Isle of Wedmore golfers in a hurry

PUBLISHED: 09:38 08 July 2011

Vets Vase at Wedmore Golf Club

Vets Vase at Wedmore Golf Club

Wedmore golfers beat their record at speed golf.

THE week at Wedmore started on a light-hearted note with the third attempt at the quick golf record.

This involves getting a ball round the 18 holes in the least time possible. The relay of players was again organised by Tim Harris and this year produced the fastest time ever, just 22 minutes and five seconds. More importantly, nearly £500 was raised for the Captains’ Charity.

There was more serious competition on Thursday when the ladies combined their monthly medal with the Vets Vase eligible to those ladies who have reached the still young age of 60. Alison Dodkin has barely achieved this and her youth told as she recorded both the best gross (82) and best nett score (69) of the day. Nett runner-up was Wendy Lucas, whilst Jan Jenkins recorded a gross 97 to win the prize in the over-70 category.

Appropriately Alison and Wendy took first place in the silver and bronze divisions of the medal respectively. Aileen Robertson (73) and Sue Tarry (75) were second and third in silver. These positions were taken by Alison Owen (73) and Mags Willetts (73) in the bronze.

The ladies got the worst of the conditions and the weather was beautiful for the club Stableford on Sunday. Nobody really took advantage of this with 39 being the winning score in each division.

This was achieved by Russell Shaw in Division 1. John Russell, after a great front nine, fell back on the back nine to finish on 37 with Brian Warner a point back in third. Division 2 went to Tony Biggs ahead of Martin Olive (38) and Andy Barrett (36).

John Cutter took Division 3 with a three point margin ahead of Tony Phelps and Ken Willetts. In the ladies’ divisions, Louise Allen had the best score of the day, her 36 points being two points more than Kelly Gallier and Marlyn Jackson.

In the Somerset Bowl, Wedmore moved into the quarter-finals with a 3-2 win over Orchardleigh at Farrington. They play Clevedon in the next round.

■ WORLEBURY Golf Club ladies’ section enjoyed a busy month.

The June Bowmaker was won by Pam Burness, Janice Hartree and Isabella Swift with a score of 82 points. The winner of the Kelson Cup medal was Carol Miles (72) and runner-up Janet Jamieson (73).

The Bindon Salver, which is a Stableford competition for the over 60s was won by Shirley Horobin, runner-up was Carol Miles. The Margaret Dunston Cup for the under 60s was won by Lisa Griffiths with Michelle James as runner-up.

■ WESTON Golf Club seniors Padre Cup: Tony Cooksley 39 pts; David Andow 38; Tom Bacon 38; Ray Harris 37; Jim Brown; Terry Holden 37; Colin Dixon 37; John Greave 37.

■ ON a glorious July day, the scoring matched the weather for Dave Bradley and Jenny Vaughan’s Captains Day at Brean.

The 18-hole medal was played in the morning with the Captains Cup up for grabs for both the men and ladies. Brian Read handed in a nett 64, beating Mike Hurman countback. Mike Sutton’s closing hole disaster left him one shot shy and Murray Parsons’ 67 was fourth overall and top of the First Division.

There was good scoring in the ladies’ event with Shelia Rouse ending victorious with an nett 67. Tina Bateman took the runners-up position on 70.

Following a quick bite to eat and a drink most players were back out on the course for the annual cross country scramble. The winners were Pete Barton, Alan Marshall and Brian Read again. They had a nett score of 26 which beat Stuart Wills, Martyn Cahill and Gordon Wheelaghan on 26.4.

The following day another round of the Super Series was played and the winner was club captain Dave Bradley. His 39 points relegated chairman Graham Exton into second spot on 37, who in turn beat Ian Adams on countback.

The seniors’ contested the Wally Pape Bogey in between two interclub matches with local rivals Weston. In the Bogey event, three players all scored +1 with Tony Tissington beating Pete Douglas and Roger Phillips into second and third respectively.

The seniors’ team continued their winning ways as they recorded a quickfire double over Weston with a 3.5-1.5 victory on away soil, before trouncing them by 5.5.-1.5 at home.

The ladies’ team also tasted success as they won their first home game of the season against Woodspring by a margin of 3-1.

David Haines produced an excellent three under par second round of 69 in the Microsoft Masters at Bowood to propel him up the leaderboard into the top 20 in the West Region PGA Order of Merit event.

It also helped him and his partner to a second place finish in the team event over the two days in Wiltshire. Fellow Brean professional Andrew March finished just outside the top 40 after carding two steady rounds amongst a field of almost 100.

Their time will now be taken up with Cleveland/Srixon demo day at Burnham Golf Range today (Thurs) from 3-7.30pm.

Inadvertently Jon Marshfield’s card of 42 points in the open Stableford was missed out last week. This meant he actually won the event and apologies go to him and his son Billy, who also finished in the prizes on the day.

■ WESTON second team played the first of two crucial back-to-back home matches in the Bristol & District League this week against Woodspring.

Tim and Jono Rees led the team off, coming home with a 5&3 victory. Andy Balcombe and Graham Hicken were in early command of their match, only for their opponents to claw back to within one hole. However, the Weston pair held on and won 3&2.

Roger and Richard Magor, the second father and son pairing in the team, were ahead throughout their match, and when their opponents went out of bounds on the 17th clinched a 3&1 victory.

Nigel Browne and John McGrail were behind early on, but won four holes in a row to ensure a comfortable 4&3 victory. The pairing of Nathan Bateman and Sam Fernley was the final match out, and they were always too good for their opponents, finally winning on the 15th green to give a 5-0 victory for Weston.

The second of the two matches was at home to Bristol & Clifton. The match started badly for Weston when Rich Magor and Sam Fernley never really got going, succumbing to a 4&3 defeat.

Former Worlebury players Joe Neary and John McGrail played the best golf of the day, closing their match out on the 12th green. Nigel Browne and Tim Rees were quickly into their stride and four up after 10.

However, good golf from their opponents saw Weston only one up going down the 18th, but the Weston pair got up and down to clinch the match one up. Andy Balcombe and Graham Hicken continued their recent good run and held on for a 2&1 victory.

The Weston pair of Ian Hudson and Symon Clifford kept each other on their toes and were always in control of their match, eventually winning 4&3. That meant a 4-1 victory for Weston which together with the 5-0 win against Woodspring earlier in the week lifted Weston off the bottom of the table and up to fourth place.

EGU Gold Medal – Division 1: Terry Waite 75 (10) 65; Steve Corrick 77 (10) 67; Ian Heppenstall 71 (4) 67. Division 2: Howard Calcutt 81 (21) 60; Rob Tate 76 (13) 63; Ray Fowler 82 (17) 65.

■ WORLEBURY Golf Club held its professional’s weekend in perfect weather.

Club professional Gary Marks set the competition formats and along with his team of helpers, offered cold beers and hot burgers at the 16th hole.

On Saturday, it was singles Stableford, with double points on offer if you used a wooden driver and used a long putter on the 16th green.

Results – Division 1: Lee Grant 57 pts; Leighton Grant 52; Graham Dougherty 52; Dave Mellor 52. Division 2: Jack Partridge 59; Dean Nute 59; James Walton 57; Andy Taylor 54.

Nearest to the pins: 2nd, Ian Irvine; 7th, Martin Philp 15th, Lee Grant.

Sunday (fourball betterball) Simon Dempsey and Dennis Thompson 56 pts; Dean Nute and James Walton 52; Richard Godwin and C Taylor 51; John and Lee Jones 50; Billy Coles and Terry Bradley 50; Rob Furlong and John Wright 50.

Well done to club champion Simon Dempsey who recorded a brilliant gross 63, including eight birdies on the day, dropping only one shot on the 18th. Unfortunately, this is not a course record due to the nature of the competition.

Seniors Centenary Cup & Vase: Ken Davies 89 (66); Brian Book 81 (67); Ron Jamieson 84 (68); Rob Hall 96 (68); Nick Extence 79 (68); Mike Amesbury 80 (69).

The seniors’ travelled to Mendip Spring and came away with a 4.5-3.5 victory.

Midweek Stableford: Josh Freeman 39 pts; Daniel Toogood 39; Zack Shelford 39.

Well done to Rob Field who won the PGA event that coincided with last week’s medal event with a net 59.

■ FOLLOWING the British Open, over 26 clubs in Somerset will join forces to offer free golf taster sessions for one week commencing July 18.

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a golfer who is looking to get back into the game, you can take advantage of this great offer from local golf professionals across Somerset.

Bleadon Hill Golf Course, Weston’s newest nine-hole golf course and the home of European tour coach Scott Thompson, will be holding a free golf taster session for all ages on July 20 from 7.30-9pm.

Anyone is welcome from juniors to seniors together with mixed adult and family. For further details call Scott on 01934 811777, alternatively visit www.bleadonhillgolfcourse.co.uk/coaching

For information on the week, please contact Paul Barrington, Somerset Golf Partnership Development Office on 07818 001606 or visit the Somerset Golf Partnership website www.somersetgolfpartnership.org.uk

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