Jade cruises to ladies' championship victory at Weston

PUBLISHED: 09:22 19 June 2015 | UPDATED: 09:22 19 June 2015

Weston Golf Club ladies.

Weston Golf Club ladies.


Weston Golf Club's Jade Cope won the ladies' championship by the huge margin of 12 shots.

THE ladies championship at Weston saw 19 players take to the course in a true test of skill and endurance.

The defending champion Jade Cope came in 12 shots clear of the field with 161 gross, putting her in the top slot and this year’s champion. Glenda Latham was second with 171 winning the Sally Irlam Salver.

The Ruth Alford Cup for nett silver went to Sally Brosnan, with Wendy Homer runner-up. The Audrey Hirst Cup for gross bronze, was won by Sue Garrett with Reine O’Reilly runner-up. Garrett also won the Audrey Hirst Carafe for best nett bronze and Kaylee Davey was the runner-up.

The ladies’ 36-hole Putting Championship was played the week before with Jade Cope winning the trophy with a fine 64. Lynn Perry followed closely with 65, Wendy Thomas third and Wendy Homer fourth, both on 66 but decided on countback.

Dodie Waterhouse won the 18-hole medal competition which runs alongside the championship.

The clubhouse was filled with competitors and members at the end of the day to congratulate Jade, who is not only Weston champion, Putting Champion, but also Somerset County Champion.

A fine, but blustery June day saw 49 players compete for the seniors’ Salmon and Vets Cup. The course was superb, but the tricky conditions were difficult to handle and the scores reflected this.

The winner with 36 points was Maurice Miller, with Rod Thomas runner-up on the same score, but losing on countback. Three other competitors tied for the next place on 35, but Eddie Langford was declared third on countback.

WORLEBURY seniors’ captain Mike Williams, hosted the annual away day with 43 members travelling to Dewstow in South Wales.

The day started with a putting competition held on an ultra-fast mountainside type green, which was won by the team of Pete Cornish, Martin Ford, Gerry Miles and Ken Williamson. It was a good day for Ken, who, along with David Grant, went on to win the nearest the pin prizes.

The main singles competition for the Cliff Harrison Trophy was closely fought. On a windy day, the youthful Steve Beasley, in his first season as a senior, triumphed with 35 points, beating John Ratajczak on countback. Former captain Bob Oram, came third with a creditable 34 points.

After the excesses of captain’s day, with the celebrations going late into the night, not everyone faced the monthly medal in the morning with relish.

Remarkably, reigning club champion Josh Freeman, fresh as a daisy despite his early start, shot a gross 66 (nett 65) to win Division 1. Josh had five birdies and just the one bogey in his excellent round.

Following closely behind were fellow revellers Steve Taylor and Terry Bradley, with good rounds of 66 and 68 respectively. Jullian Claydon won Division 2 with a fine 65, pipping Terry Santo, who returned a 66 with Colin Cleeves third on 68.

Steve Biddle took Division 3 with a nett 68. John Flannigan nicked second place on countback from Dale Rendall, both shooting 67s.

Top scorer in the ladies’ June Stableford was Carol Miles who won Division 3 with 38 points. Cheryl Saunders was runner-up with 35 and Judith Nicol third on 31.

Ginette Baker’s 34 points narrowly won Division 1, with Lisa Griffiths second on 33 and vice-captain Michelle James third on 32. Izzy Swift sneaked home in Division 2, her 35 points beating Hazel Cox and Lynne Pope, who both scored 34, with the former getting the verdict on countback.

Lynne Johnson won the weekend medal, closely followed by Angie Bagley and Sam Hewlett.

Senior John Yates has been playing consistently well in recent weeks and followed up a win in the May Stableford by winning the Centenary Cup with a nett 66. Brian Maidment was runner-up, beating six handicapper, Alan Hartree, on countback, both returning 68s.

Not content with these recent achievements, John, partnering Adrian Hurrell, narrowly won the Cockcrow competition with 42 points. Nick Carter and Russell Priest were a point adrift, but were consoled by taking the second prize from Martin Philp and Kelvin Betts on countback.

The men’s Midweek Stableford was won at a canter by 21 handicapper Steve Cameron, with an excellent 45 points. Ryan Jones was runner-up on 41, with Worlebury Royals captain Nathan Talbot, third with 40.

Assistant head greenkeeper Paul Healy, has studied hard over the last two years to improve his knowledge and skills and was rewarded by passing his Level 3 in Work Based Horticulture, which was overseen by Myerscough College in Lancashire.

THE seniors’ medal at Wedmore incorporated a trophy for those winning medals in the previous year.

This was won by Chris Norris, who also booked his place for next year by winning Division 1 for June. His score of 65 put him three clear of David Bates, with Graham Hayes third on 70.

There were two scores of 65 in Division 2 with John Hogan winning out on countback after Derek Osborn took a nine on the 15th. Chris McGowan was just one shot back in third place. Division 3 went to Roy Peck whose 69 was just one better than both Fred Linham and Alan Shiner, with Linham winning out on countback.

The ladies had an impressive win, beating Long Sutton 5-2 at Oake Manor to advance to the third round of the Rogers Cup, where they will meet Bath.

Their own competition was the Summer Bowl, a gross competition incorporating the monthly medal. Rachel Lockley was star of the day winning the bowl with a gross 82 and also the nett medal with a 67.

Gross runner-up was Sue Tarry with 89, just ahead of Shirley Gooding. Runner-up in the medal was Janis Lawrence on 68, just beating Mary-Lou Denny on countback.

The weekend competition was a Stableford and despite good conditions there were no outstanding scores. Best of the day was 41 points from Kevin Osman to win Division 2, with Trevor Denny beating Ian Robson for second place on countback, both scoring 39.

Division 1 went to Rob Davis with 39, one better than Richard Weight with Graham Sugg a further shot back in third. David Bedford won Division 3 on 39, beating Steve Whitcombe on countback, with Nick Smith just a shot back in third.

Best lady was Dawn Chadwick with 38 points with Claire Biggs second in silver division. In bronze, Desiree McGowan beat Pauline Hale on countback after both scored 37.

John Sims was presented with his seniors’ open trophy, beating two world champions in winning, Bob Anderson (darts) and Jim Hobday (bowls).

THE popular annual pro-celebrity-am took place at Brean Golf Club as it celebrated its 25th anniversary.

The event hosted by the House family at Brean Leisure Park was again raising money for the Injured Jockeys Fund and proved to be another successful day with in excess of £2,000 being raised.

Eighteen teams took part on a dry, but breezy day. The course was presented in superb condition by Robin Williams and his team of groundstaff.

Eighty-three points proved to be the winning score with two quartets totalling that number. The countback system was deployed and the winners were The Clutterbucks on the better back six from the Heineken team.

The victorious team were made up of Les Clutterbuck, Mel Brown, David Jones and Brian Read. In third place were the experienced quartet of the Brean Old Stars, as seniors’ captain Bob Hurrell led his troops to 81 points.

Long time supporters of the event, Butterworth Jones & Co, saw their number two team finish in fourth spot with 77 points to complete the prizewinners.

The Brean team had a comfortable win in the second round of the Somerset Bowl on at Worlebury. Playing on neutral territory against Orchardleigh, they ran out 4-1 victors as they moved forward to the next round.

Sunday’s competition back at Brean was an open three-ball bowmaker. Marc Birt and Tony Bissett were joined by Martyn Brown to notch up a comprehensive win in this event.

They scored an amazing 122, which was seven better than their nearest challengers, runners-up Steve Mason, Matt Haskins and Gordy Wheelaghan, whose score of 129 was pretty impressive in itself. They held a three-shot cushion over the third-placed team of Roger Phillips, Ian Adams and Barrie Tucker.

Phil Aspinall was the winner of the Super Series round. On a day of good scoring, he posted 40 points to win after a countback with another Phil, the Hodgson variety. Third place on 39 was Ian Adams.

George Stratford won the seniors’ medal for May almost a month after it should have been played as the original May date fell foul to the poor weather. He shot a nett 67 in testing conditions to win by three from Pat Mullholland. Third place went to Barrie Tucker with 71.

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