Annual ladies grab-a-gent competition held at Weston

PUBLISHED: 15:44 31 October 2018

Weston Golf Club mixed winners.

Weston Golf Club mixed winners.


Weston Golf Club's annual ladies grab-a-gent competition attracted 26 pairs for the event.

Twenty-six pairs consisting of one lady and one senior gentleman member, played in the Weston Golf Club annual ladies grab-a-gent competition.

With a two-point lead, president Gordon Robert and Joan Jenkinson came first with 40 points. In second place was Graham Osman and Josephine Blackett with 38, followed by Dave Rowland and Kaylee Davey with 36. Fourth with 35 points was Brian Whiddett and Sue Andow.

To celebrate the end of the mixed season of matches, Mario and Bobby Ferrari arranged a fun day of golf playing a four-club bowmaker challenge.

Weather conditions were tough with a bitter wind and rain, but most players continued, determined not to let it get the better of them.

Following the golf, there was a real buzz in the clubhouse where players were treated to a delicious meal before the prize presentation.

Results of the day were very close with the top three pairs going on countback due to getting all 94 points each. In first place were lady captain Zena Balcombe, Dave Garrett, Andrew Skinner and Alison Whitewood, followed by Gary Homer, Julie Ward, Fred Donbavand and Sally Brosnan and Andrew Balcombe, Sue Garrett, John Whitewood and Julia Wood.

Things are beginning to get slightly quieter at Worlebury with winter looming, even so a number of competitions were held.

There was mixed successes for the teams in county competitions. Pride of place went to the ladies led by Diane Millar who won Division 3 of the inter-club league at the first time of asking. It could not be closer and the division was won by half a point.

There was great support from the ladies’ section for the competition and 15 players including Diane took part in one or more of the 10 matches.

They were: Janet Jamieson, Sue Tarry, Julie Stafford, Lynn Pope, Cheryl Saunders, Angela Bagley, Sue Kinch, Michelle James, Hazel Cox Janet Keight, Lynne Johnson, Ginette Bright, Emma Bourton and Louise Goodrum.

The seniors, captained by Keri Allchurch, came unstuck at Long Sutton when they took on Enmore in the final of the Avalon Seniors league.

Against a team packed with a full compliment of Category 1 players, they were outplayed by the opposition, who recorded their third win on the bounce in this competition.

The team can take heart from a long successful season as getting to the final was no mean feat.

There was also a good performance by the four-man team of Steve Rowlands, Stuart Lock, Andy Judkins and John Ratacjzak at Clevedon in the Trounsen Trophy. In difficult conditions they finished a creditable seventh out of 16 teams.

The ladies held a successful Breast Cancer event that raised more than £200 for the charity. The golf was of secondary importance but was won with ease by the trio of Angela Bagley, Lynne Johnson and Sue Sokol with 71 points.

Runners-up with 67 points were Hazel Cox, Sue Kinch and Kay Pollard and in third place: Lisa Griffiths, Michelle James and Sue Liddeatt, a point adrift.

The first mixed greensomes event of the winter season saw lady captain Lorna Macivor, who is coming to the end of her tenure, winning in some style.

Partnered by her husband Stuart, their 41 points pipped the pairings of Eunice and Paul McAdams, Lauren and Ken Hanson and Maxine and Paul Gardiner, by a single point.

The seniors had a full turnout for their Texas scramble. Some excellent scores were recorded, none more so than the winners Steve Bellingham, Andy Francis and Steve Partridge who had a nett 60.

A fraction behind were the trios of Pete Cornish, Steve Gray and David Mellor and Dave Clark, Dave Green and Bob Saddler.

Tim Harris marked his return to seniors’ golf at Wedmore with a two over par gross round of 72.

This equates to a nett 67 and was enough to win Division 1 of the medal, but only on countback from Steve Lawrence with Mark Cornish just one shot back in third.

Phil McMahon was the clear winner of Division 2 with a nett 70, two better than Mike Peacock who took runner-up spot from Ian Dillamore on countback.

There was another close finish to Division 3 with Julian Roberts beating Peter Spinks on countback after both finished on 70. James Robertson was three shots back in third.

The ladies played a greensomes which Liz Sweeney and Penny Oliver won in a close finish with 35 points. This was just one better than Jennifer Fell and Janis Lawrence who took second place on countback from Jenny Brown and Maggie Tolchard.

In a week of close finishes, the closest came in the final event which was the annual match between the captain and vice-captain’s teams for the Barron-Midgely Trophy.

With the score poised at five matches each, Sean Gray playing with his father club captain Jim, holed a long putt on the final hole to secure a half against vice-captain Kevin Osman and his partner, father-in-law Keith Thomas, to leave the match tied at 5½-each, possibly the first-ever drawn match.

Only one player out of the entire field beat his handicap in Sunday’s October medal on a tough day for scoring at Brean.

A strong wind blew from an unusual direction across the course leading to many disasters appearing on the scorecards.

Murray Parsons avoided all such disasters though and carded a superb nett 66 to win by a massive seven strokes in Division 1 from Steve Eley.

He also took the Fred Baker Trophy for the leading score in the top two divisions as Division 2 winner Martyn Cahill returned a 70. Cahill won after a countback with Roy Fletcher to take that award.

The Stanley Trophy went to the leading Division 3 player and that was Nigel Ellis, much to his surprise. His round of nett 81 was good enough to take the silverware by one from Trevor Searle.

The October medal also saw the finish of the inaugural EBLO Salver which is awarded for the total of the best three gross scores in the monthly medals between March and October.

The first recipient of this award is Dan Broom with a three-round total of 229 ending two strokes clear of Matt Shaw who was three ahead of third-placed Steve Bateman.

Along the Somerset coast from Brean, a team led by captain Mike Carter represented the club in the re-arranged Trounson Trophy at Clevedon.

Experiencing similarly tough conditions, the team of Carter, Andy Thomas, Dave Morgan and Graham Foy finished in a respectable sixth place out of 16 teams taking part from clubs all over Somerset.

The previous day on a bitterly cold morning quite befitting of the start of the Winter League, 40 players took to the course for the Stableford event.

Ian Rogers was the winner of the opening round after his excellent 42-point score gave him a one-point advantage over Matt Shaw.

Five-handicapper Shaw beat the course par of 69 on his way to the runners-up spot and he was also one clear of third-placed Barry Brindley who ended on 40.

Geoff Hill was the winner of the October seniors’ Stableford at a foggy Brean. After an early morning delay for the conditions, he scored an impressive 40 points to leave him clear of the chasing pack in Division 1.

Tony Higgins led that pack with 39 as he was awarded the runners-up spot ahead of the 38-point return from Barrie Yearsley.

Dai Wood took the Division 2 prize with 37 points, one clear of Mike Short in second. Short defeated John Hale on a countback to relegate Hale to third.

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