Lewis romps home by nine points

PUBLISHED: 12:30 19 November 2010

Wedmore Golf Club ladies new captain

Wedmore Golf Club ladies new captain


OFF the shorter winter course and in almost windless conditions, there were some excellent scores in the monthly stableford at Wedmore.

OFF the shorter winter course and in almost windless conditions, there were some excellent scores in the monthly stableford at Wedmore.

One round stood out above all others, however, as junior Lewis Norton-Collins scored an unheard of 52 points to win Division 3 by nine clear points.

Forty points was the minimum required to secure a first three place in any of the divisions. In a hard fought first division, Brad Ruddick clinched first place just one point ahead of Keith Jackson and Keith Thomas who took second and third respectively.

Dominic Channon took Division 2 with 43 points, again just a single point clear of Paul White in second with Harry Edwards a further two points adrift in third. Trailing in Lewis Norton-Collins’ wake in Division 3 were the son-in-law/father-in law combination of Perry Snelgrove and Nigel Young, who could only be split on countback with Snelgrove taking the runners-up place.

In a small ladies field, Val Webber had the best score of the day with 36 points, whilst Sue Tarry was the leading silver division player with 33.

Earlier in the week it had been change-over time in the seniors’ and ladies’ section as the two AGMs were held and new captains installed.

The seniors’ meeting was preceded by the annual match between the captains and vice-captains in which new captain Tony Biggs got off to an inauspicious start by losing heavily to his predecessor, David Russell.

The ladies also got off to a disappointing start as their pre-meeting event, a Texas scramble was abandoned due to the heavy winds and rain.

In the more comfortable conditions of the clubhouse, the meeting progressed much more smoothly with Jane Hewitt taking over from Claire Biggs as captain.

■ WORLEBURY Golf Club’s November monthly medal was played as a Stableford format in three divisions.

Owing to the continuing major works on all greens currently being undertaken, this was a non-qualifier competition.

The greens are showing good signs of recovery and are hoped to be back in action soon.

Results - Division 1: A Hartree 46 pts; L Grant 44; D Mellor 42. Division 2: R Godwin 47; K Knight 46; N Pickering 45. Division 3: C Dale 46; G Griffiths 43; D James 42.

There are also some works currently under construction on other parts of the course. The 10th hole is having a new tee raised and being set back on more of an angle.

The eighth hole has now had an additional bunker introduced close to the green, and the 17th hole has also had some slight reshaping on the fairway.

■ THE first Worlebury ladies’ competition in November, namely the Bottles Greensome Stableford is always a wake-up call to say Christmas is just around the corner.

This year, due to the greens underpinning programme, the ladies played a composite course which included eight temporary greens, a small price to pay for the advantages to be enjoyed next spring.

Despite gale force winds, the winners were Helen Clarke and Michelle James who scored 38 points, Janet Jamieson and Jean Abbott (37), followed by Sue Kinch and Maureen Williams with 36.

■ BOB Champion won the latest round of the Winter League with a haul of 44 points but only just after the score was matched by Nigel Hodges.

A countback of the back nine holes gave the youngster, who works on the greenstaff at Brean, top spot. Division 1 was won by Eamonn Wynne with 40 points, ahead of Dave Bailey on 37.

Turkey will definitely be on the menu this Christmas for Roger Vaughan and Wally Pape as they won the first of the turkey competitions this year. They combined to total 45 points, but still needed a countback to edge out Brian Read and Steve Peates.

Third place went to Ian Adams and Roy Baker on 43. A special mention should go to club captain Steve Bateman who battled on alone after his partner dropped out at short notice. He finished with 41 points and was just outside the prizes.

The ladies have been busy over the last couple of weeks with many competitions taking place. First up was Jenny Vaughan whose card of 32 points secured the Stableford for November. Tina Bateman and Irene Trumper then paired up to win the Ransome with a nett score of 80. Last to enter the winner’s enclosure was Joan Lawrence as she claimed the ladies’ Bogey Trophy after she matched the course.

The poor weather put paid to much seniors’ golf taking place with the only winner over the last week being John Scullion as he won the Veterans Pitch and Putt Trophy with a score of 56.

Brean’s Director of Golf David Haines won his first G&S PGA Medal of the season last week with a two under par score of 69 at Bath. This result moves him up to third place in the Order of Merit with two Medals remaining before the Christmas break.

■ WESTON Golf Club seniors’ Texas scramble: Jim Blackhurst Gary Homer John Morgan 58.38; Chris Kelly John Hurcombe Nigel Jillings 60.13; Robert Yeomans George Leigh Terry Holden 61; Graham Tripp Frank Burns Idris Woodfine 61.25; Tony Barry Robin Webb Terry Waite 62; Monty Hughes J. Williams, Roy Hodgin 63.38.

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