Local pair triumph at Wedmore open week

ISLE of Wedmore have had an increased entry for their open week.

ISLE of Wedmore have had an increased entry for their open week.

The first event was the four ball better ball supported by long-term sponsor Jeff Brown. There was a little cloud and rain for the early starters but otherwise the conditions were perfect. As a result, the scores were exceptional, with not even 43 points being sufficient to guarantee a prize.

Home players dominated the prizes, but there was a strong performance from Peter and Valerie Field from Wrotham Heath in Kent whose score of 43 won fourth place on count-back from Rich and James Vowles (fifth) and Andrew Midgley and Gina Falcon (sixth).

Second and third could also only be separated on count-back with Malcolm Tanner and David Poynor just pipping Jeff Bulcock and Wayne Puleston, both of whom might have expected to win with 44 points.

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The winners were the increasingly formidable pairing of Fiona Beattie and Mathew Shaw who have been regular winners this year. Their 45 points left them clear at the top of the field. Fortunately for the rest of us, Fiona is now working and is not playing again until next Saturday.

The Wedmore Ladies' Rogers Cup team challenge ended in the quarter-finals when they lost to a strong Wells team at Worlebury. The final result of 5-2 did not tell the whole story.

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The opening two matches were lost, but Claire Biggs then recorded a 3 and 2 victory and Liz Hill equalised the scores down the nineteenth having never been ahead in her match. Sue Tarry had a chance of a win at 18 but her opponent got a half and then went on to win at the first extra hole.

When Judy Cutter narrowly lost the match was over, but in the final game Chris Simpson had typically fought back from five down to be all square at the end of 18 and the game was only conceded as the match was already lost.

MENDIP Spring club captain David Bate and lady captain Pauline Cornish

chose to support the West of England Multiple Sclerosis Centre

in Nailsea this year.

The centre was established in 1985 to provide support and relief of symptoms to people with MS and their supporters.

Earlier this year the club hosted an evening of firewalking which raised

a substantial sum but now golf came to the fore with 25 teams competing

in a bowmaker. The winners were Colin and Justin Fear partnered by John Webb and Dick Dyer. The day raised over �3000 for the centre.

WORLEBURY June Monthly Medal was dominated by junior players.

Results: Division 1, Liam Flood 61 nett; Mat Pearson 64; Simon Demsey 67. Division 2, Ryan Jones 66; Clive Thorne 67; Trevor Davies 68. Division3, Ron Stevens 66; Rob Bartlett 66; Nick Rowdon 68.

WESTON Midweek Stableford, Division 1: M Mantell 42 points; S J Wyllie 41; A Royle 38; L King 37; M Evans 36; J James 35; D Disney 34; J Greaves 32; C Halal 32; T Marnock 32; S Blackaller 32; D Keegan 32; N Phippen 31; P Allen 30; D Hughes 30; A Tucker 30; R Magor 30.

BURNHAM and Berrow are hosting the prestigious Tillman Trophy this week.

The 72-hole ranking tournament started on Tuesday with 120 competitors of scratch or better teeing off from 7.30am. The second round was Wednesday and the top 40 then qualify for the final 36 holes today (Thurs).

Local players Justin Lane and David Gregory from the host club, who both play off scratch, are looking to do well on their own course.

This is the fifth time Burnham have hosted this tournament with past winners including Peter Baker in 1986.

The Tillman Trophy was started in 1980 as a result of Bill Tillman who was sitting on the EGU's championship committee at the time and was determined that amateurs should make the big switch to the 1.68in American style ball from the old 1.62in ball. He faced strong opposition from the largely conservative body.

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