Weston players enjoyed excellent conditions for Pentagon Trophy

PUBLISHED: 09:31 28 April 2017

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club.


Weston Golf Club members enjoyed excellent conditions for the Pentagon Trophy, with more than 100 taking part.

It was a glorious morning at Weston Golf Club, with the course presented in the outstanding condition and more than 100 players teed off in the Pentagon Trophy.

The leading gross score was 70 by Jack Radcliffe, followed by a brace of 71s from Ashley Collis and Robert Chalker. Division 1 was won by Chalker with a nett 64, second was Trevor Jenkinson 74 (64), losing on the back nine holes, third was Radcliffe (65), fourth Andy Smith with 65.

Division 2 was won with an impressive gross 85, nett 63 by John Codd, followed by Howard Evans 86 (67), Chris Wray 87 (68) and Bob Hurrell 88 (69).

The Seniors Golfers’ Society paid their annual visit to the club in the 36-hole foursomes match, with Weston edging the day 18.5 to 9.5.

All open competitions are now on line at www.westonsupermaregolfclub.com and spaces are available in the first mixed on May 15 and the first four-ball betterball on June 3, not forgetting the captain’s charity day on June 7 in aid of bowel cancer.

Two holes-in-one were recorded this week - Sam Jones on the seventh with a pitching wedge from 154 yards and Geoff Sinclair on the first hole. However, he holed out on the 11th green, some 250 yards away.

The ladies A team played at home against Bristol and Clifton B with perfect weather and a home advantage for their second match of the season and secured a convincing 11-3 win.

The sunshine was out once again for the 18 pairs competing for the best score in the Coronation Foursomes. The clear winners with a three-point lead were Sally Brosnan and Pam Hudson with 40 points. Runners-up were Zena Balcombe and Sue Garrett with 37 and Ruth Forte and Claire Redwood were third with 35. Both pairs achieved a two on the par threes.

The final of the winter four-ball at Worlebury, the Glover Cup, was won by the left-handed partnership of junior captain Alex Chandler and Sean Spearing.

In a high-quality final, with a sprinkling of birdies, they saw off the challenge of James Marshall and Paul Gardiner 3&2. The first half was close with Chandler and Spearing only one up. However, they combined well on the inward nine, finishing strongly to win the silverware

The men’s April monthly medal attracted a bumper field. The conditions were pleasant, if not a tad breezy, and many excellent scores were recorded.

The round of the day was a gross 68 by two-handicapper Andy Cooper. This was only good enough to take second place in Division 1, as he was pipped by chairman of match and handicap Jim Skinner, who, playing off 12, took the medal with an excellent nett 65. Kevin Fudge was third on 67. Andy shot three birdies, his only blemish, a bogey on the final hole.

Countback was necessary to decide Division 2, with Kerry Dunstan edging out Worlebury Royals team member Gareth Hawkes, both scoring nett 65s. Julian Winn was third with a 69.

Countback was also necessary for Division 3, with Frank Woolman taking the honours from Adrian Heeney, both scoring nett 68s. Steve Ganfield came third with a 69.

The Midweek Stableford drew a reasonable field and was played in pleasant conditions, with some good scores recorded.

Ten-handicapper Kevin Holbrook had a comfortable win, top scoring with 44 points. Bob Spence was runner-up with 42 and Tony Foster third with 41. All three were awarded with a reduction in their respective handicaps.

The juniors held a medal during the Easter break which saw 18-handicapper Reece Landen stroll to victory with a nett 64. Ryan Thrupp played well to come second with a 67 and Alix Kew was third on 73.

The seniors’ run of good form, under Barry Newson’s captaincy, continued with a resounding 5-2 home win against Enmore Park. Most of the ties were tight, apart from John Hobbs and Mike Williams who won comfortably 5&4.

The nearest the pin prize on the 12th hole, donated by Nick Ryan, was won by Enmore’s Graham Pain.

The seniors therefore went into their next match, which was against the juniors, with the confidence they could finally win this encounter for the first time in living memory. Sadly for them, it followed a predictable course and ended with the jubilant juniors recording a resounding 4-0 whitewash.

In the first match there was a clash of the Titans – nonagenarian Eric Waghorn, with Martin Ford taking on 10-year-old Olly Tripp, who had the advantage of being partnered by under-16 county captain Alix Kew.

Eric hoped to get his own back against Olly, after a heavy defeat last year, but it was not to be and the match finished some distance from the clubhouse.

Even the ever reliable bankers, Barry Newson and John Yates crumbled under the pressure and went down to the pairing of junior captain Alex Chandler, and another talented 10-year-old, Troy Young.

Stuart Macivor and Ron Stevens put up a good fight, but lost narrowly to Ryan Thrupp and Ollie Chandler. The final match was a singles between Dave Pope and Mikey Nicholls, which was the closest of all the games, the junior winning on the last.

The triumphant junior captain thanked the seniors for a generous donation they made recently and also their friendship and encouragement during the match, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

However, he also expressed a hope that they would provide much stiffer opposition when the sections meet in October for the return leg.

The ladies’ April Stableford saw Janet Fear and Emma Bourton vie for the day’s top score of 39 points, with the former getting the verdict to win Division 1. Julie Stafford was third with a 38.

The move back to white tees and the greens maintenance has slowed the sub par scoring which was a feature of the winter at Wedmore.

This month’s medal saw just three scores under par with the best of these being a 67 from Dom Channon to win Division 1 by a shot from Daryl Cornelius with Richard Weight a further two shots back in third. Weight also had the shot of the day, a hole-in-one on the par three 11th.

Max Grant was the only player beating par in Division 2, his 69 being good enough to win by two shots from Frank Denniston, who in turn was two shots better than third-placed Malcolm Turner.

Division 3 saw no players under par, but a three-way tie on 71 with Liam Cann taking first spot on countback from Ian Williams and Dave Horsley. Alison Dodkin was leading lady on 77.

There was excellent scoring in the ladies’ own better-ball competition. Marion Warren-Smith and Nan Watt won on 46, a score matched by Gill Jones and Mary Gillies, who lost out on countback. Jenny Thomas and Eunice Bond were third, also on countback from Pam Berry and Beryl Richards.

W certainly stood for winner as Gordy Wheelaghan, Dan Williams and Sue Wright all won their respective divisions in the April monthly Stableford at Brean.

Wheelaghan had the best score in the men’s event as he took Division 3 with a 39-point return. He was one ahead of Tony Romeo, who in turn was one clear of third-placed man Les Byrne.

Dan Williams had probably the least expected victory of the day as he won the top flight with 37 points. He would have been the runner-up, but a scorecard error denied Jason Kidley the win.

Kidley racked up what would have been a best of day 41 points, but failed to sign his card which unfortunately meant he had to be disqualified. Runner-up to Williams was Matt Shaw who missed out on a back nine countback after he matched Williams’ total. Dan Broom was third on 36.

The only non W winner was Matt Haskins in Division 2. The in-form Haskins had a 37-point scorecard which was one better than Ron Vine and Graham Foy, with Vine being awarded second courtesy of the countback rules.

In the ladies’ event, Sue Wright produced the best round of the event as she handed in a 37-point haul. Secretary Liz Blackwell was the runner-up on 34 with Irene Trumper a couple of points further back in third.

Subject to their availability Wheelaghan, Williams and Haskins will have the opportunity to line up alongside captain Dave Porter and represent Brean Golf Club in the Sports Celebrity Am in June.

For the first time for as long as anyone can remember, Brean Golf Club fielded three separate teams in matches. They ended up with a mixed bag of results with one win, one half and one defeat to their name.

The winners were the Avalon Division 5 team who defeated the Long Sutton Stags on home turf. Banishing the memories of a heavy opening defeat, they bounced back with a solid performance rounded off by a comfortable win for the last pairing of Pete Barton and Dave Bradley by 5&3. They ended up winning by 3.5 points to 1.5 to get some league points on the board for the new season.

The Division 3 side made the trip to the other side of Bridgwater to face Enmore Park. Having beaten the same opponents recently at home, they travelled to the venue which has often been good to Brean, memorably lifting the Somerset Bowl there back in 2011.

An eagle three at the downhill 18th by Roger Vaughan secured a win for him and his partner, captain Dave Porter as the team halved the match overall at 2.5 games apiece, which is a respectable result on the road.

In the third match of the day for the club, the Somerset Bowl team went up against Vivary Park at Isle of Wedmore. The Taunton-based club are always tough opponents and so it proved again as any repeat of the 2011 success will have to wait another year as they lost 4-1.

Clive Goode is the early front runner in the new Super Series points table after his spectacular victory in the opening event.

The Welshman rattled up an amazing 46 points off his 13 handicap to enjoy a three-point advantage over runner-up Craig Higgins. Both Goode and Higgins saw their handicaps fall thanks to their excellent scores, as did third-placed man Mel Brown. He returned a respectable 42 points, but only ended up in the bronze position.

Despite only 15 holes being played for the midweek Stableford, 35 points was the winning score. Mike Smith was the man who posted that impressive number and held a one-point advantage over Mel Brown. Last week’s winner Steve Mason took third on 31.

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