Katherine and Andy triumph in club championships held at Worlebury

PUBLISHED: 14:40 06 June 2018

Worlebury Golf Club winners.

Worlebury Golf Club winners.

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Katherine Sokol and Andy Cooper became champions at Worlebury after triumphing in the club championships.

A full field took to the course for Worlebury’s premier event, the club championship.

It was a beautiful weekend and the course was set up wonderfully by the greenkeeping staff in a way that was designed to test the competitors to the full.

Despite this, many members rose to the challenge and recorded excellent scores, notably Katherine Sokol and Andy Cooper, who won their respective titles.

Eight-handicapper Sokol, was a comfortable ladies’ winner, her opening round of 83 giving her a cushion to take into the second day. Her second round was not quite so good but she had more than enough in hand to win her first championship.

Reigning champion Sue Sokol won the Papworth Cup as runner-up in the gross, with Susan Tarry third.

It was a good weekend for Tarry as she recorded two consistent rounds to win the Marshall Salver with the best nett score of 143. Julie Stafford was runner-up and Janet Fear third.

Long-standing member Betty Oliver donated a shield to be contested on the second day for those ladies who were unable to play the two rounds. The winner this year with a nett 70, was lady president Janet Jamieson.

Audrey Cowlin who has recently made a welcome return to the club, was runner-up on 74, and Maxine Gardiner third with a 77.

The men’s championship was eagerly awaited as several players had an excellent chance of winning. In the end it was one-handicapper Andy Cooper and scratch golfer Alex Winn, who went head to head.

With both players notching three birdies on the first day, it was Winn who held the upper hand, his one under gross giving him a narrow lead. Cooper finished the stronger in his second round, however, his four birdies and an eagle in an excellent round of 69, giving him the edge. His gross 139 saw him take the title by three shots with Winn a worthy runner-up.

Five time club champion Simon Dempsey and current Jubilee Cup winner Matty Blackman both had very good final rounds. Dempsey went round in level par and Blackman had a remarkable five birdies.

It was a sweet moment for Welshman Cooper, as he was in a commanding position last year in his first championship at Worlebury, only to let it slip at the death.

The nett competition for the Bisdee Cup was closely contested with Cooper and Phillipe Vibert tieing on 137. After consultation, the rules committee decided that an 18-hole play-off should take place at a future date to determine the outcome. Pete Gilpin, Alan Hartree, John Wright and Keri Allchurch all finished on 139.

In the speeches made at the presentation, praise was heaped on head greenkeeper Lauchlan Millar and his team for the quality of the course and the M&H/ladies’ committees and various helpers for their excellent organisation and implementation of the event.

Katherine and Andy added a personal touch to their speeches, which were well received, both ending with a statement that they were proud to be Worlebury champions for the first time at this special club.

As it was half-term, it was a big week for the juniors with their open, a Stableford competition and the third leg of their league campaign all played.

The junior open was highly successful, attracting golfers from across the region representing many different golf clubs.

Worlebury junior vice-captain Alix Kew was crowned gross champion, winning the Evans Cup with a fine 71. He was further rewarded with a cut in his handicap to five.

Davina Xanh won the trophy for best gross score for a girl with a superb 75. Davina is based at Mendip Spring, but has also been a Worlebury member for several years.

Countback was necessary to decide the nett competition with Olivia Bannon from Broome Manor edging out Worlebury junior captain Michael Nicholls and Callum Tucker, each scoring 66.

The Stableford winner was another Worlebury member, Lauren Hanson with 42 points.

Nearest the pin on the 12th was won by Ben Smart, one of the youngest entrants, who converted his four-footer for a well-deserved birdie.

The half-term Stableford saw two brilliant rounds, firstly by junior captain, eight-handicapper Michael Nicholls, who shot a level par 70 to give him 44 points and secondly by Lauren Hanson, who had an incredible 53 points to win the competition.

Olly Tripp pipped Troy Young to take third prize on countback, both scoring 39. Lauren’s handicap was reduced by seven shots to 24 and the three boys by one.

The juniors headed to Enmore Park for the third round of the Somerset League. The team of Callum Tucker, Lauren Hanson, Troy Young and Olly Tripp were led out by vice-captain Alix Kew who guided them to another second place finish behind the home team.

This extended their lead at the top of the table over second-placed Taunton & Pickeridge.

Every junior scored well, but pride of place went to Olly Tripp who put together a blistering round in glorious sunny conditions to rack up 42 points. This gave him the day’s top score.

The juniors head off to Wells in a week’s time for the next round.

The ladies held their annual Ping Pairs Stableford competition which was won by Ang Bagley and Janet Fear with 42 points. Audrey Cowlin and Sally Dawkins were runners-up with 39, beating Carole Miles and Patricia Smith on countback.

There was an alternative weekend competition which was won by Sam Hewlett and Louise Goodrum with 36 points, beating Claire Bayliss and Pam Jarvis, who had 35.

Claire Bayliss and Ang Bagley are through to the next round of the County Centenary Plate having beaten Cricket St Thomas at the neutral venue of Wells.

The match was a nail-biter with Ang sinking a lengthy putt on the first extra hole to see the pair safely into the next round.

The seniors had a double header entertaining Tall Pines in the Avalon League and in a social fixture. With virtually a faultless team performance, the Avalon side won convincingly 4-1. Fine wins were recorded by the pairings of Steve Taylor/Steve Rowlands, Paul McAdams/Tony Westren, Clive Rides/John Wright and Dave Treleaven/Danny O’Connor.

Seniors’ captain Mike Strang’s social team are on a roll, recording a whitewash in their match. Particularly convincing wins were recorded by the pairings of Nick Ryan/Peter Douel and Ron Stevens/Fred Spearing.

The captain and John Millar won the closest contest by a single hole. Despite the heavy defeat, the Tall Pines captain thanked the hosts for their scintillating company, adding that the course was in the finest condition he had experienced in his many visits to Worlebury and also thanked chef Peter Carraud and his staff for the quality of the fayre provided.

One hundred and thirty-eight Weston members and visitors took part in the first four-ball betterball open competition of the season on a fantastic day on Weston’s well-prepared links.

The weather and the course could not have been better and led to some impressive scores with the partnership of Simon Allan and Dave Beecham coming out winners with 46 points.

Just one point behind were Nicholas Hudson and Rob Claridge, the top visitors, with Jacob Colman and James Holt taking third spot with the same score but losing on countback. Sam Clark and Zachary Ward took fourth spot with an impressive 44 points.

The ladies enjoyed some fine weather both on Saturday and Tuesday playing a Texas scramble. The winning team of Wendy Homer, Sally Irlam, Glenda Latham-Creasey and June Phillips came in with a score of 64.8, beating Jean Cooper, Kaylee Davey, Tessa Pitt and Jackie Read into second place with 65.5.

The Saturday team of Jan Bishop, Ruth Forte, Claire Redwood and Wendy Thomas were third with 67.4.

Weston seniors played a friendly fixture when they hosted a team from Enmore Park.

It was a very close affair with 2&1 victories being recorded by the Weston pairings of Rob Filer and Mo Sweeney and Ed Langford and Mike Dyer.

Captain Robin Webb and Ron Kelley scored a 5&4 win with Ron shooting an excellent front nine of 33. Dave Snowdon and John Whitewood managed a half in their game.

However, defeats for David Andow and John Morgan, Chris Slocombe and Ian Freeman, Gerry Taylor and Nigel Jillings and Graham Quick and Fred Donbavand meant a team loss by 3.5-4.5.

The seniors played a Stableford competition for the Lawley Trophy which also included the Over-80s Cup. The overall entry was down on the usual numbers due to the second round of the Seniors Somerset Bowl, which was played at the Isle of Wedmore.

With a testing northerly wind blowing down the course scoring was quite difficult. The winner of the Lawley Trophy with 36 points was Graeme Somerville and in second place on countback was John Blackett, who edged Howard Evans into third as both returned 35.

Fourth on 34 came Phil Humphries with Robin Webb fifth with 33. The Over-80s Cup was decided on countback as the first two both scored 30 points and the player with the better back nine and winner was Ian Freeman with Jim Blackhurst the runner-up. There were only three twos recorded by Paul Chesney, Nigel Jillings and Dennis Longden.

In the aforementioned seniors’ Somerset Bowl, Weston were up against Enmore Park. First up for Weston were Steve Thomas and Chris Slocombe who got the team’s first point on the board with a 3&2 win.

The same margin of victory was recorded by Ron Kelley and Steve Strange. Steve Burrough and Dave Snowdon fought hard for a two-up success. Ed Langford and Gerry Taylor were all square and Rob Filer and Steve Edwards went down 4&2.

So the overall result was 3.5-1.5 to the Weston boys. This result sets up a tasty local derby between Weston and Worlebury at a neutral venue.

The Alan Holt knockout semi-finals were played recently. In the first, Paul Chesney (7) was against Steve Thomas (5).

In a closely-fought contest, it was Chesney who took an early lead only to be pegged back immediately by a birdie, but took the advantage at the first shot hole but again the lead was short lived as Thomas won two holes to go one up including another birdie, a lead he kept until the 12th.

Two poor holes from Chesney gave Thomas a two-hole advantage, but his lead was halved at the second shot hole. Both players then finished bogey, birdie and par for Thomas to win the match one up and reach the final.

In the second match, Dave Holder (22) was up against former club captain John Whitewood (14). In another nip and tuck tie, it was Holder who took an early lead by winning the first and later holed out from off the green at the 10th.

With the match in the balance, it was Whitehouse who rallied and managed to win the 11th and the 14th to go two up. The match came to its conclusion on the 16th with Whitewood securing a 3&2 victory.

The final will now be contested between Steve Thomas and John Whitewood.

With spring or was it summer, finally arriving, May was a busy month at Wedmore.

Both the seniors and ladies held open competitions which attracted large numbers of visitors to the club.

Indeed, there were more than 130 players for the seniors’ open and well over half of these were from clubs across the South West and beyond and these took a fair share of the prizes, particularly in the lower handicap divisions.

A strong and chilly wind made scoring difficult with only one player reaching 40 points. This was David Butler from Melksham which gave him the overall prize.

Mark Hewlett from Tall Pines took the visitors’ prize with 39 points, second best of the day, while yet another visitor, Brian Symonds from Gaudet Luce in Droitwich, won Division 1 with 37 points.

John Russell from Wedmore took runners-up spot with another visitor, Doug Fletcher from China Fleet in third place.

The other divisions were dominated by Wedmore players with Steve Sage on 39 winning Division 2, one better than Brad Speller with Mike Smith another shot back in third.

Clive Warren-Smith took Division 3 on 38, three clear of John Rogers who beat Philip Springfield on countback. Peter Rowntree took the over-70s prize, again on countback, with 35 points.

The ladies hosted an open bowmaker also with a large number of visitors. Helen Takhar, Sue Moon and Julie Linley from Wincanton and Wheathill had the best visitors score, taking the visitors’ prize and indeed their score of 75 only just missed out on countback from taking first place.

This however went to the Wedmore team of Saybria Sims, Janet Robson and Jane Hewitt with other Wedmore teams of Ann Dixon, Marion Warren-Smith with Sue McDonald and Cathy Olive, Ange Webber with Chris Simpson taking second and third places respectively.

Best individual performance came from young Harriet Lockley. Playing in the County Junior Championship at Wedmore, her rounds of gross 75 and 78 were more than good enough to claim the title, with her first round of 75 qualifying her for the national Daily Telegraph Championship.

Evie Williams was another home player to achieve success. In the younger age category over 18 holes, she won the Stableford prize with 36 points. Abi Moore and Beth Williams also competed with great credit.

Another brilliant individual round came in the King Alfred and Queen Elizabeth Cups where trophies for once go to the best gross scores. Best score of the day by a large margin came from Richard Macarthur with a one over par gross 71.

This put him three shots clear of runner-up Ben Barwell, who in turn was three better than Terry Clark, taking third place by a single shot from John Russell.

Marlyn Jackson took the Queen Elizabeth Cup for the ladies with a gross 81, ahead of Dawn Chadwick who faltered over the last three holes.

There were nett prizes as well with Jim Dobbs beating Frank Denniston on countback with both on 69, two better than third-placed John Wormald. Liz Sweeney took the ladies’ prize with a nett 73.

The Martin Bull Trophy is the traditional fare for Bank Holiday Monday, a Texas scramble with the usual low scores.

Debbie and Chris Monks with Jon Raeside and Marcello di Mascio were the stars this time with a nett 55.4 which put them clear of second-placed team of Richard Macarthur, David Bennett, Ian Williams and Chris McKinley on 57.1, with Dom Channon, Jon Thompson, Tom Smith and Max Grant third on 57.9.

The ladies played a Stableford which were also a qualifiers for the county Barlow Cup for bronze division players and a medal which was a qualifier for the Dickenson Cup for Silver Division.

Linda Roberts was the qualifier from Wedmore in the Barlow and she also won Division 2 with 32 points on countback from Margaret Rogers. Jenny Thomas was third on 31.

Division 1 was won by Marlyn Jackson on 34, one better than Ronnie Follenfant with Deidre Wheadon a shot back in third.

Janet Robson won Division 3 on 31 ahead of Pauline Warner and Sue Edwards. Linda Wright won the nine-hole competition with 21.

In the Dickenson Trophy qualifier, Rachel Lockley had an exceptional round, scoring nett 68 to win Division 1 by five shots from Eunice Bond with Annya Patten best on countback in a group of three players on 74

Janet Robson won Division 2 by an even bigger margin, her nett 71 putting her seven shots clear of second-placed Liz Sims with Linda Roberts a further shot back in third place.

Other highlights in the month were two holes-in-one in the seniors’ Stableford from Steve Lawrence and Tony Phelps: Divisional wins in the club Stableford from Richard Macarthur, Jon Raeside, Ian Williams and Eunice Bond, a father and son double in the club Stableford with Evan and Tei Newman both winning together with Alan Richardson.

Only four pairs beat ladies’ captain Shirley Gooding and pro Tom Hiscox in their annual challenge, the best of these being Jane Hewitt and Janis Lawrence. Perhaps June will be a bit quieter.

Mike Hurman was a confident man when he signed in for the June medal at Brean and he backed this up by promptly winning Division 2 and returning the best score of the day too.

His nett 66 saw him home by one shot ahead of Byron Lismore. Lismore’s score of 67 was matched by the Division 1 winner Alec Bateman. Early starter Bateman reduced his handicap down to 11 with his two-stroke win over Jason Kidley.

Division 3 was secured by Roger Phillips with a nett 68 leaving him one clear of Steve Martin and David Morris, with Martin getting second after the countback.

The latest round of the Super Series went to Murray Parsons with a superb score of 43 points. His margin of victory in the individual Stableford event was only a single point though from Barry Brindley with Paul Bacon taking third spot on 39.

The ladies section held the inaugural captain v vice-captain match. It was a closely contested game, but was won 3 - 2 by captain Sue Wright’s team of Millie, Linda, Debbie and Shirley.

They defeated vice-captain Lyn Bird’s team of Liz, Bev, Carole and Irene in an enjoyable match that will be repeated.

The Avalon League Division 3 side picked up a valuable away win at The Mendip. Matt Shaw led his side to a 3-2 victory and they collected a tidy haul of league points in the process.

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