Worlebury enjoy a week of presentations and achievements

PUBLISHED: 12:06 18 October 2017

Worlebury Golf Club Ladies.

Worlebury Golf Club Ladies.


Worlebury Golf Club enjoyed a week of highs with the presentations of the Somerset Bowl to the men and the Championship Salver to the ladies just a couple of the highlights.

It was a week of highs at Worlebury, which included presentations of the Somerset Bowl to the men, the Championship Salver and Alliance League 5 Salver to the ladies; lady presidents day, Alex Winn representing the county, two holes-in-one and a highly successful dinner dance.

It was particularly memorable week for the ladies. They held a celebratory competition and afternoon tea for all those who had played in the Alliance League winning team and those who finished runners-up in the Rogers Cup to bring home the Championship Salver.

The icing on the cake was the news that Emma Bourton, who like the team, won all 10 matches in the Alliance League was awarded the Bath Trophy for being the top scorer in the division.

Janet Jamieson hosted her president’s day and a waltzing bowmaker competition was held, followed by a delicious cream tea provided by Janet.

The winners of the competition with 67 points were Hazel Cox, Sylvia Cook and Jane Wakerley, who pipped Helen Clarke, Angela Bagley and new member Jenny Roberts, on countback.

Julia Jago won the nearest the pin prize on the 12th. It was also a memorable day for Diane Millar, who had an ace on the sixth hole.

Eight-handicapper Katherine Sokol won the weekend medal with a fine nett 72. Helen Clarke and Janet Fear were second and third respectively. Julia Jago won the weekend Stableford, followed by Gloria Roche and Annette Poynter.

The successful Somerset Bowl team were presented with the trophy by club captain Andy Collard at the traditional Sunday lunchtime gathering.

The seniors had two games with a home match against Clevedon ending in a honourable 3-3 draw. The highlight was former world champion darts player, Clevedon’s Bob Anderson, notching a hole-in-one on the 16th.

This helped The Limestone Cowboy and his partner prevail over Dave Pope and Clive Rides. Generous Bob provided wine at dinner.

Good wins were recorded by captain, Barry Newson/Steve Rowlands, Colin Dale/John Langdon and the Stuarts, Lock and Macivor.

The away match against The Bristol, while enjoyed by the team, saw them suffer a heavy defeat, with John Yates and Carl Morteo’s half, the only crumb of comfort.

The competitors in the men’s October Stableford had to contend with heavy rain and strong winds, which made scoring difficult.

Matt O’Connell top scored with 38 points to win Division 3. This fine win was followed by the annual handicap review.

A number of solid performances over the last few months saw Matt’s handicap tumble by three shots to 16 and elevation to the second division. Jason Ball was runner-up with 36 and Dan Winter, third, with 33.

Dan Bovingdon played well to win Division 1 with 37 points. Ben Main was runner-up, pipping Keith Thomas on countback, both scoring 36. Division 2 was won by Julian Winn, also with 37. Andy Francis was runner-up on 36, beating Darrell James on countback.

The club was delighted with the news that Alex Winn was part of the county team that comfortably beat Devon to pip Glamorgan to the Channel League title. Alex played his part, winning his afternoon singles match with ease, 4&3.

The dinner dance was thoroughly enjoyed by the assembled throng. Quality cuisine served up by chef Peter Carraud and his team, was followed by a brilliant set by the aptly named Bristol band, The Fabulous Dough Boys.

Thirty-three teams of ladies endured every season of weather for the Weston autumn berry bowmaker open competition.

Visiting teams and members did well to complete the round in tricky conditions playing off 3/4 handicap. In first place with 77 points were Weston’s Wendy Thomas and Reine O’Reilly with visitor Penny Johnston.

Runners-up with 74 points were the all-Weston team of Jade Cope, June Phillips and Glenda Latham Creasey. A team from Redditch were third with 71 points and the best visitors prize went to a team from Filton.

Weston seniors enjoyed a pleasant autumnal day, with little or no wind, for a three-man bowmaker off 3/4 handicap.

Clear winners with an impressive 82 points were the team of Graham Osman, Roger Magor and Nick Bohin. The winners were three points ahead of four teams on 79 points separated by countback. Second were Alan Melhuish, Dave Rowland and Ron Kelley and third were Allan Tucker, Terry Marnock and Mo Sweeney.

There were two trophies up for grabs at Wedmore with an open competition for the Yonex Trophy and the ladies playing for the Olive Bowl.

There was a packed field for the Yonex and a tight finish to Division 1 which saw Ben Barwell claim first place with 38 points, just one better than Toni Ribi, who beat visitor David Ford on countback.

Andy Favell was a couple of points better though, winning Division 2 with 40, two better than Marcello di Mascio, with Evan Newman a point further back in third.

Best score of the day and therefore overall victory, came in Division 3 with Nigel Young amassing 42 points to take the trophy. Charlie Sweeney took the divisional prize with 39 points, three better than runner-up Ken Brice, with Gary Cutter third.

Amongst the ladies, Marlyn Jackson had an excellent 35 points to claim the trophy ahead of Sue Chambers and Dawn Chadwick.

In the ladies’ own competition, 35 was again good enough for first place with the honours this time going to vice-captain Shirley Gooding. She was just one point better than Rachel Lockley, who in turn was a point better than third-placed Sue Edwards, who beat Alison Dodkin on countback. Diane Miller claimed fifth place on 32.

The seniors also played a Stableford but with no trophies on offer. A blanket finish in Division 1 saw first place go to Peter Searle on countback with a strong performance on the par fives to nudge ahead of both Peter Bennett and Mike Smith on countback after all three finished on 37 points.

Chris McGowan had the best score of the day, 38 points, to win Division 2 by a point from Michael Scantlebury with Gordon Summers third on 36. His score was matched by Roger Harding, winning Division 3 again on 38 points, with Ken Brice second on 36 and Dennis Howard third with 35.

Ron Edmondson produced the first sub par round in a seniors event for some years at Brean as he posted an excellent two under par 67 in the third round of the eclectic.

Playing from the yellow tees, he ended with a nett 62, but only enjoyed a single-stroke advantage on a day of low scoring.

John Cranley never seems far away from the top of any seniors’ leaderboard recently and he was placed second after his nett 63. This was only after a countback though as Vince Ford matched that score, but missed out on the back nine.

Two days later, the seniors’Ward Tankard took place and the rules restrict the competitors to just two clubs and a putter. Once again some players proved that there is no harm in ‘travelling light’ as they beat their handicap over the 18 holes.

Steve Mason carded a superb 41 points armed with just his three wood, seven iron and his trusty putter. He won by three from a previous multiple winner of the event in the shape of Roger Phillips. Bill Marlow once again finished strongly with his score of 37 giving him third spot.

Lesley Millard won the ladies’ October medal with a nett 74. She held a healthy advantage over club champion Lyn Bird who was the runner-up with Sue Wright taking third.

The ladies’ Flag Trophy was held for the first time for a few years the previous week and Liz Blackwell was crowned the winner. She managed to get her golf ball the furthest around the course and landing on the 16th green before her shot allocation ran out.

John Cullinan teamed up with Martyn Cahill to win the Super Series Betterball Stableford event. Cullinan was on top form and with Cahill also contributing along the way a total of 50 points gave the duo a one-point victory.

Runners-up Phil Hodgson and Simon Baunton bemoaned a couple short putts that they missed late in their round as they ended one shy of the winners. Third place went to shop assistant Jordan Hills and his partner Ray Rushman on 48 after a countback with Barrie Tucker and Neil Barker.

Tony Higgins enjoyed a welcome return to form as he topped the leaderboard in the Super Series event. He carded 38 points in the singles Stableford which also served to reduce his handicap by a stroke and had the best back nine of the leading three scorecards.

Thirty-eight point returns were also made by Trevor Guy and one half of the winning pairing in Martyn Cahill. Guy beat Cahill for second spot in the same countback effectively denying him a weekend double.

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