Worlebury through to quarter-finals of county foursomes

PUBLISHED: 09:21 23 May 2014 | UPDATED: 09:22 23 May 2014

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club.

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A team from Worlebury Golf Club reached the quarter-finals of the Somerset Bowl.

WORLEBURY Golf Club’s Somerset Bowl foursomes team, led by Mick Keen, beat former winners Windwhistle 4-1 at the neutral venue of Taunton Vale.

The whole team played well with juniors Jack Partridge and Matt Blackman’s 7&6 win, the most impressive. It was Martyn Chambers and Lewys Charles, however, who sealed the victory, winning their match to give Worlebury an unassailable lead.

The team next play Stockwood Vale at Tall Pines in the quarter-finals, on a date to be arranged.

The first team, under Harry Rowland’s leadership, put up a good fight, but narrowly lost 3-2 in a closely-fought encounter against The Bristol.

The seniors progressed to the next round of the Somerset Bowl with a walkover against Enmore.

The juniors had two tough away fixtures against Burnham & Berrow and Farrington Park, having to play without Jack Partridge and Matt Blackman, who were on first team duty. The team acquitted themselves well, but lost both games 3-1.

Phil Stone won the first of two qualifiers in the Pro Trophy competition.

Phil Stone pictured receiving his prize from club captain, Paul Gardiner.

WESTON Avalon B team produced a solid win on the 17th against Long Sutton.

The team have now completed half their fixtures for the season and now have to play away matches at Wells, Wheathill, Stockwood and Long Sutton. Away matches gain greater points, so the team could pick up some important points.

RAY French returned the best score of the day with 40 points to win Division 2 of the Stableford at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club.

Players enjoyed glorious sunshine and benign conditions, and provided they kept the ball out of the rough, a good score was possible. Martin Milverton beat John Perry on a countback for second place and Frank Ryan third with 38.

Division 1 was won by Adam Turrell with 37 points, his back nine which included two’s at both the 14th and 17th holes proving decisive in beating Peter Tomlinson on a countback. Third place went to Jared Poole and fourth to Glyn Petrie, who both scored 36.

Sundays’ Centenary Salver, which is a mixed bowmaker, was won by Mell Bell, Ros Gait and Mike McCarthy with 46 points, giving them a three-point margin of victory over Kay Beaumont, Ian Moreton and Christine Richardson.

The Tomkinson Cup was played in less favourable conditions and the 34 points scored by Richard Turner was good enough to take the honours, beating junior captain Charlie Huggins on the back nine after the pair had tied on the same score.

The earlier starters had slightly more favourable conditions and 34 points was a creditable score in the gale force winds which swept across the course.

The windy conditions provided a good home advantage for the Burnham team who defeated Enmore Park 3-2 in the fourth round of the Mail on Sunday inter-club knockout tournament.

BREAN Golf Club captain Paul Jones hosted the annual charity day to raise funds for his nominated causes.

This year he has two directions in which the funds will be heading, with the first one being to provide an automated external defibrillator (AED) for the golf club. As a result of this day, the club are now in a position to purchase this and will be doing so very soon.

The second charity is CLAPA, the Cleft Lip and Palate Association, of which Logan March, son of Brean director of golf Andrew March, was born with last November.

The course was in superb condition thanks to the efforts of Robin Williams and his team, but scoring was not as good as expected considering the benign conditions and 83 points was the winning score.

The leading quartet was named the Clutterbucks and was led by Les Clutterbuck and he was joined by Mel Brown and the older versions of the Jones brothers in David and Eric.

Two teams returned 80 points and a back nine countback was required to discover Bater’s Bunch would take the runners-up prize ahead of the Yacht Club team. Bater’s Bunch consisted of Steve and Alec Bateman with Eamonn Wynne and John Cullinan, while the Yacht Club team was skippered by Simon Baunton with his crew being Phil Hodgson and Jon and Tom Marshfield.

Fourth place went to the Lady Captains Crew made up of lady captain Annie Williams, her husband Roger and the Hatfields, Mark and Suzanne. The final prize was secured by the Towens sponsored team led by Andrew Smith with Dave Sainsbury, Chris Stephens and Chris Payne with 77 points.

The captain received some generous sponsorship of the event from the Co-operative Funeralcare and also C&C Commercials and when it was all totted up, the amount raised during the day was just over £1,600.

On arriving at the golf club, the chances of Roger Vaughan and Vic Burnell being able to compete in the bowmaker looked slim as they were short of a third player. Mo Sanders joined in to what turned out to be a winning combination.

The trio combined superbly to post a winning total of 126 and take the top prize on offer. Second spot was claimed by club champion Dan Broom alongside his uncle Roger and John Cullinan. They scored 127 and were one better than last year’s winning trio of Pete Dunn, Pat Mullholland and Jim McLauchlan.

Brean have reached the quarter-finals of the Somerset Bowl following a 3-2 victory over Mendip Spring at a windswept Clevedon. The 2011 winners will now face Isle of Wedmore at Burnham & Berrow in the last eight.

The seniors enjoyed another comfortable 4.5-1.5 home win against their Cannington counterparts at home. Captain Allen Fellingham led by example with a sizeable win alongside Charlie Hastie.

The team of the day were Jeremy Savill and Chris Stephens, who came up against some in-form opponents, but still managed to claim victory.

Left to right: Paul Jones (club captain), Eric Jones, Mel Brown, Les Clutterbuck, David Jones and Andrew March (director of golf).

THERE was a large turnout for the seniors’ open at Wedmore Golf Club, with more than 120 players from 35 different clubs taking part in the event, organised by Peter Laney.

The visitors certainly had a fair share of the prizes, but the overall prize for the Butcombe Cup went to home player John Hogan with 39 points. The visitors have their own trophy, competing for the Geoff Lunt Cup, which went to Jim Hobday from Tall Pines with 37 points. Frank Denniston from Wedmore took the Over-70s prize with 35 points.

The divisional prizes were all hotly contested with the first three in Division 1 all finishing on 35 points. Countback put M Bailey from Shirehampton in first place ahead of local players John Russell and Steve Lawrence.

Division 2 was dominated by visitors with Franco Calandrini of Long Sutton winning on 37 points, two ahead of Bob Earney from Farrington. Mike Munns was best Wedmore player on 35.

The only Wedmore divisional win was in Division 3 where Philip Wren took the honours with 36 points, ahead of Nigel Raison from Yeovil on 33, who beat C Davis of Mendip Spring on countback.

Strong winds made scoring difficult for the club Stableford, which made the 37 scored by Nick Parker an exceptional round. It won him Division 1 by three points from Tom Smith, whose 34 points was the second best score of the day. Nigel Jones came third in the division with 29.

Tom Smith’s score was matched by his father, Steve who won Division 2 with 34 points, just one point better than Tony Biggs with Andy Barrett third on 31. Division 3 went to John Perry who scored 33, three ahead of Jay James with Jeremy Sims a point back in third.

Pauline Hale had the best score of the three ladies who braved the conditions.

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