Weston ladies friendly team celebrate successful season

PUBLISHED: 13:56 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:56 28 November 2018

Weston Golf Club ladies.

Weston Golf Club ladies.

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Weston Ladies friendly team enjoyed a successful season, with more than half of the matches won.

Weston Ladies friendly team celebrated a highly successful season with a dinner in the clubhouse.

The team won over half the matches played, lost one and halved the remainder. Team captain Cathy Preston thanked all the players and looks forward to further success in 2019.

Sue Osman won the ladies’ medal with a nett 71, reducing her handicap by one shot. Julia Wood was runner-up just missing out on countback, but also reducing her handicap. Sue Stilwell was third and Alison Whitewood and Jackie Read fourth and fifth.

Pat Rowland had the best nett score on Saturday with 74. Jean Cooper was runner-up and Beryl Robert third.

Jackie Read won the four-club challenge the previous week with a score of 34 points. Lynn Perry was a close second with 33.

A cold and breezy day could not deter Weston seniors with a full field of 72 competitors participating in a winter Stableford.

Overall, 11 players matched or bettered their handicap. The winner with an impressive score of 43 points was Steve Edwards, just pipping Rob Filer on countback.

Just behind on third was Dennis Longden with a score of 42, followed by John Whitewood on 41. There were three scores of 39 from Andrew Skinner, Graham Osman and Robin Webb.

The good scores resulted in a handicap reduction for five competitors. The surprise of the day was that, considering the low scoring, only six twos were recorded.

Worlebury held the annual sponsors’ tournament to express its gratitude to its supporters for their generosity throughout the season.

Playing fourball betterball, the golf was of a very good standard and virtually every team shot combined scores in excess of their handicap allowance.

In a close finish, the competition was won by Cunningham Safety Consultants with 43 points. Runners-up, a point adrift, were the True Potential team who pipped the Queens Arms Golfing Society, the Red Dragon Takeaway and H&H Alarms on countback.

The last of the festive competitions were held with the men playing their bottles and hampers events and the ladies, a nine-hole Stableford, which they combined with a Christmas Fayre.

Chris Whittle returned the day’s top score of 41 points to win Division 2 of the bottles. Andy Taylor was runner-up with 39 and Stan Henderson third on countback, edging out Steve Gray and Graham Hewlett, each scoring 36.

Young Jack Butterfield won Division 1 with 39 points. Jim Skinner, with 37, came second on countback, Kevin Fudge just missing out.

Paul Otterburn took the honours in Division 3 with 38. Dave Brown’s 36 came second with John Hobbs third on 35.

The hampers were played in one division. It was not a very pleasant day, the rain hampering the competitors’ progress. Nevertheless some excellent scores were returned.

The winners were Dave Brown and John Flannigan, who took full advantage of their handicap allowances to score 47 points. Mike and Steve Ham came second with 46.

The Otterburns, Paul and Mark, with 44, came third on countback beating Joe Dale/Terry Santo and Lee Grant/Andy Nicholls. The final prize was won by Rich Godwin and Andy Taylor with 43.

Maxine Gardiner won the ladies’ nine-hole competition with an interesting round of highs and lows. Her 20 points included three birdies and two blobs. Jane Wakerley was runner-up on countback. Claire Bayliss with 19 came third, also on countback, Angela Bagley coming fourth.

Tony Richards and Matt Shaw were the winners of the Christmas Ransome at Brean with a score of 67.

The competition sees the pairs combine in three different formats, Texas scramble, greensomes and foursomes over the 18 holes.

It is often the latter than can make or break a round and the winning pair averted any disasters on their way to victory. Runners-up were Jerry Brueford and Roy Fletcher on 68.3 ahead of third-placed duo of Barry Fellows and Jason Cracroft who scored 68.7.

Shaw and Richards completed a weekend ‘win double’ as they joined forces with Martyn Cahill and Gavin Jenkins to win the Grumpy Trophy on Sunday. The quartet edged home by just 0.1 of a shot in the Texas Scramble event after carding a nett score of 53.8 The team of Club Captain Mike Carter, Chris Fairchild, Andy Thomas and Paul McLanaghan were the ones to narrowly miss out despite Thomas holing a 6 iron at the tough 12th for an eagle 3 (even more impressive considering his team mates had all found trouble ahead of him!).

Third place went to Eamonn Wynne, Alec Bateman, Steve Bateman and the ‘best left-handed putter in the club’ Paul Jones after their score of 55.7.

The scoring was so close a countback was needed to decide fourth place and it was Kevin Davies, Tony Higgins, Mats Mattsson and Roger Vaughan who had the better back nine on 55.8.

The fifth placed team who just missed out consisted of Tom Broom, Dan Broom, Roger Broom and Oli Poole, but that group did produce the shot of the day though. Tom Broom produced that as he scored his first-ever hole in one at the seventh hole with his six iron.

Christmas made an early start this week as Wedmore seniors played their Christmas bowmaker, hoping to win some extra food or drink for this year’s festivities.

Eating well this year will be the team of Mike Smith, Mike Peacock and Peter Bendell who scored a resounding six-point victory. Their score of 88 beat runners-up Bill Lander, Nick Smith and Chris Loughlin by that margin with Martin Olive, John Hogan and Clive Williams third on 80.

Ian Robson, Dennis Howard and Eddie Parlour were just a point back in fourth with Philip Horn, Chris Donald and Phil Incledon taking the last of the major prizes with 76. Shot of the day though came from John Rogers with a hole-in-one at the fourth which in the perverse nature of these things had him buying drinks.

The ladies were playing their Christmas pudding competition, but the results of this remain a secret until their Christmas party so the only other event to report on was the first round of the club winter Stableford League.

Scoring was generally good with the best score of the day coming from Mark Higginbottom who scored 46 points to win Division 2 by five points from Bobby Jones, his 41 being the second best overall score of the day.

Tom Bennett took third place in the division, his 36 being best on countback of a group of players.

Jim Dobbs was best in Division 1, his score of 40 being just one better than Mark Cornish with Richard Macarthur taking third place on countback with 38 points.

Pete Beavan also hit 40 points in Division 3 to beat Ian Williams by a single point with Chris Monks third on 37.

The ladies also scored well with Megan Wilde winning on 39, Cathy Olive second on 37 and Jen Jones taking third place on 34.

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