Matthew emerges as new club champion at Weston

PUBLISHED: 15:49 12 July 2017

Weston Golf Club.

Weston Golf Club.


Matthew Shaw in the new Weston Golf Club champion, winning by one shot from runner-up Taylor Lloyd.

Two beautiful days at Weston Golf Club greeted the 101 competitors for the annual 36-hole club championships and Handicap Plate.

The standard of golf played was quite superb and this resulted in a number of scores below par. The winner and club champion with a score of 70, 73=143 was Matthew Shaw, who also won the Handicap Plate. Second was Taylor Lloyd with 70, 74=144 and third was Adam Sloan with 69, 75=144.

The best 36-hole nett score was recorded by Neil Crispin with 66, 69=135, second with 68, 68=136 was Chris Homer and third with 69, 69=138 was Andy Disney.

The course was presented in superb condition and recognition should go to head greenkeeper Simon Cresser and his team for the playing conditions.

The early birds had a rather wet start to the Weston Ladies Ping four-ball betterball competition. With little breeze, it took a while to clear but eventually turned into another fine day and the scores reflected this.

In first place with 42 points was the pairing of ladies’ president Wendy Homer and Sue Osman. Ladies’ captain Mel Rossi and Pam Hudson were runners-up on the same score, but pipped on countback. Sally Irlam and Di Walker took third place with 41.

The Alliance B team faced strong opposition when they played away at Bath. Despite a great effort all round, they lost the match but achieved a valuable five points.

It was a big week at Worlebury for seniors’ captain Barry Newson and ladies’ captain Sue Kinch.

Barry hosted his annual captain’s day with 96 taking part in a thoroughly enjoyable day. The winners were the experienced quartet of Pete Gilpin, Dave Mellor, Stuart Lock and Merv Kinch with 130 points. Just behind on 127 were Dave Grant, Alan Woolford, Colin Dale and Ron Stevens.

Just as important as the competition result, was the £414 raised in a raffle run by Janet Jamieson at the hospitality tent. The proceeds will go to the Weston Hospital Scanner Appeal which is this season’s senior and lady captains’ chosen charity. The sum was increased by a donation by the generous winners from their prize money.

Barry thanked the players for their participation and his hardworking seniors committee members augmented by a team of volunteers, who all pulled together to make the day such a success.

Barry led his team against Lansdown at home in a social match. Partnered with Dave Pope, the pair lost rather heavily in their tie. Dave was pitted once more against his brother Robin and Lansdown’s captain Rod Thomas.

Having lost twice to his big brother last season, there was little in this match to suggest the pattern will change when the pair meet once more next week, in the corresponding fixture. Rod’s day got even better when he won the nearest the pin prize, which was donated by Colin Dale.

Four of the other matches went down to the last hole, both sides winning two of these encounters. Clive Rides/Mike Williams and John Langdon/Stuart Macivor held their nerve to win for the home side. A convincing win in the final tie by Nick Ryan and Nick Rowdon saw the honours finish even.

Sue Kinch and her committee hosted the ladies’ open. A full field of 26 teams of three from various clubs in the local area took to the course. Thankfully the threat of thunderstorms did not materialise and all the participants had a lovely day. The visitors were very complimentary as to the condition of the course.

The clear winners with 83 points were Sue Harrop, Ann Gates and Sue Ovland from Wheathill. Countback was required to decide the rest of the places, each trio having 78 points. Worlebury members Helen Clarke, Janet Fear and Martine Withers from Mendip Spring pipped Helen Grove, Valerie de Lancey and Lynn Jeffreys from Henbury, Worlebury’s Janet Jamieson and Michelle James strengthened with the inclusion of Zena Balcombe from Weston and Sue Grounds, Liz Lyon and Sarah Nancholas from Mendip Spring.

The visitor’s prize was won by Mary Dolman, Alison Kerr and Jane Russett from Saltford with 77 points. Nearest the pin prizes went to Janet Fear for the home players on the second and Kathy McLaughlin from Meon Valley for the visitors on the 12th.

The ladies held the Margaret Dunston Cup, which is for players under 60 years of age, and the Bindon Salver for the more mature ladies. Emma Bourton with 41 points won the cup and Ang Bagley with 39, the salver.

They also held a weekend Stableford, which was won by Helen Clarke with a nett 74. Janet Fear was runner-up and Gloria Roche took third place.

The men held the second leg of the professional trophy qualifier. With the course in great condition, some very low scores were recorded.

Malcolm Summers won the day with an excellent nett 63. Countback was required to separate the next three places, each player scoring nett 65s. Will Denyer pipped Ben Main and Eoin Anderson. Tony Western, with a 66, took the final prize, edging out Nick Extence on countback.

The lowest handicapper in the field, Matt Blackman, who won the first leg, had a good round of nett 68 which included four birdies. Royals stalwart James Marshall also qualified with a nett 68, the highlight of his round, an eagle on the fourth hole.

Twenty three players played to or bettered their handicap. They all progress to the final, which will be held later in the season.

The Avalon Royals hit the top of Division 5 with a fighting away draw against Long Sutton Stags. Team captain Terry Santo used his squad rotation to good effect bringing back Craig Young and Gareth Hawkes.

Santo and Dan Bovingdon have combined well, this season and chalked up another fine win by 3&1. Young and his partner James Marshall were never in trouble as they romped home, also 3&1.

With Dave Collard and Ben Main losing a close contest by a single hole and John Melwani with Rich Exon, tasting defeat for the first time this season, it was left to Hawkes and big hitting Will Denyer to bring Worlebury level with a strong finish to secure a half.

The Royals have a double header next weekend, away against Orchardleigh and Brean, which will go a long way towards deciding whether they can achieve their third promotion on the bounce.

It was not such good news for the Avalon Originals in League 4. They suffered a heavy 4-1 reverse at Tall Pines with the youthful pairing of Ryan Jones and Joe Joyce providing the only crumb of comfort for skipper Graham Hewlett.

The social committee arranged a marvellous masked ball. A full clubhouse enjoyed a quality meal provided by chef Peter Carraud and his staff, then danced the night away to a superb set by one of the West Country’s top bands, Missing Cat.

Both the senior men and ladies held their championships, the men over 36 holes and the ladies over 18.

The first round of the men’s also incorporated the monthly medal from which 24 players progress to the second round. Wind and rain kept the scoring down, the best being a nett 66 from Geoff Musson-Thorp to win Division 3. Ken Willetts hit 67 to win Division 2 and Graham Clifford won out on countback in Division 1 from three other players all on 68. Bill Lander’s gross 76 led the way in the championship, but both John Russell and Nick Parker were just two shots back.

These three formed the final group on day two and the lead switched between them over the round. Parker had reason to thank a dog walker who found his wayward drive on the 12th, but the decisive hole was the 17th, when Lander had a disastrous eight to lose the lead and leave Parker two shots clear of Russell.

He still needed a good chip for a par on the final hole to win, with Russell taking the runners-up trophy. Lander was left with the best gross on day two prize with Martin Olive taking the equivalent nett prize.

In a tight finish in the overall nett competition, Peter Searle took the trophy on countback thanks to a chip in two on the final hole.

The ladies found it tough on one of the hottest days of the year. Deirdre Wheadon clearly enjoyed the heat coming with a 69 to take the nett prize and Vera Ireland Trophy ahead of Ann Search on 71.

In the gross competition, Beryl Richards was chasing her third win in a row, but her front nine was matched by several others. Steady play took her three clear to win the Ann Adams Claret Jug again.

Wendy Lucas took the over-70s prize, while Jane Hewitt was runner-up to Richards on countback from Claire Biggs. Prizes over the front and back nines went to Jill Cornelius, Janis Lawrence, Ange Webber and Aileen Robertson.

Mel Brown came off the course slightly disappointed as he had just made his first and only six of the day at the 18th hole in the seniors open at Brean.

That still equated to a spectacular 46-point haul and brought him top spot overall by two points and with it the Bill Martin Trophy.

Brown has been in consistent form of late and played a superb round of golf to head home the large field of 72 senior golfers from across the region. He held a two-shot advantage over another Brean member Tony Romeo, whose 44 point card secured him the Veterans Trophy for the best score by an entrant over 70 years of age.

In third place was Mats Mattsson, who played alongside Romeo, and posted an impressive 41 points of his own on his scorecard.

The final trophy of the day was awarded to Enmore Park’s Pete March, father of Brean’s director of golf Andrew, as he collected the Nicoll Trophy for his 40-point return in the 65 to 69 category.

With each player only eligible to win one prize, the leading visitor award was retained by Enmore Park’s Barry Smith on 38, just as he had done 12 months earlier. Bob Masterman was the best of the runners-up in each of the cups with his 40 points finishing behind Romeo and Brian Read finished one point shy of March’s total in the Nicoll Trophy.

Early starter Jim Puddy rounded out the prizewinners taking third spot in the Bill Martin Trophy on 39 points. It was the largest turnout for the event for many years and it was pleasing to see so many visitors enjoying the course as well as complimenting it afterwards.

Hopefully a large number will be back for the Brean seniors’ pairs open being played on September 14 this year.

Earlier in the week, Tony Bissett had a spectacular round of 45 points to post the leading score in the seniors’ Stableford. His nearest challengers could only manage 42 points with Ken Rouse finishing runner-up to Bissett in Division 2.

The other 42-point return came for Graham Collins which claimed him the Division 1 award. He was one clear of Barrie Tucker, who in turn beat Barrie Yearsley into third. Bob Toller was the third-placed man in the second flight with 39.

Lesley Millard celebrated her birthday with a win in the ladies’ July medal. She played steadily for her nett 71 which ended three clear of Gail Mason and Lyn Bird who took second and third respectively.

A duo from Stockwood Vale filled the top two spots in the Brean ladies’ open in conjunction with the seniors’ open event. Lesley Moore and Kathy Shiells both returned 37 points, with Moore winning on countback.

Leading Brean member was Lesley Millard, who continued her recent good run of form with 35 points to take third.

Gail and Steve Mason won a closely contested Jubilee Plate with a score of 37 points. The top three pairs were separated by just four points in the greensomes Stableford event.

The Mason’s held off last year’s winners Suzanne and Mark Hatfield by a single point, with Beverly and John Cranley taking third on 34.

Nigel Ellis and Phil Barry took top spot in the eighth round of the Super Series. In the betterball Stableford format, they posted an impressive 47 points, but only enjoyed a one-point advantage at the end of the day on another day of low scoring.

Taking second place after a countback was Jim McLauchlan and Pete Dunn with a better back nine score than Ray Rushman and Tony Groves, who ended up third.

Graham Foy was the only player in a large field to reach the 40-point mark in the monthly Stableford. He won Division 2, as well as earning himself a handicap reduction, with a one-point victory over Jerry Brueford.

Ray Rushman continued his good recent run of form taking the Division 3 honours with 39 points, two clear of Dan Reason and Les Byrne with Reason getting the verdict on the back nine countback for the runners-up prize. Murray Parsons won the top flight with 38 points, one clear of Barrie Tucker.

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