New captain signs in at Worlebury

WORLEBURY Golf Club held its AGM last weekend and a high turnout saw new club captain Jim Sutherland take over from Martin Green.

WORLEBURY Golf Club held its AGM last weekend and a high turnout saw new club captain Jim Sutherland take over from Martin Green.

In other appointments, Pete Nuttall relinquished his duties as match and handicap chairman to become vice- captain for the year.

John Saxby remains in office as president, as does David Lloyd as chairman and Jim Stewart as treasurer. The other club committees also retain their current chairmen of both John Keight and Jim Skinner on greens and house committees respectively.

In the absence of any nominations for a new match and handicap committee chairman, Nuttall will remain in office until someone is elected.

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Three other members were also elected to the committee, Paul Hibbard, Robbie McMillen and Mike Strang complete the line up of new club appointments.

Sutherland addressed the meeting and stated that any significant monies raised through the club in the coming year would be put back into the golf club itself, and members would have the opportunity to decide how they wish to see it spent.

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Minutes of the AGM included news of the ongoing greens work and annual subscriptions will be available for all members when ratified and published by the club committee.

Last Sunday saw the traditional captains’ drive in, where Sutherland managed a respectable 210 yards. This was followed by the competition of the day, a greensomes event.

Results: A Hartree & B Slade 47pts; R Shellard & D Isgrove 44; M Morgan & A Westren 43; G Smith E Anderson 43; C M Hill & A Nicholls 42.

Well done to winner Alan Hartree on a hole in one albatross on the seventh hole.

? THERE was a remarkable result in the seniors’ medal at the Isle of Wedmore last week.

Mike Peacock won Division 2 with a net 59, which was brilliant in itself, but what was really remarkable was that this was his fourth consecutive win in his division in the monthly medals.

John Cutter had an excellent 66 to take second place with Ron Barrett a further two shots behind in third.

There was a close finish to Division 1 with Colin Boorman just beating Derek Warn on the back nine, both players scoring net 65s. Ray Dodkin came in third with 68.

There was more excellent scoring in Division 3 where another relative newcomer to the section, Derek Osborn, did his handicap some harm by scoring a net 62. This put him five shots clear of second-placed Gordon Risk, with Tony Ireland a further shot away in third.

Some of the most enjoyable competitions of the winter months at Wedmore are the monthly mixed greensomes. The shotgun start ensures all the players finish together to enjoy a sociable drink and meal.

The frosty weather meant winter greens were in operation, but the clear sunshine made for beautiful playing conditions.

It must have been this which inspired the players because the scores were excellent. Leading the way were Jenny Thomas and Martin Olive who scored 46 Stableford points. This was just one point ahead of Deidre Wheadon and John Russell, who just clinched second place from Judy Cutter and Brad Ruddick on countback.

? IT was a weekend of Winter League action at Brean Golf Club and with the end of the qualifying period getting ever closer, players were trying to move themselves up the league table.

The frost meant the temporary greens were deployed and with the oversize holes on them many points were plundered. On Saturday, two players handed in 43 points with Roy Fletcher just edging out Jon Brewer on the back nine in Division 2.

A countback was also necessary in the top Division, as this time Graham Exton was victorious over Bob Champion after scores of 39 points each.

On Sunday, the slight thaw in the ground by midday certainly aided the later starters and the winners were among those. Cricketer Mark Elvins almost reached his half century in points but ended up one shy with 49. This was easily the best score of the day and won by three points from his playing partner Mark Fountain.

Rounding off the top three was the third member of that trio, Chris Stephens, who accumulated 44 and beat Chris Payne on countback.

The seniors’ played their re-arranged medal in a bitterly cold wind. Of those who managed to last the full round, the winner was Mike Allen with a nett 72. Runner-up was Roger Blackwell on 73 and Jim Wotton was third after his round of 75.

It was Andrew March’s turn to feature in the top three of the latest G&S PGA Medal at Weston.

March returned a level par round of 70, which left him tied with six others for third spot, two shots behind joint winners. David Haines was round in 73 and with it maintained third position in the Order of Merit overall.

? SIXTY-ONE Weston Seniors took part in a 6-6-6 Bowmaker competition.

In teams of three for the first six holes the best score counted, for the second six the best two scores and all three for the last six holes.

Results: Vic Bush, Keith Hood, David Poole 75 pts; Peter Sedley-Jones, Ken Marshall 75; Tony Willis, Keith Davey, Terry Waite 73; Steve Bennett, Mike Hill 72; Ray Harris, Ray Chambers, Dave Reynolds 69; Peter Hardaway, Dennis Longden, Trevor Knott 68; Peter Harvey, John Poole, Dave Garrett 68; Brian Whiddett, Dave Farmer 66; Tim Latchem, Frank Burns, Roy Schubert 66; Jim Blackhurst, John Morgan, Colin Dixon 66.

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