New general manager appointed at Weston Golf Club

PUBLISHED: 15:07 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 15:07 28 February 2018

Brean Golf Club captains.

Brean Golf Club captains.


A new general manager has been appointed at Weston Golf Club.

In late 1905 Weston Golf Club took the pioneering step to appoint a full-time paid secretary, Mr Bob Riddell. This was significant in that it was the first time a paid secretary had been appointed to any golf club in England and Mr Riddell remained in office for 40 years.

To this day, his lengthy service record has not been beaten. So, it is particularly pertinent that the club not only appointed a new general manager last week, Graeme Humphries, but the Bob Riddell foursomes medal was played last Saturday.

Graeme will be going some to beat that long service record, but the fantastic pairing that triumphed were the father and son team of Roy and Harry Turner, with a net score of 68.5, two shots ahead of the second place pairing of Aussie Denison and Andy Skinner.

For once the weather was clear and sunny, albeit somewhat chilly and Rob Filer and Grant Rogers bagged third place with a net 71, beating the fourth place pairing of Andy Balcombe and Paul O’Hara who scored 74.5.

Mr Riddell was in office in 1922 when the famous golf course architect Dr Alistair Mackenzie altered and modernised the course to what we see today, which was prepared immaculately for the competition.

The aggregate result of the ladies’ medal was won by Pat Rowland with a score of 70. Sue Stilwell was runner-up scoring 74 and third and fourth places with a score of 76 were taken by Sue Osman and Kaylee Davey.

Four players scored 16 points in the nine-hole Stableford, so countback was required to establish the winner. Tessa Williams took the top slot, Claire Redwood runner-up, Jackie Read third and Jo Blackett fourth.

The seniors kickstarted their season of matches with a win against a team representing the golf club, hopefully giving a boost to seniors captain Robin Webb, who unfortunately missed the match due to illness.

Vice-captain Eddie Langford stepped up to captain the side to a 4-3 victory with wins for the pairings of Langford and Mike Dyer, Aussie Denison and John Stokes, Dave Rowland and Tony Barry and Paul Chesney and Terry Waite.

The seniors held a 1-2-3 bowmaker with 46 players braving the icy blast. The winners with 71 points were Graham Osman, Roger Magor and Steve Roberts.

In second place just a point behind came Phil Humphries, Steve Petrie and Steve Burrough. Next with 66 points were Graeme Somerville, Brian Whiddett and Dave Snowdon who edged out, on countback, Steve Thomas, Chris Wray and Richard Harris in fourth.

Just two twos were recorded by Graham Osman and Ian Pitt.

Things are beginning to pick up at Worlebury with the seniors, ladies and the mixed sections all in competitive action.

Paul Coumis notched the top score of 42 points in the seniors’ Stableford to win first prize in Division 1. Steve Partridge was runner-up with 40 and Pete Melhuish third with 38.

John Hobbs won Division 2 with 38 points. Jim Davies followed up last week’s win by taking the runners-up prize with 37, edging out Brian Collard on countback.

The ladies held a 15-hole American greensomes which was won by captain Lorna Macivor partnered by president Janet Jamieson. Their 33 points pipped Janet Fear/Maxine Gardiner by two, with Diane Millar/Sue Tarry third with 30.

The mixed held the final qualifier leading up to the Philpott Trophy in three weeks time. Eunice McAdams and Ray Collick took the honours with 42 points. It was a good week for Janet Jamieson, as, partnered by Chris Jarvis, she came second on 41. Ang Bagley and Graham Hewlett were third on 40.

The winners from the 2017 season collected their awards at the annual presentation night held in The Tavern at Brean Leisure Park.

Around 100 members and guests enjoyed a superb carvery and then settled back to watch the winners collect their spoils. The event culminated with club captain David Porter presenting the final cheque of almost £6,000 the club members had raised to his chosen charity for the year, Cure Leukaemia.

Former club member Richard Griffiths, who is now based in the West Midlands, accepted the cheque on the charities behalf and explained how the funds would help them in the battle against the blood cancer.

Richard’s son Tom contracted the disease when he was just four-years-old, but after three years of treatment beat the disease and he was also present along with his mother and father to receive the cheque.

Director of golf Andrew March was the MC for the evening and he announced the prize winners plus a few surprise awards on the night. The first of these was the Clubperson of the Year.

This year it was awarded jointly to cousins Dan and Tom Broom who completed five gruelling challenges over last summer on their bikes and feet and with it raised almost £1,000 for the captain’s charity.

Dan Reason was named the Most Improved Golfer after his significant handicap reduction during the calendar year on his way to winning a sizeable haul of trophies on the night.

The Golfer of the Year prize went to Matt Shaw for his amazing achievement of winning two different club championships in 2017. First he collected the prestigious honour at Weston (where he is also a member), before a few weeks later adding his home club championship at Brean.

As always the final presentations were to the men’s and ladies’ club champions. Both were first-time winners of their respective events with Lyn Bird collecting the ladies’ championship alongside men’s champion Shaw.

Seniors’ captain Chris Stephens got his year off to a successful start as he was part of the winning trio in the AGM shotgun scramble that followed immediately after the drive-in.

He teamed up with Murray Parsons and Tony Romeo to return the winning score of 56.8. Second place was decided on a countback with newly installed club captain Mike Carter joining Steve Bateman and birthday boy Stewart Garrett to edge out Brian Read, club chairman Tony Roper and Pete Dunn with the better back nine after both teams had nett 57s.

In the ladies’ event, new member’s secretary Linda Edmondson joined forces with captain-elect Lyn Bird and Beverly Cranley to win by just over a shot from captain Sue Wright, Lesley Millard and Millie Jones.

The previous day John Cullinan made his first appearance of the year at Brean and promptly won his first event. The left-hander topped the scorecharts in the Winter League Stableford which was contested on the temporary greens due to the frosty conditions.

He scored 43 points to head home two players on finished one point behind on 42. Murray Parsons and Pete Dunn were the owners of those scores with Parsons taking second on a countback.

Winter must be nearly over as both the winter Stableford leagues finished at Wedmore.

The seniors were first up with round of the day coming from Chris Loughlin, winning Division 3 with 48 points, causing a five-shot reduction in his handicap. Gary Cutter continued his run of good scores with 41 points to take second place with Peter Spinks third on 37.

There were much closer results in the other two divisions with Nick Parker winning Division 1 on 40, just a shot better than Bill Lander with Steve Sage a further shot back in third.

It was even closer in Division 3 with Chris Donald winning on 39, a shot better than both Keith Thomas and Philip McMahon with Thomas taking second place on countback.

As far as overall positions were concerned, these final scores proved decisive with Cutter finishing with a total of 115 to win by four points from Lander and Donald.

The course had dried out for the final round of the club league at the weekend, but frost caused problems for the early starters. Division 1 was a triumph for the pro-shop with Sean Gray winning on 39 ahead of Stuart Bishop on 37. Mike Garbutt took third spot on 37.

Division 2 struggled most with a 34 from Bobby Jones winning ahead of Tony Biggs on 32, with Charlie Woodard third on 29.

John Bayliss scored 38 to win Division 3 by three points from David Bedford who beat Mike Sinclair on countback.

Impressive scoring from the ladies saw Sue McDonald winning with 39, one better than Harriet Lockley with Abi Moore third on 34.

Cumulative results for the League are yet to be confirmed, but it looked as if Jones had just pipped John Wormald by a single point.

The ladies’ own competition was a waltz bowmaker with best score of the day being a 71 from Trish Phelps, Judy Brooking-Clark and June Smith which put them five clear of Betty Norman, Beryl Richards and Deidre Wheadon who clinched second spot on countback.

Burnham Golf Range is holding a society day at Wedmore on Sunday.

Golfers are advised to meet at Wedmore Golf Club for the monthly meeting at 10.30/10.45am for tea/coffee and a bacon roll, followed by 18 holes of golf, all for just £25.

If you would like to play, please contact the shop with your name or email Steve -

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