cup for the first time since 2007. Disappointingly, Weston failed to raise a team, so it was only Isle of Wedmore and Tall Pines that joined the hosts to do battle.

Brean and Tall Pines tied on four points each, so when the holes difference was worked out, Brean won by a single hole. The final match on the course was the clincher as Dave Porter and Roger Vaughan ended up six holes to the good against a Tall Pines duo.

All the players enjoyed a superb meal at Brean Leisure Park before the presentations were made. Club captain Stuart Wills received the trophy from Alex Murray (son of the event founder, the late Terry Murray) on behalf of his Brean team.

Graham Foy failed to score on three out of his first six holes in his October Stableford round, but still ended up the winner. He produced a superb 41 points from the other 15 holes to top the Division 2 scorecharts.

Runner-up to Foy was Roger Phillips, who would have been the winner in either of the other two divisions, with his 40-point score.

Division 3 saw a four-way countback on 38 points to decide the winner. Rich Lambert was declared the victor with the better back nine ahead of David Glasby, Ian Adams and Barry Whitcombe.

Thirty-six points was the winning score in Division 1, with Dave Porter edging out Steve Jones after another countback.

A foggy Sunday morning saw the start of the Super Series round delayed for an hour, but when the players got going it was Brian Read who led the way. His 39 points defeated Mel Brown and Barry Fisher by two points, with Brown beating Fisher on countback to second spot.

The seniors suffered a 4-2 defeat in their penultimate home game of the season when they were beaten by a strong Sedgemoor Police side. The Police side played some superb golf to win the annual game.

Roger Phillips was the winner of the October seniors’ Stableford with 42 points, which was two better than Barrie Yearsley. Yearsley beat Ken Ponter on a countback for runners-up spot after he also posted 40 points.

Steve Eley was the big winner of the final midweek Stableford of the year. Playing over just 10 holes due to the fading daylight, he topped the scorecharts with a stunning 25 points to win by three from Murray Parsons.

A PAIR of amateur golfers from Somerset is just one step away from an expenses-paid trip of a lifetime to Morocco after qualifying for the UK regional senior pairs final of the 2015 Morocco Matchplay, powered by HowDidiDo.

Eleven-handicapper Stephen O’Connell, aged 56, from Weston, and 65-year-old Brett Halling-Brown, a 12-handicapper from Compton Martin, both of whom are members at Burnham and Berrow, will attempt to finish in the top two at the Morocco Matchplay southern regional final, at the Manor House Golf Club, Castle Combe, in Wiltshire, this weekend, to earn a place in February’s grand final at Golf de Mogador, in Essaouira.

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