Worlebury seniors emulate men’s and ladies’ teams to reach county cup final

PUBLISHED: 08:32 23 August 2017 | UPDATED: 08:32 23 August 2017

Josh Freeman.

Josh Freeman.


Worlebury seniors reach the final of the county cup, to emulate the performance of both the men’s and ladies’ teams.

In another successful week for Worlebury, the seniors emulated the performances of the men’s Somerset Bowl team and the ladies in the Rogers Cup, by winning their semi-final and qualifying for their Somerset Bowl final.

The icing on the cake was the pairing of Maxine Gardiner and Emma Bourton winning through to the final of the Bristol and District Ladies Golf Association Foursomes. This gives the club four finals to look forward to in the coming month or so.

The seniors, under the watchful eye of their captain, Barry Newson, played their semi-final against Minehead & West Somerset at the neutral venue of Taunton & Pickeridge.

The Worlebury pairings were in top form. Comfortable wins were recorded by Rob McMillen/Dave Grant (3&2) and Stuart Lock/Pete Cornish (4&3). Dave Treleaven and Paul McAdams are a solid anchor pairing and despite having to give six shots away, they were always in charge and saw their tie through with the minimum of fuss (4&2).

The other two matches were tied. Keri Allchurch and Tony Westren were two down with four to play, but won three of the last four holes to take their tie into extra time.

Dave Pope and Gary Freeman were three down early on, but also finished strongly to tie their match. With Worlebury winning the other three ties, halves were agreed and this sealed a fine 4-1 win.

Bourton and Gardiner made the most of home advantage when they took on a strong pairing from Henbury. They combined beautifully to see off the opposition and march on to the final which will be against local friends and rivals, Weston. The match will be played on September 10 at Isle of Wedmore.

The men’ medal which drew a large field saw Adi Marshman top score with a nett 63 to comfortably win Division 2. Andy Judkins came second with a 67. Countback was needed to decide third place, with Tom Main edging out six fellow competitors, each scoring a 68.

Scratch golfer Josh Freeman produced the performance of the day, however, shooting a gross 67, which included five birdies to win Division 1. David Mellor was second with a 68 and Tony Western, whose round included an eagle on the third hole, was third with 67.

The higher handicappers found it more of a struggle with only Adam Day playing under his handicap, easily winning Division 3 with a 67. Jason Ball was runner-up with a 72 and Frank Woolman third on 73.

The open pairs also attracted a good field and some excellent scores were posted. Local knowledge was in evidence with all the prizewinners were Worlebury members.

The winners with 44 points were Ray Collick and Steve Ganfield. Runners-up, a point behind were Paul Gardiner and Paul McAdams. Graham Hewlett and Paul Marsh came third edging out Jim Skinner and Pete Wyatt on countback, both pairs scoring 42.

Five pairs had 41 points and countback was required to decide the minor placings. This resulted in Jeremy/Chris Blackman coming fifth and Matt Blackman/Lewys Charles sixth.

The seniors had a busy week with a Stableford, an Avalon League fixture and two social matches.

Frank Hopkinson played well to win the Stableford Division 1 with 41 points. Chris Nelson was a close second with 40 and Pete Melhuish third on 39. Division 2 was a close affair with countback needed to decide the placings, each player having 39 points. Geoff Wildman pipped Gerald Nichols and Fred Spearing to take the honours.

The Avalon team travelled to Taunton and Pickeridge and came away with much-needed bonus points in a 3-2 defeat.

Dave Treleaven and Gordon Poynter were Worlebury’s sole winners, but fighting halves were gained by Keri Allchurch/Stuart Lock and Danny O’Connor/Paul McAdams.

The two social matches away to Weston and Tall Pines were highly enjoyable, but ended in defeat. The Weston score was 4-2 with Barry Newson/John Biggs and Gerry Miles/Clive Rides Worlebury’s successes.

Tall Pines saw the team lose by 4.5 to 1.5. John Millar and John Ratajczak recorded the team’s only win with John Yates and Mike Strang securing a half.

A good week for Maxine Gardiner got even better when she notched the day’s top score in the ladies’ August medal to win Division 1 with a nett 69. Amanda Cook came second with a 71 and Emma Bourton took third place on countback from Janet Jamieson, both scoring 74s.

Division 2 was won by Lisa Griffiths with a 76. Tracey Gill was second and Izzy Swift third. Jill Hobbs won Division 3, beating Patricia Sharp into second place and Joyce Tiney third.

Countback was required in the ladies’ Centenary Trophy. Eunice McAdams pipped Janet Keight to take the trophy, both scoring nett 71s. Michelle James came third with a 72.

Junior Callum Tucker’s rich vein of form continued. His latest win was in the Eric Snow Trophy. His nett 64 saw him finish six shots ahead of his nearest rivals. Alix Kew came second on countback from Troy Young and Ryan Thrupp.

The Stragglers had an away fixture at Filton. The relationship between the two clubs is excellent and a good time was had by all. Filton won the match 4.5 to 1.5, the solitary win achieved by Andy Judkins and Phil Hawkins with Dougie Woods and Fred Spearing gaining an honourable half.

Weston hosted its annual Excelsior Cup with the storm clouds looming, heavy rain and strong winds affecting the early groups.

Eventually the sun did come out, but the strong winds caused havoc with any low scoring. Ninety players ventured out with only seven twos recorded. The winner with a score of 69 was Kevin Lane, second was Peter Fryer with 70, beating Jon Hebbes on countback.

The rain held off for most of the husbands and wives competitors in the 48th year of the Irlam Trophy. Given by the late George and Eileen Irlam in 1969, Sally Irlam has continued to organise the event in her husband’s memory and it is a firm favourite in the club calendar.

They say ‘beware the injured golfer’ but, nursing a sore wrist, Zena Balcombe and husband Andy made the most of a course in superb condition winning the trophy with 34 points.

Di and Tony Walker came a close second with 33. Club president Gordon Robert and Sally made the presentations following an excellent meal.

Congratulations to Jade Cope and Glenda Latham-Creasey who are through to the final of the scratch foursomes having beaten Long Ashton at home 4&2.

Sally Brosnan and Di Walker were knocked out of the semi-final round of the County Centenary Plate, playing a tough match against a pairing from Farrington Park at Clevedon.

The ladies competition was well supported competing for the Margaret Buckley Cups. Glenda Latham-Creasey won the best gross taking the cup and best nett silver to win the Jenny Carter toast rack.

Sue Osman won the Margaret Buckley best nett bronze with a score of 74. A popular score of 76 was recorded by Sue Stilwell, Sally Irlam and Alison Whitewood taking third, fourth and fifth place on countback.

A damp start to the day did not dampen the enthusiasm of Weston seniors for their penultimate trophy of the season. More than 50 contested the Padre (Howett) Cup with Steve Thomas taking the honours with 38 points.

This continues an excellent year for Steve with his handicap reducing to four. Steve was two ahead of Chris Wray, Mike Tobin and Dave Rowland on 36, with Chris Slocombe, Robert Filer and Roger Magor on 35 points.

Weston’s Avalon B team entertained strong local rivals Worlebury in their final fixture of the season, needing one win to avoid relegation.

Steve Dowden and captain Steve Corrick secured the first win with a 4&3 victory. Chris Homer and Ian Goldsworthy turned around a two down with three to play situation to win on the last. Victory was assured when new pairing Jack Radcliffe and Ed Stephens won 2&1.

Unfortunately the two final pairs of Alan Harris/Jon Hebbes and Paul O’Hara/John Stokes succumbed 3&2 and one down respectively. The win assures Weston B their place in Division 4 next year.

Stablefords were the in competition at Wedmore with both the ladies and seniors holding their August competitions.

Division 1 of the seniors saw both John Vowles and Graham Hayes finishing on 39 points with a birdie on the 13th from Vowles proving crucial in giving him the edge on countback. Derek Osborn was just a point back in third place.

Best scores of the day came in Division 2 with Brian Crosby storming round with 42 points to take first place by two from runner-up Philip Horn. John Viney had a fine round of 39 to take third place.

Thirty nine was good enough to win Division 3 for David Nelson, with Ron Barrett a point back in second and Julian Roberts a further point away in third.

In a busy week for the seniors, the team in the Quantock Stag came a creditable fourth out of 15 teams, just missing out on the prizes.

In the County Category Championships held at Wedmore, Bobby Jones took a pleasing second place in the Category 3 competition, but not quite as pleasing as Brian Fry’s first place.

In the ladies’ Stableford, there was a clear win for Gill Jones, clinching victory by on 39 points which was three clear of second placed Janis Lawrence. The other places were all closely contested with June Smith taking third place on countback from Ruth Pearson with both on 35, which was one better than fifth-placed Shirley Gooding.

The Brean seniors August Stableford was won by Barrie Tucker, who produced the standout round of the day with a 41-point total.

This was the leading score in Division 1 and also the best score overall by three points as he reduced his handicap to 11. His nearest challenger was Pete Douglas, who led a trio of 38 points scores with the better back nine to take second spot. John Cranley and Barrie Yearsley were the other 38s and finished third and fourth respectively.

Had any of those been in Division 2, they would have been celebrating victory but as it was John Hale continued his good run of form by taking that award with 36 points.

Following up on his win at the recent away day, Hale accumulated his winning score despite not scoring on three holes. He was one clear of Tony Romeo who started his day brightly with an eagle two at the first in his 35-point round. This was also the only two of the day so scooped him the two’s prize pot.

The seniors travelled away for a match with their Cannington counterparts. They certainly enjoyed their visit as they produced possibly their best performance of the season as they whitewashed their hosts by six games to nil.

The August ladies Stableford was won by Lyn Bird with 36 points. The reigning club champion continued her excellent run of form this year as she enjoyed a healthy winning margin from Beverly Cranley and Gail Mason. Cranley won a back nine countback to secure second spot.

The Avalon League season is drawing to a close and both teams were in action. The Division 3 side concluded their campaign as they travelled to league leaders Oake Manor.

Knowing that realistically only a 5-0 whitewash of their hosts would leave them with any chance of winning the title, the team came mighty close to achieving the desired result.

They won the game by 3-2, but both defeats came in close games on the home green. They now lie second in the table, but with Enmore holding games in hand they might slip one place further down depending on their results.

The Division 5 side though have the title within their grasp as they enter their final match of the season away to Long Sutton. After going down 4-1 Wheathill, they need to win three games in that tie to assure themselves of the title.

The crucial game is on Saturday and a strong team is being assembled to hoping bring a league title back to Brean.

Back at Brean, honours in the 12th event of this year’s Super Series went to Ian Rogers. The 23-handicapper scored a +4 total in the bogey competition to win by one from Trevor Guy and Nigel Ellis. After a countback between the duo, Guy was awarded the runners-up spot.

Twenty four hours later, club champion Matt Shaw and nett winner Dan Reason combined to perfection to record a stunning 54-point total in the Pro Shop Betterball Stableford.

Shaw contributed three two’s to the total as well as other birdies, while Reason used his shots well to rack up their sizable score. The highlight was probably Shaw’s eagle two at the 15th coming courtesy of a holed pitch shot.

They won by six from Tony Groves and Kevin Davies with ladies’ champion Lyn Bird and Debbie Windmill finishing third on 46 after a countback with Mike and Ty Jamieson.

Trevor Guy was the big winner of the midweek Stableford as he carded 40 points for a one-point winning margin over Trevor Searle. He also benefited from collecting the double rollover two’s pot after the birdied the seventh hole.

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