Ladies secure county title on home course

Sally Irlam and Sue Andow.

Sally Irlam and Sue Andow. - Credit: Archant

Weston Golf Club ladies claimed a county title on their home course during the Somerset Championships.

WESTON Golf Club hosted the Somerset Ladies County Golf Association Championships over three days.

A number of Weston ladies entered the competition, including Katrena Thomas, Alysia Rees, Jade Cope, Kelly Gallier, Wendy Homer and Sue Andow.

Gallier, Cope and Rees scored well in the qualifying round and went through to the match play knockout. Kelly lost on the 21st hole and Alysia lost 4&2 so were knocked out, but Jade went on to play in the afternoon quarter-final. All three played brilliantly against tough opposition.

Thomas, Andow and Homer also qualified for the runners-up round playing the Phillips Trophy matchplay competition. Andow won on the final day, finishing with two birdies on the 17th and 18th holes and holed a lengthy putt to secure the win on the last green winning the Phillips Trophy.

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The Holt Shield was won by Weston players Homer, Cope and Andow for the best three nett scores from one club over 36 holes on qualifying day, producing a joint nett score of 442.

Congratulations to Cope and Gallier, who have been selected for the first team county squad to play at the South West Counties match week at Woodbury Park in Devon during the last week of June.

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On the qualifying first day of the competition, Becky Gibbs from Burnham & Berrow set a new course record of 69 gross and combined with her morning round of 71 gross she won the County Scratch Cup. County Championship Cup winner was junior player Victoria Watts from Farrington Golf Club.

Ladies’ County president Sally Irlam, Weston’s lady president and championship chairman Joan Cumming, lady captain Di Walker and county delegate Reine O’Reilly were delighted with the success of the event.

Ladies’ county president Sally Irlam (left) presenting the Phillips Trophy to Sue Andow.

Left to right: Sue Andow, Wendy Homer and Jade Cope with Sally Irlam presenting the Holt Shield.

BURNHAM golfer Becky Gibbs became the British Universities champion at Crail Golf Club in Scotland.

A one under gross for four rounds is impressive enough, but Becky took the course apart on her third round and at five under, set a new course record. Becky is also the course record holder at her home club of Burnham, where she shot a six under par 68 in the 2011 club championships.

The April Stableford was won with a great score of 40 points by Dave Gummer. Three players came in with 39 points, Martin Dunton, Neil Folland and Neil Darby. Division 2 was won on count back with 36 points by Frank Ryan, ahead of Stephen Reading, Tim Osbourne and Steve Longmoor.

The April medal was won by Gordon Copley with a terrific 78 (10) 68, two ahead of Taylor Stote 75 (5) 70 with Thomas Barker 79 (8) 71 in third. Division 2 was won by Frank Ryan whose 82 (15) 67 was the best nett score of the day. Martyn Milverton was second with 85 (15) 70 and Alan Hughes third with 85 (13) 72.

In dreadful weather conditions, Chris Hill won the Tompkinson Cup with a fantastic score of 38 points. This was two clear of Adrian Deakins with 36, Richard Turner was in third, two points further back with 34.

The Avalon team have got off to a good start in Division 2. Two home wins against Windwhistle A and Vivary Park in the first two matches got the ball rolling and a valuable six points were gained in the third match, a narrow 3-2 defeat away to local rivals Brean.

The ladies first match of the BDLGA season against Thornbury at home was won 12-2. The team was Penny Hardick (captain), Jane Powell, Caroline Theyer, Jackie Richards, Jill Evans, Pat Rowland and Jane Pitcher.

In the Somerset Centenary Plate, Sue Reading and Judy Schroeder played grittily at Enmore Park to beat Clevedon on the 22nd hole, having been four down with four holes to play.

Jane Powell and Pauline Thorogood beat Enmore Park 2&1 in the Daily Mail Foursomes and now play Dinas Powys Golf Club away in the next round.

Centenary medal winner: Jane Cooper 80; Jane Pitcher 81; Elizabeth Sloman 82.

Congratulations to Jane Moreton who had a hole-in-one on the fifth hole at Burnham. Jane won the Bronze Division Stableford that day with 37 points.

THE second Somerset and Bristol RBL charity golf day was held at Worlebury and was well attended with an entry of 29 teams, which included two teams from RNAS Yeovilton, two teams from the 39 Signals, one team from 40 Commando Royal Marines and one from Avon Fire and Rescue, who all received complimentary entries.

However, the day was won for the third time in a row, by four teachers from Priory Community School - Rob Berry, Phil Marsh, George Lightwood and Justin Dodd, with a score of 80.

Team Fore came second with 79, 39 Signals came third with 79, followed by the Rotary Club of Weston (78) and 40 Commando (77).

Organisers Russ Nickells and Sue Potepa would like to say a big thank you to Worlebury Golf Club and all the teams that regularly support the event, which raised £6,438 for the Poppy Appeal.

THE Glover Cup final was a nail-biting affair at Worlebury Golf Club.

The preliminary rounds took place over the winter with the final being played in spring-like conditions. After finishing all square after 18 holes, the partnership of Ross Coyne and Rob Field won the cup beating Keri Allchurch and Simon Cowgill on the first extra hole.

The April monthly medal attracted a large field with healthy competition in all three divisions. Stuart Fawcett won Division 1 with 66, closely followed by Steve Taylor on 67 and Matt Blackman on 68.

In Division 2, James Walton had the best net score of the day, his 63 giving him a comfortable win over Alan Johnson on 72 and Pete Wyatt on 73. Division 3 produced some fine scores with Malcolm Ham winning with 65, pipping Dave Collard into second place with 66 and Paul Fillingham third on 69.

The second round of the Order of Merit took place with junior Jack Partridge recording the best score of the day. Ross Coyne and first team captain Chris Davidson came second and third respectively.

Worlebury hosted their mixed open with 62 pairs taking part, including 19 visiting teams.

Lady captain Pam Burnell welcomed the visitors and gave her thanks to all the people behind the scenes who helped to organise the event.

Results - first gross and Phillips Cup winners: Helen Clarke and Keri Allchurch (Worlebury) 32 pts; first Stableford and Delhorn Cup winners: Chris and Muriel Waldren (Stover) 44 pts; followed by Barry Newson (Worlebury) and Heather Lambert (Ilfield) 43; Lynne & Alan Johnson (Worlebury) 42; Mervyn and Sue Kinch 42; Jan Simms (Worlebury) and Chris Stephens (Brean); Ian and Barbara Lewis (The Bristol) 41.

Jennifer Gostlin from Clevedon won nearest the pin on the sixth and Robert Preedy (Kendleshire) won nearest the pin on the 12th.

Ladies’ April medal - Silver Division: Janice Hartree 77; Ginette Baker 78.

Bronze: Jan Simms 76; Michell James 81. Copper: Pam Shellard 88.

Ladies’ April Stabelford - Silver Division: Emma Limer 35 pts; Pam Burnell 35.

Bronze: Sue Kinch 37 pts; Lynn Johnson 35. Copper: Shirley Horobin 35 pts.

April monthly medal winners Stuart Fawcett (left) and Malcolm Ham (right) receiving their awards from club captain Keith Wharton.

Delhorn Cup winners Chris and Muriel Waldren with Worlebury lady captain Pam Burnell and Marnie Sweet.

THERE was a sensational result in the Martin Bull Trophy at Wedmore.

The event is a Texas scramble which always creates low scores, but this year saw the lowest ever. This was a gross 56 recorded by John Melwani, Rob Davis, Rich and James Vowles.

The round consisted of an eagle, 12 birdies and five pars and included a front nine holes with no score higher than a three. Needless to say they won by 3.9 shots from Tom Smith, Chris Norris, Dom Channon and Don Edmondson who had a 61 (nett 55.8). This put them a mere 0.1 ahead of third-placed Ange Webber, Jane Hewitt, Brian Webber and Bob Jones who had a nett 55.9.

John Sanderson took Division 1 with a 68 in the seniors’ medal. This was just one ahead of John Russell, who in turn was a shot ahead of David Bates, who was one of five players finishing on 70.

Colin Clegg won Division 2 with a fine 66 which took him two shots clear of Jim Crick in second place with Derek Osborn third on 70. Jim Sims won Division 3 with another 66, which was three ahead of John Bussell in second with Bob Dainty third on 71.

The ladies faced gale-force winds for the Barlow-Dickenson medal and the scores reflected these problems. Best scores of the day came in bronze division where Hazel Gough and Nan Watt both recorded 75, Gough taking first place on countback. Joan Peck was third with 76.

In the silver division, Aileen Robertson took first place with 77 with Liz Miller taking second place on countback from Alison Dodkin, both scoring 78.

Winners of the Martin Bull Trophy at Wedmore - John Melwani, Rob Davis, Rich and James Vowles receiving the trophy from Liz Bull and captains Tom Bennett and Deidre Wheadon watched by other prize winners.

CLUB captain Brian Read posted the best score of the day in the May medal played at Brean Golf Club.

He secured the prize for Division 2 with his 67, beating Matt Haskins by two shots. Eamonn Wynne was the winner of the top division with a splendid 68 as he enjoyed a four-shot winning margin over Murray Parsons.

Scoring was a bit higher in Division 3 and no-one played to their handicap in the tough conditions. Gordon Wheelaghan with his 73 was the victor, two clear of Nigel Hodges on 75.

The ladies played for the Presidents Putter alongside their medal. Suzanne Hatfield added another trophy to her ever-growing list of awards as she led the way from Annie Williams in second and captain Sheila Rouse took third spot.

Former club captain Dave Bradley bounced back to winning ways with the stand-out round of the day in the monthly Stableford.

He racked up 45 points during his round and this was six more than anyone else in the field could manage. Two players scored 39 points, but they both were in Division 2 alongside Bradley, so Tony Higgins had to settle for second spot while Dave Lockwood ended up third.

A small entry in Division 1 was due to the Avalon League also taking place, so Chris Fairchild’s 37 points was good enough for him to take top spot ahead of Mark Hatfield on 35.

Division 3 was also won with 37 points as Alan Marshall relegated Nigel Hodges to his second runners-up spot of the weekend.

The Division Two Avalon League side got back to winning ways at home with a hard-fought victory over local rivals Burnham & Berrow. The hosts took the honours as they defeated a strong visiting side by 3-2 with some excellent golf.

The seniors’ Stableford was comprehensively won by Tony Tissington. He racked up 46 points to win at a canter by nine from Wally Pape and Alan Marshall edged out Dai Wood on countback for third after they both had 36 points.

Tony Roper battled the strong breeze to collect the Wally Pape Bogey. Roper beat the course by three as the players play against the course. He ended one hole ahead of Barrie Tucker and third place went to Roger Phillips who ended on level.

David Haines fared the best of the Brean professionals in the 36-hole G&S PGA Championship, sponsored by Total Triumph at Cirencester GC.

He ended the day in a tie for fourth spot alongside Paul Barrington with a two round total of 142. He followed his morning round of 74 with a best of the afternoon 68. Roy Baker and Andrew March also took part, but both struggled.

March finished the highest of the Brean pro’s in the final Total Triumph Order of Merit in sixth spot, one place above Haines. Baker, in his first season as a pro, ended up in 24th spot.

March and Haines both qualify for the next season’s opening event the Wormald and Partners G&S PGA Matchplay Championship at Chipping Sodbury in September.

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