Worlebury ladies’ duo capture county Centenary Plate after play-off drama
PUBLISHED: 15:14 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 15:14 05 September 2018
Worlebury duo Claire Bayliss and Angela Bagley won the county Centenary Plate after a dramatic extra hole play-off.
In another great week for the teams at Worlebury, pride of place went to Claire Bayliss and Angela Bagley.
The pair travelled to Sham Castle in Bath to play a duo from Farrington in the final of the County Centenary Plate. They have had to battle through some tough legs to get this far and it stood them in good stead as they held their nerve to win the trophy on the first extra hole.
It was a double celebration for Claire as she skippered the ladies’ Alliance team to their second successive promotion. A close fought 8-6 win at Filton saw them taking Division 4 at a canter.
The team have won each of their eight matches and still have two left to play. The icing on the cake was Janet Fear notching her first-ever hole-in-one on the 15th.
It was Prosecco all around as the team are pictured celebrating both their and Janet’s success. From the left: Helen Clarke, Amanda Cook, Emma Bourton, Janet Fear, Sue Sokol, Claire Bayliss and Susan Tarry.
Worlebury, with a late surge, have won the West Division of the seniors’ Avalon League. A 4.5 to 0.5 away win at Tall Pines, which gave them 15.5 points, saw them sew the division up with one game still to play.
This was a stunning result as Tall Pines had previously only lost two games out of the 20 played during their first four home matches.
Steve Taylor and Steve Rowlands won 2&1; Keri Allchurch and John Ratajczak won 4&3; Tony Westren & Stuart Lock won two up; Rob McMillen and Paul McAdams won 2&1; Dave Treleaven and Danny O’Connor – match halved.
The Avalon Originals finished their season in Division 3 on a high with a 3.5 to 1.5 away win at Mendip Spring. Paul Lawrence and John Leech, first out, got back to winning ways with a 3&1 win.
This was matched by good wins for the pairings of Steve Taylor/Fred Hooper and Kevin Holbrook/Rob McMillen. Kerry Dunstan and Paul Marsh gained a half.
The only disappointment of the week was Avalon Royals just missing out on promotion from Division 5. They entertained their nearest challengers, Long Sutton Stags, knowing they needed a 3.5 to 1.5 win to take the title.
Things looked good when the pairings of Mick Keen/Gareth Hawkes and captain Terry Santo/Steve Cameron both won. Rich Exon and Mark Terry went down giving the visitors heart. James Marshall and Tom Main notched a half leaving Worlebury’s hopes resting on the final pairing of Dan Bovingdon/Will Denyer.
Their match went all the way to the wire, but it was Long Sutton who won a tough match, one up. The Dribuild man of the match was Mick Keen.
Captain Santo paid tribute to his squad who had represented the club in an excellent way throughout the campaign and announced that The Dribuild Player of the Season was Tom Main.
More than 100 competitors took to the field for the popular WD Payne Flag Cup. Nineteen players shot under their handicap but only four had a realistic chance of winning the cup.
Craig Young won the initial competition edging out John Wright on countback, both scoring excellent 64s. Craig Conway came third with a nett 65 pipping young Josh Talbot on countback.
Players with shots in hand then set off up the first hole to try get as far as possible round the course until their shots were exhausted.
Craig Conway came from behind, placing his flag 12 metres from the second hole to take the cup, with John, Craig Young and Josh a short distance adrift.
Dan Bovingdon took fifth prize in the competition and the final positioning of the flags.
Lynn Pope with 38 points strolled to victory in Division 1 of the August Stableford. Helen Clarke was runner-up with 34 and Maxine Gardiner third with 33.
Sue Liddeatt was the day’s joint top scorer, her 39 points giving her a win in Division 2. Julia Jago was runner-up with 37 and Sue Kinch third on 36.
Patricia Smith also had 39 points which gave her a win in the Third Division. Gloria Roche came second with 36 and Carole Miles third on 35.
Sam Hewlett won the ladies’ weekend Stableford with 32 points comfortably beating her golfing chum, Louise Goodrum into second place.
Callum Tucker won the juniors Centenary Trophy with 37 points. Lauren Hanson was runner-up with 34 and Oli Tripp third with 31.
The Stragglers continue to enjoy their season. Luckily this is not measured by their results as they went down once more in their two away matches at Bristol & Clifton and Shirehampton.
Dougie Woods and Mike Knight had their only win in the first match with Andy Taylor and Bernard Kew getting an honourable half.
The second match resulted in 2.5 to 1.5 defeat with captain Keith Knight/Jullian Claydon winning and Danny Saunderson/Martin Morgan getting a half.
The seniors travelled to visit old friends at Wells in their latest social match and came away with a very good 3.5 to 2.5 success.
Good wins were recorded by the pairings of John Langdon/Nick Ryan, Roger Leaver/Brian Maidment and John Ratajczak/Clive Rides. Pete Cornish and Tony McDonald gained a half.
Weston seniors played several friendly matches over the past three weeks.
Firstly against Long Ashton which was a home fixture, Gary Homer and John Dixon were first out and recorded a 2&1 victory. The tie was levelled as Tony Barry and Terry Waite lost one down. Keeping the match level were captain Robin Webb and John Whitewood who halved their game.
From then on the home side were never in trouble as two wins came from Ed Langford and Pete Hardaway (4&3) and Mark Fozzard and Don Harris (2&1). Two halved games by Bill Diamond and Howard Sims and John Humphrey and Dave Holder finished the match off to secure an overall victory of 4½ to 2½.
The second fixture was an away match at Enmore Park, but unfortunately for the Weston boys the winning ways did not continue.
The first two ties ended in losses as David Andow and John Morgan went down 5&4 and Mike Dyer and Fred Donbavand by 5&3. Captain Robin Webb and partner Bill Diamond stopped the rot with a creditable half, but that was followed by a narrow one down defeat for Tony Barry and Geoff Seaman.
The team’s only victory came in match five as the red hot putter of Dave Snowden with partner Paul Chesney secured a 3&2 win. Terry Waite was always going to find things hard playing as a singleton and was unable to get anything from his game.
Two more losses followed with Rob Filer and Don Harris losing 4&3 and Graham Quick and John Dixon 2&1. Match result 1½-6½.
The most recent match was a journey up the M5 to The Bristol Golf Club where once again the road trip did not go in their favour.
First out was the vice-captain Ed Langford with partner Graham Quick who were unable to overcome their opponents in a 2&1 loss. However this was followed by the first half of the day as Paul Chesney and Don Harris, who were never up in their game, fought hard to halve their match.
Three losses then followed, all by the same score of 2&1, by the pairings of captain Robin Webb and Steve Edwards, Mo Sweeney and Pete Hardaway and Bill Diamond and Geoff Seaman.
Another defeat, this time by 3&2, came from Tony Barry and Rob Filer, which was followed by a half for David Andow and John Dixon. The final result being a 6-1 defeat for Weston.
In between those three matches the seniors played their Somerset Bowl semi-final against Farrington at Tall Pines on a breezy day with a shower thrown in.
Sadly for Weston the number of shots conceded took their toll as they went down by 3½-1½. Despite a solid win by Ron Kelley and Mark Fozzard by 3&2, Terry Waite and Rob Filer lost 5&3, Steve Thomas and Chris Slocombe lost one down, as did Paul Chesney and Gary Homer. Already 3-1 down, the final match was halved by Pete Hardaway and Dave Snowdon.
A busy week at Wedmore kicked off with Brad’s Bash It, a scramble in memory of a popular and much-missed captain.
Played over just 15 holes, the scores looked even more spectacular than usual. Winners were the Lockley family, Steve, Harriet and Ffion on 48.8, followed by Josh and Ben Barwell with Andy Ratcliffe on 49.7 and Bill Lander, Mike Garbutt and Steve Smith in third on 51.7.
The seniors had a variation on a bowmaker. With teams selected to even out handicaps a close result was to be expected and was certainly delivered.Two teams came in with 82 points with captain David Taylor and his partners Nick Smith and Bernard Abbott winning out on countback.
Geoff Musson-Thorp, Martin Blackmore and John Vowles were the unlucky runners-up and Mike Smith, Derek Meads and Barry Stone took third place on 80.
More than 140 ladies including over 100 visitors took part in the open bowmaker. As each team had to include at least one visitor there was bound to be at least one in the winning team and this was Tess Pitt from Weston.
Playing with Liz Hill, Liz Miller and June Smith, the team scored an impressive 89 points to finish four points clear of the runners-up. These were another mixed team with locals Mary Lou Denny, Maggie Morris and Heather Abraham teaming up with Lynn Bird from Brean.
Third place went to Helen Takhar, Sue Moon, Julie Lindley and Maxine Portnell from Wheathill and Wincanton on 84 points just one better than the fourth-placed team from Bristol & Clifton Veronica Shortle, Yvonne Wesbroom, Nina Redwood and Liz Hale.
Theresa Russell, Helen Gould, Carol Brookes and Sharon Crawford from Long Aston took the visitors’ prize with a creditable 87 points.
Eric Jones won the Tom Childs Memorial Flag Trophy at Brean as he managed to propel his golf ball the furthest around the course with his shot allowance.
He carded an impressive nett 63 to give him six additional shots to play with and with these he managed to reach just short of the second green. Next best was Dave Bradley who holed out on the first green with his third and final shot after a nett 66.
Ian Adams was just a few feet away from the hole on the first green as he took third spot with Matt Haskins in fourth after finishing just left of the putting surface.
Vic Burnell was top of the shop in the Super Series Stableford. He scored 42 points from the white tees to claim the 10 series points on offer as he won by one from Byron Lismore.
Lismore was also joined on that score by Russell Shaw but he had the better back nine to relegate Shaw into third spot. All three players saw their handicaps reduced as a result of their success.
The ladies were victorious in their annual match with the seniors. In an aggregate Stableford format, the ladies totalled 109 Stableford points to the seniors’ 107 and therefore the trophy, for the second year, stays with the ladies section.
Trevor Searle was the winner of the latest midweek Stableford. With daylight now fading in the evenings the event was played over 15 holes and Searle scored an impressive 34 points over that distance. He won by two from Bob Smith with Barry Brindley taking third on 31.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Weston Mercury. Click the link in the orange box above for details.