Newly-turned professional Dan makes a fine start

Weston Golf Club winners.

Weston Golf Club winners. - Credit: Archant

Dan Toogood, a newly-turned professional at Weston, made a winning start to his career at Chipping Sodbury.

IT HAS been a busy week at Weston Golf Club, with newly-turned professional Dan Toogood taking a team to Chipping Sodbury and winning the pro-am competition with 93 points.

The team of Steve Corrick, Chris Homer and Darren Henderson joined Dan, who secured a top 20 place overall in his first major event as a professional.

The Bristol Trophy produced a quality field with over 100 players taking to the links for the final single honours board competition of the season.

The overall winner was Hong Chow with nett 61. In Division 1, the winner was junior captain George Worthington with gross 68 (nett 64). Second was Martin Preddy with 66 and Graham Osman came in third with a 67.

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In Division 2, the winner was Hong Chow with David Snowdon runner-up with a 67 and Peter Davie third on 68.

Also this week, Weston county player Sam Fernley jetted off to the USA, taking up his golf scholarship. The club wish him luck and look forward to monitoring his progress.

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In team golf, the seniors’ Somerset Bowl team were narrowly beaten 3-2 after a play-off against Taunton & Pickeridge, but the men’s team fared better with a 3-2 win. They now play neighbours Burnham & Berrow in the final.

The club entertained The Glamorganshire in their annual match, with Weston victorious 4.5 to 1.5. The Avalon teams were also in action this week. The A team lost 3-2 at Stockwood Vale and the B team drew at Wheathill.

County champion Jade Cope joined 63 players for the silver meeting at Long Sutton. After a nervous start, she settled down and had a tremendous round with some startling shots to the green. Jade won the Cairns Cup for the best gross with 72 and the Jenny Hobbs Trophy for best nett with a 70. She took second place for the best nett overall and also managed two twos.

The ladies’ 666 bowmaker was won by the team of Kath Farrant, Vicki Brewin and Jan Bishop with 66. Runners-up were Jade Cope, Alysia Rees and Ruth Forte with 64 and in third place were Sally Brosnan, Zena Balcombe and Di Walker with 63.

The ladies’ Alliance B team played at home to current league leaders Long Ashton. The Weston ladies showed real determination and battled it out in dry, but windy conditions and halved the match overall.

The mixed friendly was almost postponed due to torrential rain, but this eased off after a while and an enjoyable day was had by both Weston and visitors Shirehampton, resulting in an honourable half.

ONCE more there was a variety of activity on offer at Worlebury, with a charity event, ladies away day, junior club championship, Somerset Ladies County Golf Association Junior Girls Championship and a country and western evening.

It was the ladies who took centre stage with captain, Maxine Gardiner, taking the section to the Kendleshire for the annual away day and the club hosting the girls’ county championship.

The ladies’ day was enjoyed by all on a beautiful course in lovely weather. Thirty-two ladies played a four-ball betterball competition, enjoying a delicious meal afterwards

Results: Emma Bourton and Amanda Cook 46 pts; Julie Knight and Trish Smith 42; Ginette Bright and Sam Hewlett 39; Shirley Horobin and Pam Douel 39. Nearest the pins: Jenny Johnson 9th hole (bronze). Emma Bourton 11th hole (silver).

By comparison, it was a nasty wet day for the 12 competitors who braved the elements for the SLCGA Junior Girls Championship at Worlebury. All 12 completed their round and should be congratulated on their staying power.

Special congratulations to junior champion, five-handicapper Bella White, from Lansdown, who returned a gross 79 and also to Jess Hayes from Bath, who took the Under-15 Championship with a gross 85.

Other prize winners were - championship runner-up, Isabelle Hansford; best nett: Abby Gray (both from Farrington) and best Stableford score: Harriet Lockley (Isle of Wedmore).

Former ladies’ captain, Hazel Cox won the Secretary Cup with 36 points, but it was a close finish with countback neeed to decide the placings. She edged out Gloria Roche and Carol Miles to take the trophy.

The August Stableford was held simultaneously, with Emma Bourton winning the Division 1 with 35 points. Captain Maxine Gardiner pipped her vice-captain, Michelle James, to take second place, both scoring 33 points.

Hazel won Division 2, with Janet Keight second and Pauline Smith third, both having 29 points. Gloria won Division 3, pipping Carol on countback with Joyce Tiney third on 32.

The ladies’ weekend Stableford was won by the consistent Sam Hewlett with 37 points, with Lynne Johnson second on 28.

A full field turned out for the annual Mary Collard golf event, which was held on a glorious sunny day. Organised by members Andy and Sue Collard in the memory of their daughter, Mary, who died from bone cancer, this has been a well supported day with members and the community coming together to raise valuable funds for the Bone Cancer Research Trust.

The day included a golf trickshot show from David Haines and was followed by a social in the clubhouse in the evening with entertainment, an auction and a raffle. An incredible sum of almost £12,000 was raised and is a credit to Sue, Andy and their helpers for organising such a highly successful event.

The junior club championship was won by Jack Partridge, with Sam Grant taking the nett competition. Jack returned a gross 76 in the morning to hold a narrow one-shot lead over Jack Butterfield.

His skill and experience came to the fore in the afternoon session with a fine 73 to win the championship comfortably. The round included 15 pars and only three bogies. Jack Butterfield was runner-up with junior captain, Charlie Camper, who has missed much of the season recuperating from illness, making a welcome return and coming in third.

Sam Grant, playing off 20, had two good rounds of nett 65 and 68 to win the championship by two shots from Jack Partridge. This has led to a well-deserved reduction in Sam’s handicap to 17. Reece Landen had two good rounds of 67 and 69 to take third place.

Old friendships and rivalries resumed when the seniors entertained Wells in their latest social match. Despite captain Mike Williams and Bob Webber, going down rather heavily, the team rallied to record a convincing win 5-2. Ron Jamieson and Fred Spearing top scored with a 4&3 win.

The week ended in splendid style with a country and western evening. An excellent meal was followed by excellent entertainment by the much acclaimed duo, Souls ‘n’ Stone.

A WEEK of contrasting weather at Wedmore started in glorious sunshine for the seniors’ monthly Stableford.

The sun shone most on the lower handicappers with Tom Bennett shining brightest, particularly over the back nine where he completed the last five holes in one under par gross.

He finished with a birdie two to total 43 points, two better than the chasing pack. Tony Biggs took second place, his 41 being equalled by Michael Smith, who just lost out on countback.

A close finish to Division 2 saw Chris Donald just pip Richard Blake on countback after both scored 39 points. Frank Denniston was just one point back in third place.

There were high scores in Division 3 as well, with Colin Clegg, enjoying a purple patch at the moment, scoring 43 points to take first place by two points from Trevor Stone, with Gordon Risk another point back in third place.

Later in the week, the weather had worsened a touch but it was still warm enough for the ladies’ Team Trophy, a bowmaker played in teams of three.

Leading the way was the team of Janis Lawrence, Esme Gulliver and Pam Berry with 81 points. This was just one point better than runners-up Alison Owen, Gay McWhinney and Ruth Pearson. With a pleasing logic, the third placed team of Sue Tarry, Shirley Gooding and Saybria Sims were a further shot behind on 79.

The weather was progressing downwards though and the heavy rain caused the abandonment of the club medal, leaving a group of wet and disappointed players to dry out in the clubhouse.

THE August seniors’ Stableford at Brean required a countback to separate the leading three players after they had all posted 40 points.

In-form Pete Douglas had the better back nine and was declared the winner ahead of runner- up Barry Fisher. Charlie Hastie was the third player on the leading number, but he had to be content with third spot.

On a pleasant summer’s evening, the ladies and seniors teams locked horns for their annual match. Played over nine holes before retiring to the clubhouse, the seniors won a close contest, but one which was played in a great friendly spirit.

A WESTON golfer will have no excuse for missing his next tee-time after winning a limited-edition BOSS watch for achieving a hole-in-one.

Ryan Bartlett, aged 26, scored his ace on the 168-yard, par-three 10th at Bleadon Hill, and the eight-handicapper was rewarded with membership of the exclusive BOSS Watches H1Club and a specially-commissioned, commemorative timepiece.

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