Josh finishes on top to earn Jubilee Shield at Worlebury

PUBLISHED: 09:28 19 May 2017 | UPDATED: 09:28 19 May 2017

Weston Golf Club.

Weston Golf Club.


Scratch golfer Josh Freeman won the prestigious Jubilee Shield, a 36-hole competition at Worlebury Golf Club.

The Jubilee Cup and Shield ranks next to the club championship as the most prestigious men’s competition at Worlebury.

It is the only one played over 36 holes in the same day. A good field turned out for this year’s competition, but the strong wind made life difficult for the players.

County player, Josh Freeman, playing off scratch, won the gross competition and the Jubilee Shield. His 35 points in the morning left him nicely poised in second place behind Andy Cooper, whose 36, which included four birdies, was the best round of the morning. Matt Blackman also bagged an excellent 35 points.

Freeman finished the stronger in the afternoon, the highlight being an eagle on the seventh, adding 32 points to his morning’s tally, to give him the Shield. Blackman, was runner up by two points.

The round of the afternoon was an excellent 37 points posted by county player, Alex Winn. One-handicapper Winn, had five birdies in his round, which saw him shoot through the field to take third place, beating Cooper by one point.

Mick Keen and Ron Ganfield set the pace in the morning in the nett competition for the Jubilee Cup, each scoring 41 points. Matt Blackman and Gareth Hawkes led the chasing pack with 39.

While others fell by the wayside in the afternoon, last year’s winner, Rich Godwin, showing no signs of fatigue from an exhausting French tour, came from nowhere to retain the cup.

After an average morning round of 34 points, Godwin followed this up with an excellent 43 in the afternoon. Hawkes came second with a decent afternoon round of 35 giving him a total of 74. This pipped Keen on countback, with Blackman fourth, a further point adrift. Junior Mikey Nicholls, came second in the afternoon round with 40 points.

Club captain Andy Collard presented the trophies to the winners on completion of the competition, thanking the greenstaff for their presentation of the course and the match and handicap committee for their hard work in organising the event.

The top score in the seniors’ Stableford was posted by John Yates, his excellent 43 points saw him win Division 2 at a canter. Nick Rowdon was runner-up for the second competition in succession, his 37 points beating Fred Spearing on countback.

The round of the day, however, was posted by five-handicapper Pete Gilpin, whose 38 points saw him win Division 1 on countback from Brian Book and his handicap reduced to four. Frank Hopkinson came third, beating Malcolm Summers on countback, both scoring 36.

The shot of the day was struck by Paul McAdams when he used a seven iron to hole out on the 12th. This was Paul’s first ace since taking up the game eight years ago. Paul is pictured with his ball and a celebratory dram.

Also pictured is Rich Exon, having been presented with the Coronation Cup by captain Andy Collard. Rich edged out Peter Hill on countback both scoring nett 65s. Darran Mason was third on 66 with Matthew O’Connell losing out on countback.

The seniors arrested a recent run of poor form with a morale boosting 3-3 home draw against Burnham and Berrow. The visitors looked home and dry at 3-1, but wins in the final two ties saw Worlebury draw level. The winning pairs were Martin Ford/Stuart Macivor and Steve Rowlands/Danny O’Connor.

The seniors travelled to The Mendip, but lost narrowly 3.5 to 2.5. Good wins were recorded by Mike Strang/Alan Woolford and Martin Ford/Roger Leaver, with John Yates/John Ratajczak getting a fighting half.

Dave Treleaven and Clive Rides’s match was pivotal with the Worlebury pair going down by a solitary hole, which gave The Mendip their narrow win.

Barry Newson led Worlebury to a narrow 3.5 to 2.5 win in the home leg of the annual challenge match with the Minehead Warreners. This long standing fixture has been going for more than 30 years and on this occasion Barry, who has played in almost every fixture since its inception, was partnered by Brian Evans, one of the founder members.

This experience seemed of little help to them and they went down in the opening tie to a strong pairing of The Warreners president, Eddy Gosling and his partner, Jamie Anderson. The rest of the team rallied, however, to pull off the narrow win.

Barry thanked the visitors for their good company and sportsmanship. Eddy, in turn, shared these sentiments and was also highly complimentary of the condition of the course and the meal provided by Peter Carraud and his staff.

The ladies’ May medal was also a qualifier for the Dickinson Cup, a competition for silver division players. It was won by 16-handicapper Sue Tarry with a nett 74, which also led to her winning Division 1, narrowly seeing off Sue Sokol and Maxine Gardiner.

Marnie Sweet had the day’s top score, a nett 72, to win Division 3 with Jill Hobbs second and lady vice-captain Lorna Macivor third. Sam Hewlett won Division 2 on countback from Diane Millar, both scoring net 73s. Cheryl Saunders came third with a 74.

Cheryl followed this up with a comfortable win in the Coronation Foursomes. partnering Julie Stafford, their 36 points was the best round by far. Countback was required to decide the lesser places with Janet Keight/Joyce Tiney pipping Janet Jamieson/Janet Fear and Angela Bagley/Lynne Johnson.

The weekend medal was won by Amanda Cook with Emma Bourton runner-up, Helen Clarke third and Sandra Barford fourth. Former lady captain Helen, has just returned from Australia as an international player.

The club also welcomes Sandra back (together with husband, Gary) who has rejoined the club after a lengthy period of residence in France and Lincolnshire.

The first mixed greensomes open of the season was held at Weston on a pleasant day with light winds.

The course was presented in outstanding condition after the dry spell with many comments from visitors to the quality of the course, especially the greens.

With home advantage, the top five slots went to Weston members. In first place were Mark and Lynn Perry winning the GH Evans Trophy with an impressive 42 points. Runners-up were the new men’s seniors Somerset Open champion Steve Thomas and his wife Wendy, losing on countback.

Third place went to Graham and Sue Osman on 40, followed by Matt and Sally Brosnan again on 40, but losing on the back nine holes and fifth place went to club president Gordon Robert and his wife Beryl on 38.

Nearest the pins were won by Ron Kelley and Liam May on holes seven and 14. The lead four pairs qualify for the Claude Lalonde on October 7 and 8.

The second mixed open is being played on August 27 where again the lead four pairs will qualify for the Claude Lalonde. This is available to sign up for on line at

Steve Thomas, a member at Weston for more than 18 years, won the Somerset Senior Championship Trophy in testing conditions at Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club.

Steve lifted the trophy with 76 gross in a play-off with local hopeful Barry Simpson. Other notable scores from Weston were Kevin Lane on 78 and Ron Kelley on 79.

Weston B made it two wins from two after beating Wells at home 3.5 to 1.5 on a breezy sunny day.

First out, Chris Evans and Chris Homer lost 3&2, despite being only two over gross. The reliable pairing of Steve Dowden and Steve Corrick thumped the Wells pair 4&2, with Dowden playing the first nine virtually on his own.

Alan Harris and Jack Radcliffe continued their fine form with a two up win and new pairing of John Stokes and Ian Goldsworthy gained a creditable half. It was left to Kenton Simpson and club captain Glenn Taylor to seal the deal on 18 with a one up win.

An exceptional round of 67 by Di Brown saw her handicap cut by three shots in the ladies’ medal competition. Hot on her heels was Carole Menzies with a 68, also reducing her handicap by three. June Phillips was third with 71 and Wendy Homer fourth with a 72.

Two major events at Wedmore saw more than 200 visitors and guests taking part.

First up was the seniors’ open, an individual Stableford. Home members took the majority of the prizes, but visitors were well also well represented, in particular Howard Jones from Clevedon, who took the Butcombe Trophy for the best overall score with 44 points.

His closest pursuer was Frank Denniston, who took the over-70s prize with his 42 points. A close finish to Division 1 saw three players all on 38, with Chris Norris winning on countback from Michael Harmer (Brecon) and Calvon Poulton-Sadler.

Keith Rabbitts scored 39 to win Division 2 ahead of William Grey from Filton with Chris Monks third. Local players had a whitewash in Division 3 with Alasdair McDonald on 38, winning ahead of Eddie Parlour and Clive Warren-Smith. Peter Galliers from Henbury won the best visitors’ prize on 38.

The ladies’ competition was a bowmaker which generated good scores and a tight finish. Wedmore players claimed the top four prizes with Jenny Brown, Sue Painter and Ann Dixon taking top spot with 87 points, which gave them a two-point advantage over the next three teams.

Countback over the back nine determined the places with Aileen Robertson, Linda Roberts and Marion Warren-Smith just winning out ahead of Rachel Lockley, Jenny Thomas and Eunice Bond in third and Hazel Gough, Louise Allen and Ann Adams taking fourth. Best visitors’ team was Juliet Hagley, Elaine Morgan and Lesley Wicking on 80.

Best scores in the weekend Stableford were in Division 3, won by Bradley Speller with 42 points, two better than Evan Newman in second with David Horsley another shot back in third.

Sean Gray took the honours in Division 1, his 39 being a point better than Dom Channon in second with Richard Macarthur third on 37. Jonathan Raeside was the only player to beat par in Division 2, his 37 was two better than runner-up Max Grant, with David Poynor taking third place.

Former Brean members Dave and Kevin Stacey returned to team up with current member Simon Baunton to win the open bowmaker.

In a format which demands steady play from all team members, they scored 125 to win by a single stroke. With six holes needing all three players to count, any disaster can prove costly for any team and many tales of woe were recounted afterwards in the bar.

Runners-up after a countback on 126 were another set of brothers in the shape of Leighton and Mark Jenkins, who were joined by Richard Triscott. They edged out with a better back nine Stewart Garrett, Tony Groves and Andy Chapple. Fourth place went to Roger Phillips, Ian Adams and Barrie Tucker on 127.

The second event of the open weekend, the three-player scramble, saw some of the early starters set a target none of the other teams could beat.

Steve Bateman teamed up with Gordy Wheelaghan and Tony Higgins to win with a superb nett score of 56.8. Their winning margin was only 0.7 of a stroke though over captain-elect Mike Carter, Steve Jones and his daughter Millie, who always seem to feature well in this format.

Team Marshfield took third with father Jon assisting his son’s Tom and Billy to the bronze medal position with a score of 58. The final prize went to another trio with some previous in scramble competitions as Stuart Wills, Andy Thomas and Martyn Cahill claimed fourth with 60.3.

The Avalon Division 5 side recorded their second home win of the season when they faced Wheathill. They dispatched their Mid Somerset based opponents by 3.5 games to 1.5.

Three players handed in cards of 40 points in the John Heath Memorial Trophy, so a countback was needed to decide the winner. After all three back nines has been scrutinised, it was Ray Rushman who was declared the winner ahead of Roger Phillips. Bob Hurrell had to settle for third spot as Phillips pipped him on the back nine also.

Liz Blackwell claimed the top spot in the ladies’ May Stableford with a stunning round of 41 points. She won by the sizeable margin of eight points from Sue Wright and with the result saw three shots shaved from her handicap. Ladies’ captain Jenny Vaughan was third.

Kevin White was the winner of the latest midweek Stableford with a 38-point return. He won by one from a pair of 37-point scorecards courtesy of Paul McLanaghan and Pete Barton.

After a countback, McLanaghan was given second place with the better back nine score.

Martyn Cahill and his Brean PGA professional Andrew March embark on a bid to qualify for the grand final of Europe’s largest pro-am when they tee up in a forthcoming Lombard Trophy regional final at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club on June 22.

It is one of 14 qualifying events for the £80,000 tournament which for the winners culminates in a 36-hole final at Portugal’s luxurious Pestana Vila Sol Golf & Hotel resort in Portugal in September.

Cahill landed a shot at qualifying for the grand final when he won his club qualifying competition with a score of 39 points.

Martyn Cahill, 41, lives in Burnham and has been playing golf for nine years and plays off a handicap of 15., while Andrew March (39), has been a professional at Brean for nine years.

Congratulations to Somerset players Will Poole and Sam Fernley in finishing first and fourth respectively in the South East of England Links National Championship.

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