Worlebury retain Wells Trophy on their travels

PUBLISHED: 15:34 07 November 2018

Worlebury Golf Club and Wells captains.

Worlebury Golf Club and Wells captains.

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Worlebury Golf Club travelled to Wells and returned with the Wells Salver after an excellent 5-3 victory.

Worlebury Golf Club travelled to Wells to take on old friends in the annual Wells Salver. The summer seemed like a distant memory with the match played in continual drizzle.

The visitors found the course and conditions took to their liking however and the Salver was retained with a fine 5-3 victory.

Good wins were notched by the pairings of: Steve Taylor/Michael Nicholls, Phil Stone/Dougie Woods, Lauchlan Millar/Barry Newson, Tony Westren/Jim Skinner and Martin Philp/Martin Morgan.

The Salver, the brainchild of Wells and Worlebury stalwarts, Alan Shore and Brian Evans started in 1984. Worlebury have the edge overall, having won the Salver on 21 occasions.

It is as popular as ever and has done much to cement the special relationship between the two clubs. This year was no exception and both teams enjoyed the sporting contest and the post-match banter in the clubhouse.

The ladies held a 15-hole Christmas hampers competition. It will be Lynne Johnson who will be tucking in, having won the competition on countback from Patricia Smith, both having 33 points.

Sue Sokol, with three birdies in her round, came third on countback just edging out Cheryl Saunders, both players scoring 31.

Young Olly Tripp finished the season strongly beating Callum Tucker in the final of the Junior Knockout Trophy. Played in high winds, Olly mastered the conditions much better than Callum and his tidy short game saw him winning comfortably in the end.

The juniors also held a Stableford during half term. Tyler Reeves’ excellent 45 points made him a clear winner with Ben Smart runner-up, with a good 41 points. Junior captain Michael Nicholls, playing off six, came third with a fine 38, which included three birdies.

The seniors held their October Stableford which saw Peter Hagendyk, with the day’s top score of 42 points, winning Division 1. Roger Thompson was runner-up on 40 and Gary Freeman third with 38.

In a close finish in Division 2, Bob Saddler scraped home with a good 41 points, one better than Tony Little. Barrie Hodson came third on countback, edging out Steve Beasley, both players shooting 39.

Mike Amesbury was winner, once more, in the over-80s competition, his 33 points comfortably seeing off the challenge of nonagenarian, Eric Waghorn.

The Avalon Originals had their end of season bash with 18 players competing in two 15-hole competitions.

There was a traffic light waltzing bowmaker for the team prize and a four-ball betterball for the Avalon trophy.

In a close finish, Ross Coyne and Paul Lawrence with 38 points won the trophy beating Paul Hibbard and Steve Taylor on countback.

In third place just a point behind were Graham Hewlett and John Wright, who beat Kerry Dunstan and Fred Hooper on countback.

The team event was won by Ross Coyne, Paul Lawrence, John Leech and Paul McAdams with 101 points.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Steve Taylor, Fred Hooper and Ross Coyne.

Graham Hewlett is standing down as captain having successfully led the team for three seasons, with Andy Taylor taking his place.

Graham thanked the players for their efforts during his captaincy, the sponsors Paul McAdams and Rich Godwin for their backing and Keri Allchurch and Tony Westren for their support as unofficial vice-captains during the three years. He wished Andy well in taking the helm.

In turn Rob McMillen thanked Graham for leading the team so well during his tenure.

The pairing of Jack Radcliffe and Kaylee Davey proved an unbeatable formula in the final of the Baldwin Stevens knockout competition at Weston Golf Club. Congratulations to Matthew and Sally Brosnan for getting to the final but despite playing excellent golf, they were unable to break through and lost the match 6&5.

Weston seniors held a Texas scramble which turned out to be a popular competition as 68 players in 17 teams took part.

On an ideal, mild autumnal day with little breeze there were some blistering scores returned and only 1.5 shots separated the top three places.

In first place with six birdies and an eagle were Mike Dyer, Alan Harris, David Meredith and Kenton Simpson on 54.1. Amazingly, for this type of competition, countback was required to separate the next two places.

In second place with an impressive nine birdies and an eagle came Clive Stilwell, John Stokes, Steve Strange and Steve Thomas, with Aussie Dennison, Henry McGrory, Andy Skinner and John Whitewood third, shooting eight birdies as both teams recorded 55.6.

Fourth place went to Dave Holder, Neil Horsfield, Paul Parker and Garth Wilson on 57.5 and in fifth with 58 were Anthony Cooksley, Pete Hardaway, Tim Latchem and Maurice Miller.

The final of the ladies medal spoons competition went to Tessa Pitt in Silver Division and Alison Whitewood in Bronze Division. Jean Cooper had the best nett scores over the last 12 months winning the Lloyd Cup.

The seniors kicked off play at Wedmore with 100 players in the monthly Stableford.

Peter Searle led the way in Division 1, accumulating 40 points to win by three from Peter Rowntree, who beat Derek Moody on countback.

Bob Cotgrove took the honours in Division 2 with 39 points, one better than runner-up Mike Nicholls, who in turn was one better than third-placed Keith Thomas.

Bill Witter was another player to reach 40 points, winning Division 3 by a full six points from Peter Rutter with Barry Stone another point adrift in third place.

The ladies played a patsome, a medley of three different formats. This clearly suited Sally Clifford and Penny Oliver who amassed 43 points to win by six points from Gay McWhinney and Joan Joy, who just edged out Shirley Gooding and Heather Abraham on countback. Chris Simpson and Hazel Gough took fourth place with 35 points.

The first mixed greensome of the season took place with some excellent scores recorded. Russell Dixon and Prue Witter took third place with 39 points, just one point behind Sue Hughes and Charlie Sweeney, but the clear winners on the day were Ali Mantell and Brian Webber with 42 points.

Simon Baunton won the delayed staging of the Charles Cooke March Hare Stableford at Brean.

The poor early year weather postponed the original early March date, but Baunton made the most of the dry, but breezy November morning to secure victory. He carded 41 points to win by one from two players who ended on 40.

Mel Brown matched Steve Eley’s early 40-point return, but then edged him out on a countback over the back nine. Another countback was needed for fourth spot in a battle of the five-handicappers which was won by Dan Broom on 39 points ahead of Matt Shaw.

The two stand-out scores of a wet November Stableford both came in the second division. Pete Dunn had the best of the day 43 points as he collected the Sam Smalldon Memorial Trophy for that feat.

He beat John Rabbetts into second spot by a single point. Rabbetts can consider himself unlucky as he would have been celebrating victory in either of the other two Divisions with 42 points.

Matt Shaw completed a good weekend’s golf as he won Division 1 with 39 points to edge himself back closer to a four-handicap. Adam Cox was the runner-up on 37. Roger Phillips was the victor in the third flight with 36 points one clear of Trevor Searle.

Seniors’ captain-elect Vincent Ford was the only player to match par in the November medal. With his round of 69 he won Division 2 by three from John Hale and was six clear of third-placed Bob Hurrell.

Scoring was much closer in the top flight although no-one matched their handicap. A countback was required to decide the winner for two players who returned, one over par nett 70s. Geoff Hill carded a better back nine than John Procter though to give the verdict by the narrowest of margins. Tony Higgins was third on 72.

Millie Jones produced the winning round of the ladies’ October medal on the alternate day in some very testing conditions.

The up-and-coming youngster shot a nett 65 which eventually saw her victorious by a massive 10-stroke margin over Carole Short. Millie also enjoyed a two-stroke reduction on her handicap as reward for her excellent play. Lyn Bird was the third placed finisher on 76.

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