Home pair win the Claude Lalonde Trophy

Trevor and Joan Jenkinson.

Trevor and Joan Jenkinson. - Credit: Archant

Weston Golf Club husband and wife team, Trevor and Joan Jenkinson, were the winners of the Claude Lalonde Trophy.

EIGHT qualifying pairs from the summer open competitions at Weston Golf Club, played a foursomes knockout match over two days to decide the winners of the Claude Lalonde Trophy.

Semi-finalists Tony and Di Walker played against Joan and Trevor Jenkinson, followed by the second pairing of Zena and Andy Balcombe, against visitors Kelvin and Ruth Alexander from Herefordshire.

The Jenkinsons beat the Walkers on the 16th and the Alexanders triumphed on the 18th hole. The finalists set off again and a close match concluded on the 17th, with Joan and Trevor Jenkinson taking the trophy.

The Walker Plate took place the same day for all competitors from the open competitions. The winners were Nick and Kath Farrant with 41 points, followed by Sue Andow and John Greaves and chairman Gordon Robert and his wife Beryl in third.

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Weston ladies’ Berry Bowmaker had a full field for this popular open competition. The team of Di Brown, Eileen Donbavand and visitor Lyn Daniels from Minchinhampton, kept a close eye on the leaderboard hoping to stay on top with their score of 76, but the last team out came in with 79 points, securing first place.

Home players Glenda Latham and Jade Cope, together with visitor Fiona Lovell from Taunton & Pickeridge, won with the three point lead. In third place with 75 were Zena Balcombe, Kath Farrant and visitor Marcia Collett from Okehampton.

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The prize for best visitors went to neighbouring club Burnham & Berrow. Jean Booth, Mandy Vickers and Hazel Bevan returned a score of 74. Nearest the pin (bronze) went to Jackie Bull (Enmore) and Pauline Thorogood (Burnham) won the silver.

Longest Drive (bronze) Elizabeth Sloman (Burnham) and (silver) Jade Cope (Weston). Lyn Johnson from Worlebury guessed the exact number of golf balls in the container to win the prize with all donations going to the captain’s charity.

Weston Ladies A team had a superb win over Lansdown gaining 14 points. The A and B team finished the season midway in their respective decisions.

WORLEBURY juniors have enjoyed a highly successful season, which culminated in them winning the regional qualifier in the Home Nations Inter-Club Junior Golf Championship.

After a strong performance in this season’s Somerset Junior League, Worlebury were selected to play in the regional event at Thornbury. The format was six players in the team with the best gross and four nett to score.

Worlebury won by two shots from Meon Valley (South Downs), the Army Golf Club (Guildford & District) and Kington (Shropshire & Herefordshire).

Jack Partridge is unavailable for the next round which means Alix Kew will get his chance to shine when the lads play at Cumberwell Park on Sunday in the national semi-final.

Worlebury will represent the West and the opposition will be teams from the South Midlands, Channel and South West. The final is at Studley Wood (Oxford), with the champions and runners-up representing England in the home nations final in Andalusia.

SINCE taking over Mendip Spring Golf Club earlier in the year, Mikulla Leisure have brought in professional Scott Thompson.

The first job for Scott and his team of professionals Robert Moss John Blackburn and Will Hobbs, was to set up a junior golf academy, where juniors of all ages could be coached.

Funding was secured to offer local Beavers, Cubs, Scouts, Rainbows, Brownies and Guides groups the opportunity to try the game of golf free of charge.

At the start of October, Scott brought in a more structured form of coaching programme at the club and introduced the golf foundations Junior Passport Programme.

It is the national structured learning programme for children aged six to 12, endorsed by the PGA. The multi-layered programme progresses a complete novice golfer into a junior golfer ready for membership at a golf club.

Scott and the club are also in the process of implementing a new structure for the more advanced juniors already playing at the golf club. He said: “Juniors are the future of the game, and without them the game will not move forward.

“With the excellent facilities at Mendip Spring which include a covered driving range, short game area, nine-hole course, 18-hole championship course, we hope to bring through juniors that will represent the club.”

For more information on the free coaching, Junior Passport Programme or junior membership, please contact Scott on 01934 852 322.

FINALS day at Wedmore saw eight knockout competitions being played.

A large crowd followed the Guys n Gals greensomes, with captains Ange Webber and Brad Ruddick taking on Alison Dodkin and Nick Parker. The captains held an early three-hole lead, but were pegged back by the turn.

It remained tight, but the captains edged ahead on the 17th, before Ange Webber holed a long putt for a birdie to win an exciting match two up.

In the ladies’ silver singles, Chris Simpson went ahead against Jane Hewitt, but the match remained close until the 15th when Simpson went one up with her shot and then took the next two holes to win 3&1.

In the bronze division of the Macarthur trophy, Wendy Lucas took an early lead against Joan Peck who, despite her best efforts never really hit form, going down 5&4.

The final ladies’ singles, for the Pinks Plate, saw Marie Mackle making her first final against holder Linda Roberts and experience told as Roberts took an early stranglehold before winning 5&4.

The two seniors’ singles were closer. In the plate, Ellis Nearn and Adrian Brooking-Clark played some excellent golf with Nearn making use of his shots to move three up at the turn and holding on though the back nine to win 3&2.

The main competition was an edgy affair with Gordon Summers moving ahead, but Peter Searle fighting back to a one-hole lead on the 16th. However, Summers held his nerve to win the last two holes and the match one up.

The seniors greensomes started as a close affair, but Geoff Brooks and Mike Munns moved ahead by the turn and then raced away to beat Peter Laney and Andrew Edwards 5&4.

The final match was a hard-fought affair for the Peter Hathaway fourball betterball. There was never much between the sides and when Terry Edwards and Trevor Denny went one up on the 15th, it looked decisive. Bob Jones and Darren Cornish had other ideas and won the next two holes and hung on to win one up.

THE Taunton-based Coleman golfing family made a special request for former Ryder Cup player Phillip Price to lead their team in the final West Region PGA pro-am of the season at Weston Golf Club.

The Welshman was delighted as he claimed top place in the individual event. It was not so good for Phil, Paul and Stuart Coleman who failed to produced their best form. The trio from Vivary Park, Oake Manor and Taunton and Pickeridge finished fifth.

But Price enjoyed his first visit to the club and his winning finish was based on a four-birdie run over the final six holes after his second dropped shot at the 12th left him at level par.

He is now seeking more competitive golf before attending final qualifying at the European Tour School in Spain net month.

Order of Merit winner Michael Watson (Wessex Golf Centre) would have been celebrating a tie for top spot, but for a three-putt bogey at the 18th. Instead of cheering a 13th top finish of his most successful season, he settled for second. But his playing partners Steve Roberts, Rob Price and Paul D’Arcy were happy as the team winners on 86 points.

They led Enmore Park’s David Dixon’s trio of Steve Bristow, Adrian Metters and Paul McGlinchy by one shot, with Cirencester’s Ed Goodwin and Neil Mossman, Lee Ayres and Charlotte Bolton third on countback.

THE St Dunstan’s Cup mixed competition was played at Worlebury Golf Club in fine weather.

The format was foursomes Stableford and the winners were Steve Taylor and Julie Knight (pictured) with 44 points. Runners-up with 43 points were Keri Allchurch and Maxine Gardener.

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