Worlebury past captain get together for bi-annual event
PUBLISHED: 09:11 07 December 2018
Worlebury Golf Club past captains held their bi-annual event, with 23 sitting down to lunch.
Things are getting quieter at Worlebury now that we have, meteorologically speaking, entered the winter season.
The past captains held their bi-annual dinner, a few holes of golf followed by a sumptuous four-course dinner.
The weather was not kind, the driving rain seeing only the most foolish of past captains taking to the course. In a close finish only a single point separated the top three teams.
The trio of Steve Rowlands, Frank Barlow and Paul McAdams came top, closely followed by Keri Allchurch, Dougie Woods and Keith Wharton. Paul Gardiner, Jim Skinner and Steve Taylor came third.
Twenty-three sat down for dinner. The event culminated with the current vice-captain, Paul McAdams, revealing that Graham Hewlett was his choice for his vice-captain, for the 2019/2020 golfing season.
Paul then formally announced to the membership at the traditional Sunday gathering that Hewlett was his choice for the forthcoming season.
Hewlett, who plays off 15-handicap, has been a member at Worlebury for eight years. He has represented the club at league level having captained the Avalon team for the last three seasons.
Off the course he has admirably carried out the vital role of club treasurer for the last four years. He is a popular choice. Paul and Graham will be a winning combination and are looking forward to developing an effective partnership in taking the club forward.
The men held their December Stableford which saw the day’s top three scores all being notched in the second division. Top of the pile was Michael Ham with 42 points, closely followed by Tom Main on 41 and Andy Judkins on 40.
In a good day for the Main brothers, Ben upstaged Tom, his 39 points winning Division 1. John Wright was runner-up on 38 and John Melwani took third prize with 37, edging out Pete Cornish and Rob White on countback.
The higher handicappers found the conditions more of a struggle and John Flannigan’s 37 points was good enough to win Division 3. Dan Winter was runner-up on 36 and Trevor Isaac third with 35.
Their fine performances saw handicap deductions for Michael and Ben with Tom’s cut seeing him promoted to join his brother in Division 1.
The weather did its utmost to deter the Weston Ladies Daily Mail Foursomes competition, but a number of pairs braved the elements and completed their round.
Players could enter either Saturday or Tuesday and those that played at the weekend were marginally favoured with less persistent rainfall. Jan Bishop and Vicki Brewin had the best score and now go forward to represent Weston in the regional knockout competition.
Julie Ward organised a 10-hole bowmaker for the higher handicap ladies, but again the weather and gale force winds put a damper on proceedings.
Two teams went out a little later in the day and Geraldine White, Julia Wood and Jill Quick came in with an excellent score. Past playing members joined the golfers for a superb carvery and fun and games following the golf.
Weston seniors held a three-man bowmaker in mixed weather as rain greeted the early starters, which was followed by dryer, colder and windy conditions.
The winners, Steve Edwards, Dave Snowdon and Mick Monaghan seemed to be unfazed by this as they won by a clear five points on a total of 83.
In second on 78 came Dave Rowland, Ron Kelley and John Stokes with Steve Strange, Ian Pitt and Mo Sweeney third, a further point behind. Fourth place was claimed by John Whitewood, Ben Riddell and Andy Skinner on 76, with John Dixon, Dave Holder and Chris Wilson in fifth with 74 points.
The final handover of the year took place at Wedmore Golf Club’s annual meeting, which saw Kev Osman succeed Jim Gray as club captain.
There was also a handover of charity money with almost £2,000 going to each of the captains’ charities, Charlies Memory, Avalon Camp and Love Musgrove.
The charities for the new year were announced with proceeds to go to Parkinson’s Disease, Cancer Research UK and the Stroke Association.
On the playing front, the club now has more than 670 members, of whom 157 are ladies, the largest number in Somerset.
Most of the club’s successes this year have come at junior level with Harriett Lockley now having a world ranking, but her success is being chased by Abbi Moore who took the prize for the most improved junior.
At a slightly older level, Bobby Jones took the John Viney Order of Merit prize for points accumulated during the year. The meeting closed with the traditional drive-in with probably three of the best drives seen at this event.
There was a golf competition prior to the annual meeting with first place going to Chris and Terry Simpson with David Taylor accumulating 47 points to win. Shot of the day though was a hole-in-one from Steve Miller on the fourth.
There was more golf earlier in the week although the ladies were partially disrupted by rain. Their nine-hole competition ended in a very close finish with Marlyn Jackson and Saybria Sims beating Ann Dixon and Sue McDonald on countback after both pairs scored 20 points.
The seniors played their monthly Stableford with the usual excellent scores. Phil McMahon won Ddivision 1 on 49, two shots ahead of Mike Smith with Mark Cornish a point further back in third.
Scores in Division 2 were even better though with Gary Cutter winning on 44, three better than runner-up Nigel Day with Nick Smith third on 40. There was slightly lower scoring in Division 3, but a very close finish with the first three all on 36 points. Countback sorted out the places as first James Robertson, second Robin Knight and third Pete Rutter,
Paul Bacon followed up his recent John Smith Trophy win by collecting the Lukie Cup.
He returned a steady card of 43 points to win by two from Roger Vaughan and by three from Geoff Hill, who took third overall. He saw his handicap reduced by another couple of strokes.
The trio were all the winners of their respective divisions as well with Vaughan taking the top flight, Hill the middle bracket and Bacon securing the third division.
Matt Shaw was runner-up to Vaughan with his 38-point return, while Graham Foy was only one point behind Hill in Division 2.
Bacon had the largest winning margin as he enjoyed a five-point cushion over John Ham as the pork-related pair left the rest scratching around for the remaining places.
Millie Jones won the ladies’ Lukie Salver which ran alongside the men’s event. A healthy entry took part and Jones enjoyed a good day as she returned 36 points on the way to victory.
Captain-elect Lyn Bird was the runner-up after a back nine countback with competition debutant Tracy Spencer after the duo had both scored 33 points.
Steve Vowles was the first player to be able to celebrate a competition win while enjoying a post-round pint in the new Country Club building.
The left-hander won the Winter League Stableford which was the opening day of the facility for the Brean members.
He scored an impressive 43 points of which his front nine of 26 points laid the foundations for his success. Vowles won by three from Phil Hodgson and Steve Bawden, with Hodgson being awarded second after a back nine countback.
Hodgson also secured the only two of the day when he chipped in at the seventh.