Worlebury set up semi-final tie with Weston in county cup

PUBLISHED: 14:16 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:16 08 August 2018

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club.


Worlebury Golf Club set up an intriguing semi-final tie against Weston in the Somerset Bowl after a narrow 3-2 victory over Cricket St Thomas.

Highlights of the week at Worlebury were fine wins for the men in the Somerset Bowl quarter-final, the ladies in the Alliance League and a busy time for the lady captain, who hosted a highly successful captain’s day and annual outing.

The Somerset Bowl match was played at Orchardleigh against Cricket St Thomas and resulted in a narrow 3-2 win.

Convincing wins were returned by the pairings of John Melwani/Joe Dale (6&5) and Matt Blackman/Ryan Jones (3&2). The pairings of captain Mark Otterburn/Zac Shelford and Simon Dempsey/Mick Keen both unluckily lost one down.

The outcome rested on the young shoulders of colt Josh Freeman and junior captain Michael Nicholls. Things looked bleak as they stood on the 18th tee one down.

Michael however, hit a massive drive straight down the middle followed by Josh wedging a great shot to a difficult pin position. The 12-foot birdie putt was conceded to see the tie going to extra holes.

Despite giving a shot down the first, the momentum had swung Worlebury’s way and Josh and Michael sealed victory for the team.

A mouth-watering local derby awaits against Weston in the semi-finals.

Claire Bayliss’ Alliance side are well on their way to their second successive promotion, recording another big win, this time 11-3 at home to Filton. Claire was well supported by Sue Sokol, Katherine Sokol, Helen Clarke, Janet Jamieson, Lauren Hanson and Diane Millar.

Lady captain Lorna Macivor’s week, was memorable and fully supported by the ladies’ section.

The captain’s day was played as a three-ball bowmaker which saw the trio of Jane Wakerley, Janet Keight and Shirley Horobin narrowly win with 81 points. Runners-up with 80 were Helen Clarke, Sue Liddeatt and Patricia Smith. Third with 78 were Ginette Bright, Jill Phillips and Marnie Sweet.

Nearest the pin on the sixth – bronze: Kay Pollard; silver: Janet Fear. The prize for the best drive, which had a Lorna twist, was won by Jill Hobbs.

Lorna thanked everyone who played their part with a special mention for Stuart Macivor and Paul McAdams who hosted the refreshments tent on the eighth tee and ladies’ president Janet Jamieson for arranging the raffle prizes.

Many ladies attended the evening meal which was a great finish to the day making the whole event a resounding success for Lorna.

Lorna could not rest on her laurels, however, as two days later the ladies’ away day was held at Honiton.

The winners with 93 points were the fourball of Carole Miles, Patricia Smith, Lorna MacIvor and Eunice McAdams. Runners-up with 90: Julie Stafford, Cheryl Saunders, Ginette Bright and Sam Hewlett. Third with 86, beating two other teams on countback, Emma Bourton, Maxine Gardiner, Julie Knight and Lynn Pope.

Nearest the pin prizes: Sue Kinch and Julie Knight.

Lorna thanked Carole and Gerry Miles for organising the event and Hazel Cox for organising the finances.

The ladies’ weekend Stableford was won by Pauline Smith with 37 points. Angela Bagley was runner-up with 36 and Sam Hewlett third with 35.

This was a fantastic week for the ladies’ section. Lorna, her vice-captain Eunice McAdams and their hardworking committee are to be commended for a successful season to date.

Tim Barden went one better when he followed up last week’s runners-up finish in the Battle of Britain Cup, by winning the men’s Centenary Trophy, with a nett 64. Ben Main was runner-up with 65.

Andy Cooper had the round of the day with five birdies in his gross 67 (nett 66), but this was only good enough for third. It did, however, see his handicap cut once more to scratch.

Countback saw Alan Street take fourth place with Dougie Woods fifth and Mark Lyons just missing out on the prizes, each player scoring 67.

Some high scores were recorded in the men’s midweek Stableford which saw Adam Day coming top with 45 points. Gordon Brook was runner-up with 43 and Stan Cunningham third with 42. Each player was further rewarded with cuts in their handicaps.

Worlebury travelled to Minehead to face the local Warreners in the second leg of the annual challenge, confident the trophy would once more be taking pride of place behind the bar in the clubhouse.

They had, after all, a 4-2 cushion from the first leg and were further fuelled by the confidence stemming from the domination of a contest which had seem them win the trophy on the last seven occasions.

The Warreners however, won the first four ties to see Worlebury 6-4 down and needing to win the last two matches to retain the trophy.

Fifth out, Dave Pope and Danny Saunderson, gave Worlebury hope with a fine win. The team’s hopes were therefore pinned on the last pairing of Martin Morgan and John Langdon.

The latter has played in this event on countless occasions and he made this experience count, sinking a tricky six-footer on the 18th to win the day for Worlebury. A 6-6 result saw the holders retain the trophy.

The post-match get-together with the Warreners was, as always, highly enjoyable. A modest sum was raised in fines for the captain’s charity and the nearest the pin prize was won by Martin Morgan.

Weston Ladies celebrated their lady captain’s day with a bowmaker competition and putting for Prosecco.

With a format of one score to count on par fives, two to count on par fours and all three on the par threes, the winning team of Pam Hudson, Jackie Read and Claire Redwood were untouchable with 88 points.

Second place with a respectable 77 points were Reine O’Reilly, Bobby Ferrari and Ruth Forte. Pat Murray, Cathy Preston and Gay Long collected the third prize.]

Jean Cooper took two nearest the pin prizes including her first hole-in-one on the third.

Lady golfers past and present joined Zena for Pimms and afternoon tea and vice-captain Glenda Latham-Creasey presented her with a beautiful bouquet.

Weston seniors made their way south for a friendly fixture against Oake Manor on a day where some cloud cover gave some respite to the recent heat.

First out with his partner Dave Snowdon was senior debutant and birthday boy Greg Lewis. They got the team off to a winning start with a two-up victory and Lewis also won the nearest pin competition.

It was the same result but in reverse for Steve Petrie and Pete Hardaway, but Rob Filer another debutant, this time as captain for the day, with Clive Stilwell put the visitors ahead again as they were 2&1 winners.

The match was levelled by the same score in reverse once again as Graham Quick and Chris Slocombe were defeated. However, the last two pairs brought home victories with Tony Barry and Don Harris’ superb effort coming back from two down with three to play to edge out their opponents one up, and Paul Chesney and John Dixon saw off their opposition 3&1. The overall result was a 4-2 win for Weston.

This week the seniors competed for the 125 Trophy, a competition that had its inception during last year’s 125-year celebrations as an open event. From now on it will be played as a senior section three-man bowmaker competition with two scores to count.

In first place with an excellent score of 91 points were the team of John Whitewood, Alan Harris and Rob Filer. Just a point behind came runners-up Robin Webb, Chris Slocombe and Paul Chesney.

Dave Reynolds, John Dixon and Don Harris were third on 86, Mike Dyer, Steve Strange and David Meredith fourth on 85 and a point behind them in fifth were John Rowsell, Rod Thomas and Richard Smith.

Frank Denniston was man of the week at Wedmore, winning Division 2 of the club medal with 42 points, which means he played to his age on gross scoring.

This followed a third place in the seniors’ medal when he had to settle for a mere nett 68.

Rob Davis won Division 1 of the club medal with 41 points and was followed by David Myers and Rich Vowles both on 40.

Denniston’s win came in Division 2 where he was three clear of both Evan Newman and Marcus Chantrey. Francis Rabbitts won Division 3 on 69, a shot better than Brian Kidd with Ken Brice a further shot back in third.

Ann Dixon was best lady on 36, two better than ladies’ captain Shirley Gooding.

There was some spectacular scoring from the seniors with Geoff Musson-Thorp winning Division 3 with a seven under par 63 to win Division 3 from Brian Fell on 67 and Fred Linham on 69.

Ian Hollands was another player in form winning Division 1 with a nett 64, three better than Graham Hayes and a further shot better than the aforementioned Frank Denniston. Division 2 went to Brian Crosby on 66, a point better than Tony Roe with Tony Ireland third on 68.

The ladies played one of their complicated formats with a nine-hole Stableford followed by a nine-hole bowmaker.

Best score in the Stableford came from Heather Abraham, winning Division 3 with 23, one better than Susie Spragg with Janet Robson third. The first three in Division 1 all scored 20, so countback gave first place to Jane Hewitt, second to Marlyn Jackson and third to Chris Simpson.

Karen Barnett won Division 2 on 22 with Gillian Morwood second on 20 and Jennifer Fell a shot further back in third.

Some spectacular scores came in the bowmaker with Saybria Sims, Sue Chambers and Marlyn Jackson scoring 47 to pip Ronnie Follenfant, Chris Simpson and Sally Clifford by a point.

The participants in Brean’s August medal produced some stunning scoring in the sweltering conditions.

Two players returned scores of nett 61, the lowest nett scores of the summer so far but both were in the same division. Steve Mason and Neil Barker were the proud owners of the superb scorecards and Mason was the happier of the pair as he won on a countback to take first place.

Jim Puddy was third in that division with a 66. John Rabbetts raced away with the Division 3 award after his nett 63 which gave him a three-stroke cushion over Nigel Ellis with John Ham a further three strokes back in third.

A countback was also required to separate the leading duo in Division 1 after two identical gross 73s and nett 68s from Steve Bateman and Matt Shaw. Bateman was declared the winner on the back nine with Matt’s father Russell taking third on nett 70.

Thirty pairs contested the re-arranged CLAPA charity open raising funds for the South West Cleft Unit. The format was a betterball Stableford with both players scores counting on the five par threes within the layout.

These five holes were crucial to success and the winning duo played them well. Ian Rogers and Barry Brindley returned a winning score of 57 points which was two better than their nearest challengers.

The Broom cousins, Tom and Dan, took second spot with 55 points which included no less than four twos between them. The highlight of those was Tom’s eagle two at the 10th.

Third place was secured with the 54 points that Paul Bacon and Dave Mann accumulated which left them one ahead of two pairs on 53. Team captain-elect Lyn Bird and Trevor Pitt, won a back nine countback with Kevin Davies and Byron Lismore to take the final prize on offer.

Liz Blackwell claimed the ladies’ Bogey Trophy with a stunning score of +7. On a day when over half the field beat their handicaps, she won by three from Linda Edmondson with Lesley Millard taking third on +3. All three ladies saw their handicaps reduced ahead of their next competition.

The seniors’ Over-65s Shield produced a close finish with three players returning scores of 41 points. New member John Procter was joined by 2017 captain Ray Byatt and another past captain in the form of Mike Allen on that score.

Allen was declared the winner though as he had the better back nine score of the trio and with it denying Procter a debut win. Byatt had to settle for third on what was another day of low scoring.

Chris Stephens led his seniors’ team to another home win when they whitewashed their Cricket St Thomas counterparts. All six games went the way of the in-form homesters, but it wasn’t all plain sailing for them.

Stephens awarded his team of the day to John Hale and Roger Williams who won by 2&1, despite trailing by four holes earlier in the round.

The Smith domination of midweek Stablefords continued as Mike Smith picked up the win this week. He scored 39 points and beat his brother Bob by a single point.

Bob didn’t even get the runners-up spot though as Jordan Hills matched his score, but beat him on the back six holes to be the filling in the Smith sandwich.

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