Helen is new ladies’ champion at Worlebury

Helen Clarke is the new ladies’ champion at Worlebury Golf Club.

WORLEBURY ladies held its annual club championships with a 36-hole competition played over two days.

On the first day, contending with strong winds and rain, the winner of the gross with a score of 83 was Helen Clark, runner-up was Sue Sokol with 88. The nett winner was Clarke with 74 and runner-up Amanda Cook with 75.

The second day saw an improvement in the weather and the winner of the gross event was Zandie Lennox with a score of 81, runner-up was Clark with 86. The nett winner was Maxine Gardiner with 71 and runner-up was Lisa Griffiths with 74.

The overall winner of the Marshall Salver for best nett score over the two days was Clarke, runner-up was Lisa Griffiths.

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The title of club champion for best gross score over the two days was won by Clarke. Runner-up and winner of the Papworth Cup was Lennox.

Worlebury ladies’ winners Helen Clarke and Zandie Lennox with lady captain Sylvia Cook.

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SEVENTEEN-year-old Jade Cope posted a gross 78 in the morning round and an even better 76 in the afternoon to become Weston club champion with the best 36-hole gross, an incredible 154.

A total gross score of 154 over two rounds in this competition was last achieved 25 years ago by former lady captain, previous lady champion and three times county champion Martha Perriam.

Jade is one of two of the youngest lady members to win the championship at Weston. A previous younger member and contender of this trophy was Jenny Jurgens in 1963, who went on to play for the English girls’ team.

The runner-up was another long standing past champion Glenda Latham, winning the Sally Irlam salver with a total gross of 164 (83, 81).

Jade also maintained a steady hand with her putting, winning the putting championship competition with a gross 66, followed by Glenda Latham with 67, Sue Andow and Carol Harris both on 68.

Jade also won the Ruth Alford Cup for best 36-hole nett score with a 138 (70, 68), runner-up with 143 (71, 72) was Sue Andow.

The Audrey Hirst Cup for best accumulative bronze gross score was Kath Farrant with 191 (98, 93).

Morning gross: Jade Cope 78; Alysia Rees 83. Morning nett: Jade Cope 70; Beryl Robert 70. Afternoon gross: Jade Cope 76; Glenda Latham 81. Afternoon nett: Jade Cope 68; Kath Farrant 72. The 18-hole alternative medal winner was Carol Harris with a nett 77.

Nine-hole medal qualifier: Alison Whitewood 36; Diana Brown 35; June Phillips 35.

Boulton Cup summer knockout winner was Pat Murray. Ping 4BBB winners: Beryl Robert and Vicky Brewin, 38 pts.

FIFTY-five seniors at Weston Golf Club played for the championship and senior Captains Trophy.

The best gross score and senior champion yet again was Dave Rowland with an excellent gross 72, followed by Dave Carter 77.

The winner of the Captains Trophy for the best nett was Nick Palmer with a nett 69, followed by Bob Bates and Tim Latchem 70.

Results: D Rowland (5) 72; D Carter (5) 77; Tripp (9) 80; D Andow (10) 81; T Knott (8) 83; T Hynam (10) 83; E Langford (9) 83; T Latchem (14) 84; J Hurcombe (13) 84.

WORLEBURY Golf Club held its annual Cockcrow competition, a Stableford pairs’ betterball event, with a shotgun start.

Winners on the day were Mark Otterburn and Keith Wharton with an impressive 43 points, followed by Paul Gardiner and Peter Phillips, just pipping Neville Horne and Pete Wyatt into third, both recording 40 points.

Graham Daugherty scored a brilliant seven under par gross 74 (net 63) to win the Division 1 monthly medal, with the in-form Matt Blackman second on 75 (68) and Malcolm Summers third with 82 (70).

Second division winner was Damian Spearing on 83 (70), second was Craig Conway 84 (71) with James Walton third with 85 (71).

Third division winner Kenny Yam 94 (68), followed by John Horobin 89 (70) and Ron Stevens 89 (70).

The first team hosted local rivals Mendip Spring with a few team regulars missing, but the side that Chris Davidson selected did the club proud by recording an excellent 4-1 win, with Paul Simmonds and Matt Blackman the pick of the bunch, returning a 5&3 win. Worlebury go top of the table on the strength of this fine win.

IT was a busy week at Wedmore with the ladies blessed with good weather for the senior ladies’ open.

There was a visitors’ prize this year as otherwise home players scooped the pool. In third place came Ronnie Follenfant, Saybria Sims and Sue Tarry who were beaten on the back nine by Vera Ireland, Nesta Hathaway and Hazel Gough, both teams scoring 72.

Clear winners though were Jenny Brown, Sue Painter and Eileen Gillibrand who scored an excellent 73 points to take claim victory. The winning visitors were Pat van Sommeren, Brenda Cochrane and Pauline Pullen from Thornbury,

There were more visitors on Wednesday for the seniors’ invitation day. As usual the scores were good with two pairs on 41 points. Just pipped on the back nine were David Taylor with Glyn Hallett from Wells.

This left Chris McGowan with Steve Colbridge from Bawburgh as runners-up. Winners with 42 points though were club director Andrew Edwards, who scored 42 points in partnership with John Parker from Weston.

This was the second seniors’ event following the Captains Cup won by Eric Wallace. His 42 points was eight points clear of Malcolm Timmis and Michael Blandford in Division 3.

Division 1 went to Malcolm Easton (37) from Stephen Lawrence and Tony Biggs, both with 36. Division 2 went to Terry Stew (40) from Peter Bendell and Chris McGowan, who both had 37.

In worsening weather, the ladies’ held their annual match between the captain and vice- captain’s teams with this year’s captain Cathy Olive and team just beating Deidre Wheadon’s by 4.5-3.5.

The club medal saw good scores despite the overnight storms. John Russell won Division 1 on 67 from John Melwani (70) and Terry Edwards (70). Rob Davis with 68 took Division 2 from Paul Dickie (71) and Steve Sweeting (75).

John Cutter was low score of the day with 67 to beat Terry Millard (68) and Andrew Davis (70) in Division 3. Sarah Mathews was best lady with 75.

Winners of the senior ladies’ bowmaker, Jenny Brown, Sue Painter and Eileen Gillibrand receiving their prizes from captain Cathy Olive and organiser Ann Adams.

PLAYING away at Stockwood Vale, the Burnham Avalon League team halved their match and pushed themselves into second place in Division 3.

With away games attracting more points, the halved match added a valuable 8.5 points. It could have been better with the final pairing of Justin Lane and Steve O’Connell looking to have got the better of their opposition with a few holes to go.

They had to settle for a half after some fine putting by their opponents. The winning pairs were Jim Vearncombe and Adam Smith and Glyn Petrie and Andy Fisher. The other pairs of Neil Darby and Martin Wilkins and Martin Dunton and Stuart Jones also enjoyed close matches.

IN a summer of predominantly wet and windy weather, the Pro Celebrity Am at Brean bucked the trend and saw glorious sunshine and blue skies adorn the course.

Over 30 teams of four gathered to tackle the newly revised Brean layout which saw four new holes in play for the first time. The course was presented in superb condition by head greenkeeper Robin Williams and his team.

The winning team on the day were sponsored by LC Joinery of Burnham and consisted of owner Les Clutterbuck, Phil Aspinall, Brean’s captain-elect Brian Read and Dave Porter.

They carded a steady score on their opening nine holes, but the quartet took a liking to the new holes as they accumulated 45 of their 84 points on the homeward journey. At the presentation they received the Tom Childs Memorial Trophy.

Second place was taken by the Brean seniors’ team. Captain Tony Roper was joined by Pete Douglas, Mike Allen and Dai Wood as they handed in an excellent 82 points.

Last year’s winners couldn’t quite match the heights they hit a year earlier as the foursome of Dave Bradley, Tony Richards, Paul Jones and Chris Payne totalled 81 for third position. Brean’s club team led by chairman Graham Exton, along with Jason Kidley, Phil Hodgson and Tony Groves were fourth.

The main aim of this annual event is to raise money for two nominated charities with the Injured Jockey’s Fund and the St Margaret’s Hospice being the recipients of the money raised.

Thanks must go to Deidre Wheadon and all the Brean Leisure Park staff for their efforts in making this day such a popular success.

Pete Dunn won the monthly Stableford with 41 points taking the Division 2 award in the process. Chris Leaman ended as his nearest challenger with 39. Murray Parsons was the victor in the top flight, but only after a countback on 39 with Jason Kidley. Richard Broom’s back nine haul in his round of 36 points just ousted Tony Groves’ similar score in Division 3.

Running in conjunction with the Stableford was the home international match. Six members were selected to represent each of the four nations and it was the Scots who came out on top. Led superbly by club captain Stewart Garrett, they totalled 180 points between their players to win by seven from England. Wales took third, while the Irish brought up the rear.

The Avalon League Division 6 side were the first team to host an inter-club match on the new course and they ran out comfortable 4-1 winners over Wells.

The weather yet again disrupted a seniors’ match as they travelled to Weston. With the first match only managing nine holes before the course became unplayable, it was decided between the two captains that the result would be declared an honourable draw of three games each.

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