Open competitions enjoy the sunshine at Wedmore
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Wedmore Golf Club enjoyed a week of open competitions, played in glorious sunshine.
A WEEK of open competitions at Wedmore was blessed with glorious sunshine and no hole-in-ones to win the Celtic Manor golf break on offer all week.
There was, as ever, plenty of good golf. This started on the Sunday with a fantastic score of 47 points from Dom Channon and Paul Dickie in the betterball, chased all the way by mother and daughter Shirley Restorick and Linda Thomas second on 46.
The Monday Stableford brought another win for young Josh Barwell with Terry Edwards (41) and Robert Cornish (43) taking divisional honours. Top place in the ladies went to June Smith whose 38 points beat Liz Sims on countback, with Gina Falcon winning silver division with 37.
There was a close finish in the Tuesday Bowmaker with Gina Falcon, Edward Robinson, John Melwani and Jim Vearncombe, beating Brad Ruddick, Bob Jones, Ian Mann and Ben Barwell on countback after both teams finished with 87 points.
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Wednesday’s greensomes was a triumph for brothers Rich and James Vowles whose 45 points put them one point ahead of Gina Falcon and Jim Vearncombe.
Thursday was the hottest day of all and so were the scores. Overall winner was Calvon Poulton-Sadler, but his net 64 only beat both the divisional winners, Terry Edwards and Terry Millard on countback.
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The Friday Texas scramble is always the longest and busiest day of the week. The traditional tough pin positions combined with strong winds held the scoring in check, but did not stop two gross scores of 63.
The team of Simon Martin, John Clayton, Ian Lewis and Steve Fraser just prevailed in the end over visitors from Burnham and Berrow Bob Smith, Martin Milverton and John and Tom Marshfield on handicap by the smallest of margins, 57.3 to 57.6.
The week ended with another better-ball competition, with wind adding to the dry conditions finally restricting scores, but only to 43 points achieved by three pairs. Jim Dobbs with James Jackson from Worlebury prevailed on countback from Sue and Alan Chambers with visitors C & R Hird from Yeovil in third place.
Winners of the betterball competition sponsored by CJ Hole, James Jackson and Jim Dobbs, together with the sponsors, club captains Tom Bennett and Deidre Wheadon, and other prizewinners.
IN the Weston seniors’ captain’s day, Mike Hill held a shotgun start Bowmaker to aid his charity for 2013.
North Somerset Mencap benefitted by more than £300. Mike’s team of Gordon Robert and Ken Mathews also managed to sneak into the prizes in third place. The competition was won by the team of John Poole (20), Allan Tucker (12) and David Farmer (13) with 90 points.
Weston’s junior golfers were out in force in the club’s junior open. With the links course back to its best with hard fast-running fairways and firm true greens, it was difficult to score well as any shot into the rough was penalised.
A large field included boys and girls from clubs as far afield as Hagley in the West Midlands and Goring and Streatley in Buckinghamshire.
It was home player Sam Fernley who took the honours, winning the Longhop Trophy with a gross 71, which included three birdies. Harry Turner was the only other Weston player finishing in the top 10, as it was the visitors who got to grips with the difficult conditions.
Weston’s junior coaching academy is in full swing with well attended sessions on Wednesday evenings. Any junior boys or girls wanting to give golf a go are welcome at the practice ground at 4.30pm. Each sessions costs £2 and all equipment is provided.
THE ladies Centenary Trophy was played on a fine day at Worlebury Golf Club.
The scores reflected the good conditions and the winner with an excellent score of 67 (21) was Michelle James (back nine). Runner-up was Jan Simms also with a 67 (23).
July medal - Division 1: Pam Burnell 72 (15), Lisa Griffiths 72 (20). Division 2: Cheryl Saunders 71 (29); Megan Cochrane 72 (25). Division 3: Gloria Roche 75 (34).
July Stableford - Division 1: Helen Clarke 42 pts; Pam Burnell 38. Division 2: Cheryl Saunders 40; Megan Cochrane 38. Division 3: Sylvia Cook 41; Kate Brown 38.
STEVE Mason, Wally Pape and Kevin Davies led the way with the best scores of the day in the Brean monthly medal as they all returned nett 68s in the sunshine.
Both Mason and Davies collected divisional awards, but unfortunately Pape had to settle for the runners-up spot behind Davies in Division 3 after a countback.
The only other player to beat his handicap on a tough day for scoring was Neil Barker, who was second to Mason in Division 2.
Dave Porter was the victor in the top division despite only returning a nett 71 as the lower handicaps struggled in the wind and the fast-running golf course. Club champion Charlie Huggins was second, one shot behind Porter.
The ladies’ event saw captain-elect Annie Williams win from Gail Mason.
The Brean Avalon Division 2 side made the lengthy trip to Windwhistle at the Chard venue. Their hosts currently sit at the top of the table, but Brean battled hard and only lost 3-2, which is a pretty useful result in terms of league points.
Hot on the heels of last week’s home win, the success was repeated again by the Division 6 side against Frome, winning 3.5-1.5.