Weston golfers dominate the prizes in fourball betterball competition

PUBLISHED: 09:09 30 June 2017

Worlebury Golf Club winners.

Worlebury Golf Club winners.


Weston golfers dominated the prize table in the club’s fourball betterball competition.

Weston Golf Club hosted its men’s fourball betterball competition, with the course enjoyed by all 120 competitors during the day.

The winners were: Kerri Kimitri, Mark Hayes Williams (Weston) 50 pts; Paul Chesney, David Snowden (Weston) 48; D McGovern, T Wheeler (Clevedon) 46: Nick Lee, Jamie Honour (Weston) 45; Aussie Dennison, Andy Skinner (Weston) 44; Allan Tucker, Victor Bush (Weston) 44; Steve Corrick, Scott McKechnie (Weston) 44.

The competition was played on the hottest day recorded this year, only previously matched in the summer of 1976.

All competitors enjoyed the halfway house, food was supplied with bacon rolls to start and a buffet running throughout the day. There was an extensive prize table for the winners.

The 125th celebrations continued throughout the week with the ladies’ section hosting a superb day for members, partnering invited captains and guests from many other clubs.

The exceptional temperatures with just the occasional light wind was an endurance test, but all recovered sufficiently to enjoy the refreshments and entertainment.

Claire Walker and Sue Acland from the Mendip won the top visitors’ prize and commemorative trophy. Tessa Pitt and Kaylee Davey had the best member’s score with 46 points and were presented with a silver trophy and a pair of cut glass candlesticks.

Di Walker and Gay Long were runners-up with 43 points and Wendy Thomas and vice-captain Zena Balcombe were third. An excellent buffet was served and the ladies were entertained by the fabulous Burlettes trio.

The seniors kicked off the 125th anniversary celebrations with a bowmaker competition contested by 38 teams of three, 19 teams from Weston and 19 from visiting clubs.

The weather matched the occasion with a glorious, hot and sunny day. Home advantage counted for nothing with the first two teams from the visitors. The winners were Glynn Toller, Bob Hampson and Bryan Mellor from Mendip Spring on 89 points, just pippin Victor Borg, Phil Jones and Peter Whitfield from The Kendleshire, on countback.

Weston teams were third and fourth on 86 points with Ron Kelley, Steve Strange and John Stokes beating the team of Eddie Langford, Gerry Taylor and Neil Horsfield on countback.

The three nearest the pin prizes all went to visitors, Paddy Farrel from Taunton and Pickeridge, Tony Roper from Brean and Roger Henley from Filton.

Worlebury’s men’s invitation day drew a decent field with Merv Kinch and his guest, Nick Bell, an 11-handicapper from Hockley Golf Club near Winchester, pipping Paul and Tom Gardiner on countback, to win the day.

Both pairs scored an excellent 48 points. Countback was also required to settle the lesser prizes with Stan and Darren Henderson edging out Robbie and Jamie McMillen and club vice-captain Steve Taylor and his partner, Phil Bowers, each scoring 44 points.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Darren Henderson on the 12th and Phil Burton on the 16th.

Some fines scores were recorded in the men’s June medal. Worlebury legend Alan Hartree, now playing off eight, had the round of the day, his nett 63, which included five birdies, saw him narrowly winning the First Division. Tony Westren ran him close, playing well to come in with a nett 64. Four-handicapper, Ryan Jones, came third with a 65, Lee Grant losing out on countback.

Ben Main had a comfortable win in Division 2, his nett 65 taking it by three shots from Ray Baxter, who pipped Paul Lintern for the runners-up position.

Twenty-five-handicapper Chris Jarvis, matched Hartree’s nett 63 to easily win Division 3 and earn a three-stroke cut in his handicap. Terry Bright took the runners-up slot ahead of Matthew O’Connell, both scoring nett 69s.

The Avalon Royals got back to winning ways this weekend with a well deserved 3.5-1.5 win against long Sutton.

The first pairing of Mick Keen and Terry Bradley were always in control despite faltering towards the end of the round, but still won one up. Dave Collard and Will Denyer were the only loss of the day finishing three down to a strong Long Sutton pair. Captain, Terry Santo and Dan Bovingdon were involved in the tightest match of the day and gained a fighting half.

Worlebury finished strongly winning the last two ties. Adi Marshman/Rich Exon won 5&4 and Craig Young/James Marshall were also convincing winners, sweeping their opponents aside 6&5.

The ladies held their England Golf Trust Stableford qualifying competition. This is an inaugural event with the aim of raising funds for youth development.

The top score from the Silver Division is combined with that of the Bronze/Copper divisions and sent to England Golf. The top 30 scores in the country qualify for a final to be played later in the season. Janet Fear’s 41 points will be added to Cheryl Saunders’ 43, but it will be some time before the pair know if this is good enough to progress.

Tony Westren rounded off a fine week when, partnered by Angela Bagley, they had a comfortable win in the Stella Hammond Salver. Both combined well with the added bonus of Angela’s putter being red hot.

The couple’s 46 points was three clear of their nearest challengers, Julie Stafford and Mike Knight. Dave Green/Jill Phillips took third place on countback from Hazel Cox/Nick Rowden, both pairs scoring 41.

The seniors’ recent run of success came to an abrupt halt in the latest social matches. After a run of home matches, they travelled to Clevedon and Wheathill.

The Clevedon match was particularly bruising, with only Pete Cornish and Clive Rides coming close before eventually succumbing one down. The rest of the team lost rather heavily.

Wheathill was more of an even match, but the home side made local knowledge count to prevail 4-2. Dave Pope and Mike Strang won their match comfortably. All the other ties were closely contested, but the best Worlebury could manage were fighting draws by Gerry Miles/Fred Spearing and John Ratajczak/Pete Douel

John Hobbs’ 41 points saw him win the seniors’ Centenary Vase on countback, his stronger finish giving him the edge over Malcolm Summers. The evergreen Brian Matthews came third with 40.

Thankfully the extreme heat had passed before Wedmore Ladies played their Stableford, but only two players took full advantage.

Both Chris Simpson and Val Webber cruised to 41 points, cutting large chunks out of their handicaps. This was six points better than the rest of the field, but of course there can only be one winner and in this case Simpson won on countback.

Countback was also required to sort out third and fourth places with Maggie Morris winning from Pauline Hale after both scored 35. Newly returned from the Caribbean and therefore used to heat was Marlyn Jackson, who claimed fifth spot on 34.

Most grateful player for the drop in temperature was ladies’ captain Saybria Sims, who celebrated her birthday and raised money for charity by playing 75 holes of golf. She achieved this in under nine hours without benefit of buggy and looked fit enough to go round again.

It clearly did wonders for her golf as in the weekend’s annual match between the ladies, seniors and men, she was the highest scoring player with 45 points. Ian Sentance was highest scoring senior and Toni Ribi the highest scoring man.

The men, helped by the fact that they were the only team with a complete set of players, took the Wiltshire Trophy with 22.5 points, with the ladies second on 21 and the seniors trailing on 19.5.

The previous day saw club captain Steve Smith and professional Tom Hiscock take on the rest of the field in a fourball betterball competition. They recorded a respectable 40 points, but still had to pay out to a fair number of pairs who beat this score.

The Captain’s Charity seemed the main beneficiary of this generosity. Best score of the day came from Derek Moody and Dave Craddock, who scored an impressive 45 points.

The Boom Boom Cup, played in memory of Keith Porter, became the Broom Broom Cup as a trio of Broom’s and pro shop assistant Jordan Hills took victory at Brean.

They carded a nett score of 54.9 to win by the narrowest of margins from two teams who posted nett 55s. A countback was needed to decide the Lismore brothers Byron and Scott along with Adam Cox and Rich Lambert would be the runners-up with the better back nine.

Another family connection featured in the third place team as father and daughter Steve and Millie Jones joined forces with Pete Barton and Eamonn Wynne to take bronze. Last year’s winners Gordy Wheelaghan, Chris Fairchild, Roger and Jenny Vaughan finished in fourth spot.

Nigel Hodges was the victor of the sixth round of this year’s Super Series with an excellent 43-point total.

On a day of low scoring despite the breezy conditions, Hodges won by two from Pete Dunn. Mark Jenkins made a welcome return to form with a 40-point return to take third place ahead of no less than eight players who finished on 39.

Martyn Cahill and club professional Andrew March represented Brean in the regional final of the National Pro Am for the Lombard Trophy at Burnham & Berrow, attempting to win a trip to the grand final in Portugal.

Teeing off in the opening group they posted a one under par 70 which surprisingly kept them up around the top echelons of the leaderboard for most of the day. A few of the later starters managed to pass them though dropping them down to a respectable tie for seventh in a field of more than 60 clubs.

Gail Mason won the ladies’ June Stableford with a 36-point card. She finished the event with a single-point advantage over Debbie Windmill with Beverly Cranley taking third.

The Brean seniors took on their near northerly neighbours from Weston. In some blustery but much cooler conditions, they won by 4.5 games to 1.5.

Bob Smith won the midweek Stableford on another blisteringly hot day. The early starter carded 41 points to beat Adam Cox’s late effort of 40, which left the 11-handicapper in the runners-up spot. Third place went to Kevin White on 39.

In sweltering heat with temperatures touching 30 degrees, golfers took to the golf course at Brean to compete for the Tom Childs Memorial Trophy in the 27th staging of the Sports Celebrity Am.

With the golf course superbly prepared by the greenstaff and plenty of liquid refreshment available, the 23 teams of three did battle for the silverware, to raise money for two charities, The Injured Jockeys Fund and St Margaret’s Hospice.

Eighty four points was the best score of the day and came from a team named The Boyo’s, consisting of Brean members Leighton Jenkins, Roger Vaughan and Jeff Read, alongside South Wales-based speedway Grand Prix race director Phil Morris.

They had a one-point advantage over last year’s winners, the Injured Jockeys fund team. Despite only having three players in their team, retired jockey Richie Spate was joined by Frank Gregorace, the only remaining member of last year’s team and Chris Tilley.

A countback was required to decide who would finish third after two teams posted 81 points and it went to the Jones Bros foursome. Eric Jones, Wayne Barrett, Phil Hodgson and ex-Bristol Rovers footballer Tony Pounder.

They edged out the former Brean director of golf David Haines, who headed the Towens of Weston team made up of Robin Griffiths, Dale Rendall and Dave Knight.

The team including director of golf at Brean, Andrew March, who organised the day alongside Julie Brown from Brean Leisure Park, accompanied the ladies team once again and they scored 80 to take the final prize on offer.

The winners collected their awards in The Tavern following an excellent meal. Ahead of the results the audience were entertained by Injured Jockeys Fund vice-president John Francome MBE. John shared some amusing stories with the players about his many experiences within the racing game.

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