Weston through to the next round of the Somerset Bowl

PUBLISHED: 15:59 30 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:59 30 May 2018

Steve Corrick and Chris Homer.

Steve Corrick and Chris Homer.


Weston are through to the next round of the Somerset Bowl after a second round victory over Fosseway at the neutral venue of Wells.

Weston Golf Club played in the second round of the Somerset Bowl and were up against Fosseway at the neutral venue of Wells.

After some very close games, Weston were victorious. Pete Allen and Matt Evans narrowly missed out losing one down in play-off holes showing great character to come back form being three down.

The steady pairing of Neil Urch and Darren Henderson were on hand to deliver a 2&1 win, while Steve Thomas and Rob Chalker stole the show with an outstanding performance winning 5&3, having to give 13 shots to their opposition.

Club captain Chris Homer and treasurer Steve Corrick were never in doubt to deliver a result and finished one up, halving the 18th hole to hang on for the victory.

The anchor pairing of Adam Royle and Matt Pearson had it covered and finished their match with a half.

Weston seniors travelled to the Mendips for a match against The Mendip. Leading the way for Weston were John Stokes and Mo Sweeney who managed to get a point on the board with a 3&2 victory.

The following two matches featuring the pairings of Dave Snowdon and Graham Quick and captain Robin Webb and Gary Homer, ended in victories for the home teams by 5&4 and one hole respectively.

The fourth game was halved by Bill Diamond and Rob Filer, but unfortunately for the visitors the last two matches consisting of the pairings of Ed Langford and Terry Waite and Pete Hardaway and Ian Freeman, both went to the opposition by 3&2. So the final score was a win for The Mendip by 4.5 to 1.5.

The winner of the ladies’ Tuesday medal was decided on countback and went to Jean Cooper scoring 74. Pat Rowland was the runner-up with Cathy Preston following with 76. Diney Costeloe took fourth place with a 77.

Worlebury’s PGA qualifier saw some excellent performances in Division 1. The top three notched four birdies each in their rounds and countback was required to decide the outcome.

Two four handicappers went head-to-head and it was Ryan Jones who edged out Lewys Charles to win the right to represent the club in the regional qualifier. One-handicapper Andy Cooper was third with an excellent 68, his four birdies all occurring in his outward nine.

Jon Blackhurst won Division 2 with a nett 68. Gary Freeman was runner-up with a 70 and Chris Jarvis third with a 73.

The seniors’ Somerset Bowl team travelled to Weston and recorded a good win against Brean by 4.5 to 0.5. Fine wins were recorded by the pairings of David Mellor/Lauchlan Millar, Pete Gilpin/Merv Kinch, Steve Taylor/John Wright and Dave Treleaven/Paul McAdams. Keri Allchurch and Tony Westren halved their tie.

Graham Hewlett’s Avalon Originals travelled to Isle of Wedmore and narrowly lost 3-2. Things looked bleak early on when the home team won the first three ties. Worlebury finished strongly however, with winning performances by captain Hewlett partnered by Kerry Dunstan and Tony Westren with Rob McMillen.

Lauren and Ken Hanson continued their dominance in the mixed when they won the Gertrude Johnson Cup, a foursomes medal competition.

Their round of 65.5 had three birdies and was one shot better than Ang Bagley and Tony Westren. Julie Knight and Steve Taylor were third, a further shot adrift.

Maxine Gardiner was a comfortable winner in the ladies’ Daisy Payne Cup. Eunice McAdams was runner-up with a 74 and Sam Hewlett third on 75.

Performance of the day in the seniors’ Stableford was the 36-point haul returned by 92-year-old Worlebury legend Eric Waghorn, to see him comfortably win the over 80s prize.

Brian Matthews won Division 1 with an excellent 40 points. David Grant was runner-up with 39 and Martin Ford third, with 38.

Gareth Richards won Division 2 with 39 points. Kenny Yam beat Frank Woolman on countback to take second place, both scoring 37.

The juniors played at Taunton and Pickeridge in the second round of the Somerset Golf League. They followed up their winning performance in the opening fixture to finish a highly creditable second place behind the home team.

This gives them a 23-point advantage in the six-leg event. The next round is at Enmore Park on Wednesday.

It was a successful week for Mike Strang’s seniors in their social matches. Two good home wins were recorded against Shirehampton (5-1) and Isle of Wedmore (4-2). Captain Strang led from the front with two victories.

It was good week for club professional George Ryall. Needing a top 15 finish to retain his senior pro card at Foxhills, George finished tied 12th place.

The Wedmore club medal turned out to be a family affair with Evan Newman winning Division 2 with the best score of the day, nett 65, while father Tei Newman was first in Division 3 with a 69.

Generally the recent rain made the course play more easily. Alan Richardson scored an excellent 66 to win Division 1 by a single shot from Jim Dobbs and Mark Cornish, with Dobbs taking second place on countback over the back six.

Neville Gillibrand had a 66 to finish runner-up behind Newman junior with Mark Higginbottom third with 67. In Division 3, John Sims claimed second place on countback from Keith Thomas after both scored 70. Jen Jones was leading lady.

The ladies’ own competition was another medal and a qualifier for the county’s Dickenson Trophy.

Rachel Lockley had an exceptional round, scoring nett 68 to win Division 1 by five shots from Eunice Bond with Annya Patten best on countback in a group of three players on 74.

Janet Robson won Division 2 by an even bigger margin, her 71 putting her seven shots clear of second-placed Liz Sims with Linda Roberts a further shot back in third place.

It was certainly a week for family successes as Rachel Lockley’s daughter Harriet became county junior champion at the weekend.

Playing at Wedmore, her rounds of gross 75 and 78 were more than good enough to claim the title with her first round of 75 qualifying her for the national Daily Telegraph Championship.

Evie Williams was another home player to achieve success. In the younger age category over 18 holes, she won the Stableford prize with 36 points. Abi Moore and Beth Williams also competed with great credit.

Brean Ladies produced some excellent scoring in their May medal with a nett 68 being the winning score.

That belonged to current club champion Lyn Bird who beat her handicap by two as she won by one from Irene Trumper, who also played below her handicap with a 69. Third place was decided after a countback with Linda Edmondson edging out Shirley Marlow on the back nine.

Three players all posted nett 66s in the second round of the seniors Captain’s Cup. Bob Hurrell, Roger Phillips and George Stratford were the proud owners of the leading scores with Hurrell being the happiest of the trio as he won on a countback.

His excellent back nine saw him prevail over Phillips in second, while Stratford had to settle for third.

The final round of the three round series will take place next month and the player with the best two-score aggregate will be crowned the winner.

The seniors’ team went out of the Somerset Bowl at the second round stage after losing to a strong Worlebury team at Weston by 4.5 to 0.5.

Twenty four hours later they were back in action in another match this time against Vivary Park. They travelled to the tricky tree-lined Taunton course but again were defeated overall going down by 3.5 games to 2.5.

Jim Puddy won the midweek Stableford with a score of 39 points. He also scored the only two of the day courtesy of his birdie at the second hole making it a profitable day for him.

Jeff Read was the runner-up on 38 with John Rabbetts third on 36.

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