County recognition for Worlebury junior golfers

PUBLISHED: 15:34 24 October 2018

Worlebury Golf Club juniors.

Worlebury Golf Club juniors.

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Worlebury Golf Club juniors have enjoyed a good week, with two called up for county winter coaching.

It was a good week for the juniors at Worlebury. It started with Troy Young and Olly Tripp being called up to the Under-14 county squad and culminated in two excellent team performances in county competitions.

Olly and Troy, who have shown considerable promise, have been rewarded for working hard on their game. They will join the county winter coaching programme.

The icing on the cake for Troy was to join up with older juniors, Alix Kew and Callum Tucker and play his part in the trio winning the Somerset Junior Knockout against Mendip Spring at Enmore. Troy and Callum both had good wins in a 2-1 victory.

A young side went to Wheathill to play in the Somerset Junior Jamboree. Troy and Olly were joined by Tyler Reeves and Ben Smart. They put in a solid performance, particularly Olly and Ben, who had 38 and 34 points respectively, but came up just short.

The ladies held their October monthly medal in conjunction with a nine-hole Stableford. A trio of former club champions took the first three places in Division 1 with Sue Sokol coming top with a fine nett 72, pipping Emma Bourton and Helen Clarke.

Patricia Smith won Division 2 with a nett 74, closely followed by Sue Liddeatt and Michelle James. Kay Pollard had a comfortable win in Division 3 with a nett 74 with Marnie Sweet, runner-up.

The nine-hole Stableford was won by Julia Jago on 16 points with Annette Poynter, runner-up.

Although the festive season is still some way off, the seniors held their Christmas Bottles competition and the men, their Turkey Trot.

Roger Thompson took home the bottles in the senior’s first division with 38 points. Countback was required to separate the lesser prizes with Jim Skinner edging out Philippe Vibert and Brian Matthews on countback, each scoring 35.

A close finish in Division 2 saw Bob Saddler coming top on 36 and Tony Evans beating Kenny Yam on countback, just one point behind.

The trio of Pete Gilpin, Steve Gray and David Mellor narrowly won the men’s Turkey Trot with 84 points, one better than Eifion Price, Dave Hill and Adrian Heeney.

Three teams had 80 points and countback resulted in Dan Bovingdon, Craig Conway and Josh Freeman beating the trios of Steve Beasley, Mark Otterburn and Paul Otterburn and Paul Coumis, Dean Nute and Jim Walton.

The curtains came down on the seniors’ inter-club social season with two away matches at The Bristol and Long Ashton. Both, unfortunately, ended in defeat by 5-1 and 4.5 respectively.

Club professional Roy Baker put in a great performance to finish runner-up in the latest round of the Gloucester and Somerset PGA. Roy shot a two under par 69 at the Kendleshire. Fellow club professional George Ryall came tied fifth with a 71.

Weston seniors played their final friendly match of the year when they travelled to Bristol to play Henbury on a warm sedate autumn day.

First out for the visitors were vice-captain Ed Langford and Rob Filer who, like the rest of the team, thoroughly enjoyed the course and battled hard for a half. Next up were David Andow and John Humphrey who, by their own admission, did not play well and were comprehensively beaten 6&5.

Captain Robin Webb and partner Graham Quick were the third pairing and despite an old friendship between Graham and Henbury’s captain Nick being rekindled, the home team gave no ground as the visitors found themselves up against an 80-year-old who nailed every drive and succumbed to a 2&1 loss.

The first victory came in match four as Terry Waite and Geoff Seaman managed to edge a close game two up. Another win followed from the pairing of Paul Chesney and Pete Hardaway who had a tight tussle and witnessed balls ricocheting off trees and hitting the pin from a bunker before securing a 2&1 victory.

The final two matches were defeats as Chris Slocombe and Steve Edwards lost 3&1 and Dave Snowdon and John Morgan who had a tight game for six holes before one disaster followed another meant they went down 6&5. So the overall result was a 2½-4½ loss which was an identical reversal of the home match.

Their latest competition was a pairs better ball played on a warm and sunny October day which had a positive effect on the players as nearly all the teams managed par or better.

Countback was needed to decide the winners as the leading score of 45 points was shared by Nick Palmer and Con Mulcahy, who had the better back nine over Rob Filer and David Meredith.

Just a point behind in third place were Dave Garrett and Graham Quick, while in fourth came two Rogers, Preston and Magor with 43 points. Three pairs were next with 42 points so fifth place went to Alan Harris and Mark Fozzard with the best back nine.

Jackie Read triumphed in the Tuesday competition winning the Auchterader Quaich with 39 points and reduced her handicap by one shot. Julie Ward was runner-up with 36 points and also a handicap reduction.

Jean Cooper was third and Sue Stilwell and Di Walker fourth and fifth on countback.

For the first time in more than 12 years, the Breanbury Niblick Trophy will reside in the Brean clubhouse for the next 12 months.

The Brean mixed team led by captains Sue Wright and Mike Carter relieved their Worlebury counterparts of the trophy by an emphatic 8-1 in what was the 30th staging of the annual match.

Home advantage certainly counted for much as the strong Brean team dominated proceedings from the opening game and never really gave their opponents a look in.

The match was however played in great spirit and the after match meal and presentation was enjoyed by all 18 pairs that took part plus a few invited guests.

One of those guests was Brean honorary member Gill Houghton who was involved in getting the initial match up and running back in the late eighties.

Kevin Davies is the new holder of the Bogey Trophy and subjecting the course to an amazing birdie fest on his way to a winning +6 score.

The format is a matchplay against the course par on each hole and Davies only carded four nett pars during his round. He dropped strokes to par at four holes as well, but the remaining 10 holes saw him better par to finish at +6.

He won by two from a duo that posted +4 returns. Martyn Brown had the slighter better second nine to secure himself second place ahead of Nigel Ellis.

Ron Edmondson was the red hot pre-event favourite to win the inaugural seniors’ club championship and he didn’t disappoint as he added the title to the men’s club championship title he won back in July.

Two rounds in the 70s was good enough to see the six-handicapper hold a comfortable advantage over Trevor Pitt. Pitt produced a superb nett 66 on the second day to win the best nett award finishing in front of Vincent Ford.

Ron’s twin brother Don was third in the gross event edging out Barrie Yearsley on a back 18 countback for the final prize.

After a successful week, Pitt continued his good form by winning Sunday’s Super Series Stableford. In the final event before it takes its winter break he scored 42 points to win by three, reduce his handicap down to 12 and also assume the lead in the series ahead of the resumption next spring.

He won by three from three players who handed in 39-point scores. Murray Parsons had the best back nine of those to take second with Dave Bradley being awarded third. Roger Phillips was the unlucky one to miss out on countback in fourth.

The three remaining summer singles knockout finals have been played over the past week. In the Ian Ross Trophy for Division 1 players, Dan Broom was victorious by a 2&1 margin over Andy Thomas which it was the same winning score for Mark Jenkins over Tony Higgins as he won the Bill Martin Trophy for the Division 2 handicap players.

Linda Edmondson added the Berryman Bowl to her growing list of trophies in 2018 as she defeated Shirley Marlow by 4&2 in the final of the ladies’ event.

The seniors at Wedmore started the week with a St Andrews foursomes, a mixture of greensomes and foursomes.

Gordon Kendall and Ray Wall clearly enjoyed this unusual format, scoring 45 points to win by two from Brad Speller and Phil Incledon with Phil McMahon and Barry Stone the best of the rest with 39.

At the weekend there was a genuine foursomes, the qualifier for the Daily Mail Foursomes. This can be a stressful format so the 41 points scored by Ben Barwell and Andy Ratcliffe was an excellent performance and put them two ahead of runners-up Nigel Young and Ian Bunn with Greg Cox and Ian Bunn third on 35.

Wendy Lucas and Eunice Bond were the best ladies’ pair with a respectable 32 points.

Earlier in the week, the ladies had played a medal. Scoring proved difficult despite the good weather. Captain Shirley Gooding had the best score of the day, 74 to win Division 1 by a single shot from Marlyn Jackson, who beat Jennie Jones on countback.

Jenny Brown’s score of 75 was enough to win Division 2 by six clear shots from Hazel Gough with Maggie Tolchard a further shot back in third. Penny Oliver won Division 3 by an even larger margin, her 76 putting her seven shots ahead of Liz Sweeney, who beat Liz Hamblin on countback.

Scoring was not much better at the weekend for the club medal. Tom Smith won a close finish in Division 1. His score of 71 was just one better than Tim Harris, who beat John Wormald on countback.

Nett 74 was good enough to win Division 2 for Mark Sweeting with Bobby Jones second on 76 and Evan Newman a further shot back in third place.

The only player to match par was Russell Dixon who won Division 3 with a nett 70 giving him a seven-shot margin over Max Grant, who beat David Bedford on countback. Jane Prosser was leading lady with nett 70.

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