President's day at Weston raise thousands for charity

PUBLISHED: 10:18 29 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:18 29 September 2017

Weston Golf Club winners.

Weston Golf Club winners.


Thousands of pounds were raised for charity at Weston Golf Club's president's day competition.

Presidents day at Weston Golf Club was played in calm weather with the format as a Texas scramble in aid of Bowel Cancer UK.

President Gordon Robert was out early seeing the first teams of four off and stayed to see all the groups out. The winners with a net score of 55.6 were Steve Burrough, Dave Harding, Mark Fozzard and Steve Petrie, pictured with decanters given by the Gordon and his wife Beryl.

Second place with a score of 56.7 was Chris Evans, Liam May, Tim James and Howard Evans. Third place with a score of 57.2 was Andy Balcombe, Graham Hicken, Jack Radcliffe and John Greaves. Fourth also with a score of 57.2 losing on the back nine countback were Sam Clark, Ian Clark, Colin Lawton and Zac Ward and in fifth place with a score of 58.2 were Howard Sims, Paul O’Hara and Mikey Bruford.

The ladies and mixed teams were, in first place with a score of 60.6 were June Phillips, Glenda Latham-Creasey, Sue Andow and Jade Cope, Second place with a score of 62.1 was Fred Donbavand, Eileen Donbavand, Ron Kelley and Carol Kelley. The total raised was still being counted but likely to exceed £2,000.

Weston Seniors enjoyed a team 6-6-6 Stableford bowmaker competition. Teams consisted of three golfers with one score to count on the opening six holes, two scores to count on the middle six holes, and all three scores counting on the last six holes with 3/4 handicaps.

The result was a clear win for the team of Mike Dyer, Kenton Simpson and Alan Harris on 81 points. They were five clear of Chris Slocombe, David Snowdon and Paul Chesney, with the team of Steve Strange, Mark Fozzard and Garth Wilson a distant third on 73 points.

Frank Burns achieved a hole-in-one on the par three, 14th hole during the event.

The junior taster session at Weston was a great success. Twenty-one excited youngsters had a fun time playing games in the sunshine on the putting green and pitching area with club professionals Bethan and Dan. The free session on Sunday was followed by tea for all.

Worlebury enjoyed further success when John Leech and Paul Lawrence won the Terry Crane Cup at the Avalon League finals day with teammates, Ryan Jones and Joe Joyce, finishing second equal.

The winning teams from each of the seven divisions competed for the end of the season trophy at Mendip Spring. The Worlebury Originals came a creditable third, with John and Paul’s individual success, the icing on the cake.

The pair notched an excellent 44 points beating their teammates by a single point. The team competition was won by Vivary Park with Enmore a close second.

It was also a memorable day for club captain Andy Collard, who organised the annual club away day at Cottrell Park near Cardiff. The outing was enjoyable particularly for Adam Day and Craig Conway, who won the trophy with 45 points.

The Ladies had an early start when they held their Cockcrow Competition. Maxine Gardiner proved she is a morning person by edging out Diane Millar on countback, to win the competition, both scoring 32 points. Angela Bagley took third place, again on countback, with Michelle James narrowly losing out.

Having recently narrowly lost the Westbury Trophy against Weston, Worlebury’s captains Sue Kinch and Andy Collard, had better luck when they led their team to a win against local friends and rivals, Brean.

The captains led the way with a narrow one-up win against their Brean counterparts. Local knowledge prevailed however, with Worlebury going on to win 5.5 to 1.5. The result was of secondary importance to the occasion which saw the strengthening of the relationship between the two clubs.

The seniors’ schedule of social matches is drawing to a close and they only have a handful of games left. In their latest encounter they travelled to Stockwood Vale and came away with a creditable draw.

The match had started well with the visitors racing into a 3-0 lead. Clive Rides and John Horobin were in top form in the opening tie, inflicting a ‘dog licence’ on their hapless opponents.

Good wins were then recorded by seniors’ captain Barry Newson partnered with Bob Oram and the John’s - Ratajczak and Yates. In a game of two halves, however, Stockwood Vale finished strongly to win the final three ties and square the match.

The main event at Wedmore Golf Club was the ladies’ autumn meeting, which was hit by rain and wind but as usual some players made light of the conditions.

Mary-Lou Denny in particular defied the weather to beat her handicap in scoring 38 points to claim the Allington Cup as overall winner. She was chased home by two lower handicap players with Marlyn Jackson finishing as overall runner-up on 35 and Annya Patten taking the Tarry Cup for silver division on 33. Pam Berry took the fourth trophy on offer winning bronze division and the Committee Cup with 31. Second and third places in silver went to Saybria Sims and Ronnie Follenfant with the equivalent places in bronze going to Liz Sims and Audrey Cowlin.

The sun came out for the afternoon bowmaker over nine holes which saw Wendy Lucas, Esme Gulliver and Jenny Brown beat Gina Falcon, Hazel Gough and Sarah Matthews on countback with both scoring 34.

The seniors’ September medal incorporated the Master Putter competition which was won by Tony Biggs in an unbelievable 26 putts.

In the medal itself there was a tight finish to Division 1 with John Sims edging out John Russell on countback after both scored 68. Bill Lander was just a shot back in third.

Philip Horn went even better to win Division 2 with 66, two better than runner-up John Hogan with Mike Peacock in third. Best round of the day though was a nett 65 to win Division 3 from Geoff Musson-Thorp, four better than second-placed Trevor Stone, with Clive Williams third on 70.

Players generally struggled in the club medal, but 68 from Chris Norris won Division 1, a shot ahead of Alan Richardson with James Vowles best of the rest on 73. Andy Poyner scored 67 to win Division 2 with Andy Favell second and Bobby Jones third.

Best score of the day was Chris McKinley’s 66, winning Division 3 by six shots from Chris Monks with George Smith third.

Finally, the men’s Avalon team had a narrow victory over the ladies’ Alliance for the Challenge Cup.

Phil Hodgson completed the monthly double for September as he added the Division 1 Stableford to his recent medal success.

He scored 40 points to beat Adam Cox by one. Hodgson did not have the best score of the day though, as that honour went to Division 2 winner Tony Richards. The Welshman beat Hodgson’s total by one as he enjoyed a three-point winning margin over Pete Dunn.

Roger Broom was the final winner of the day and he enjoyed the largest margin of victory with four points separating him from the runner-up. Broom scored 39 with Roger Phillips only managing 35.

The final open event of the season took place at Brean with the charity open raising money for CLAPA, The Cleft Lip and Palate Association.

Almost 40 pairs took to the course and it was some of the early starters who topped the leaderboard all day long. Scott Lismore and CJ Organ handed in a stunning score of 53 points in the betterball Stableford, which required both players to score on the par three holes.

No other pair got within three points of them as they recorded a comfortable win. The runners-up were not quite as easily decided though as a countback was required to decide who finished in the next three positions.

Steve Bateman and Kevin Davies had the better back nine of the trio with ladies’ club champion Lyn Bird and her partner Sharon McVie taking third spot. Chris Fairchild and Gordy Wheelaghan had to settle for fourth on the back six holes.

The final prize went to club champion Matt Shaw and Brian Read on 48. At the end of the day just under £500 was raised for the charity which will be directed locally to support children and families.

The seniors contested both their monthly events and two players stood out from the rest in the medal and both happened to be in Division 1.

Brian Read must count himself a bit unlucky as he beat the next best score by five, but still did not win. He had failed to account for a brilliant round by Pete Douglas which gazumped him by one.

Douglas needed just 73 strokes to complete his round and the nett 64 that equated to edge him ahead of Read and eight clear of third-placed finisher Ron Edmondson.

In Division 2, George Stratford posted another win following his eclectic win seven days earlier. His nett 70 gave him a one-stroke advantage over Vince Ford and Ford shaded Ken Ponter on a back nine countback to take the runners-up prize.

John Hale won the Stableford and the Chairman’s Cup which goes with it after a stunning round of 44 points in some dismal conditions. He won by eight points in Division 2 from seniors’ captain Ray Byatt.

It was a much closer affair in Division 1 as a countback was required to separate two cards of 37. Seniors’ secretary Tony Roper returned the first one of these and this was matched and ultimately surpassed by John Cranley’s effort later in the day. 15-handicapper Cranley had the better back nine to clinch top spot ahead of Roper.

Linda Edmondson won the September ladies’ medal as they braved the rain and wind. She won by nine from Lyn Bird with Lesley Millard another stroke back in third.

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