Josh cruises to victory in Worlebury's RNLI Shield competition

PUBLISHED: 14:42 25 April 2018

Josh Talbot.

Josh Talbot.


Worlebury Golf Club junior Josh Talbot captured the RNLI Shield, despite having to lose three shots from his handicap.

The RNLI Shield is a Worlebury competition steeped in history and was inaugurated in the 1960s when the club wanted to make an annual charity donation to the cause.

Initially the prize was either a silver spoon or letter opener, with all the entry money going to the charity. When this was stopped by the RNLI in the 70s, club member, the late John Devoto, stepped in and donated a shield.

A family member had been one of the courageous crew on the historic 1899 Lynmouth to Porlock rescue and the RNLI was close to their hearts.

John always took a close interest in junior and colt golf and he would have been delighted that this year’s winner was the youthful Josh Talbot.

With 18 the maximum handicap, Josh had to lose three shots. Undeterred, he came home with 39 points, his tally one more than Keri Allchurch and Bill Watson who came second and third respectively. Martin Green and Mark Terry won the lesser prizes with 37.

The first men’s monthly medal of the year was well supported, members appearing to be undaunted by the prospect of strokeplay as opposed to the comparative comfort of Stableford.

Nevil Horne recorded the day’s top score to take Division 1 with an excellent nett 65. Dan Bovingdon was runner-up on 67. Pete Gilpin came third on countback with a 68, pipping club captain Steve Taylor and Ryan Jones.

Gareth Hawkes comfortably took the Division 2 title, his nett 67 giving him a four-shot win over Rob White and Steve Gray.

Eifion Price with a nett 69 won Division 3. Adam Kinghorn was runner-up on 71 and Steve Biddle third with 74.

Building on his success in the medal, Avalon Royals player Gareth Hawkes top scored in the midweek Stableford, his 43 points giving him a two-point win over his Royals’ captain Terry Santo. Bill Watson, as with the RNLI competition, came third on countback.

The ladies held a Stableford in very windy conditions which made good scoring almost impossible. Vice-captain Eunice McAdams and Pauline Smith top scored with 29 points to win the third and first divisions respectively. Hazel Cox took the second division title with 27.

The ladies weekend medal was comfortably won by Louise Goodrum with a good nett 69. Sally Dawkins was runner-up, with Helen Clarke, third.

The clubhouse was packed for the first of the biannual quizzes. This one was hosted by the Phillips family and friends and had a St George’s Day theme. The top five teams finished within a point of one another and it was the team led by treasurer Graham Hewlett, aptly named, Little Treasures, that squeezed home.

Steve Taylor thanked the team, particularly the joint quizmasters, Peter and Amanda, for organising such a highly enjoyable event.

Graham built on this success by leading the Avalon Originals in their opening league match to a fine 4-1 win at home to The Mendip. Graham was first out and partnered by Ryan Jones, they set the scene with a 2&1 win.

Good wins were added by John Leech/Kevin Holbrook and Keri Allchurch/Nevil Horne. The icing on the cake was a one-hole win in the final tie by Tony Westren and vice-captain Paul McAdams. The pair had fought back from being four down at the turn.

Graham was full of praise for his partner, who was a last minute replacement and made a major contribution to the win.

On an absolutely fabulous day with the course at Weston playing superbly well, 102 members contested the Pentagon Trophy.

Seventeen players carded nett level par or better with Steve Pitts winning with a fantastic score of 65, pipping Philip Eastman into second place with 66. Steve Thomas was third with 68 by virtue of countback from Eddie Langford and immediate past captain Glenn Taylor.

St George’s Day was, appropriately, the day for Weston seniors to contest the annual St George’s Trophy.

While the course is in great condition with excellent greens, the strong breeze proved to be the deciding factor with only four breaking par. With a tremendous back nine of gross level par, the trophy winner was Clive Stilwell with a nett 68, just ahead on countback of Roger Magor. Third was Phil Humphries on 69, followed by David Holder also on 69, Steve Thomas on 70 and John Blackett on 71. Reflecting the conditions, there were only five twos.

Leila Mallen reached her 70th year anniversary as a member of Weston Golf Club. Her son John accompanied her to the clubhouse for a celebration tea party hosted by lady captain Zena Balcombe, who presented Leila with a copy of her original golf club application form and a bouquet of flowers.

Tessa Pitt and Kaylee Davey won the final of the ladies’ winter foursomes, beating Julie Ward and Jan Bishop 2&1.

Captain Zena Balcombe and Claire Redwood won the foursomes Barstow Shield and Jan Bishop and Sue Stilwell are through to the next round of the handicap foursomes after beating Shirehampton in the opening round.

Mario and Bobby Ferrari have taken on the enjoyable task of mixed friendly captains, taking the reins from Andrew and Zena Balcombe. Their first match was played on Sunday in sunny, but cold conditions with the visiting team from Minehead winning with one extra point.

Both teams joined together for a superb carvery following the match.

A week of frenzied activity at Wedmore started with the seniors’ Stableford and a win in Division 1 for Terry Clark on 38, two better than Graham Hayes with John Vowles third on 35.

Nick Smith was best in Division 2, again on 38 with Gary Cutter three points back in second, one better than third-placed Steve Miller. Bill Witter with 37 was best in Division 3, two ahead of Philip Springfield and three better than Nigel Day.

A win in a friendly against Knowle was followed by progressing to the second round of the Somerset Bowl at the expense of Oake Manor by three matches to two.

The senior’ Winters Pairs Cup also reached its conclusion with Mike Smith and Keith Thomas going down the 19th to beat Ian Sentance and Roger Harding.

The main competition for the ladies was a fourball better ball with Marlyn Jackson and Carol Horsley leading the way in a high-scoring competition on 39, just one ahead of Jenny Brown and Eileen Gillibrand, with Gill Jones and Ann Dixon taking third spot on 37.

All players came together for two more competitions at the weekend. Saturday was the fourball betterball deferred due to bad weather from Easter.

Father and daughter combination Simon and Abi Moore eclipsed the rest of the field with 46 which put them two ahead of three pairs all finishing on 44, with countback giving the order as Josh Barwell and Rob Davis, followed by Liz and Charles Sweeney and Claire and Tony Biggs.

Sunday was the monthly medal with James Vowles leading the way with 66, three better than Nick Parker and Rob Davis. Mike Garbutt on 69 won Division 2 by one from Evan Newman with Martin Olive third on countback.

Richard Turner won Division 3 from Mike Sinclair and David Ash. Alison Dodkin led the ladies field.

Somehow the final of the winter knockouts was also fitted in with wins for Pete Beavan over Terry Clark in the singles and Liam Cann and Dale Worthington over Richard MacArthur and Pete Brown in the pairs.

Simon Baunton produced the low round of the day in the April medal at Brean.

His nett 66 took the honours in Division 2, one stroke ahead of Tony Higgins. Steve Hill also beat his handicap to take third on 68.

Jim McLauchlan was the Division 3 winner after his nett 67 which gave him the largest winning margin of the day of seven strokes over Jordan Hills. Nigel Ellis was third.

Early starter Jerry Brueford secured the top division award with his nett 68. He was three clear of Stuart Wills and Pete Barton, with Wills getting the nod for second on a countback.

The April medal also decided the winner of the Brean Masters for 2018. All the medal winners from 2017 plus all previous Master’s winners competed for the coveted award.

Despite not featuring in the top three in his division on the day, Martyn Cahill was the winner this year with his nett 69. He was one ahead of Tony Richards with Phil Hodgson finishing third another shot further back.

The Avalon Division 3 side continued their busy start to the season as they completed their fourth fixture so far notching up another home success. They didn’t have things all their own way though against Mendip Spring as they just shaded the overall result by three games to two.

Seniors’ captain Chris Stephens joined forces with Steve Barker to win the Super Series Betterball Stableford. The pair with cricketing backgrounds just failed to reach their half century, but their impressive 48-point total was good enough for top spot.

This was two points clear of their nearest rivals. Chasing them down and taking second spot was Phil Barry and Pete Barton, with Nigel Ellis and Graham Foy ending the day in third with 45.

Brean ladies played their first friendly match of this season at Wheathill. The home side proved too strong on a difficult day for golf with Lyn Bird and Shirley Marlow being the only ones to win their match.

Two days later back on home soil it was a different story as they put Cannington to the sword winning all the matches in the sunshine.

The seniors were also in action at home as they took on their Woodspring counterparts. The visitors took an early lead but the hosts struck back to see the game finish level at three games apiece.

Captain Chris Stephens selected Roger Blackwell and John Hale as this team of the day for their crucial victory.

The winter knockout competitions were both concluded last week. Vincent Ford and Les Byrne are the new holders of the Wadeley Plate after beating Steve Vowles and Steve Barker in the final by a margin of 3&2.

The previous weekend saw Mel Brown produce some stunning golf to defeat Eamonn Wynne in the winter singles final.

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