Promotion and cup final defeat for Worlebury
PUBLISHED: 12:36 06 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:36 06 September 2017
Worlebury Golf Club ladies enjoyed a mixed week, with their Alliance team winning promotion, but losing in the final of the county Rogers Cup.
On the whole it was a week of highs with the odd low at Worlebury, with successes both individually and at team level.
Ladies’ captain Sue Kinch and her section had a busy and enjoyable week. Sue presided over a successful invitation day and saw the Alliance team win promotion. She then saw the Rogers Cup team giving a good account of themselves, but going down in the final against a strong Mendip Spring side.
The Alliance team sealed promotion with a fine 8-6 win away win at Bath. The team have been in sparkling form all season having won all nine matches, scoring 94 points in the process.
The ladies invitation day was highly enjoyable day with many favourable comments from the visitors. With two scores to count on the par threes and a double score on the eighth hole, there were some good results recorded, including a hole-in-one.
The winners with 52 points were Cheryl Saunders and her guest Sally Brosnan (Weston). Two points adrift were Diane Millar and Liz Sims (Isle of Wedmore), who edged out Janet Fear and Linda Brobson (Mendip) on countback.
Nearest the pin for the visitors was Linda Brobson, who had a brilliant hole-in-one on the 12th, with Julie Stafford winning the home player’s prize.
The Rogers Cup final was played at a neutral wet and windy Wells. Both sides had caddies and a good number of supportive spectators. Mendip Spring started strongly winning the first three ties, putting much pressure on Worlebury’s tail-enders.
Each of the final four ties was closely contested and could have gone either way. Two went to the 17th and two to the last hole.
Each team won two of the matches, giving Mendip Spring a well deserved 5-2 win. The match was played in great spirit and was a credit to both clubs.
The following served the club well during a highly successful campaign: Claire Bayliss, Emma Bourton, Ginette Bright, Helen Clarke, Amanda Cook, Janet Fear, Michelle James, Janet Jamieson, Sue Kinch, Maxine Gardiner, Katherine Sokol, Sue Sokol and Susan Tarry.
It was also a hectic week for Avalon captain Graham Hewlett with mixed results.
It started off well with an excellent win in the summer foursomes championship. Partnering his old friend Paul Marsh, the pair’s Avalon match play experience gave them the edge over opponents, Dave Hill and Adrian Heeney.
Graham and Paul had a narrow one-hole advantage after the morning session, but Dave and Adrian started the afternoon session well and briefly took the lead. However, a strong finish from Graham and Paul saw them pull away for a good 4&3 win.
Graham then played Declan Dorrington in the final of the Founders Cup, a 36-hole medal competition. Declan played consistently well throughout the day and after the two rounds was one over par, beating Graham by five shots.
There was only one shot in it after the morning session, but it was Declan who finished the stronger as fatigue set in for Graham in the afternoon.
The week ended on a high and culminated in Graham leading the Avalon Originals to promotion from Division 4. Requiring 3.5 points out of five in the final home match against Cricket St Thomas, the team duly delivered.
There were big wins for Rob McMillen/John Wright, Keri Allchurch/Nevil Horne and Ryan Jones/Joe Joyce. It was Graham and his partner John Leech, who held their nerve in the final match to secure a vital half and seal promotion.
It was a significant milestone in Josh Freeman’s golfing career as he became the first Worlebury to play off a plus handicap for 26 years. The last one to do so was Neil Holman, who went on to become an advanced PGA professional. When Neil turned pro in 1991 he was playing off +1.5.
Josh is in a rich vein of form. In the last month he has played in four medal rounds and his gross scores have varied between 65 and 67. Last weekend he shot two such gross scores to come close in both the WD Payne Flag Cup and the July medal, which had to re-run in August due to adverse weather conditions on the original date.
In the WD Payne Flag Cup, four players had nett 65s giving them five shots in hand at the end of the 18 holes. They set off up the first to try get as far as possible until their shots were exhausted.
Each bogeyed it and countback was needed to decide the winner. It was Nevil Horne who won the day, pipping Alex Chandler, Andy Nicholls and a previous Flag winner, Dick Gorton. Nevil was delighted with his win and is finally on the honours board after 19 years of trying.
In the medal, Josh’s gross 66 was a 67 nett which saw him lose out to Dave Collard on countback. Avalon Royals player Dave, has made steady progress and this was his first medal round since his elevation to Division 1. Mick Keen and Billy Coles came third and fourth respectively, also on countback.
Pete Wyatt had the top score of the day to comfortably win Division 2 with a nett 65, which included an eagle on the 13th hole. Merv Kinch was runner-up with a 68 and Andy Francis third with a 69.
Martin Weston also had a fine nett 65 to win Division 3. Malcolm Ham was runner-up with a 67 and Sean Spearing third with a 70.
Four-handicapper Ryan Jones, won the midweek Stableford with an excellent 40 points. Dan Winter was runner-up beating Brian Galbraith on countback, both scoring 38 points.
Junior Alix Kew is another player who is on a roll. The under-16 Somerset captain followed up last week’s win in the H&H Alarms with another in the Eric Waghorn Stableford.
Alix won with 38 points with junior captain Alex Chandler pipping Troy Young, both scoring a respectable 36.
Worlebury saw three holes-in-one last week. Apart from Linda Brobson’s described above, aces were also notched by Bob Webber and Malcolm Summers in social matches.
Weston hosted a full field for their second mixed open Stableford competition, always a popular event for visitors and members alike.
Forty-six pairs entered this year with the top four scores recorded by visiting clubs. In first place with a remarkable score of 45 points, were Bob and Barbara Parker from Portal Premier Golf Club.
Runners-up with 41 were Erica Klim and M Metcalfe from Wells. Jim Scott from Long Ashton and Sue Worthington from Bristol & Clifton were in third place with 39. Robin Griffiths from Burnham & Berrow and Margaret Jeffs from Stover were fourth with 38. Weston members Dave and Julie Ward and Carol and Ron Kelley were fifth and sixth respectively.
The senior ladies played a friendly match against Wheathill at home. The sun shone for the players and the result was a friendly half.
The result of the ladies Auchterader Quaich was won by Lynn Perry with 37 points, reducing her handicap by a shot to 17. Terri Blackhurst was runner-up on the same score, with June Phillips third on 35 and Wendy Homer fourth with 34.
A busy week at Wedmore started with a good turnout for the Richard Banks Trophy, a bowmaker in memory of the fondly remembered former club member.
There was a closely-fought finish with two teams finishing on the same score of 91 points. Countback determined that the winners this year was the team of Jim and Sean Gray, Mark Cornish and Andy Favell, just edging out the previous years’ winners Bill Lander, Mike Garbutt, Tom Bennett and Bobby Jones.
The next day, the seniors were in fun mode with a modified bowmaker which was further modified to allow for two-man teams. This worked particularly well for Frank Denniston and John Hogan who won with exactly 100 points, which gave them a five-point lead over runners-up Roy Tomlins, Terry Stew and Roger Harding with another two-man team, Derek Meads and John Harding in third place.
A large group of seniors travelled to Oake for their away day. John Russell took the overall trophy with 40 points, while Peter Laney claimed the over-70s prize on 38.
The divisional prizes went to Mike Tanswell in Division 1 with 40 on countback from Martin Peakman, with Terry Clark third. Alasdair McDonald took Division 2 on countback from Tony Biggs after both scored 37, with Ian Hollands third on 34, while Division 3 was a win for Roger Harding with 38, two clear of Mike Nicholls with Geoff Musson-Thorp third on 34.
The course was particularly busy when more than 160 ladies from far and wide took part in an open bowmaker.
It was appropriate that a mixed team consisting of three Wedmore players, Judy Brooking-Clark, Sue Edwards and Glynis Slater playing with Diane Ramsay from Wells took first place with 84 points, but only on countback from a team from Long Sutton made up of Sarah Uzzell, Eliza Vail, Bridget Caddy and Gill Edwards.
Carol Lewis, Lesley Moore, Julie French and Aileen Robertson were third with 82 points on a day blessed by almost unbroken sunshine.
Following his runner-up finish in last weekend’s monthly medal, Steve Hill went one better in style in the Super Series round at Brean.
In the individual Stableford event he accumulated an impressive score of 44 points to enjoy a comfortable three-point winning margin. Second place went to Steve Mason with 41 and he was in turn three clear of third-placed Rich Lambert.
John Rabbetts enjoyed a runaway success in the pro shop Stableford with a four-point win over Dave Bradley, who was just one clear of a trio on 39. Jason Kidley was the best of that bunch as he took third on countback.
With the daylight quickly fading in the evenings, the midweek Stablefords will now be played over a reduced number of holes until the end of September. Last week’s event was over 13 holes and Nigel Hodges ran out the winner with 28 points. He ended one clear of runner-up Bob Smith.
Brean’s director of golf Andrew March bowed out at the quarter-final stage of the Gloucestershire and Somerset PGA Marston’s Matchplay Championship.
March, who was seeded sixth, won his opening game against Josh Davies (Sherdons) by one hole thanks to a final hole birdie, but then lost out in the afternoon to eventual championship winner Ed Goodwin from Cirencester.
In just under a fortnight, the weekly G&S PGA medals get underway with another full schedule planned and once again they will be supported by Total Triumph Motorcycles of Taunton.