Invitation day draw a good field at Worlebury Golf Club

PUBLISHED: 15:49 27 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:49 27 June 2018

Worlebury Golf Club winners.

Worlebury Golf Club winners.

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The men’s invitation day at Worlebury attracted a good entry, with the chairman of match and handicap, Jim Skinner and his partner emerging the winners.

A good field turned our for the men’s invitation day at Worlebury Golf Club.

Comfortable winners with an amazing 48 points were chairman of match and handicap Jim Skinner and his guest from Filton, Jonni Doige.

Dave Pope and his brother Robin (Lansdown) pipped Stan Henderson and his son, Darren (Weston), both scoring a very good 44 points. Craig Conway and his partner from The Kendleshire, Lewis Venables, came fourth with 43.

Colin and Mike Dale won the non-CDH prize with 40 points. Nearest the pins: sixth Roger Thompson (Worlebury) and 12th Andy Gill (Kendleshire). Straightest drive: Worlebury chairman, Phil Stone.

The Avalon Originals with captain Graham Hewlett standing down, had an excellent 3-2 away win at Isle of Wedmore.

The first pairing went down heavily but this was cancelled out by a resounding win for Keri Allchurch and junior captain Michael Nicholls.

With the third pair also going down, fourth out, the dependable duo of Paul Lawrence and John Leech brought the teams level. An eventful 18 holes saw birthday boy Paul Marsh and Kerry Dunstan, winning on the 18th.

The seniors Avalon team’s good run came to an end when they were comprehensively defeated 4-1 away from home by a strong Taunton and Pickeridge team.

It was a valiant effort by the team, who were up against seven single handicap golfers. This gave the home team a tactical advantage which they ruthlessly exploited.

Worlebury’s only success was a one up win by captain, Keri Allchurch and Steve Taylor. The pairings of Tony Westren/Paul McAdams and Dave Treleaven/Danny O’Connor competed well before eventually going down 2&1.

The team have the opportunity to bounce back next week with a double header away to Cannington and Enmore.

The past captains travelled with Wells to Enmore to play in the traditional annual triangular match. Wells’s George Davis had, by far, the day’s top score of 42 points and this did much to see his team narrowly take the trophy. Club captain Steve Taylor top scored for Worlebury with 35 points.

The occasion was more important than the result and a good time was had by all, cementing the close relationship between the three clubs.

The Stella Hammond Trophy saw a comfortable win by Eunice McAdams and club vice-captain Paul McAdams with 45 points. Janet Jamieson/Barry Newson and Michelle James/Ron Jamieson shared the runners-up position with 41 points.

Cheryl Saunders top scored with an excellent 40 points to win the Second Division in the Ladies England Golf Trust Stableford. Janet Keight followed closely behind with 39 and Sam Hewlett pipped Angela Bagley to third place, both scoring 36.

It was a family affair in the other two divisions with Emma Bourton winning the First Division and her mother, Marnie Sweet, the Third, both notching 39 points.

Maxine Gardiner’s 36 points edged out Lynn Pope to take the runners-up slot in the first on countback. Carole Miles was runner-up in the Third Division with 35 and Shirley Horobin third on 32.

The men recovered from the excesses of captain’s day to take to the course to play the June medal.

Billy Coles rolled back the years to share the day’s top score to win the First Division with an excellent nett 65. Andy Nicholls was runner-up with a 67 pipping Joe Dale and Dave Collard on countback.

Rob White also shot an excellent 65 to take the Second Division. Russell Priest was runner-up with a 66 and Tom Main third with a 67.

The scoring was not so good in the Third Division with outgoing senior’s captain Barry Newson winning with a nett 69. Daniel Winter was runner-up with a 70 and Rod Gribble third with a 72.

Tony Evans won the seniors Centenary Vase with an excellent 44 points. Stuart Macivor was runner-up beating Tony Foster on countback, both scoring 42. Barry Warburton was fourth with 41 and Bob Darling fifth with 40.

Worlebury professional George Ryall continued his good form in the PGA South West with a third-placed finish at Vivary Park. George shot six birdies in a four under round.

The Weston ladies Rogers Cup team played against a strong Saltford side at Stockwood Vale.

Under the captaincy of Sue Stilwell, Glenda Latham-Creasey, Sue Andow, Wendy Thomas, Diney Costeloe, Tessa Pitt and Bobby Ferrari all played exceptionally well with one match going to the 22nd hole, but the overall result was 4-3 to Saltford.

The Alliance A team however had great success at home against Mendip Spring with an 8-6 win and the friendly team won against Burnham and Berrow.

The nine-hole competition resulted in the top three players reducing their handicaps by one shot. Jean Cooper carded 22 points followed closely by Anne Blannin 21 and Moira Parish 20.

The Putting Championship was played throughout the day with Kaylee Davey winning the trophy with the lowest score over 36 holes. The Grandmothers Cup was won by Pam Hudson with 36 points. The Half Century Cup was won by Claire Redwood with 35 and the Youth and Beauty Shield by Jean Cooper, also scoring 35 points.

The weather was perfect for the senior ladies’ open. With a cream tea served at the halfway house, the members and visitors enjoyed a fabulous day. The top three teams all came in with 84 points so the order was decided on countback.

The winning bowmaker trio of Jackie Richards, Jenny Hay and Fiona Hodge were from Burnham and Berrow with the team of Pat Rowland, visitor Sue Reading (B&B) and Claire Redwood runners-up. In third place was Julia Wood, Virginia Rossi-Cummins and visitor Alison Lee (Clevedon).

Weston seniors played the reverse friendly fixture away to Taunton & Pickeridge.

First out for the visitors were Dave Snowdon and Howard Sims who went down by two holes. A resounding 5&4 victory followed for Rob Filer and Graham Quick, but that score was matched by the home team in the next game as Robin Webb and Mike Dyer were beaten.

The next match was a one down loss by Paul Parker and Don Harris followed by two more losses, 4&2 by Mo Sweeney and Kenton Simpson and John Atherton and John Dixon.

The final score was a 5-1 loss for Weston which gave Taunton & Pickeridge revenge for their loss earlier in the season.

A strong onshore wind greeted the seniors as they competed for the Padre (Howett) Cup, but there were a few players that did not seem to be affected by the difficult conditions.

The trophy winner with a more than creditable 41 points was Steve Edwards, with runner-up Mike Dyer on 39. Two players came in with 37 points but with the stronger back nine was Maurice Miller who pipped Ian Pitt into fourth place.

Countback was needed to separate the next two places as well with Mark Fozzard edging out Michael Mantell as both scored 36.

Two trophies were on offer at Wedmore, starting with the appropriately named Summer Bowl which for once took place on a gloriously sunny day.

The trophy is the prize for the best gross score in the ladies’ medal. The sun brought out the best from the players, particularly in Division 1 with Jane Hewitt winning the nett competition with a one under par 71.

Alison Dodkin was just a shot back in second place with ladies’ captain Shirley Gooding third on 72. However, this came from a gross score of 85, best of the day and therefore securing the Summer Bowl Trophy.

There were good scores in the other divisions as well with Maggie Tolchard winning Division 2 on 74, one better than runner-up Joan Peck, who in turn was a shot better than third-placed Sue Painter.

There was a very tight finish to Division 3 with Penny Oliver just taking first place on countback from Jennifer Fell after both scored 74. Karen Clark was third with 76.

The weather was even warmer by Sunday for the annual triangular match between the ladies, men and seniors sections for the Wiltshire Trophy. This match kicks off at 6am which proved a beautiful time to be playing golf and the low turnout was therefore disappointing.

The ladies, though, were far from disappointed as they stormed to a convincing victory, recording 21.5 points against 18 for the men with the seniors trailing on 14.5. This broke the run of 10 years since their last victory and will hopefully encourage a better turn out in the future.

The June monthly Stableford was the competition on the opening day of the weekend at Brean and Gordy Wheelaghan led the way with a 42-point return.

This gave him top spot in Division 3 as he was four points clear of runner-up Rich Lambert and five clear of third-placed man Tony Osborne.

Division 2 was claimed by Jeff Read with a score of 41 points. Steve Mason was his nearest challenger but he still ended two points shy of Read’s winning total. Ian Adams took third on countback from Martyn Cahill after both players had 37 points.

Another countback was required to separate the top two in Division 1. Dan Broom accumulated a 40-point card early in the day, but it was matched by Leighton Jenkins.

Broom had the better back nine though and was declared the winner. Adam Cox took third with 39 and he, like the majority of the other leading scores did, saw his handicap reduced by a stroke.

Three players all returned 38 points in Sunday’s Super Series round and back nine countback was needed to determine the finishing order of the top three.

Murray Parsons was declared the winner with the best back nine with 24 of his points coming on the homeward run. Mark Jenkins had to settle for second despite a respectable 21-point total on his second nine holes with the other 38-point man, Roger Phillips, ending up third.

The seniors secured a quickfire double over their near neighbours at Weston. Led by captain Chris Stephens, they followed up last week’s away win with a 4-2 victory against the same opponents on home soil.

Stephens enjoyed a sizeable win himself alongside his captain-elect Vincent Ford, but selected his team of the day to be Bill Marlow and Ray Byatt for their victory.

Brean ladies were also in action at home, but were pipped at the post in their home friendly by their Vivary Park counterparts. Brean scored 93 points but Vivary managed 97 to win the contest. Liz Blackwell and Shirley Marlow were Brean’s top scoring duo on the day.

Murray Parsons and club professional Andrew March made the trip up to Enville Golf Club to represent Brean in the regional final of the Lombard Trophy (National PGA pro-am).

After an early start and the lengthy trip to the excellent Midlands venue, the duo could only manage a level par betterball round which left them in a tie for 19th spot overall and 11 shots behind the winning duo from the host club, who will now travel to the national final in Portugal in September.

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