Worlebury scratch team lose out in county semi-final tie

PUBLISHED: 10:33 24 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:33 24 August 2018

Pete Cornish and Russell Priest.

Pete Cornish and Russell Priest.


Worlebury Golf Club’s scratch team lose out to near neighbours Weston in the semi-final of the county Pickeridge Cup.

There was disappointment at Worlebury when the scratch team lost 3-2 at a very windy Mendip Spring against Weston in the semi-final of the Pickeridge Cup.

Andy Cooper was first out and although he played very well, his opponent was at the top of his game and ran out a comfortable winner.

It was looking good when a 2-1 lead was established with Alex Winn and Matt Blackman recording big wins.

Josh Freeman and Simon Dempsey were both involved in tight matches. The Weston players got their noses in front early on and the Worlebury pair, try as they might, never quite caught up and it was Weston who will go on to play Enmore Park in the final.

The match was played in the right competitive spirit, some great golf was played, much to the credit of both clubs.

On a happier note, Claire Bayliss and Angela Bagley are through to the final of the county Centenary Plate. The pair combined beautifully to beat opponents from Wheathill 3&2 at the neutral venue of Stockwood Vale. Farrington lie in wait in the final which will be played at Sham Castle in Bath.

The open pairs was highly successful, drawing visitors from far and wide. Many good scores were recorded and countback was needed to decide the top three places as each pair had 44 points.

It was pleasing that visitors, Alan Baskin and James Wrench from Bulbury Woods and Charminster Golf Clubs, respectively, took the honours, closely followed by Worlebury members Darran Mason/Daniel Winter and Malcolm Summers/Phillipe Vibert.

The next three places also needed countback to separate them with Andy Nicholls/Andy Cooper getting the verdict over Mark Puddy/Josh Talbot and Keri Allchurch/Stuart Lock, each pair scoring 43.

Seasoned veteran Pete Cornish top scored in the men’s monthly medal, his nett 62 giving him a two-stroke win over Stan Henderson in Division 2. Mike Amesbury came third with a 67.

Russell Priest with a nett 65 won Division 1. Countback was needed to separate the other prizewinners each scoring a nett 67. Craig Conway pipped Gareth Hawkes and Billy Coles.

Clive Harrison took Division 3 with a 66. Frank Woolman was runner-up on 68 and Malcolm Ham third with a 69.

Tony McDonald won the battle of the high handicappers when he brought home the Tolladine Cup in a tight match against Dave Brown which was only decided on the final hole.

Bob Williams top scored with 44 points to win Division 2 in the seniors Stableford. Barry Newson was runner-up with 41 and Steve Biddle third, on countback from Alan Ellis, both scoring 38.

Martin Ford won Division 1 with 41 points. Phillipe Vibert’s 39 gave him the runners-up slot, edging out John Langdon and Pete Cornish on countback.

John Williams won the over-80s division with an excellent 37 points. Mike Amesbury was runner-up with 35 and Ivor Doel third with 32.

The ladies held a three clubs and a putter competition which saw Gloria Roche win on countback from Michelle James, both scoring 31 points. Lady captain Lorna Macivor came third also on countback with 30.

Graham Hewlett’s Avalon team played two tough away matches on the bounce.

A visit to a damp and misty Mendip saw the team go down 4.5 to 1.5 with the only points coming from the dependable combination of John Leech/Paul Lawrence, who won comfortably 6&5 and Steve Holbrook/Andy Judkins securing a fighting half.

Leech and Lawrence were in top form once more when the team travelled to Oake Manor registering the team’s only win in a 4-1 defeat. The pairings of Hewlett/Tony Westren and Kevin Holbrook/Jack Butterfield put up a good fight only to go down on the 17th.

With two home matches left, Hewlett hopes the team will finish the season on a high.

The seniors had two social matches against Weston and Tall Pines. The one against Weston led to a comfortable 4.5 to 1.5 home win. The away match at Tall Pines was closely contested with the home team coming out on top 3.5 to 2.5.

Visits were made this week by four of the club’s officials to two of our 1908 sister clubs - Holme Hall in Scunthorpe and Ladbroke Park in Warwickshire.

Holme Hall were holding a festival week and despite a good showing, Worlebury finished just outside the prizes. The visit to Ladbroke Park was highly enjoyable with friendships renewed.

There are 24 clubs in the 1908 Society and club members are entitled to one free round at the various venues per calendar year. Enquiries can be made through the managing secretary.

This was immediately followed by a trip to Weston to play the first leg of the Cream Cup. The match between the chairmen, Phil Stone and Roy Schubert partnered by treasurer, Graham Hewlett and president Gordon Robert respectively, was closely fought with the Weston pair just coming out on top by one hole.

By comparison, captain Steve Taylor with his vice, Paul McAdams, came up against their Weston counterparts, Chris Homer and Steve Dowden, who were in scintillating form. The Weston pair won 6&5 to give Weston a commanding lead for the second leg on September 25.

The Stragglers made a visit to old friends at Filton and while it was an enjoyable social occasion, the result, a 5-0 whitewash, was not so palatable.

Both Worlebury and Weston are looking forward to hosting Weston Golf Week between September 3-8. Places are still available on most days particularly a texas scramble at Worlebury on the 4th. Enquiries to the club on 01934 625789 or email secretary@worleburygc.co.uk

The prestigious 49th annual Irlam Trophy competition took place at Weston Golf Club and husband and wife David and Julie Ward finished on top.

The Irlam Trophy, originally presented by George Irlam, is a foursomes event for husband and wife couples.

This year’s winners Julie and her husband David, made the most of their stroke allowance and steadily accumulated points, but it was Julie chipping in to make a two on the 16th hole which made the difference and they took the trophy with 38 points.

A delicious celebration dinner was served in the clubhouse, followed by the prize giving hosted by Sally Irlam, with help from president Gordon Robert.

Weston seniors entertained The Kendleshire in the latest of their friendly fixtures.

Vice-captain Ed Langford with John Morgan were the first out for the hosts and it was the latter’s putting that helped secure a half. This was followed by a 4&3 win by Terry Waite and Fred Donbavand and another half by captain Robin Webb and Chris Slocombe.

The teams only loss by 3&1 came next as Paul Chesney and Howard Sims were outdone by a straight hitting 23-handicapper who dovetailed well with his partner. Two more wins by Bill Diamond and Don Harris (3&2) and Graham Quick and Geoff Seaman (one up) gave the home side a 4-2 victory.

The latest senior’s competition was a medal for the Jonathan Latham Trophy played in cloudy conditions with an ever-increasing breeze. Winner of the trophy with a nett 67 was Con Malcahy with runner-up Alan Harris two shots adrift on 69.

Countback was needed for the next three places as a score of 70 was recorded by Mo Sweeney in third place, Neil Horsfield and Ron Kelley.

The biggest entry ever took part in Wedmore seniors’ August Stableford with 110 players battling for prizes.

Despite this and the firm running conditions, nobody was able to get up to 40 points although many came very close. Steve Sweeting finished first in Division one with 38, just one point better than a group of five players all on 37.

Countback was called on to sort out the places with Tom Bennett picking up second spot and Ian Sentence in third.

Philip McMahon won Division 2 with 39 points, just one better than runner-up Peter Roberts with 37 again proving a popular score with three players on the same mark, with Roger Harding proving best on countback.

Trevor Stone was another player scoring 39 just good enough to beat Bill Witter and John Sim by a single point, with Witter taking second place on countback.

The ladies played their monthly medal and there was a clear winner with Ronnie Follenfant scoring a nett 68 which was four under her handicap and seven shots clear of her nearest challengers.

These were Caroline Patterson and Annya Patten who lost out on countback with both on 75. Just behind these came Marlyn Jackson who beat Marion Warren-Smith on countback after both scored 76.

Two open events ran alongside each other at Brean - the annual mixed open fourball for the Anniversary Bowl was joined by an open men’s fourball and one family dominated both events.

Thirteen-year-old Millie Jones was the catalyst behind the success of her and her father Steve in the mixed event as their 45 points beat the rest of the field by three points. Team captain-elect of Trevor Pitt and Lyn Bird were second on countback with 42 just edging out Cotswold Edge duo of John and Bet Gazzard.

In the men’s event, another Jones topped the leaderboard. Steve’s brother Paul joined forces with Neil Barker to return a winning score of 42 points. Jones, armed with his new putting technique, helped Barker to secure top spot by two points from Martyn Cahill and Jason Kidley.

Third place went to Tony Groves and Stewart Garrett who had the best back nine score of a trio of 39 points cards. They relegated the Midlands-based duo of Andy Antcliffe and Lee Margetts to fourth with Simon Baunton and Dave Stacey taking fifth on the back nine scores.

The Margaret Copp Chalice Scramble was won with an exceptional round by Team Jones consisting of Paul, Steve and David plus club captain Mike Carter.

They ended with a comfortable winning margin of over five strokes at end of the round. The second-placed finishers were one of the expected front runners in the scramble formats at Brean, but even they didn’t have any answer to that stunning winning score.

Simon Baunton, Dave Porter, Steve Eley were joined by Roger Vaughan for the day and carded 56.7 to take second spot ahead of ladies’ club champion Lyn Bird and the trio of Edmondson’s in men’s club champion Ron, Don and Linda who posted 58.6.

Barry Brindley won the August Stableford with a best of the day score of 44 points. His return was the leading one in Division 3 as he headed home Tony Osborne by seven points with Paul Bacon another point further back.

The second best score of the day went to John Cullinan in Division 2 with a 43-point card. The 15-handicap left-hander enjoyed a two-point winning margin over Geoff Hill with both players seeing their handicaps cut by two strokes at the end of play.

Third place went to Phil Barry after a countback with John Rabbetts on 40. Russell Shaw was the top dog in Division 1 with 42 points and was third points clear of his nearest rival at the end of play Murray Parsons took the runners-up spot on 39 with Leighton Jenkins another point further back in third spot.

The Edmondson family are certainly collecting a fair number of trophies between them this summer at Brean. Linda added another to her list of success with a win in the ladies’ flag event.

She finished her allotted shots in the fairway on the 18th hole which was to be the furthest around the course any of the competitors got on a breezy morning.

Second place went to Lesley Millard a few yards behind Edmondson in the fairway with Liz Blackwell taking third.

The previous day, the Brean ladies section paid a visit to Woodspring and enjoyed an excellent result as they beat their hosts 2-1.

The August seniors’ Stableford was claimed by Mike Allen with a superb 44 points. This score gave him top spot overall in Division 1 and also overall.

He led home John Procter and John Cranley by five with Procter getting the nod for second after a countback. Division 2 honours went to Bob Toller who was the only other player than Allen to reach the 40-point mark.

He won by two from Ian Raymond who produced his best finish of the year with 38 points. Raymond held a similar advantage over the third-placed man who was Tony Tissington on 36.

Midweek Stableford specialist Bob Smith added another win to his growing tally of victories this summer after scoring 41 points. He won comfortably from Trevor Searle on 32, who edged out Mike Smith on a countback for second spot.

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