Seniors and ladies back to competitive play at Wedmore
PUBLISHED: 10:30 17 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:30 17 January 2018
The senior and ladies' sections at Wedmore Golf Club both played their first competitions of the new year.
Both the seniors and ladies played their first competitions of the new year at Wedmore, with a premium on keeping the ball on the fairway.
They were also the first competitions under the new higher handicap allowances which certainly for the seniors created a very close finish.
They were playing a bowmaker and despite the wet conditions, the scores were good. A strong finish saw the team of Peter Bennett, Mike Peacock and Barry Stone take first place on countback from John Bussell, Trevor Stone and Mike Smith after both teams finished on 85 points.
This was just a single point better than John Sim, Gary Cutter and Graham Clifford, who themselves clinched third place on countback.
The ladies are breaking themselves into the new year gently and played a nine-hole greensome. There was no need for countback this time with Ronnie Follenfant and Pam Berry clinching first place on 20 points.
This put them just a point ahead of new captain Shirley Gooding paired with Joan Peck, who in turn finished a point clear of third-placed Karen Barnett and Debbie Ramsell.
The final event of the week was the first of the Sunday afternoon mixed greensomes. With the rough still proving heavy going it was decided to play a gentle 15 holes.
The scoring was still respectable with second place being decided on countback with Marion Warren-Smith and Chris Donald just taking the honours on 31 points.
Ronnie Follenfant was proving unstoppable though, and partnering Tony Biggs she took her second win of the week with 33 points.
The big-hitting duo of Steve Jones and Jeff Read joined forces to win the Percy Underwood Trophy at Brean.
The event sees the players drawn in handicap order with the highest playing foursomes with the lowest handicap and 17 pairs took part in the event which proved to be good fun.
Read and Jones returned 39 points to win by one from Roger Phillips and Dan Williams. Graham Foy and John Cranley took third on a countback with 35.
The uncle and nephew combination of Roger and Dan Broom led the way in the pairs aggregate Stableford the previous day with their combined total of 77 points. Dan’s score of 40 was one of the best of the day and only matched by Dave Morgan.
Dan was ably backed by Roger who also beat his handicap by one as he returned 37 points to leave the duo four points clear of Morgan and his partner Graham Foy. Third place went to Dave Bradley and Stewart Garrett on 71.
Bill Marlow was the winner of the January seniors’ Stableford. He topped the pile in Division 1 with 41 points to beat secretary and club chairman Tony Roper by a point.
Mike Allen was third on 36 with captain Ray Byatt next in line with 35 and with it leading the Division 2 players.