Worlebury golfers turn out in force for charity day

PUBLISHED: 12:45 28 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:45 28 March 2018

Worlebury Golf Club ladies.

Worlebury Golf Club ladies.

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A charity day was the highlight at Worlebury Golf Club with a good turnout to help raise funds for the Freewheelers.

Things are beginning to pick up at Worlebury with the club’s charity day the highlight of the week.

There was a good turnout with members of the Freewheelers, the club’s chosen charity, attending to support the event.

The winners in the ladies competition with 100 points were Julie Knight, Amanda Cook, Michelle James and Maxine Gardiner.

The men’s competition was closely contested with the four-ball led by Avalon Originals captain Graham Hewlett, partnered by Tony Westren, Rich Godwin and Julian Brown, narrowly winning with 120 points.

Dave Hill, Adrian Heeney, Chris Harrison and Eifion Price were pipped by a point. In third place were Rob White, Dan Winter, Darran Mason and Leon Wilce with 117.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Dave Hill on the second and Darran Mason on the 12th. Frank Barlow won the prize for the straightest drive up the 18th.

One of the highlights of the day was the beat the pro challenge on the 16th hole with players paying a princely sum to try and get inside the tee shot of club pro Roy Baker. Eighty-eight tried and only 10 succeeded which swelled the charity’s coffers no end.

In his speech to a full audience, club captain Steve Taylor thanked everyone who made the day such a success. The final tally is still to be announced but it was apparent that a sizeable sum was raised for the charity.

The seniors held a Texas scramble which was well supported. With seven birdies in their round, the team led by Steve Taylor, accompanied by Keri Allchurch and David Mellor won a narrow victory on 60.8.

In second place with 62 shots were Brian Collard, Andy Francis and Steve Partridge. Losing out by 0.6 were the trio of Paul Coumis, Frank Hopkinson and Tom Weston.

It was a successful weekend for Hewlett who captained the Avalon Originals to victory in their annual curtain raiser with the Stragglers. This was no walk in the park for the Originals who had to work hard for their 5-2 victory, but sets them up nicely for the rigours of the forthcoming season.

The Avalon Royals, under Terry Santo’s captaincy, got their league campaign off to a great start with a fine 3.5 to 1.5 home win over Cricket St Thomas. Santo, partnered by Dan Bovingdon played the captain’s part, with a comfortable win in his match.

Other good wins were recorded by the pairings of Gareth Hawkes and big hitting, Will Denyer and Tom Main/John Melwani. Dave Collard and debutant Mark Terry gained a fighting half with Jamie Crandon and Adi Marshman narrowly losing their tie.

It was a good few days for Mark Terry and Gareth Hawkes as they won through to the Glover Cup final, knocking out Jim Walton and Trevor Isaac in the process. The match went into extra time with Terry notching a brilliant birdie at the difficult first hole to see the pair through to the final where Keri Allchurch and John Ratajczak lie in wait.

In a bountiful weekend for charities, Roger Paul from the Bone Cancer Research Trust visited the clubhouse for the presentation of a cheque for £3,200 from last season’s captain, Andy Collard.

Weston seniors played their first home match of the season when they hosted a team from Wells on a crisp sunny spring day with fortune favouring the home side.

Wins for Steve Petrie and John Dixon, Steve Strange and Dave Cummins, Kevin Lane and Steve Edwards, Ron Kelley and Pete Hardaway, Clive Stilwell and John Stokes and a halved game for captain of the day Ed Langford and Rob Filer gave Weston a 5.5-0.5 victory.

Following their second enforced lay-off due to the weather, the seniors showed no mercy to the course as some cracking scores were recorded on an equally cracking spring day, with a third of the field scoring par or better.

Top spot for the spring medal went to Graham Osman who carded just four bogeys on his way to a superb nett 64 with Mo Sweeney one shot behind in second. The next three places were decided on countback with Chris Slocombe, Paul Parker and Stephen Roberts all scoring nett 66s.

The two bouts of snow that forced the rare closure of the course fell on the final two qualifying rounds of the seniors winter eclectic which meant that the competition was reduced to four rounds rather than the intended six.

The winner with 50 points was John Whitewood who pipped Stephen Smith to top spot by a solitary point. The next three places were occupied by Mike Dyer, Richard Harris and John Blackett, with 47 points and decided on countback.

The remaining minor placings went to Ian Pitt, Ron Kelley, Dave Snowdon and Paul Chesney.

The ladies’ medal was won by Wendy Thomas with 76, two shots clear of Sue Osman on 78 and Sue Andow 79. Jo Blackett won the nine-hole qualifier with Mandy McEvoy runner-up.

What a difference a week makes as the snow which caused the cancellation of the seniors’ golf gave way to spring-like conditions by the weekend.

In between, the ladies fitted in their Easter Chick Run with various chicken or egg related prizes on offer. Best score of the day came from Sue McDonald, winning Division 3 with 37 points, which was four better than second-placed Ruth Rogers with Gay McWhinney third on 30.

Rachel Lockley led the way in Division 1 with 35 points followed by Marlyn Jackson on 32 and Jane Hewitt on 31. Scores were lower in Division 2 with Janis Lawrence winning on 28, a point better than Margaret Rogers with Audrey Cowlin another point back in third.

Players in the monthly medal at the weekend were faced with the daunting prospect of playing off the white tees for the first time this year.

Not everyone was daunted though with Richard MacArthur leading the way in Division 1 with nett 68 which was good enough to win by two from a group of players on 70 with Chris Norris taking second place on countback from Terry Clark.

Brian Fry won Division 2 with a nett 70, just a shot better than both Darren Cornish and Trevor Marshall with second spot going to Cornish.

Perry Snelgrove was only the second player to beat par on the day, winning Division 3 with 69, two better than Nigel Young who in turn was a shot ahead of third-placed Nigel Day.

Claire Biggs was the best of the lady entrants while Mike Smith had the first hole in one of the year.

A new concept was the inaugural KO Cup, a series of short matches played within the structure of a Stableford format.

The semi-finals saw Tony Biggs take out Shirley Gooding and Ben Barwell triumph over Alan Chambers with Biggs going on to beat Barwell over the last three holes to claim the magnificent cup in its first year. Alan Chambers took the prize for the best score over 18 holes.

As British Summer Time dawned, a large field of 18 teams took part in the Gordon Phippen Trophy at Brean.

A few quartets amongst the club see themselves as Texas scramble specialists but on this occasion none of them featured in the top three. The winners consisted of the Edmondson twins of Don and Ron, along with John Cranley and seniors’ captain Chris Stephens.

For Stephens, it was his second scramble win in a row after his success in the annual meeting event in February as he helped the other trio to return an impressive winning score of 54.3.

They won by two clear shots from Steve Bawden, Steve Barker, Mark Elvins and Dave Bailey, with Dan Reason, Les Clutterbuck, Matt Shaw and Jeff Read finishing third on 56.7.

The previous day the men’s team, led by club captain Mike Carter, were back in action as they took on Sue Wright’s ladies team for the Bone of Contention.

The annual match between the two sides was as always played in a good spirit and the men were the victors to hold on to the Trophy for another 12 months.

Another round of the Super Series also took place with Murray Parsons coming out on top. Parsons scored 41 Stableford points to secure top spot by a single point ahead of a quartet of players on 40.

Barry Brindley was awarded second spot on a countback ahead of Graham Foy taking third thanks to their better back nine totals. John Cullinan and Pete Dunn were the unlucky ones with 40 to miss out on the prizes as they finished fourth and fifth respectively.

The seniors and ladies both had re-arranged events to contest. The snow at the beginning of the month prevented the seniors monthly Stableford competition from being played but a surprisingly dry course saw Colin Roberts rein supreme in the re-staging.

He scored 42 points to lead the Division 2 scorecharts with his nearest challenger Bob Toller being some eight points behind. It was a much closer affair in Division 1 as a countback was required to split to top two.

Both Ian Adams and Ron Edmondson posted scores of 37 points, but Edmondson got the verdict courtesy of his better back nine.

Ladies’ club champion Lyn Bird won the re-arranged March medal. The leading score in this event each year is also awarded the Lady Presidents Putter and Bird won this accolade by a comfortable margin from Liz Blackwell. Making it a clean sweep for the L’s, Linda Edmondson finished third.

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