Play-off victory for Weston

Wedmore Golf Club ladies.

Wedmore Golf Club ladies. - Credit: Archant

Weston defeated Long Sutton on the second extra hole in this Mail on Sunday competition.

IN bitterly cold conditions, Weston Golf Club beat a competitive Long Sutton team in the Mail on Sunday tournament.

First out, Chris Homer lost with the last putt of the match, Steve Corrick halved despite being four down after holes holes. Sam Fernley had a terrific match, which again went down the last and lost one down.

Steve Thomas played fantastically well to secure a 4&3 win, so Weston needed a win by Andy Balcombe to force a play-off. Despite a poor drive on 18 and a bunkered second shot, his opponent called a double hit on himself and Balcombe eventually won the hole and match.

This meant a play-off with Balcombe halving the first hole and with both players hitting the second green, it looked like the 3rd beckoned. However, Balcombe holed a fine 15-foot putt which his opponent could not match.


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The ladies held their annual captain versus vice-captain team Stableford competition, with the captain’s team securing the win with an accumulative score of 464 points, a 36 point margin over the vice-captain’s team, who finished on 428.

Silver Division: Pat Rowland 36 pts; Glenda Latham 34; Wendy Homer 33; Joan Jenkinson 32. Bronze Division: Pat Murray 32; Carol Harris 30; Di Brown 29; Moira Parish 29.

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A celebration tea was also held to mark the 90th birthday of a long-standing lady member who first joined Weston Golf Club in 1957. Pam Hirst has been a member of the club for 56 years and regularly attends the club’s social events.

Now a non-playing member, Pam reduced her handicap over the years down to a respectable 16 and was an active playing member at the club for several decades.

Another cold day met the seniors for their Texas scramble, but it didn’t stop some teams from returning low scores.

The team of Matt Duffin, David Farmer, Terry Holden and Terry Whybrow won the competition with a nett 55.2. Second with 56.6 were Eddie Langford, Michael Latham, Gordon Robert and Idris Woodfine.

Third were Nick Bohin, Dave Snowden, Robin Webb and Robert Yeomans (58.6), followed by Ray Fowler, John Morgan, Gerald Taylor and Peter Sedley-Jones (59.1).

A BUSY weekend of golf took place at Worlebury with competitions on both days.

On the Saturday, the RNLI Shield was held. This is a long standing competition which attracted a field in excess of 100 competitors. This was good news for the RNLI, receiving a sizeable donation from the club.

In a tight contest, Ryan Havard playing of 13, saw off the opposition, winning with 39 points. A group of five all had 38 points with countback deciding the final placings. Craig Conway, Pete Gilpin, Phillipe Vibert, Dean Nute and Dougie Woods were all pipped by Havard.

The following day saw the monthly Stableford played on temporary greens. The third Division produced the highest scores of the day with Trevor Isaac prevailing with 44 points, beating Graham Hewlett into second place on 43 and Kenny Yam, third, on 42.

Division 2 was a close affair with three players all on 42 points, Andy Collard taking the honours on countback with Keith Knight and Paul Marsh following closely behind.

In Division 1, Steve Taylor won with 40 points with Alan Hartree second with 39 and Jim Skinner third on 38.

STEVE Payne was one of the last cards to be returned in the March monthly medal at Brean, but it turned out to be worth waiting for.

His nett 63 was two shots clear of the rest of the field on the day and secured him top spot in Division 3, with Gordon Wheelaghan second on 68.

The next best scores overall came in Division 2 as Ian Adams returned a 65 to take the win. Runner-up was junior Craig Wheelaghan, who missed out on countback Barrie Tucker collected his second medal win in three months with a 68 to beat Jason Kidley by a shot.

The cold snap arrived for the shotgun start for the Loxton Trophy as the pairs found their way to their starting points around the course.

Dave Lockwood and Steve Bateman dovetailed perfectly to win the silverware as they produced a nett 64 which was the best score of the day by four shots. Second place was decided by a countback with Neil Barker and Mo Sanders beating Dave Bradley and Gordy Wheelaghan.

Jim Wotton made light of the wet weather and the temporary closure of the ninth hole due to drainge works to rack up 39 points to win the seniors’ Stableford. Second place went to Roger Phillips on 35, with Roger Blackwell third on 34.

THE seniors’ medal at Wedmore resulted in a close finish in Division 1.

Club captain Tom Bennett was a clear winner with 40 points, although by only a single point. He was then followed by four players all with 39 points. On countback, Martin Easton was runner-up, beating Ivor Monelle, Ian Robson and John Viney.

Best score of the day was in Division 2, won by Terry Stew with 41 points. This was one ahead of Tony Metcalfe, with Derek Osborn coming third with 36. Division 3 came down to countback with John Taylor just getting the better of Clive Williams after both had scored 37 points. Richard Sanders was a shot back in third.

As usual, it was cold and wet for the ladies, but there were some good scores in their greensomes. Countback on the back nine was again needed to find the winners. Liz Sims and Caroline Patterson had a better back nine than Sue Hughes and Jennifer Kellaway, both finishing with 37 points. This put them one point ahead of Liz Hill and Liz Sims in third.

On a bitterly cold day at Weston, the ladies lost the second round of the Mail on Sunday competition to the home team, with only Sue Tarry registering any score. The cold weather did, however, produce some interesting headwear.

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