Hardy Weston golfers take part in bowmaker

PUBLISHED: 09:05 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 13 January 2017

Weston Golf Club winners.

Weston Golf Club winners.

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Driving rain at Weston, failed to deter 70 golfers taking part in the New Year’s Day bowmaker.

At Weston Golf Club, a busy festive period culminated in a New Year’s Day bowmaker, although greeted by driving rain, this did not deter the 70 hardy golfers.

The team event was won by Phil and Steve Acton, David Hall and Dave Isaacs on 87 points, second were Tom and Ben Dancey, Sam Evans and James Holt on 83, third was assistant pro Dan Toogood, Liam May, Alex Fry and Mick McKee on 82.

The first Stableford and third round of the Quarterly Cup of the winter was played in misty, but calm and relatively warm condition. With all greens and tees open, this reflected in the scoring with over a third of the field beating or equalling par and 28 twos recorded.

The winner of Division 1 with a gross 69 was Chris Evans on 43 points, second Darren King on 42, third was Stephen Dowden beating Nigel Browne on the back nine holes, both scoring 41. A special mention for Adam Sloan’s gross 67, amassing 40 points.

Division 2 was won with an impressive 44 points by Bob Hurrell, second Terry Leonard on 42, third Neil Watkins on 40 and Lee Walsh fourth on 39.

During the winter, the club held a few whist drives and raised funds for Weston Food Bank.

The club celebrates its 125th anniversary this year and there is lots going on and all open events are now available online to sign up for.

It was a quiet week for everyone at Worlebury, apart from ladies’ captain, Sue Kinch, who hosted both a Stableford and the latest round off the winter mxed.

The Stableford, played over 15 holes, produced a close finish with Angela Bagley pipping Janet Jamieson for the win, both scoring 33 points. Ginette Bright took third place from Janet Keight, also on countback, both scoring 32 points.

The mixed greensomes had a full turnout and, as always, some good scores were posted. The winners, with an excellent 46 points, were Amanda Cook and Nick Extence.

Eunice McAdams and Chris Jarvis were runners-up with 44, edging out Pam Jarvis and Darrell James, who took third place, with 43.

The New Year got under way at Wedmore with two Stableford competitions.

First up were the seniors with a good field of more than 80 players, despite the wintry conditions. This seemed to have some effect on the scoring, but not as far as John Bennett was concerned.

His 42 points, the best score of the day, was enough to win Division 1 by four points from Geoff Fisher, with Peter Bennett a shot back in third place.

There was a much closer finish to Division 2, won by Tony Hoskings with 37 points, which was just a point better than four players chasing the other places. Countback over the back nine gave second place to John Harding with David Hollingdale taking third place.

Richard Long was the clear winner of Division 3, his winning score of 41 points being four better than runner-up Clive Williams, with Mike Nicholls third on 35.

The scores were better for the club Stableford at the weekend in damper, but milder conditions. Best score of the day came from Stephen Young, winning Division 2 with an amazing 44 points, three better than second-placed Max Grant, who edged out Ian Williams on countback.

There was a blanket finish in Division 3 with three players all finishing on 40 points. A double bogey on the final hole proved costly for David Poyner as it allowed both Malcolm Tanner and Brian Fry to overtake him on countback to claim first and second places respectively.

Daryl Cornelius was the clear winner of Division 1, scoring 42 points, two better than Nigel Jones, who beat Jeremy Richards on countback. Best lady competitor was Sue MacDonald scoring a respectable 33 points.

Steve Jones did not enjoy the best of seasons on the golf course in 2016 by his standards, but he got the New Year off to a winning start.

He claimed the monthly medal for Division 1 and also collected the New Years Trophy awarded for the leading score overall on the day. He was pleasantly surprised by his return to form as his nett 64 ended two clear of Pete Barton and Murray Parsons, with Barton taking second on countback.

Tony Romeo was the other cup winner as he claimed the Deacon Trophy for the leading score in Division 3. He also had to survive a countback to secure his position as Jeff Read ran him close, but lost out on the back nine after both handed in 66s. Pat Mullholland took third on 68.

Martyn Cahill was victorious in the middle division when his nett 65 brought him top spot by a single stroke margin. The second placed finisher again required a countback to secure his position and Brian Read matched his son Jeff’s runners-up spot in Division 3 by edging out Dave Bradley.

Matt Shaw continued his excellent form of late with a spectacular round in the Winter League. His 44-point card was one better than David Hunter to take top spot and move up the points qualifying table.

He covered the front nine in just 29 strokes gross and started back eagle, birdie to stand on the 12th tee at an amazing seven under par. A mini collapse over the last few holes could not not deny him victory and another sizable handicap reduction for the big hitting 23-year-old.

Hunter was one point behind as he took the runners-up prize ahead of Pete Barton, who was third with 42.

Tony Roper got his new season off to a winning start with victory in the opening seniors’ medal of 2017. In an event contested on the temporary greens, thanks to an overnight frost, he returned a nett 62 to hold a one-stroke advantage over Ken Ponter.

Ponter headed home a trio of players who posted 64 as he took the runners-up spot with Roger Phillips edging out George Stratford and Steve Bentley after the countback for third.

Burnham & Berrow professional George Ryall started the New Year with a bang as he won the opening G&S PGA Medal of 2017 with an eight under par 63 on the Old Course at Minchinhampton.

He enjoyed a sensational opening to his round as he started eagle, birdie, eagle, birdie to race to six under par after just four holes. This gave him the springboard to success as he won by three from Ross Langdon and Ian Brown.

Ashley Mansell from Clevedon took fourth with his 67 and moved up into second place in the Total Triumph Order of Merit behind leader Giuseppe Licata.

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