Past Weston lady captains gather for annual match

PUBLISHED: 15:31 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:32 19 September 2018

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club.


Past lady captains at Weston Golf Club gathered for their annual match for the Rose Bowl.

Weston past lady captains gathered for their annual match competing for the Rose Bowl hosted by last year’s captain.

The course looked immaculate in the autumn sunshine, but high scores were hard to come by. Winning with 34 points was 2015 captain Julie Ward with 2017 captain Mel Rossi runner-up with 31 points.

Past president and captain Joan Cumming presented Julie with flowers and the Rose Bowl.

A full field of ladies competed for the EG medal and Sanders Bowl. Jean Cooper triumphed scoring 71 which resulted in a handicap reduction of one shot bringing her handicap down to 12.

Tessa Pitt wasn’t far behind with 72 and Lynn Perry was third on countback also scoring 72.

Weston seniors travelled to Wells to play a friendly match. First out for the visitors was Dave Snowdon and Steve Edwards whose tussle ended with a one up victory.

A more convincing win by 4&3 followed from the pairing of Rob Filer and John Morgan before the first defeat of the day for captain Robin Webb and Mark Fozzard by the same margin.

Another win this time by 5&4 was secured by Tony Barry and David Andow. However two defeats followed as Terry Waite and Geoff Seaman went down by 4&2, and Pete Hardaway and Don Harris lost 3&2 to give an overall score of a 3-3 tie.

Later the same week they hosted a team from The Mendip and this time it was Steve Burrough and Martin Booth that led the way with a 3&2 win. John Rowsell and Pete Hardaway fought hard but eventually lost one down.

Robin Webb and Fred Donbavand won their match one up but, playing as a singleton, Neil Horsfield was unable to overcome his opponents. John Whitewood and Nigel Jillings found it hard going as they went down 5&4, but the final match ended in a 5&3 win for John Morgan and John Greaves. This meant that for the second time running the overall score was a 3-3 tie.

The seniors’ two-man Texas scramble saw some good scores being recorded as all teams easily beat par. First place went to Nigel Jillings and Gerald Taylor who were the only team to break 60 with a nett score of 59.1.

Runners-up with 60 were John Blackett and Jim Blackhurst and in third on 60.1 Martin Booth and Roger Magor. Fourth place went to Paul Chesney and Chris Slocombe with 60.2 and in fifth were Richard Smith and Rod Thomas on 60.6.

With Weston Golf Week over it was business as usual at Worlebury with a number of competitions and events on the go.

One of the highlights of the week was the men’s club away day which was held at Chipping Sodbury. It was wonderfully organised by club captain Steve Taylor and his vice, Paul McAdams and demonstrated that one does not have to travel a great distance to have a memorable day out.

It was held on club professional Scott Thompson’s birthday, but it was the pairing of Andy Collard and Kieron Osmond who had most cause to celebrate, taking home the Away Day Shield with a winning score of 44 points.

Adi Marshman and Josh Talbot were runners-up with 43. Countback was required to separate third and fourth places with Graham Hewlett and Paul Marsh getting the verdict over Dale Rendall and Lee O’Dea, both pairs scoring 42 points.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by John Horobin, Dave Collard and John Jones. Eighty-two balls were lost on the day giving a little windfall to Keith Wharton and Andy Taylor who were closest in their predictions. An alternative prediction competition prize was shared by Roy Baker and Keri Allchurch.

This successful event was followed by two others - the Centenary Challenge against The Mendip and the seniors’ open Stableford.

The annual match against The Mendip commemorates both clubs sharing their respective centenaries in 2008. The outcome tends to go with home advantage and this year was of no exception, The Mendip winning by 7.5 to 4.5. As always, the event and the camaraderie, was more important than the result.

Eunice McAdams and Terry Bradley won the nearest the pin prizes.

The seniors held their final group stage match in the Avalon League, going down 3-2 away to Stockwood Vale. Worlebury’s only win was recorded by the pairing of Steve Taylor/Steve Rowlands, although good halves were gained by Rob McMillen/Danny O’Connor and Paul McAdams /Andy Judkins.

The team had already sealed their place in the semi-finals by winning the section and the result was, in many ways, academic.

The points gained took Worlebury’s total for the season to 83, seven more than Enmore Park who finished as runners-up. Winning the mini league has given the team home advantage in the semi-final which is against Long Sutton.

The seniors held a highly successful open Stableford. Played in two divisions, the high entry ensured there were prizes galore.

The big winner was Worlebury member Dave Green who took home the Bernard Oldfield Cup for the best score of the day, an excellent 45 points. It was a close finish, however, with fellow club member Tony Evans just missing out with 44 points.

Bob Spence was third with 38 and Tim Liddeatt edged out Philip Cook of Taunton and Pickeridge to take fourth place.

The second division, which was for the over-70s, needed countback to decide the top three positions. Frank Woolman won the day pipping Bob Webber and Ron Jamieson, each scoring 38 points. Glyn Ager was a point adrift in beating Brian Maidment on countback to come fourth.

Visitors’ prize (not featured in winners rostrum above): Robert Price (Taunton and Pickeridge). Nearest the pin prizes: Phil Morris (Chipping Sodbury) and Glyn Ager.

Winners of the men’s monthly medals for the previous 12 months took to the course to contest the Murphy Cup (nett winners) and the Mike Tilke Putter (gross).

Ken Hanson, with four birdies in his round, strolled to victory to win the Mike Tilke Putter with a gross 71. Ian Tunold, having only qualified a week before, continued his successful return to the club by winning The Murphy Cup with a nett 69.

David Mellor was runner-up with 71 and Gareth Hawkes pipped Craig Conway to come third, both scoring 72.

The ladies had a nine-hole Stableford, the winners qualifying for a championship which will be held Burnham and Berrow’s Channel Course. Amanda Cook with 20 points and Lynne Johnson, with 17, won the right to represent the club at the finals.

The Stragglers, in their final inter-club match, once more tasted defeat when they entertained a strong Wells team. They have one more competitive match when they play the seniors and with Jon Dyer being elevated to captaincy, there is an air of optimism they will finally break their duck.

The seniors warmed up for the encounter with the Stragglers with an enjoyable way match at Cannington which ended three-apiece. The pairings of Dave Pope/Brian Maidment and Malcolm Timmis/Peter Douel both won their ties with Brian Matthews/Ron Stevens and Steve Corcoran/Nick Ryan getting vital halves to bring the teams level.

It was a busy week at Wedmore, particularly for the ladies, culminating in the captains’ weekend, three days of golf.

This started with a light-hearted greensomes won by Ann and Russell Dixon with Claire and Tony Biggs in second.

Main event of the weekend is the Saturday Stableford for the Captains Cups. A good turnout of ladies saw Dawn Chadwick win the Hilary Crandon Cup in Division 1 on 37, a point better than Cathy Olive with Shirley Gooding third.

The Alison Dodkin Cup in Division 2 went to Carol Horsley on 38 with June Smith and Heather Abraham taking second and third.

A close finish in Division 1 of the men’s had Terry Clark on 39 winning the Ray Dodkin Cup on countback from Mike Garbutt, with Stuart Bishop a point back in third.

Jonathon Raeside also had 39 points to win the Chris Donald Cup in Division 2, two shots better than both Tony Ireland and David Ash.

Results had not been finalised for the Sunday 4BBB which involved lots of pink, balloons, cake and gin particularly, but Brian Webber and Bobby Jones were winning and £195 had been added to funds for the Musgrove Cancer Unit.

Earlier, the ladies held their away day at Kingsdown, a bowmaker with Sue McDonald, Karen Clark, Liz Miller and June Smith taking first place from Ange Webber, Jen Jones , Liz Hill and Hazel Gough, with Linda Roberts Janice Lawrence, Eunice Bond and Vera Ireland third.

Somehow the girls’ championship was fitted in on Saturday with Abigail Moore claiming thet on 40 points.

The county ladies held the Fowler Lock greensomes at Wedmore and two local pairs, Liz Hill with Annya Patten and Cathy Olive with Ange Webber took third and fourth places respectively.

The name Ange Webber appears several times in this report and her week also included two knockout finals. With Claire Biggs she lost a very close pairs final against Cathy Olive and Jen Jones on the final hole and then came second to Eunice Bond in the singles, perhaps unsurprisingly tiring on the back nine.

More than 70 golfers gathered at Brean to help raise funds for the three chosen captain’s charities of BARB, Freewheelers Blood Bikes and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

A hole-out eagle from 65 yards by Adam Cox at their penultimate hole helped to secure victory in the keenly-fought competition. Cox joined forces with the Lismore clan as he teamed up with father Peter and his sons Byron and Scott.

The quartet scored an impressive 92 points aided by that five-point haul for Cox on the 10th hole. They won by two points from Tony Richards, Murray Parsons and another father and son duo in Russell and Matt Shaw.

Third place was claimed by a team named Multinations that included Englishmen, Irish and Scots in the form of Mel Brown, Nigel Hodges, John Cullinan and Graham Foy as they returned 87 points. The fourth and final prize on offer went to Lyn Bird and Trevor Pitt alongside John and Beverly Cranley on 85.

The day was all about raising money for the charities with various ways of achieving that happening throughout the day. Following the prizegiving was an auction of various items and when to the money was totalled up a figure in excess of £2,000.

Ian Adams and Tony Groves handed in the best scorecards in the monthly Stableford. On day when the course more than held its own they both had 38-point hauls to win Divisions 2 and 3 respectively.

Groves enjoyed the biggest winning margin of the day as his nearest challenger was Nigel Ellis five points behind. Adams had a closer call as a single point separated him from John Cullinan in second.

The top flight saw the closest result of the day with a countback required to split Leighton Jenkins and Mark Penfold. Jenkins just got the nod on the better back nine score.

The Edmondson twins once again topped a leaderboard as they tasted success in the seniors’ open pairs event. Ron and Don only needed 64 strokes to compete the round and once their handicap allowance was deducted the nett score of 59.5 was the best of the day out of the 29 pairs competing.

They beat Barrie Tucker and Brian Read into second place as they posted a nett 61. Tucker and Read’s held an advantage 0.7 of a stroke over the third-placed duo of Barrie Yearsley and Mike Allen with Enmore Park pairing of Phil Cootes and Barry Smith taking the final prize on 63.5.

The second round of the seniors’ eclectic was claimed by John Procter with an impressive nett 64. He won by four strokes from Ron Edmondson and Roger Phillips. Edmondson had the better back nine to take second ahead of Phillips.

The following day Chris Stephens led his team into battle in their final away game of the season when they travelled to West Somerset to take on the Minehead Warreners.

They had defeated the same opponents by five games to one at Brean earlier in the season and impressively matched that same scoreline in the away match.

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