Junior open at Weston

Weston Golf Club held its annual junior open, which was won by Miles Richardson of Burnham & Berrow.

WESTON Golf Club held their annual junior open and although the numbers were fewer than last year, the golf was still of a very high standard.

The Uphill Trophy (nett event) was won by Miles Richardson (Burnham & Berrow) with an incredible 53 nett. The Nigel Long Trophy for the best gross was won by Sam Fernley (Weston) with an excellent 74. Alex Fry (junior captain) won the Long Hop Trophy for the best Weston player on the day with a 70 nett.

Despite a couple of heavy downpours, all entrants had a thoroughly enjoyable day and the visitors complimented on the presentation of the course.

The club was represented by six juniors at Saltford for their junior open competition and had a remarkable day.

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Sam Fernley (3) won the best gross boy’s cup and Jade Cope (7) won the best girls’ gross. The boy’s team consisting Sam Fernley, Jack Roberts and Harry Turner, played exceptionally well winning the best team event. Alex Fry (14) was the winner of the handicap competition.

The youngsters had a great day, played outstanding golf and enjoyed the hospitality of Saltford Golf Club.

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On a windy day, the seniors’ Eric Benn Trophy (a greensome stableford) was won by Colin Dummett and Dave Reynolds, closely followed by Ray Harris and Mike Hill.

Results: C Dummett (11) & D Reynolds (17) 38 pts; R Harris (11) & M Hill (20) 37; P Lumb (14) & T Whybrow (19) 35; R Schubert (12) & P Owen (18) 34.

MARK Otterburn took the spoils on a rain-affected Centenary Trophy competition at Worlebury, carding a 67 net to win by a whisker on countback.

Played between some monsoon-like rain, the going was tough and due to thunder and lightning, some rounds were not completed, having been abandoned for safety reasons.

Nearly three quarters of the 100-plus entries did manage to post a score, which was testament again to the works undertaken on the greens last year.

Chris Wiseman and Pete Melliush took second and third respectively, also managing creditable three under par net 67s.

Matt Matters had the glory shot of the day however, recording an excellent hole-in-one on the par three 16th.

Worlebury first team took on Bristol & Clifton at home in a top of the table clash, and were victorious by four points to one.

Captain Chris Davidson gave promising junior Jack Partridge his debut and he did not disappoint, coming in with the best result of the day, a four and three victory partnering Jeremy Blackman.

The Avalon side were also in action at home to Stockwood Vale and avoided the rain to have almost perfect conditions fro the match,. They ran out three and a half to one and a half winners on the day, with Stu Fawcett and Andy Collard the pick of the bunch winning five and four.

The seniors were also in action during the week with an away fixture at Isle of Wedmore, but they came home empty handed on the back of a six and a half to one and a half defeat, despite a hole in one from Worlebury’s Alan Woolford on the 18th.

The seniors did however have an excellent result, beating Burnham & Berrow three points to two in the seniors’ inter-club scratch knockout to go through to the final next month.

The juniors match away at Farringdon was a casualty of the continuing wet summer after being called off a few holes in.

DESPITE the awful conditions during the morning, 48 players went out for the Worlebury ladies’ invitation day, playing a four-ball betterball Stableford format.

The course and the greens were in excellent condition and everyone enjoyed the day, finishing off with a two course meal in the clubhouse.

Results: Michelle James (Worlebury) and S Sims 46 pts; Helen Clarke (Worlebury) and Jackie McDonald 45; Amanda Cook (Worlebury) and Diane Gough 46.

Photo is of the winners with lady captain Sylvia Cook.

ROY Baker stormed to success in the July Stableford at Brean Golf Club with an excellent card of 41 points.

Shrugging off the recent disappointment of losing his club championship crown, he got his round off to a fast start with an eagle and two birdies in his opening five holes and he maintained this form throughout the remaining holes.

Runner up to Baker on 36 points was Stuart Wills. Division 3 winner was Kieran Franklin with 40 points and won by a single point from Dale Stock. Two Welshmen headed the way in the second flight as John Mardon’s 38 points was enough to hold off his fellow countryman Tony Richards by a single point.

Jenny Vaughan found top form in the ladies’ event as she racked up a superb 40 points on her way to a comfortable victory over Liz Blackwell.

The seniors had just one match during the week and this was away at Taunton Vale. They returned home with a creditable three-all drawn game and therefore gaining another overall success over their counterparts over the home and away legs of the match.

Andrew March had his best finish of the season in a West Region PGA Order of Merit event when he tied for 22nd in the Forest Classic.

His first round of 67, two under par, at Forest of Dean Golf Club left him placed in a tie for 10th at the halfway stage and he dropped away slightly on the second day with a 76 at Forest Hills to finish at +2 for the event.

David Haines’s challenge started slowly and he managed to salvage a 71 and +2 for the first day. He, like March, could only add a 76 in his final round to finish just outside the top 40.

March’s good friend and European Tour player David Dixon posted scores of 65 and 69. This left him at seven under and just one shy of the winner’s score.

He topped up his earnings with another second place finish in the team event which ran alongside the pro event. Neither March or Haines partnering Jackie and Steve Richards from Burnham Portable Toilet Hire featured in the upper reaches of the leaderboard in the team competition.

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