Paul celebrates coronation with excellent victory at Worlebury

PUBLISHED: 13:34 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:34 16 May 2018

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club.


Paul Lawrence was the winner of the Coronation Cup at Worlebury after shooting an excellent nett 66.

The coronation has recently been celebrated at Worlebury with the men holding their Coronation Cup and the ladies their Coronation Foursomes.

Seven-handicapper Paul Lawrence shot an excellent nett 66 to win the men’s competition. David Grant with a fine 67, had been the leader in the clubhouse for much of the day, only to be pipped by afternoon starter Lawrence.

Dan Bovingdon came third with a 68, edging out Andy Morgan, Kevin Marshall and Tom Dancey on countback.

The ladies’ Coronation Foursomes saw captain Lorna Macivor, partnered by Jennifer Roberts, cruising to a comfortable win, their 37 points four better than their nearest competitors, Janet Keight and Sue Kinch. President Janet Jamieson paired with Janet Fear, were third on 32.

The ladies held a highly successful taster day. Club professional Roy Baker was on hand with helpers, to provide expert tuition to the enthusiastic beginners.

Captain Lorna Macivor thanked everyone who contributed to the success of the day, which led to a number of interested enquiries about membership.

Janet Fear won her second medal in succession. Her 77 was one shot better than Katherine Sokol, with Louise Goodrum a further shot adrift.

The teams have been in action this week with mixed success.

Graham Hewlett’s Avalon Originals came up against tough opposition when they entertained Oake Manor. The visitors were on top of their game, particularly the opening two pairs, who were five under and eight under gross respectively at the point their matches were over.

Worlebury rallied with John Leech/Paul Lawrence and Ross Coyne/Andy Taylor both winning their ties, leaving the result hinging on the final pairing of Tony Westren and Paul McAdams.

Despite a gallant comeback from three down, the pair eventually succumbed on the final hole, giving the visitors a deserved 3-2 victory.

Worlebury have one hand on the prestigious John Wood Trophy after the Minehead Warreners came visiting.

This is a fixture steeped in tradition which was under threat until an influx of new players injected life into it. With the return fixture at Minehead on August 1, the two-legged match is nicely poised with Worlebury’s noses just in front at 4-2.

The third tie was pivotal in the result as it saw the Worlebury pairing of Steve Rowlands and Peter Phillips recover from three down to win the last four holes and record an unlikely victory.

The pairing of Andy Cooper and Alan Street were never in trouble, coming home by 5&4. Dougie Woods and Barry Newson were never behind and on the day combined just that bit better than their doughty opponents to record a fine 3&2 win.

The Stragglers pairing of Fred Spearing and John Mayer had quite a tussle, but squeezed home on the 18th.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Steve Rowlands on the second and Warreners’ Bill Hogg on the 12th.

Worlebury’s team captain, president Dougie Woods, thanked his team for supporting the event and for playing their part in making it such an enjoyable occasion.

This sentiment was shared by Warreners captain Eddie Gosling, who was full of praise for the standard of the course, the quality of the meal and the excellent hospitality his team had experienced.

The seniors’ social matches are picking up momentum with Mike Strang’s teams recording two excellent wins when they played The Bristol and The Mendip.

With good wins by the pairings of Nick Ryan/Clive Gadd, Glen Ager/Peter Douel, Gerry Miles/Clive Rides and Colin Dale/Bob Oram, The Bristol were seen off 4-2.

A fine win was then recorded away at The Mendip. The pairings of Bob Oram/Gordon Poynter, Roger Leaver/Gerry Miles and Nick Ryan/Pete Melhuish were successful. Carl Morteo and Colin Dale had a fighting half to give Strang’s team a 3.5-2.5 win.

The Stragglers season is underway with Filton being warmly welcomed. The two clubs enjoy a good relationship and the fixture is always eagerly awaited and hotly contested. This one was no exception with the match ending in an honourable draw.

Good wins were notched for the home side by Dougie Woods/Julian Brown, Fred Spearing/Jullian Claydon and Phil Hawkins/Andy Judkins.

Captain Jon Dyer in a memorable speech, thanked both teams for a highly enjoyable day, adding his team were looking forward to the corresponding fixture in August.

Weston seniors played two friendly matches last week with bizarrely opposite outcomes.

The first of these was a trip to Long Ashton whose seniors were in rampant form and gave no quarter to their visitors from North Somerset as they completed a 7-0 whitewash.

The closest any of the Weston boys came to a victory was from Mo Sweeney and Garth Wilson and Rob Filer with partner John Humphreys, as both pairings took their matches to the 18th hole with both going down by a one-hole margin.

In contrast, a couple of days later, Weston hosted the seniors from the Isle of Wedmore, who suffered the backlash of two days earlier as the hosts ran out 5-1 winners.

Things didn’t start out too well however as Paul Chesney and Terry Waite came up against a pair with one opponent blitzing his handicap which resulted in a trouncing that made a dog licence look cheap.

But captain of the day Ed Langford with partner Garth Wilson ran out 6&4 winners followed by three 2&1 victories by Steve Edwards and Dave Holder, John Whitewood and Tony Barry and Dave Snowdon and Howard Sims, which steadied the ship. The final match saw Fred Donbavand and John Poole come in as 5&3 victors to seal the win.

Seniors’ vice-captain Ed Langford came out on top in the Workman Cup with a Stableford score of 37 points. In second place with 36 and on countback was Paul Parker with Dave Rowland on the same score in third.

Fourth and fifth places were also decided on countback with John Rowsell and John Blackett both returning with 35 points.

Conditions were tricky with a steady wind blowing and that resulted in just three twos being recorded by Nick Bohin, Anthony Cooksley and Dave Reynolds.

Weston ladies hosted their spring open on a sunny, but deceptively chilly day. The waltzing bowmaker proved a popular format for the competitors taking one score on the first hole, two on the next and three on the third and repeated over 18 holes.

The winners with the best score of 83 were Jackie Read (Weston) Jackie Richards, F Hodge and J Hay all from Burnham and Berrow.

A Weston team of Sue Stilwell, Pam Hudson, Wendy Thomas and Claire Redwood were the runners-up scoring 81 points. There were three teams on 80 so third and fourth place for prizes were decided on countback.

Alison Whitewood, Linda Towens and visitors M Jeffs and J Harris came in third place and Sally Brosnan, Mel Rossi, Angela Cook and Pat Murray were awarded fourth prize.

Nearest the pin for bronze on the third hole went to Audrey Cowlin from The Isle of Wedmore and the silver winner on the 14th was Weston’s Wendy Thomas.

Jackie Richards from Burnham, a member of the winning team, also won the guess the number of golf balls which raised funds for the captain’s charity, Weston Scanner Appeal.

It was a busy week at Wedmore, with the Martin Bull Trophy and a Texas scramble with the usual low scores.

Debbie and Chris Monks with Jon Raeside and Marcello di Mascio were the stars this time with a nett 55.4 which put them clear of second-placed team of Richard Macarthur, David Bennett, Ian Williams and Chris McKinley on 57.1, with Dom Channon, Jon Thompson, Tom Smith and Max Grant third on 57.9.

The seniors played their medal with more excellent scoring. Phillip Horn led the way in Division 1 with a 66 which put him two clear of runner-up Tom Bennett with John Sims a further shot back in third.

Brian Crosby won Division 2 on 67, two ahead of Martin Blackmore, who in turn was two better than David Coggan. The second 66 of the day came from Paul Burkhill, winning Division 3 by three shots from Barry Stone with Phil Rogers in third.

The ladies hosted an open bowmaker with a large number of visitors. Helen Takhar, Sue Moon and Julie Linley from Wincanton and Wheathill had the best visitors’ score, taking the visitors’ prize and indeed their score of 75 only just missed out on countback from taking first place.

This however went to the Wedmore team of Saybria Sims, Janet Robson and Jane Hewitt, with other Wedmore teams of Ann Dixon, Marion Warren-Smith with Sue McDonald and Cathy Olive, Ange Webber with Chris Simpson taking second and third places respectively.

There was a good turnout for the club Stableford despite members away with the captains. Best score of the day came from Ian Williams, winning Division 3 with 41 points, a five-point margin over second-placed Gary Cutter with Paul Dickie two shots back in third.

Richard Macarthur was best in Division 1 with 39, three ahead of Dale Worthington with John Russell third. Thirty-six points won Division 2 for Jon Raeside ahead of Evan Newman and Dom Channon.

Eunice Bond was another high score, winning the ladies’ division with 39 ahead of Louise Allen and Marlyn Jackson.

The annual president’s day was once again well supported event with more than 70 golfers taking to the Brean course to compete for the prestigious trophy in memory of Bert and Marie House.

Member/guest pairings certainly seemed to be the winning formula on the day in the pairs betterball format as they featured prominently taking the top four prizes.

The winning duo were John Ham and his guest Ged Gage who combined superbly to hand in a winning total of 45 points.

Director of golf Andrew March had to work overtime to separate the next four scorecards as they all totalled 43 points. It was ladies’ duo of Lesley Millard and her guest Eileen Parnell from Cannington who were awarded second after a stunning back nine of 25 points.

Club chairman Tony Roper joined forces with Steve Thomas from Weston to take third with a better back nine than Simon Baunton and his partner Tom Marshfield (Burnham & Berrow).

Rounding out the prizes was former winner of the event Steve Jones. He partnered his daughter Millie to take fifth place.

Various nearest the pin prizes were also up for grabs and Gary Badman, Pete Dunn and Mike Hurman collected those at the prizegiving. Thanks go to Robin Williams and his team for the condition of the golf course after a difficult start to the year.

The monthly Stableford contested and only three players beat their handicaps and only one of those manage to top the 40-point mark.

Nigel Hodges was that man as he racked up 42 points on his way to Division 2s top spot. Runner-up to Hodges was Oliver Poole, his 39-point card saw him runner-up in the same division. Club captain Mike Carter took third on 33.

John Ham was third player under his handicap on the day as he collected he second win of the weekend in Division 3 with 37 points. He followed up his success 24 hours earlier by winning by three from Matt Crosby with Jason Leakey taking third with 33.

Division 1 was claimed by Wayne Barrett, but only after a countback with Adam Cox. Both scored 35 points with Barrett having the better back nine. Mark Hatfield was third on 31.

Barrie Tucker is the early leader after the opening round of the senior Captain’s Cup. He went round in a superb nett 63 to win by two from Tony Roper. Brian Read continued his steady recent form with a nett 67 to take third.

With two more rounds of the event to go over the next six weeks and each player’s best two scores to count in the overall standings.

The seniors whitewashed their counterparts from Cannington in their latest inter-club match. They were victorious in all six matches in breezy conditions at Brean.

The ladies didn’t fare so well at Weston in their match, although the final scoreline of 4-0 to the hosts does not tell the full story as three of those results were only decided on the last hole.

Captain-elect Lyn Bird did enjoy some success as she won the British Heart Foundation golf day at Wheathill with 38 points.

It was a first victory at Brean for Mick Smith as he won the midweek Stableford. Having only recently joined as a member he recorded 38 points to win by one from Adam Cox. John Rabbetts was third on 36.

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