Hawaiian flavour for Worlebury’s away day

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club. - Credit: Archant

Worlebury Golf Club membes enjoyed a successful away day at the Rolls of Monmouth.

WORLEBURY held a highly successful club away day at the Rolls of Monmouth, with 78 members in attendance.

The sun shone brightly and the course played well with some very good scores posted. The winners were Ken Hanson and Stuart Fawcett with 44 points, closely followed by the pairings of Julian Brown/Lee Grant on 43 and Simon Dempsey/Josh Freeman on 42. Martyn Hind and Tony Westren won the nearest the pin prizes.

Adding to the carnival atmosphere was a request by the captain Peter Phillips, members should wear a Hawaiian shirt. Virtually everyone complied and Alan Street won a prize for having the most garish.

By comparison, Ron Ganfield was severely punished by fines master Nathan Talbot, for failing to comply with the dress code. No-one was safe from Nathan’s draconian ways and a goodly sum of £220 was raised for the captain’s charity.

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On a smaller scale, 26 players travelled to Castle Coombe Golf Club for the Avalon away day. In a close finish, the winners with 45 points were Graham Hewlett and Martyn Chambers, who pipped Martin Green and John Wright by one, with Keri Allchurch and Stuart Fawcett a further point adrift.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Paul McAdams, Keith Knight, Fawcett, Peter Phillips and Mark Otterburn, while the longest drive was won by Allchurch.

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The juniors also had a big day with 24 players enjoying lovely weather for the Denis Thompson Memorial Trophy. This team event, which was set up by club member Denis Thompson, prior to his demise, brought together invited regional club pros and visiting juniors in a Texas scramble format.

The day was supported by club pros Scott Thompson, Sarah Burnell, Rob Moss, Pat Baker and Iain Rankin, to whom the juniors expressed their thanks.

This year the event also had the support of former juniors, reigning club champion and course record holder Simon Dempsey, together with Alex Winn and Ryan Jones, each of whom had progressed through the ranks with the help of Denis over the years. The event was won by the team captained by Simon Dempsey with guests Dylan Xanh, George Williams and Steven Blake, scoring an impressive gross 55, nett 53.

The ladies held a monthly medal with Julie Stafford winning Division 1, Lisa Griffiths Division 2 and Pat Smith Division 3. Julie Knight won the weekend Stableford.

The seniors’ social matches continued with away fixtures against Weston and Stockwood Vale. It was a struggle in the latter match against a team of high handicappers who made this, and home advantage, count in recording a convincing 5.5 to 0.5 win.

Vice-captain, Ron Stevens and last-minute replacement Dave Treleaven secured Worlebury’s solitary half point.

The fixture against Weston was much closer, with honours even at the end of a keenly contested match. Good wins were recorded by the parings of Jeff Banfield/John Hobbs, Fred Spearing/Mike Holley and Tony Foster/John Millar, while John Keight/ Keith Knight and the Stuarts, Lock and Macivor secured fighting halves.

WESTON Golf Club held its annual president’s day in glorious sunny conditions.

In the men’s individual Stableford, Richard Magor won with 41 points. Aussie Dennison was runner-up with 40, followed by Andrew Jones (38) and Jimmy Rimmer (38).

Club and county champion Jade Cope won the ladies’ Stableford with 38 points. President’s wife Wendy Homer was runner up-with 35, while Vicki Brewin and Glenda Latham third and fourth respectively, also with 35.

Club president Gary Homer and ladies’ president Anne Bryant dedicated the day to raise funds for the Bristol Children’s Hospital Grand Appeal. The clubhouse was decorated in the theme of Wallace and Gromit and raised £1,500 for the charity.

THREE competitions, all medals, were held at Wedmore, which started in the now traditional rain on Monday with the seniors.

In Division 1, both John Viney and David Taylor got round in level par nett, a birdie on 15 was enough to give Viney the win on countback. Ellis Nearn was a shot back in third.

Chris Donald was in form again in Division 2, winning with 68, the only player below par on the day. Captain Jim Crick took second place on countback from Barry Royal, after both scored 71.

Many higher handicappers in Division 3 thought better of getting wet, leaving Tony Ireland to win on 73, followed by Roy Tomlins on 76 and Gordon Newbery a further shot back in third.

The weather improved for the ladies, but Shirley Gooding was the only player to match par. Her 72 was one better than second-placed Rachel Lockley and a further shot better than Eunice Bond.

Carol Pinks kept the progression going with a 75, with Catherine Nicholson and Pam Berry taking the last two places on 78.

Beautiful weather greeted the players in the club medal and Richard Weight took full advantage, winning Division 1 with a five under par 65. Closest pursuer was Kevin Osman on 68, with Tony Ribi a shot back in third.

There were more good scores in Division 2, won by John Rowland with 67, a shot better than Darren Cornish, with David Myers a further shot back in third.

A tight finish to Division 3 saw Brian Fry just edge out Steve Sweeting on countback after both scored 67. David Bedford completed a set of sub par prize winners, taking third place on 69.

MIKE Chaloner and Vince Ford were the winning duo in the charity open held in aid of CLAPA, the Cleft Lip and Palate Association, at Brean.

They scored 51 points in the betterball Stableford to win by a single point. Runners-up were Simon Baunton and Tom Marshfield, who relegated Martyn Cahill and Nigel Hodges to third.

They held a healthy advantage over the fourth-placed pair of four points. Jeff Read and Phil Hodgson just shaded it on the back nine from Barrie Tucker and Ian Adams.

The charity for the day, CLAPA, is one that is very close to director of golf Andrew March’s heart, as his son Logan was born with the condition. Andrew will be passing the £200 that was raised on the day to the charity.

Bristolian duo Steve Bateman and Tony Groves had the best scores of the day on their way to winning their respective divisions in the September Stableford. Bateman won Division 1with 39 points to beat Roger Vaughan by two.

Groves won the third flight, but only enjoyed a one-point winning margin over Rich Lambert. The Division 2 winner was Welshman Tony Richards,who won by two shots from CJ Organ.

Barrie Yearsley won a back nine countback to win the seniors’ medal. He scored a nett 71 which was matched by Chris Stephens, but Yearsley had the better inward nine to take victory. Third place went to Ken Ponter on 72.

Seniors captain elect Barry Fisher secured the Chairman’s Cup with a 35-point Stableford score. No-one in the field matched their handicap as Fisher was one clear of Barrie Yearsley. Third spot, also on 34, went to Roger Phillips.

Brian Read led his Avalon League team into their final battle of the year as they competed in the league’s champion of champions finals day at Tall Pines.

Following their success in winning Division 6 this summer, they competed in a betterball Stableford format. They ended up in sixth position out of the seven, but some consolation was the team they did beat happened to be Division 2 winners and near neighbours Burnham & Berrow.

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