Greensomes success for the Hudsons

THE conclusion of the first and second mixed open greensomes Stableford was played over two days at Weston Golf Club.

THE conclusion of the first and second mixed open greensomes Stableford was played over two days at Weston Golf Club.

The quarter-finals were played on the Saturday, with the semi-finals and final being played on the Sunday for the Claude Lalonde Trophy.

With exceptional weather for the time of year, the knockout final was closely contested between Harry and Katrina Thomas and Pam and Ian Hudson. The match was won outright on the 15th hole, by the Hudsons, playing some exceptional golf.

The Walker Plate, which is a consolation competition for all those playing in either of the two mixed opens held in May and August, but whom did not qualify for the Claude Lalonde.

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Roger and Jill Walker presented this trophy originally in 1989 and were in attendance to award winners John Morgan and Sue Andow with replica trophies. Andy and Zena Balcombe were runners-up on countback, a point behind the winners.

The captain, Aussie Denison in his presentation speech, acknowledged all those who had taken part, remarking on the huge number of entries compared to previous years and congratulated the winners, together with the winners of the Baldwin Stevens Trophy, a club summer mixed knockout competition, winners Mark and Liz Biddle.

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? In the junior summer knockout competition at Weston, Sam Fernley competed against James Browne in a closely contested final.

This singles matchplay event brought out the best in both players, who showed a fine example of competitive golf. The match was decided on the 17th hole, when Fernley managed to secure the win.

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? WORLEBURY Golf Club seniors’ monthly medal – Division 1: Mike Amesbury 74 (62); Neil Redman 81 (68); Trevor Davies 81 (69). Division 2: Dave Brimfield 82 (63); Peter Webber 84 (67); Fred Toms 84 (67).

The final of the Founders Cup, a singles strokeplay format was won by Mark Burland, who beat Tony Westren over a 36-hole event.

? THIS season has not been the best for Wedmore’s A and B teams playing in the Avalon League, with both teams finishing fifth in Divisions 2 and 7 respectively.

However, all this can be forgotten as the teams battle it out for the Sanderson Trophy which took place on Saturday. The third side in this triangular match is a captain’s select team made of up of past captains.

Last year, the B team led by Tom Bennett pulled off a surprise win and this year they looked as if they might repeat their success. The early results were misleading, however, as these successes were largely against the captains, who were losing to everybody.

In the final count, it became clear that the A team had shown their class to take back the trophy, the final result being A team 6; B team 4.5; captains 1.5.

Next year’s A team captain Paul Plume received the trophy from John Sanderson, following the post-match meal, hopefully a pre-cursor of many successes next year.

Mike Munns continued his impressive run of wins in the seniors, taking the October medal with a net 64. Tony Hoskings was second in Division 1 with 68 with Geoff Brooks a further stroke behind in third.

Another senior playing well this year is Mike Peacock and he won Division 2 with a 66, two shots clear of Pete Spinks, who was a further point ahead of Brian Kidd.

? MURRAY Parsons and Eamonn Wynne combined to good effect as they claimed the pairs aggregate Stableford title at Brean last weekend.

Parsons contributed 36 points to the total, whilst Wynne added 38 as they won by one point. Runners-up were Stuart Wills and Martyn Cahill on 73, with Cahill accounting for 39 of those in an excellent round. A countback was needed for third as two pairs tied on 70. The better back nines returned by Mike Porter and Pete Dunn gave them the edge over Paul and Steve Jones.

The first of the Winter League events started on Sunday, with the qualifying period from now until the end of March and the leading 20 players will then contest a finals day. Making the best possible start to the event was John Doughty, who carded a superb 42 points to take a clear victory over the rest.

Club chairman Bob Masterman overcame an off day with his putter to still post 37 points and edge out Ian Adams for second place. Trevor Pitt rounded out the top four after a 36 point total.

It was also Winter League action for the seniors this week as they held their opening round. The format of this was a Bloodsome, when your playing partners choose who tees off.

The winners were eventually declared as Ken Ponter and Tony Roper with a nett score of 82. Seniors’ captain Dai Wood partnered Don Ashman to second spot one stroke behind and Roger Blackwell and Jeremy Savill secured third with an 85.

David Haines and Andrew March both scored 73 in the latest Gloucester and Somerset PGA Medal at the Kendleshire.

Both scores were compiled in differing ways with Haines’ card being a steady affair compared to the rollercoaster that March endured. However, they both added up to the same total and they shared sixth spot in a large field, five strokes behind the winner.

? THE winner of Burnham and Berrow Golf Club seniors’ Hardwidge Cup was Trevor Jenkins, the outgoing seniors’ secretary, who won with a respectable 35 points.

After carding 17 points on the front nine holes, it was not until the 13th hole that Trevor really got going, scoring 16 points on the final six holes that included a two on the 17th green.

Colin Allsopp was the runner-up with 34 points and Derek Thomson finished in third place also with 34 points, losing out on the back nine.

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