Former captains capture Commoration Cup at Worlebury

PUBLISHED: 12:47 30 August 2017

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club.


Former captain Pete Phillips and Paul Gardiner emerged winners in the Commemoration Cup at Worlebury, winning on the last hole.

The summer competitions at Worlebury are nearing completion.

The four-ball-betterball Commemoration Cup, saw two former club captains Pete Phillips and Paul Gardiner, combine to edge out Paul Lawrence and Ray Baxter in the 36-hole final.

The morning belonged to the captains with them going for lunch with a commanding four-hole lead. Paul and Ray whittled away at this in the afternoon round and by the completion of the 13th had taken a one-hole lead.

The resilient captains dug in, however and won the next three holes in succession to put them in a strong position. They lost the 17th to set up a nail-biting finish. Pete held his nerve to sink the winning putt on the last for a memorable win for the captains.

The Avalon teams have had mixed fortunes as of late. Graham Hewlett’s Originals are finishing strongly and have put themselves in with a chance of winning Division 4.

After an almost flawless home performance against Cricket St Thomas and a narrow defeat away to Weston, which produced bonus points, the Originals are third in the league, with a game in hand. Their final match is at home to Stockwood Vale and a 3.5 to 1.5 win or better will see them seal promotion.

Terry Santo’s Royals by comparison have had a poor run of form lately. Like fine wine, they do not travel well and the last three away games have ended in heavy defeats, making promotion from Division 5 no longer a possibility.

Paul McAdams continued his rich vein in form when he comfortably won the seniors’ Bernard Oldfield Salver with a nett 64. This saw his handicap tumble to nine. Mike Amesbury had an excellent nett 67 to take the runners-up spot from Malcolm Summers on countback. Both Paul and Malcolm’s rounds included four birdies.

At the other end of the age spectrum, Alix Kew won the H&H Alarms Trophy with 39 points. Mikey Nicholls was second with 37 and Alex Chandler third with 36. The junior section wish to thank club member Fred Hooper of H&H Alarms for his company’s continued sponsorship of this event over many seasons.

Kerry Dunstan won the midweek Stableford with 43 points and saw his handicap reduced to 13. Steve Roberts came second with 40 and Dave Collard third with 38.

Lady captain Sue Kinch presided over the St Dunstan’s Trophy on a glorious Bank Holiday Monday. This was played in a foursomes Stableford format.

The clear winners were the father/daughter pairing of Lauren and Ken Hanson, the latter’s first mixed event. Ken took the opportunity to thank the organisers of the event and the lady members who have played their part in developing Lauren’s game. Runners-up were head greenkeeper Lauchlan Millar and Diane Millar with 40. Peter Phillips and Hazel Cox came third with 38.

Tracey Gill top scored with 40 points to win Division 2 of the ladies’ Stableford. Janet Keight came second with 35 and Louise Goodrum third with 34. Michelle James won Division 1 with 33 points edging out Amanda Cook and Sue Sokol. Jill Hobbs won Division 3 with 32 points, closely followed by Carole Mills and Tonia Wood-Rosingh.

The ladies’ weekend Stableford was won by Sam Hewlett, who pipped close friend and golfing partner Louise Goodrum.

The seniors had one social match last week and got back to winning ways with a convincing 4.5 to 1.5 success at home to Cannington. Each of the wins was resounding, with the combinations of Clive Mealing/Gerry Miles (8&7) and John Yates/Pete Cornish (6&5) particularly so. The nearest the pin prize winner was Nick Ryan, who kindly re-donated the bottle given by Peter Cornish, for use in the next match.

The Cannington team praised their hosts, thanking them for their warm reception, wonderful course and delicious after match meal.

The Stragglers had a double header against old friends from Henbury with fixtures home and away within a few days of one another. Honours ended even with both matches ending in a draw.

A popular and well supported competition was played by Weston Ladies.

The Brockenshaw Bowl and Grass Roots Trophy was won by Sue Stilwell with a score of 69, reducing her handicap by a shot to 12. Sue is enjoying great success on the fairways this season, as is Jean Cooper who was runner-up with 70.

Jackie Read has only recently become an 18-hole member came in third with 74.

There were two medals at Wedmore with the ladies’ competition being a triple header incorporating the Grass Roots competition, James Jug and the monthly medal.

All confusion was made irrelevant by Elizabeth Sweeney who won all three competitions with a nett 70. This put her three shots clear of nearest rival Maggie Morris with Cathy Olive a further shot back in third. Maggie Tolchard finished fourth on countback ahead of a trio of players, Jenny Brown, Mary-Lou Denny and Sue Edwards, all finishing on 75.

The senior ladies travelled to Stover in Devon for their away day and also contrived to have two competitions in one. Best individual score came from Caroline Patterson with 36 points winning the Sandra Hill Trophy, while the concurrent bowmaker was won by the first team out consisting of Jane Hewitt, Carol Horsley, Jill Cornelius and Maggie Morris.

The weekend club medal saw a close finish in Division 1 with a strong back nine from James Vowles clinching victory over Pete Brown after both came in with scores of nett 67. Richard Macarthur was just a shot back in third.

There was another nett 67 in Division 2, this time giving Ian Robson a clear win by two shots from Max Grant with Mark Sweeting a further two shots back in third place.

There was an even more emphatic win from Liam Cann in Division 3. His score of 68 was the only score under par and four better than runner-up Michael Sinclair on 72, with Chris Monks third on 74.

Dawn Chadwick won a limited ladies field with a nett 76, ahead of second-placed Shirley Gooding.

It was a week of many matches for the seniors which finished with a disappointing defeat for the Avalon team, losing 3-2 to Mendip Spring and therefore missing the chance to reach the play-offs this season.

Denise Andrews from Mendip Spring Golf Club, won the Dickinson Cup, which is played for by all the silver division winners of the Somerset club’s May medal, with a nett 77. Denise also won third gross for the day with a round of 85 at Orchardleigh.

Nett 65 was the winning number in all three of the men’s divisions in the August medal at Brean.

On a glorious day for scoring, with the sun blazing down and very little wind to speak of, the three winners all enjoyed varying margins of victory. The biggest winner was Welshman Rob Chard in Division 3 as he romped home to a five-stroke success over Steve Hill. Jeff Read took third on 72.

Another Welsh winner came in Division 1 as Jason Kidley took top spot by just a single shot from Stuart Wills, who was also one clear of third-placed Dan Broom.

The only non Welshman to taste success on the day was John Cullinan as he claimed the Division 2 prize with his two-stroke win over Pete Dunn and Trevor Guy. Dunn was awarded second after a countback.

Liz Blackwell won the ladies’ event ending a solitary shot ahead of Gail Mason with Suzanne Hatfield making a welcome return to competition in third place.

Three pairings tied the best score of the day in the betterball Stableford Super Series round. The three scorecards of 46 points belonged to Byron Lismore/CJ Organ, Murray Parsons/Tony Richards and Jason Kidley/Mel Brown.

With the countback system sent into overdrive it was Parsons and Richards that were awarded first place with the better back total of 25. Kidley and Brown were the runners-up after scoring one point less on the way home with the Lismore/Organ duo having to settle for third.

David Hunter is a regularly featured name at the top of senior leaderboards in the last couple of months and he added another success to his list with a win in the August medal.

His superb nett 65 left him one clear of runner-up Mike Allen with John Cranley third on 67 in the top flight. Bob Toller was the winner of Division 2 on 70, but only after winning a countback with Colin Roberts. Vince Ford ended up third on 71.

The ladies team played Woodspring in their final home friendly match of the season. They enjoyed a sociable day with their counterparts from the course on the outskirts of Bristol and it was a successful day for the Brean ladies too with all bar one player winning their match. Plans are already in motion to fix up a return leg at Woodspring later this year.

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