Josh enjoys an excellent week at Worlebury

Worlebury Golf Club.

Worlebury Golf Club. - Credit: Archant

Worlebury Golf Club’s Josh Freeman consolidated his position as one of the top players in the club with some excellent golf.

IT HAS been a very good week for Josh Freeman at Worlebury Golf Club, where he consolidated his position as one of the top players in the club.

He played brilliantly to win the first medal competition of the season, the PGA National qualifier. The highlight of Josh’s round was an eagle on the eighth hole and a steady inward nine saw him win Division 1 with a gross score of two under par, nett 66. He pipped Nevil Horne on countback with Keith Thomas third with a 67.

Division 2 was a close-run affair with the top three each playing extremely well and scoring net 66s. Dave Pope took the honours, followed by club vice-captain, Paul Lintern and Andy Ullyott.

Josh was declared the overall winner and his reward is an outing with club professional, Gary Marks, to take part in the regional final at Bovey Tracey Golf Club on July 6.


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A few days later, playing for the Rest of the World team against England, Josh had a hole-in-one on the sixth which helped him and his partner, Malcolm Simpson, to win their match. This was his second hole in one within a few months of one another.

The match is firmly fixed in the club’s calendar and is designed to fit in with the Six Nations rugby. Played in a fourball betterball format, 22 matches took place. With 16 matches played, England appeared to be coasting. However, the Rest of the World, with a preponderance of Scots at their tail end, won five and halved the other match to see the encounter ending in a draw.

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Captains Pete Nuttall and Taffy Allchurch both gave rousing speeches to a packed clubhouse, with the former bemoaning his team snatching defeat from the jaws of victory and the latter feeling satisfied with the final result.

Club captain Pete Phillips thanked the players for a generous contribution of over £200 towards the captain’s charity, Above and Beyond.

The ladies held their March Stableford in poor weather conditions which made scoring difficult. Ginette Baker bucked the trend winning Division 1 with an excellent 37 points. Jan Simms won Division 2 and Trish Smith, the third division. They also held a weekend Stableford which was won by Louise Goodrum with 33 points.

WESTON Golf Club men’s team were up against a strong side from Dewstow in the Mail on Sunday knockout competition. The Welsh team were the victors, winning three matches to two.

The first seniors’ match of the season saw Weston play away at Taunton & Pickeridge. The seniors lost the match, but Captain John Morgan celebrated the day with a hole-in-one.

Ten ladies’ teams took to the course in warm spring sunshine for their Texas scramble competition. Taking first place with a combined score of 64.8 was the team of Sue Andow, Joan Jenkinson and Di Walker.

In second place were the threesome of Jo Blackett, Anne Blannin and Lynn Perry with 66.5. The lady captain Tessa Williams and her team of Beryl Robert and Kath Farrant came in with a score of 68 to secure third place.

WITH Mothering Sunday taking precedence at the weekend, there were just two competitions at Wedmore.

The seniors set things off with a medal and the best score in Division 1 came from David Coggan, whose nett 65 put him three shots clear of in-form Tom Bennett, with Steve Lawrence a shot further back in third.

Best score of the day came from Pete Bendell, who had a nett 64 in Division 2 to put him three shots clear of second-placed Ian Hollands, with Derek Osborn third on 68.

Bendell’s score was equalled by Bernard Abbott in winning Division 3, again with a three-shot margin from Roy Tomlins and David Dams, with Tomlins taking the runners-up spot on countback.

Some of the seniors were back in action the following day when they started off the summer series of friendly matches with a creditable win over a strong Tiverton team by 4.5 to 2.5.

The ladies then took centre stage for a Stableford and for once got the best of the weather. The little bit of extra run on the ball helped the scoring with 36 points only being good enough for fourth and fifth places, with Shirley Turner taking fourth place from Pauline Hale on countback.

Shirley Gooding took third place with 38 points, leaving Saybria Sims and Beryl Richards tied for first place on 39. Countback was therefore required and a failure to score on the penultimate hole cost Sims first place as Richards came through to win.

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