Jade becomes champion at Weston for a fifth time

PUBLISHED: 09:50 17 June 2016 | UPDATED: 09:50 17 June 2016

Weston Golf Club ladies.

Weston Golf Club ladies.


Jade Cope retained her ladies title at Weston with a gross score of 158 over 36 holes.

Congratulations go to Jade Cope, who is the Weston ladies club champion for the fifth time, with a gross score of 158 over 36 holes.

The conditions were excellent for the competitors, who are tested both on their skill and endurance over the two rounds.

The Sally Irlam Salver for the runner-up went to past champion Glenda Latham with a score of 165. The Ruth Alford Cup was awarded to Tessa Pitt for nett silver and Kaylee Davey won the Audrey Hirst Cup for gross bronze. Jean Cooper won the Audrey Hirst Carafe for nett bronze.

Best morning gross winner was Wendy Thomas and Sally Brosnan nett winner. Afternoon gross winner was Kath Farrant, with Zena Balcombe winning the nett.

An 18-hole medal competition ran alongside the championship with Alison Whitewood winning with 73 and Di Walker runner-up with 74.

Twenty-four members from Weston travelled to Minchinhampton for a mixed friendly match. It was closely fought with four of the 12 matches going to the 18th. With a strong team and home advantage, Minchinhampton won 6.5 to 5.5.

The junior open took place at Weston, with the best boy’s score coming from Charlie Goss (gross 78, nett 68) from Clevedon. Top girl was an 82 nett, 72 by Davina Xanh, from Mendip Spring Golf Club.

It was a big day for Worlebury captain Paul Lintern as he hosted his captain’s day.

After an uncertain start, the weather improved and by the afternoon the course was bathed in sunshine.

The competition, as always, was hotly contested but in the end it resulted in a clear win for the team of Andy Nicholls, Chris Mannings-Hill, Russell Priest and Martyn Chambers with 138 points.

Four points adrift were the quartet of Will Denyer, Lee Grant, Nick Stickland, and Clive Smith, who beat Ryan Thrupp, Mikey Nicholls, Dan Bovingdon and Craig Conway by two.

The ladies’ competition was won by Louise Goodrum, Angie Bagley, Sam Hewlett and Eunice McAdams with 126 points. Just two behind were Julie Stafford, Marnie Sweet, Emma Bourton and Sue Kinch.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Graham Hewlett, Mark Otterburn and Stan Henderson on the second and on the 12th by Ron Jamieson, Mark Otterburn and Jim Walton.

The evening, as always, was special with a packed clubhouse being royally entertained by the fabulous Jersey 4, a Frankie Valli and Four Seasons tribute act. At one point this became the Jersey 5 as Paul was invited to join the act.

Paul thanked everyone who had contributed to the day, particularly his family and vice-captain, Andy Collard. There was a special mention and presentation to barbecue chefs Geoff and Marianne Nute, who have cooked on captain’s day for the last 10 years, but who have decided to hang up their tongs. A sizeable sum was raised for the captain’s charity, Above and Beyond.

It was also a special day for seniors’ captain Ron Stevens, who hosted the section’s outing at Orchardleigh. After a poorly programmed satnav took the coach on an interesting tour of the Somerset countryside, they arrived shaken but not stirred and went on to have a splendid day.

The winner of the main event, the Cliff Harrison Trophy, was Tony Foster, his 38 point edging out John Yates who had 37. Clive Rides came third with 36, pipping Dave Grant and Paul McAdams on countback.

Making it a perfect day for him, the putting competition was also won by Tony Foster.

The generous Mike Strang, sponsored both nearest the pin prizes, which were won on the seventh by Tony Westren and on the 17th by Mike Williams.

Ron thanked everyone who contributed to a memorable day, particularly the invaluable work of the organising team of Barry Newson, John Yates, Mike Bibb and Mike Usher-Clark, who were ably assisted by John Ratajczak.

There were some excellent scores in the men’s June monthly medal. Top scorer was Ray Collick with a nett 63 to win Division 2. There were also notable performances by Paul Lawrence with a nett 66 to win Division 1 and by assistant greenkeeper Paul Healy, who recorded a nett 65 to win the third division.

Stuart Lock was runner-up in Division 1 with 67, with Ryan Jones finishing third on countback from Lee Grant, both scoring 68s.

Joe Joyce, who had a great week when he went on to win the midweek Stableford, was runner-up in Division 2 with 67, edging out Dave Collard on countback.

Chris Taylor’s 67 took second place in Division 3 with Dale Rendall third on 69.

Joe won the midweek Stableford at a canter with an impressive haul of 45 points. Dave Fudge was second with 41 and in a good week for him, Paul Healy, came third with 40.

The seniors’ Centenary Bowl resulted in a three-way tie, each player scoring 39 points. It was won on countback by Nick Rowden, pipping John Langdon and Mike Williams.

Sue Sokol returned a nett 71 to record a comfortable win in Divison 1 in the ladies’ medal with Emma Bourton and Maxine Gardiner taking second and third place. Lynne Johnson with a 70 won Division 2, closely followed by Hazel Cox and Sue Kinch. Carole Miles won Division 3, with Wendy Larner runner-up and Joyce Tiney third.

Louise Goodrum also enjoyed a good weekend following up her fine performance on captain’s day with an impressive 39 points to win the weekend Stableford with Sam Hewlett and Angie Bagley trailing in her wake.

The icing on the cake, in a brilliant week for the club, saw Mark Otterburn skippering the Somerset Bowl team to a convincing 4.5 to 0.5 win against Mendip Spring at the neutral venue of Clevedon and eagerly await news of their next opponents.

Bleadon Hill travelled to Long Sutton on Sunday to play their second round match in the Somerset Bowl against Cannington.

The first pairing of John Shaw and Jono Rees won 4&2, followed by Chris Leaman and Simon Childs winning by the same margin. Drew Huskisson and Ryan Bartlett also won by the same result and with Stuart Glanville and Tony Wilmot losing a close match by two holes, it was left to Steve Clark and Nick Francis to finish Cannington off with a two-hole victory, leaving the result as a resounding 4-1 to Bleadon Hill.

Yet another great team effort was on display with neighbours Worlebury the next opponents in the quarter-finals.

Simon Childs competed with club professional Pat Baker in the Lombard qualifier at Burnham and Berrow and put in a great display on a course which he had never played before.

Simon said: “Even though we didn’t have the best result, it was a great experience to have played in such a prestigious event and I will be looking to try my best to qualify for next year’s event.”

Two days and 36 holes of golf determined the club champion at Wedmore.

The first day, in benign conditions, saw some good play, but nobody was able to take a commanding lead. Leading the way on 76 were previous winner John Russell and Jim Vowles, but there were four other players within three shots.

Day two was a much damper day and several players struggled on the first. These included Vowles, who triple bogeyed the first hole, leaving one of the chasing group, Josh Barwell to become Russell’s nearest rival.

A disastrous 11 on the seventh though put him out of contention while, playing in the group ahead, Geoff Fisher was steadily moving up the field.

On the back nine, Fisher and Russell were locked together until a double bogey from Russell on the 17th left Fisher clear and both Vowles and Russell needing a hole in one at the last to force a play-off.

They were both close but not close enough leaving Fisher, who recorded the best round of the weekend, a 75 on day two, to win his first championship by two shots. Vowles snatched second place from Russell on countback.

Dale Worthington was five under par, including a nett 64 in round two, to win the Directors’ Cup for the best nett score and other prizes went captain Toni Ribi for the best gross on day one and Tom Smith for the best gross on day two. Best nett scores on each day came from Ian Mann and John Vowles.

The ladies played a medal which incorporated the Summer Bowl, a trophy for the best gross score. This went to Anya Patten with a gross 81.

The medal itself saw a close finish with Jenny Thomas just winning out on countback from Chris Simpson after both scored 70. Maggie Morris took third place on countback from Sue Painter with both scoring 71.

Father and son duo of Steve and Alec Bateman were victorious in the open betterball competition at Brean with a score of 46 points.

This gave them a single point advantage for the top prize over runners-up Gordy Wheelaghan and Mark Jenkins. Two points further back in third were early starters Craig Higgins and Kevin Davies.

John Rabbetts won the nearest the pin prize at the fourth, but he failed to convert the putt.

The Paul Wynne Memorial Day was played for the first time in its 16-year history at Brean. A great turnout of almost 50 players mostly from Brean and Fosseway took part in the pairs scramble for the trophy.

Winners with a amazing nett 50.5 were Brean duo of Chris Fairchild and Dave Jones. For Jones it was his second win in the event. Runners-up were Dave’s son Steve and his Fosseway partner Paul Rendall with a nett 53, ahead of Murray Parsons and John Rabbetts, just half a stroke behind.

Tony Romeo continued his excellent form of late with another win in the pro shop Stableford. He put his good form down to his improved concentration during the round as he scored a superb 45 points to win by three. Clive Goode had a stunning birdie ridden back nine to take that second spot on 42, while Roger Phillips was third with 41.

Barrie Tucker was the winner of the second round of the seniors’ Captain’s Cup with a nett 64. He won by four shots from three players on 68. Dai Wood was the best of those on a countback and he had winning in his sights until a final hole mishap derailed his challenge for top spot.

He still held off captain-elect Ray Byatt and club chairman Tony Roper on the back nine though.

Tony Richards won the latest midweek Stableford with 43 points and also scored the only two of the day to make it a profitable day for him on the course. He won by four from Kevin Davies, with Mats Mattsson taking third spot one shot further behind.

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