Matty breaks club Jubilee Cup record at Worlebury

PUBLISHED: 15:27 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:28 09 May 2018

Matty Blackman.

Matty Blackman.


Four handicapper Matty Blackman broke the club record when he won Worlebury Golf Club's Jubilee Cup.

The highlight of the week at Worlebury was four handicapper Matty Blackman winning the Jubilee Cup and Shield, breaking the club record for the competition in the process.

The Jubilee ranks second only to the club championship as Worlebury’s most prestigious men’s event. It is the only competition left played over 36 holes in the same day.

Twenty-year-old Matty, last year’s runne-up, made light of the conditions, however, and played wonderful golf all day long.

He accrued an amazing 45 points in the morning (41 gross), carding seven birdies. He could only manage the two in the afternoon, but his eagle on the redeveloped fourth hole more than made up for this.

His only blemish in the afternoon was a bogey on the 16th which gave him 43 points (39 gross) in the second round and a winning total of 88.

Matty joined the club as an eight-year-old and it is pleasing he has come through the ranks to win a major. He has represented the club at every level. The performance is a tribute to the hard work he has put into his game allied with his natural talent. He is now playing off 2.5.

Runner-up in the morning round was Matty’s proud dad, Chris, with 40 points.

Overall results - gross winner: Matty Blackman 80; runner-up: Simon Dempsey 75; third: Josh Freeman 74.

Nett winner: Matty Blackman 88; runner-up: Ryan Jones 79; third: Lee O’Dea 78.

Prizewinners other than the above: Chris Blackman, morning runner-up with 40 and Ben Main in the afternoon with 41.

Worlebury’s mixed open was held the following day and attracted a full field with visitors from 25 different clubs competing. It was a beautiful day once more and the greensomes format made for a pleasant day’s golf.

The winners of the Phillips Cup, for the best gross score of the day, with an excellent 32 points, were the Worlebury pairing of Claire Bayliss and Ron Ganfield (45 points).

The winners of the Delhorn Cup for the best nett with a good 42 points were Rowena Bradnum and Frank Penny of Long Sutton.

Lauren and Ken Hanson were runners-up with 41. Amanda Cook and Peter Phillips pipped clubmates, Maxine and Paul Gardiner to come third, both pairs scoring 39 points.

Visitors Kathy/David McLaughlin from Meon Valley and Karen/Geoff Anderson from Henbury came fifth and sixth respectively.

The visitors were highly complimentary of the course plus the hospitality and friendliness they experienced. Lady captain Lorna Macivor, had lots of support from helpers at the welcome desk and the refreshment tent and thanked everyone who made the day such a huge success.

The ladies’ May medal was also the Dickinson Cup qualifier for players in the Silver Divison. The winner was Janet Fear with Claire Bayliss second and Maxine Gardiner, third.

Sam Hewlett won the Second Division, with Diane Millar runner-up and Sue Kinch third. The Third Division was won by Patricia Sharp, closely followed by Lorna Macivor and Jennifer Roberts.

Maureen Williams won the ladies’ nine-hole Stableford competition.

Following on recent team successes, the seniors’ Somerset Bowl team had a good 4-1 win against Wheathill at the neutral venue of Wells.

On paper it was an uphill task for Worlebury as they were giving up to five shots in each tie and so it proved, with three of the four wins only being settled in extra time and the other on the 18th.

Worlebury now face Brean at a date and venue to be notified.

Glyn Ager top scored with 39 points to win Division 1 of the seniors’ Stableford. Andy Francis was runner-up on 38 and Bill Watson third with 37.

Nick Ryan took Division 2 on countback, pipping Tom Weston, both scoring 38. John Hobbs came third with 35.

Mike Amesbury won the Over-80s competition with 32, with John Biggs runner-up and Clive Rides third.

Brian Galbraith edged out Ken Hanson to win the men’s midweek Stableford, both notching 37 points. Bill Watson’s 36, took third place, pipping Tom Main on countback.

Weston ladies played their Coronation foursomes competition with Cathy Preston and Jackie Read the clear winners with 35 points.

Jean Cooper and Julie Ward were runners-up with 32 and Claire Redwood and Sue Stilwell third with 32 on countback.

Weston seniors played two matches this week, the first was the reverse friendly fixture against near neighbours Burnham and Berrow.

As usual the match was played in good spirit and the result being a 3-3 tie confirmed this. Terry Waite and Steve Edwards kicked things off nicely for Weston with 5&3 victory followed by two halved matches featuring the pairings of Bill Diamond with Pete Hardaway and captain Robin Webb and Rob Filer.

Tony Barry and partner John Poole succumbed to a 3&2 defeat, while vice-captain Ed Langford and Don Harris edged Weston ahead with a 2&1 win. The final match was tight, but John Rowsell and Michael Latham were pipped one down to leave the overall result a tie.

The following day a 10-man team played the Somerset seniors Rose Bowl knockout first round match against Cricket St Thomas at the neutral venue of Long Sutton.

First out for Weston were Gary Homer and Paul Chesney who managed to reverse an early three down margin to come through as 3&2 winners. Next were Dave Garrett and Chris Slocombe who found their opposition too tough to overcome.

In the next match, arguably the tightest, Tony Barry and Terry Waite got themselves into a two up with two to play situation, but the match was decided on the last green as the Weston pair won the match two up.

Rob Filer and Steve Strange were the fourth group out and try as they did couldn’t prevent a 3&2 defeat. The final pairing of John Stokes and Pete Hardaway managed to keep their opponents at arm’s length in their match coming through as 3&2 winners.

A 3-2 victory for Weston sees them through to the second round and their opponents will be Enmore Park at a venue yet to be decided.

There were more than 130 players at Wedmore for the seniors’ open.

Well over half of these were from clubs cross the South West and beyond and these took a fair share of the prizes, particularly in the lower handicap divisions.

A strong and chilly wind made scoring difficult with only one player reaching 40 points. This was David Butler from Melksham which gave him the overall prize.

Mark Hewlett from Tall Pines took the visitors’ prize with 39 points, second best of the day, while yet another visitor, Brian Symonds from Gaudet Luce in Droitwich, won Division 1 with 37 points. John Russell from Wedmore took runners-up spot with another visitor, Doug Fletcher from China Fleet in third place.

The other divisions were dominated by Wedmore players with Steve Sage on 39 winning Division 2, one better than Brad Speller with Mike Smith another shot back in third.

Clive Warren-Smith took Division 3 on 38, three clear of John Rogers who beat Philip Springfield on countback. Peter Rowntree took the over-70s prize, again on countback, with 35 points.

The seniors themselves had visited Chippenham for their away day a couple of days earlier and again found the cold wind difficult to cope with.

Roger Harding coped best to win the overall prize with 35 points. Division 1 went to Steve Lawrence ahead of Tom Bennett and Ellis Nearn. John Hogan was best in Division 2 followed by Derek Meades and John Rogers. Dennis Howard was top of the Over-70s.

The ladies played one of their complicated Stablefords which was also a qualifier for the County Barlow Cup for bronze division players.

Linda Roberts was the qualifier from Wedmore and she also won Division 2 with 32 points on countback from Margaret Rogers. Jenny Thomas was third on 31.

Division 1 was won by Marlyn Jackson on 34, one better than Ronnie Follenfant with Deidre Wheadon a shot back in third.

Janet Robson won Division 3 on 31 ahead of Pauline Warner and Sue Edwards. Linda Wright won the nine-hole competition with 21.

Brean seniors kicked off May by contesting their monthly Stableford event on the opening day.

Two players returned scores of 40 points and with it won their respective divisions. Mel Brown was the victor in the top flight as he finished a single point ahead of Tony Roper with Barrie Yearsley third on 37.

The other player to accumulate 40 points was Bob Masterman and he enjoyed the top spot in the Second Division. He had the more comprehensive of the two divisional victories though as he held a massive eight-point advantage over the runner-up Vincent Ford, with Ken Ponter a further point behind in third.

The Young Pape Trophy is in memory of two well-respected former members of the senior section and was up for grabs.

Played in the bogey scoring format against the course the winner was an impressive +8 at the end of play. The owner of that winning card was Colin Roberts courtesy of a stunning round of golf in the sunshine and saw his handicap reduced as a result.

Runner-up to Roberts was Mike Allen with his +6 return and Barrie Yearsley took third on +3 on what was a day of low scoring as over a third of the competitors beat or matched their handicaps.

Murray Parsons won his second successive event at Brean as he claimed first prize in the Super Series Stableford. After his win in the National Pro Am qualifier six days earlier, he posted 37 points to win again but only after a back nine countback with Phil Barry. Pete Dunn took third with 36.

Mo and Paul Sanders were the winners of a close run father and son greensomes Stableford.

Once the early morning mist had cleared, a glorious day followed and the duo scored a winning total of 41 points to be one point clear of the field. Two pairs returned scores of 40 and a detailed countback was required to separate them.

Brian and Jeff Read just shaded it with the better back six holes over their playing partners for the day, Steve and Millie Jones.

The Somerset Ladies County Golf Association Championships were held at Weston over the May Bank Holiday weekend.

Conditions were perfect and excellent golf was played by the 25 competitors who took part on Friday playing 36 holes. The top 16 gross qualified for the championship knockouts and the next eight for the Phillips Trophy knockouts.

On Sunday there was a tense wait for the fog to lift from the course delaying the start by two hours. However, the final of the Phillips Trophy got underway between Jessica Haines (Burnham & Berrow) and Claire Walker (Mendip Spring) along with the semi-final of the championship.

Jess had an excellent round to win the trophy and is possibly the youngest to ever win it. The final of the championship was played between Hannah Woodley (Enmore Park) and Aimee Sawyer (The Mendip).

It was a close match until the tide turned on the 15th. Hannah finally won on the 17th to retain the title for the fourth time in five years.

The Gliddon Vase for best under-25 gross was presented to Jade Cope (Weston) who was a quarter-finalist losing on the 21st hole. Mendip Spring won the inter-club team Challenge Holt Shield.

Most Read

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Most Read

Latest from the Weston Mercury

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists