Hole-in-one for Dale in cup encounter

PUBLISHED: 09:05 17 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:05 17 February 2017

Loxton Trophy winners at Brean.

Loxton Trophy winners at Brean.


Dale Rendall scored a hole-in-one at Worlebury during a quarter-final match with his partner Dale Rendall.

The quarter-final of the Glover Cup was eventful for Dale Rendall at Worlebury. Playing with Pete Cornish, the pair took on Graham Hewlett and Eoin Anderson for a place in the semi-final.

Rendall made a dream start, a hole-in-one on the second gave the pair an early lead. With seasoned veteran, Cornish, playing his part, they strode to a commanding four-hole lead before Rendall sportingly confessed to having an extra club in his bag. This led to a two-hole penalty for the pair, giving Hewlett and Anderson a glimmer of hope.

Undaunted, Rendall and Cornish extinguished any hope of a comeback and saw the game out by 3&2.

A decent field of seniors braved the elements in their February Stableford, but a strong, cold wind made life tricky.

Barry Warburton defied the elements and top scored with 42 points to record a narrow win in Division 1. Pete Melhuish was runner-up with 41 and Colin Dale third on 40.

The higher handicappers in Division 2 found it tough going, with only Steve Biddle shooting under his handicap, his 37 points taking the spoils. Kenny Yam had a good round to take second place with 36 and Peter Hill was third a point adrift.

The ladies also had unpleasant weather in their 15-hole Stableford which made scoring difficult. It was pleasing to see former ladies’ champion Jane Wakerley make a welcome return to the winners rostrum, her 29 points giving her a comfortable win. Angela Bagley took second place on countback from Janet Fear both players scoring 26.

Love was in the air when the social committee organised a highly enjoyable Valentines evening. After a high quality meal, the company were entertained by the fantastic Lucy Harvey, vocalist/saxophonist, who did a brilliant set.

A cold Monday morning which turned to rain around lunchtime, set the scene for Weston seniors’ latest bowmaker competition.

Leading the field with a total of 84 points was the team of Peter Hardaway, David Snowdon and Paul Chesney, a full three points ahead of David Poole, Terry Holden and Maurice Miller. Jim Blackhurst, Allan Tucker and Clive Wilson came in third with 76 points.

The ladies’ hidden partners competition endured every season of weather from freezing hail to sunshine. The overall winners were Sue Osman and Joan Jenkinson with a cumulative score of 73 points, taking them way ahead of the field. Jan Bishop and Carole Menzies were second with 66 on the back nine from Sue Stilwell and Wendy Thomas also on 66.

Best individual score on the day was Sue Osman with 42 points, reducing her handicap by three shots. Wendy Thomas was runner-up with 35 and June Phillips third with 34.

Two teams broke well clear of the rest of the field at the Wedmore seniors’ lone ranger bowmaker.

The team of David Taylor, Reevley Stephens and Dave Hollingdale played in the coldest of the rain, so it was perhaps fair they took first place from John Russell, Francis Rabbits and Gordon Risk on countback over the back nine, after both scored 83 points.

This was five points better than the next two teams who, in another quirk, also finished on the same score. Countback was needed again, and this time gave third place to John Vowles, David Bates and Mike Clark ahead of Phil McMahon, Ian Hollands and Alan Hill.

There was a close finish to the ladies’ greensomes with four pairs all finishing within one shot. Just clear winners though were Ronnie Follenfant and Chris Simpson, finishing with 34 points, which was one better than the next three pairs.

Countback was needed yet again to sort out the places with Pam Berry and Maggie Tolchard finishing as runners-up, Gina Falcon and Wendy Lucas taking third place with Saybria Sims and Sue Tarry, current and immediate past captains, edged out into fourth place.

The random draw for the Loxton Trophy, made by the computer, served up some interesting pairings at Brean.

One of those pairings drawn was workmates Jeff Read and Dan Reason and the duo subsequently raced away with the win. They scored a spectacular nett 58 in the betterball medal to win by three on another bitterly cold morning.

Runners-up were Phil Hodgson and Steve Mason with 61, while Kevin Davies and Chris Fairchild finished third with their 62.

Mel Brown beat both the cold weather and the rest of the players who braved the chill to win Saturday’s winter league round. He scored 38 points in the freezing conditions to win by one from Gordy Wheelaghan.

Wheelaghan in turn edged Simon Baunton back into third spot after he beat him on countback after they both carded 37 points. Steve Bateman also notched 37, but missed out on a podium finish after the countback.

Baunton scored the only two of the day at the 14th and collected the whole of the two’s pot on offer.

The February seniors’ Stableford was played on the temporary greens thanks to a frosty start. A pair of Tony’s filled the top two places and they were only separated by a countback after both had 43 points.

Newly installed secretary Tony Roper had the superior back nine to claim the win from Tony Bissett. Ken Ponter was third on 41 and he too won a countback for that honour with a trio of 41 points cards posted. Ponter beat a pair of George’s in the form of Stratford, who ended up fourth and Thomas who took fifth.

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