Paul wins the Coronation Cup at Worlebury

Wedmore Golf Club winners.

Wedmore Golf Club winners. - Credit: Archant

Avalon captain Paul Hibbard won the Coronation Cup at Worlebury Golf Club.

THE Coronation Cup is a board competition at Worlebury and always draws a large entry.

Some excellent scores were recorded, with reigning club champion and two handicapper Josh Freeman, having the round of the day, a brilliant gross 66 (nett 64). This was only good enough to give him third place, however, being pipped by Chris Whittle on countback who also had a fine round.

The winner was the Avalon captain, Paul Hibbard, playing off 13, who returned a gross 72, his best score at Worlebury since joining the club in 2007. This gave him an amazing nett score of 59. Paul’s round was based on his ability to get up and down from off the green together with four birdies.

Pete Gilpin also had a gross 72 and took fourth place on countback from David Blackhurst, with a nett 66.

The first of two Pro Trophy qualifiers was held with members taking to the course in an effort to beat club professional Gary Marks’ score. With a stiff breeze developing during the course of the day, he carded a 76 gross.

This allowed 38 members to qualify for the final in early August. The event was won by 17 handicapper Mark Lyons with an excellent nett 62. In second place was Phil Stone with a 65 and veteran Keith Thomas third on 66. Pete Gilpin was fourth with a nett 67.

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Worlebury welcomed The Mendip for the annual centenary challenge between the two clubs, who were both founded in 1908.

The contest has tended to go with home advantage, but The Mendip bucked the trend with a convincing away win on this occasion. The result however, was of secondary importance, as old friendships were renewed and the players enjoyed plenty of banter over dinner.

Paul Hibbard had a less happy day captaining the Avalon team in a league match away to Minehead. The 4-1 defeat was closer than the scoreline suggests, with two games being lost on the final hole.

The Stragglers season is underway which, on the social front, has been highly enjoyable if not matched by the results on the courses. A win was recorded at home to Shirehampton, but away losses were suffered against Wells, Bristol and Clifton and Weston.

The seniors have also had a number of social matches, the latest of which was an away loss at The Bristol.

WESTON’S monthly medal played in a stiff breeze, with some players managing to beat par.

Division 1 winner was Eddie Langford with nett 68, followed by Andy Gill on 70, winning on the back nine from Aussie Denison and Steve Thomas also on 70.

The second division saw some good scores too, with winner Mark Davie on 66, second was Peter Hardaway on 69, winning on the back nine from Derek Goldie, with Paul Walsh and Keith Davie on 70.

The first team launched their campaign in the Bristol & District League at Clevedon, but lost 3.5 to 1.5 in horrendous conditions.

The club’s Stragglers team played at home against Clevedon and won 4-1, while the Somerset Bowl team played Salford at Mendip Spring, also winning 4-1, with Pete Allen and Dave Edwards winning 5&4, Neil Watkins and Richard Harris winning 3&1, Stephen Smith and Rob Brenchley lost 1 down, Ashley Collis and Darren Henderson won two up, with Andrew Balcombe and Adrian Edwards winning at the 19th.

The team now progress to the next round where they will play Minehead at Burnham. Weston took part in the Bristol & District Hi-Lo Foursomes at The Bristol. The team came third on 123 Stableford points, with Dan Toogood and Alex Fry winning the individual with 35 points.

The week culminated in the club hosting a county match between Somerset and Devon. Somerset won 11-4 with an additional bonus of both Weston players Sam Fernley and Dan Toogood winning both of their matches.

A BUSY week at Wedmore saw two major competitions taking place.

First of these was the ladies’ open bowmaker with players from across the South West vying for the prizes. Taking the visitors’ prize with 71 points were a team from Tall Pines, Liz Blackwell, Sheila Rouse and Sue Wright.

Shirley Gooding from Wedmore was partnered by Lynn Jeffries and Jan Street from Wheathill and they took fourth place with 75 points, two behind third-placed Saybria Sims, Sue Hughes and Judy Cutter from Wedmore.

A Wedmore team also took second place, Vera Ireland, Alison Buckton and Sue Tarry scoring 77 points. One point ahead of this and the eventual winners were Carol Lewis from Wedmore, with visitors Lesley Moore and Liz Shields from Farrington.

The next big event was the annual gross score competition for the King Alfred and Queen Elizabeth Cups.

A strong wind made scoring tough, so the winning score of 77 from Ben Barwell, containing 15 pars was a fine effort. Robert Cornish had another outstanding round of 80 to take second place, ahead of Rob Davis and John Russell. Geoff Fisher took the nett prize on the back nine with a 71.

There was a tight finish in the ladies’ competition with Dawn Chadwick just getting the better of Liz Hill by a single shot with a round of 87. Alison Dodkin was third on 90, while Wendy Lucas took the nett prize with 72.

In easier conditions earlier in the week, Tony Glover won the seniors’ Stableford Division 1 with 66, two better than Mike Munns and John Russell. Captain Jim Crick won Division 2 with 69, ahead of John Hogan and Philip Springfield, while in a close finish to Division 3, Clive Williams beat Ray Tomlins on countback, with David Adams in third.

The busy week ended with the club Stableford with divisional wins coming from Mark Cornish, Grahame Cox and Jon Webster, while Catherine Nicholson won the ladies ahead of Chris Simpson and Georgia Pope.

THE Upton and Scott Trophy at Brean saw a change this year from its usual format of being a matchplay knockout event.

Captain Stuart Wills and his captain-elect Andy Thomas headed the leaderboard with 42 points, two ahead of Tony Richards and Andy Chapple on 40. This was decided after a countback with Stewart Garrett and Nigel Ellis also returning that score.

Steve and David Jones were the final pair to progress with 39. The Jones’s will now face the leading qualifiers Wills and Thomas in the first semi-final, while the second and third placed duos face each other in the second semi.

Forty points was the leading score in May Stableford. Both Division 2 and 3 were won with that score. Mats Mattsson took the Division 2 award and runner-up was Ron Vine on 38.

Marc Birt played steadily as he matched Mattsson’s score to win the third flight and was three clear of runner-up Alan Marshall.

The biggest winning margin came from Phil Hodgson in Division 1. In a smaller than usual entry due to an Avalon League match, he scored a solid 37 points to lead home Richard Triscott by six. Debbie Windmill recovered from a difficult start to take the ladies win ahead of Rhea Isom.

In the aforementioned Avalon League match, the team made the lengthy trip across to Orchardleigh and came away with a 4-1 defeat. Team captain Steve Bateman and Dave Porter secured Brean’s only point.

Just under 20 seniors battled for the May Stableford. Scoring was particularly good considering the testing conditions with club chairman Tony Roper winning with a superb 38 points.

He was two clear of a trio of players who matched the par of 36. With a countback used to separate them, it emerged that Pat Mullholland took second ahead of Barrie Tucker,with Dai Wood having to settle for fourth spot.

Bob Hurrell led his seniors’ team to a comfortable win over the Minehead Warreners the following day at home. They battled the strong wind to win by 4.5 games to 1.5.

In the third and final event of the week, Pat Mullholland was the winner of the Wally Pape Bogey on its first staging since the passing of the popular former seniors’ chairman.

Mullholland made his winning score over the front nine holes where he was six better than the course by the turn. He maintained this position on the homeward run to pip Barrie Yearsley by one. Ken Ponter finished on +4 to take third place.

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