Dave captures Quarterly Cup at Weston
PUBLISHED: 14:11 21 February 2018
Weston golfer Dave Snowden finished top in the club's Stableford and fourth round of the Quarterly Cup.
The winter refuses to offer many wind and rain-free days and last Saturday, the 46 hardy competitors at Weston who took part in the Stableford and fourth round of the Quarterly Cup were not treated with any such relief.
Even so, Dave Snowdon came out on top with a fantastic 40 points, closely followed by Lee Walsh on 39, who also won the Division 1 category. In third place was Ross Davidson on 37, only separated on countback from Andy Gill, Peter Hardaway and Stephen Burroughs.
Ross and Andy took second and third places in Division 1. Snowdon also won Division 2 with Hardaway and David Isaac (36) taking the next places.
The murky conditions did not distract the seniors for their Stableford and fourth qualifying round of the winter eclectic, as nearly a third of the field recorded par or better.
With such good scoring it was inevitable that countback would be required which proved to be the case for the top nine places. The winning score of 41 points was shared by two players, Chris Slocombe and Jim Blackhurst, with the former’s excellent back nine of 23 giving him the victory.
In third place on 38 came John Whitewood and with the same scores in fourth and fifth were David Gerrey and Clive Stilwell. On 37 points were four more players, Chris Wray, Aussie Denison, Steve Petrie and last week’s runner-up Dave Holder.
The highlight of the week at Worlebury was club captain Steve Taylor top scoring in the seniors’ Stableford to narrowly win Division1.
His 40 points was one better than David Mellor, who playing off seven was the lowest handicapper in the field. Steve’s fine round which included three birdies, saw his handicap reduced to 10. Tony Western came third with 36.
Countback was required to decide Division 2, with no-one playing below their handicap. Jim Davies took the honours, pipping Fred Spearing, both notching 36 points. Stuart Macivor came third on countback, edging out Tony Little and Gareth Richards, each player scoring 35.
Highlight of the club Stableford at Wedmore was a one-under par gross score from Stuart Bishop to win Division 1 with 41 points.
Brilliant though this was, he still needed birdies on the last two holes to win on countback from Rich Vowles who also reached 41 points, three better than brother James Vowles who took third spot.
Dom Smith was the clear winner of Division 2, his 39 points putting him four clear of a group of players on 35, with Brian Fry edging out Brian Webber and Daniel Milford on countback to take runners-up spot.
Liam Cann was also a comfortable winner in Division 3, his 39 points putting three clear of both runner-up Pete Beavan and Gary Cutter. The other highlight of the day came from John Holdsworth, who wrapped up his round with a hole-in-one on the final hole.
The seniors played the final round of their winter league which turned out to be not quite final as the previous round was postponed and is still to be played.
Last years’ winner Mike Cowie had the best score of the day winning Division 1 with 40 points which puts him well in contention to win again this year.
Two other contenders , John Russell and Geoff Fisher finished in the next two places with 36, but it is Philip Horn, finishing fourth on 35 who holds the overall lead along with Peter Bennett.
In a tight finish to Division 2, Jim Crick won with 40 points, just one better than Ray Dodkin who beat Alasdair McDonald on countback. Division 3 went to Chris Loughlin on 39, two better than Peter Spinks and David Nelson.
With the final round of the league scheduled for next week, there are at least 20 players still in contention as long as the rain stays away.
Tony Richards and Neil Barker ended up victorious in Brean’s Mike Teal Trophy, but only by the narrowest of margins after a close finish with their playing partners for the day John Rabbetts and Matt Shaw.
The two pairs traded blows over the 18-hole betterball Stableford event to both post impressive scores of 46 points, which could only be separated by a back nine countback.
Richards and Barker got the verdict ahead of Rabbetts and Shaw with another Shaw, Matt’s father Russell, taking third alongside Roger Phillips on 44.
For the second Sunday running, Kevin Davies took top spot in a competition. Following last week’s medal win he was victorious in the Winter League Stableford. He scored 39 points to lead home John Ham who had 36. Ham beat off Tony Higgins, who also had 36 points, on a countback to get the nod for the runners-up position.