Weston awarded prestigious GolfMark status

PUBLISHED: 09:18 10 February 2017 | UPDATED: 09:18 10 February 2017

Weston Golf Club Golfmark.

Weston Golf Club Golfmark.


Weston Golf Club has been awarded the prestigious GolfMark status, a national accreditation scheme.

Weston Golf Club achieved the prestigious GolfMark status, a national accreditation designed to support all golf clubs.

The award recognises recruitment and retention, management and sustainability of the club, coaching and competitions and safeguarding, including a friendly environment to play and be taught the game. Congratulations go to Ben Lock, Mike Laband, Michael Latham and Jayne Booth, with Somerset County Golf development officer Martin Higgs.

The monthly medal was played in fine, but cold weather with the course presented in outstanding condition for the time of the year, with the greens running true.

Division 1 was won by Neil Crispin with 41 points, from Liam May, Andy Gill and Ronald Mabasa all on 40. Division 2 was also a close affair, with Phil Acton winning on 42 points, followed by Andy Fernley (41), with Chris Rimmer and Gary Langdale on 40.

There were 23 twos recorded and the scoring was good on the day, with 36 players matching or beating par.

All opens are now available to enter online at www.westonsupermaregolfclub.com.

A few hardy juniors played a 10-hole four-ball betterball match, with the Singfield brothers against the Cunningham brothers.

It was a close game all the way round, with the Cunninghams going one up, but the Singfields brought it back to all square at the ninth where the Singfields took the lead for the first time and then winning the 10th to secure the win.

The juniors meet every Saturday for coaching and a 10-hole roll-up on a Sunday, usually dads and lads playing in various formats. More details from the club’s pro shop.

The seniors played a 6-6-6 competition with the winning team of Graham Osman, Roger Magor and Nick Bohin scoring 76. Runners-up with 75 were Steven Edwards, David Snowdon and Ron Kelley.

Ian Freeman, Peter Hardaway and Maurice Miller were third, Steve Strange, Nigel Jillings and Fred Donbavand were fourth, both teams with a score of 74.

Wendy Thomas had two excellent medal rounds winning the Saturday competition with a nett 73 and runner-up on Tuesday with 72, resulting in a one-shot handicap reduction.

Sue Andow took the second place on Saturday with 74. The Tuesday winner was vice-captain Melanie Rossi with 71. Wendy was the runner-up and Tessa Pitt was third with 73, Moira Parish fourth with 75.

Both Melanie and Moira had their handicaps reduced by a shot. There were only two twos recorded, Thomas on the seventh and Wendy Homer in the 14th.

After the annual meeting and change of captaincy, things were much quieter at Worlebury.

The ladies were in competitive action, however, with a hi-medium-low bowmaker and the latest round of the mixed greensomes.

The mixed greensomes, which are excellently organised by Claire and Neil Bayliss, are an important and popular part of the winter programme. A number of qualifiers are played in a build-up to pairs vying for the Philpott Trophy in mid-March.

The latest qualifier saw a narrow win for Janet Fear and Darrell James with 42 points, beating Emma Bourton and Ron Ganfield by one.

The hi-medium-low bowmaker, played over 15 holes, also had a close finish. It was won by a single point by the trio of Angela Bagley, Ginette Bright and Sue Sokol with 63. Lorna Macivor, Lisa Griffiths and Susan Tarry came second, with Cheryl Saunders, lady captain Sue Kinch and Janet Fear, in third place with 54.

The club are delighted to announce the appointment of Lauchlan Millar as the new head greenkeeper, now that Tim Needham has moved to pastures new.

Lauchlan is a very experienced greenkeeper, having carried out this work for more than 38 years, the last 27 as a head. Lauchlan joins Worlebury from Hayling Island Golf Club, having had stints at High Post in Wiltshire and Warren Golf Club in Devon.

He comes from a greenkeeping family background, his father having been head greenkeeper at Burnham and Berrow for 25 years. The club look forward to him taking up his post on March 1.

The weather continued to cause problems at Wedmore, but the two competitions were able to go ahead as planned.

The seniors found the course recovered from its previous day’s soaking and put together some more excellent scores. Bill Lander had the best gross of the day, his score of 73 equating to 41 Stableford points and, two points better than runner-up Terry Simpson.

Graham Hayes was a further point back in third. Best points total came in Division 2 with John Stent scoring 42 to win by two points from David Hollingdale, with David Coggan third on 39.

The heavy conditions had most impact on the higher handicappers in Division 3. Roger Harding led the way with 36 points and in a tight finish Mike Clark and Mac Hargraves were both just a point behind, with Clark taking second place on countback.

It was possibly the prospect of worse weather which caused some of the ladies to drop out of the bowmaker and the competition itself to be reduced to just nine holes.

In cold, but dry conditions, the team of Pam Berry, Eunice Bond and Mary-Lou Denny were the only side to beat their handicaps, coming in with 39 points.

This was four better than the next two teams with countback over the last six holes giving second prize to Carol Horsley, Shirley Restorick and Linda Roberts, ahead of Claire Biggs, Joan Peck and Sue Tarry, who scooped the pool with the only two of the day.

Alec Bateman won the February medal at Brean with a stunning nett 62 to claim top spot in Division 2 with the best score of the day.

He won the middle division by three shots on a day of low scoring with Ron Vine finishing second with his 65 ahead of Pete Dunn on 66.

Phil Hodgson was the victor in Division 1 with his round of 63, which contained two twos. He held off the challenge of captain Andy Thomas who posted a 64, with Adam Cox third on 65.

Had Cox been in any other division he would have probably had a share of the prize money, but he missed out in the competitive top flight. Gordy Wheelaghan’s 66 was the winning number in Division 3 and he enjoyed the biggest winning margin of the day with Dan Reason being his nearest challenger four shots behind.

Scott Lismore just shaded a close finish in the Winter League qualifying round as he claimed top spot after a countback. Three players handed in scores of 42 points so the countback rules were deployed to separate them.

Lismore had the best of the back nines to relegate Mark Hatfield’s effort to the runners-up spot, while early starter Simon Baunton had to be content with third place.

Baunton did however, extend his lead at the top of the qualifying table as it enters its final month ahead of the finals day in mid-March. Hatfield scored the only two of the day with his birdie at the 17th, scooping the twos pot on offer.

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