Thomas takes St George's Trophy at Weston as teams experience mixed fortunes
PUBLISHED: 17:00 09 May 2019
Weston's senior golfers returned to action for the St George's Trophy, with Steve Thomas claiming top prize.
Only seven players broke par in sublime conditions, with Thomas carding four birdes in a gross 69 (nett 64) to take the honours.
Kenton Simpson and John Whitewood were four shots back, with Dave Meredith taking fourth on countback after a nett 69 from John Stokes, Ron Kelley and Richard Harris.
Weston hosted Burnham & Berrow in the second leg of the George Irlam Salver, with Tony Barry and Kelley racing into a two-hole lead in the first match.
Their rivals hit back to go one up after seven, but the match was all square at 12 after Barry mistakenly picked up his ball forgetting he had a shot.
Kelley's par on the last rescued a half point, but Terry Waite and Dave Cumming lost 5&4 after sinking a 40-foot putt on the first.
Captain Ed Langford and Steve Edwards were two up at the 10th after the latter chipped in for birdie and went further ahead at the 12th, before Langford won the 13th and 14th to seal a 5&4 victory.
John Dixon and Dave Garrett won 3&2, before John Poole and Chris Slocombe won three holes each for a 4&2 victory, including a birdie at the 14th foor the latter.
Paul Chesney and Garth Wilson were involved in a close match, with never more than a hole in it until the 17th when a par from the latter sealed a 2&1 win.
But Weston's 4.5-1.5 victory overall was not enough as they lost 7-5 on aggregate.
The Avalon B team opened their season at home to Wheathill with an emphatic 5-0 victory.
Neil Urch and Darren Henderson won 3&2, as Grant Rogers and Steve Corrick powered to a 5&3 win after a tight front nine, and Ed Stephens and Steve Dowden dovetailed superbly for a massive 7&6 win.
The new pairing of Alan Harris and Mike Dyer triumphed 4&3, before new members Steve Cocks and Ian Roberts won two up.
The Ladies Open Waltzing Bowmaker attracted a record number of players with teams from Monmouthshire, South Herefordshire, Bath and local clubs all enjoying a beautiful day on the Weston fairways.
Burnham & Berrow's Jackie Richards, Jenny Hay, Jenny Johnston and Sara Cox-Coklin won with 86, ahead of Pat Rowland, captain Glenda Latham-Creasey, Jackie Walker and Claire Redwood on 83.
The all-visitors prize went to Bath's Honor Jones, Samantha Robinson, Alison Rushgrove and Ros Williams as £146 was raised for Weston Oncology Unit.