Perfect conditions for Texax scramble at Worlebury

Worlebury Golf Club winners.

Worlebury Golf Club winners. - Credit: Archant

Worlebury Golf Club seniors enjoyed near perfect conditions for their Texas scramble competition.

WORLEBURY Golf Club seniors held a Texas scramble competition in near perfect conditions.

The team of Summers, Ratajczac and Brown narrowly pipped the threesome of Treleaven, Maidment and Spearing.

In the April Stableford, Dave Clark won the first division with 39 points, the best score of the day. Second and third were Alan Hartree and Ken Williamson with 38 and 37 points respectively.

The second division was a close-run affair, John Horrobin winning with 38 points. Ken Hirst came second with 36, beating Kenny Yam on countback.

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The seniors also played a social match at Weston, but despite some close games were beaten 4.5-2.5. The home side adapted better to the tricky conditions and with local knowledge, enjoyed a fine win.

The Avalon team continued their pre-season preparations, but came unstuck against a strong first team who won 3.5-1.5. Their season starts in earnest with a home match against Stockwood Vale and skipper Tony Westren is viewing the league campaign in a positive light.

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July 20 will be a big day for club member John Blackhurst, who will partner pro Gary Marks in the PGA regional qualifier at Bovey Castle Golf Club. John was runner-up in the club qualifier, but will take the place of the winner Martin Wilyman, who is unavailable.

John Blackhurst (far right) at the presentation of prizes.

A FIELD of 99 players played in the club monthly Stableford at Weston, with 32 players playing to within one shot of their handicap or better.

It was good to see Trevor Doyle returning to the winner’s enclosure, from Peter Hardaway and Martyn Forman.

Results: Trevor Doyle 39 pts; Peter Hardaway 39; Martyn Forman 38; Roy Schubert 38; Andy Gill 37; Luke Bliss 37; Gavin Somers 37;Kevin Jones 37; Roy Turner 37; Jack Radcliffe 37.

In almost spring-like conditions, Idris Woodfine returned an excellent 38 points to win the April seniors’ Stableford on countback from Eddie Langford.

Results: Idris Woodfine 38 pts; Eddie Langford 38; David Snowdon 37; Tony Barry 37; Peter Alcock 36; David Andow 36;, Gary Homer 36;Matthew Duffin 36;Derek Goldie 36.

SENIOR Roger Phillips produced the round of his life to rise to the top of the leaderboard in Sunday’s Super Series Stableford at Brean.

He accumulated an amazing 51 points to win by eight clear points and along the way holed in one at the short 17th using his hybrid.

Mark Hatfield had to settle for the runners-up prize after his excellent round of 43 which on most other days would have been easily good enough to win. Third place was settled by countback as Stewart Garrett beat Graham Foy on the back nine.

The first-ever president’s day at Brean Golf Club was deemed as a great success by all involved in the event.

The House family wanted to mark the passing of both founding Brean Golf Club presidents, Bert House and Marie House, and they presented the wonderful Presidents Trophy for everyone to play for in their memory.

The weather was set fair as 37 pairs tackled the course as they played a betterball format. Bob Masterman and Nigel Hodges won the event on countback from Rob Price and Tony Smith, both pair scoring 44 points.

Third place went to Jenny Vaughan and Dave Porter on 43, ahead of another mixed pair in Chris Payne and Debbie Windmill on 42.

Husband and wife duo of Mark and Suzanne Hatfield both ended up as winners in the April monthly medal. Mark recorded a nett 66 to take top spot in Division 2 and Suzanne took the ladies event with another sub-par round. Murray Parsons was another to shoot a nett 66 on his way to securing the Division 1, but the best score of the day came in Division 3 where Kieran Franklin posted a superb nett 63.

Running in conjunction with the medal is the Brean Masters competition, which sees the medal winners of the previous 12 months in the three divisions compete for the trophy.

This year a countback was needed to decide the winner and Paul McLanaghan beat Murray Parsons to the title. Ladies’ captain Sheila Rouse won the event for the second time in three years.

Brean seniors, ably led by captain Roger Williams, have won both of their opening two home inter-club fixtures. Taunton Vale were downed by a scoreline of 4.5-1.5 at the Leisure Park before the home team established a commanding lead in the first leg of this year’s KingBrean Trophy.

They will travel to Kingweston later in the season with a three point lead to defend after winning the home leg by a comfortable 4.5-1.5 scoreline.

ALL teams are well into their stride at Wedmore with promising starts.

The men’s A team are through second round of the Somerset Bowl after beating Oake Manor 3-2 at Burnham and have also made an excellent start in the Avalon League, beating Brean by 11-1.5 in their opening game. The B team also started well with an away draw at Wheathill, giving them 8.5 points to the home team’s six.

The ladies lost interest in the knockouts, losing to Mendip in a close match at Saltford, but they did have a strong start in the Alliance League beating Orchardleigh by the convincing margin of 13-1. The newly promoted B team went down 5-10 in their opening game to Tracey Park.

The seniors’ looked as if they might just take away Farrington’s 2.5 year unbeaten home record, but with the scores tied at 3.5 each, narrowly lost the match with the final game.

Back at Wedmore, seniors captain Paul Burkhill and assistant pro Carole Pope took on allcomers in the captain/pro challenge. Unfortunately this was not too challenging as other pairs had some cracking results. Winners were Steve Lawrence and Barry Royal whose 43 points just beat Brian Crosby and Phillip Wren on countback. Brian Kidd and Chris McGowan came third on 41.

The ladies played greensomes in an Australian spoons competition organised by the Ladies Golf Union. With the prospect of a trip to Launceston for the next round, there was plenty to play for.

Ronnie Follenfant and Linda Roberts set the early pace with 30 points, eventually finishing third. Ahead of them were the pairings of Ange Webber and Hazel Gough and Ann Adams and Diane Miller, both scoring 33 points, with the latter going through on countback.

Winners of the Wedmore senior’s captain /pro challenge, together with professional Carole Pope and captain Paul Burkhill.

PARALYMPIC gold medallist Aled Davies opened the new teaching studio at Weston Golf Club.

Head professional Ben Lock has taken over the running and management of the pro shop and created the new teaching studio.

The day saw members try their luck on the new Foresight Sports GC2 launch monitor with the longest drive competition. This was won by Sam Fernley with a 291-yard carry.

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