Presentation evening at Worlebury

Worlebury Golf Club recently held their presentation evening.

WORLEBURY Golf Club held its annual trophy day, a silverware presentation evening overseen by club captain Jim Sutherland and vice-captain Pete Nuttall, to honour all of the winners of this year’s board competitions.

Winners were - club champion and Bisdee Cup: Simon Dempsey; Papworth Cup: Harry Rowlands; Jubilee Shield: Rob Berry; Jubilee Cup: Clive Wilson; Glover Cup: Ken Hanson and Steve Buckley; Pro Trophy: Joe Dale; Coronation Cup: Terry Bradley; Battle of Britain Cup: Nick Strickland; Payne Flag Cup: Steve Buckley.

Scratch Salver: Simon Dempsey; Tolladine Cup: Sean Spearing; Murphy Cup: Richard Godwin; Mike Tilke Putter: Paul Simmonds; Commemoration Cup: Dario Flood and Lewys Charles; Centenary Trophy: Steve Gray; Petty Cup: Richard Godwin; Founders Cup: Matt Blackman; Foursomes Cup: Ross Coyne and Chris Blackman; Bert Dunstan Cup: Peter and Simon Gilpin.

A large field also turned out during an exceptionally warm and sunny November day for the day’s competition, a three-man bowmaker.

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Results: Steve Gray, Stuart Lock, Simon Gilpin 83pts; Paul Simmonds, Pete Gilpin, Dave Mellor 82; Rich Brown, Max Pitcher, Pete Nuttall 81; Rob McMillen, Rich Godwin, Mick McManners 80; Josh Freeman, Joe Dale, Alex Winn 80.

THE second change of captaincy took place at Wedmore last week as the seniors held their AGM.

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Retiring captain Tony Biggs was able to look back on a winning season in the team matches, but not to a winning day. It was the incoming captain, Peter Laney, and his team who claimed victory in the traditional precursor to the meeting, the match between the captain and vice-captain’s teams.

The margin of victory was eight points, 556-548, but enough to suggest that the team will be in good hands next year.

Cathy Olive, who had taken over as ladies’ captain the week before got her year off to a winning start by winning the first competition of the year, a Stableford.

She just beat Saybria Sims on countback, both scoring 34 points. Alison Dodkin finished third in the silver division with 31 points. Thirty-four points was also good enough to win the bronze division for Hazel Gough, with Maggs Willetts second on 32 and Esme Gulliver two shots further back in third.

Saturday was the club monthly medal and the almost windless conditions produced some good scores. Russell Shaw won Division 1 with a net 65. Martin Stephens had the best gross score of the day, a two over par 72 which gave him a net 67 and second place.

Geoff Fisher was pushed into third on countback. There was a close finish in Division 2 which was won by Mark Higginbottom with a 67, just a point clear of Danny Guyatt and Tony Biggs, the places being settled on countback.

Best score of the day though was in Division 3, won by John Vowles with a nett 64. This meant that Kevin Stacy, despite recording an excellent 65, could only finish runner-up with Pete Beavan two shots further back in third.

There was only a small field of ladies, but they put together some good results. Dawn Chadwick won with a two-under par 70, with Marlyn Jackson a shot back in second and Alison Dodkin a further shot away in third.

WESTON Golf Club seniors Alan Holt qualifier results: Pete Berry 81 (15) 66; Ray Chambers 86 (16) 70; Tony Barry 81 (11) 70; Ray Harris 81 (11) 70; John Morgan 82 (12) 70; David Andow (10) 70; Alan Tucker 82 (12) 70; Tom Bacon 85 (15) 70.

Pete Berry and Ray Chambers qualify for the quarter-finals of the knockout stage of the competition.

BARRY Tucker is in a rich vein of form at Brean.

His victory came in the latest round of the Winter League as he scorched to a 45 point total and reduced his handicap to 11 in the process. Second place went to Phil Hodgson, who like Tucker, saw his handicap drop by one.

He carded 41 points which edged him ahead of two players finishing on 40. Mike Sutton took third over Ian Adams as he had the superior back nine score.

Tucker took two runners-up spots in the two seniors’ events last week as well. Firstly he followed Ron Vine home in the medal and then after teaming up with Mike Haskins, he again finished second in the Betterball Bogey Winter League event.

Vine handed in an excellent nett 66 to secure the medal ahead of Tucker on 68. Only two other players broke 70 as Charlie Doherty edged Wally Pape on countback for third.

Two days later in the Winter League, Jim Wotton and John Sherwood beat the course impressively by 10 in the Betterball Bogey. One behind that was Tucker and Haskins with a +9 score and also a card showing an amazing clean sweep of birdie two’s on the four par threes. Third place went to Tony Roper and John Bowman on +8.

In the Turkey Betterball, Bob Masterman and Graham Foy sorted their Christmas lunch as they dovetailed to perfection to accumulate 47 points. Two points behind them were Foy’s son Mike Carter and his partner Roy Baker, with Stuart Wills and Martyn Cahill two points further behind them in third.

The second event was the Turkey Greensomes and this was won by Eamonn Wynne and Steve Bateman with 45 points. Runners-up were the pairing of Brian Read and Andy Chan who finished one point shy of the winning total. Foy and Masterman took third on this occasion.

Fog caused the planned PGA Medal at Cotswold Hills to be re-located a few miles down the road to Cirencester last week. Andrew March was unaffected by the change of venue as he recorded another top four finish after a round of two under par 68.

This kept him in second position in the Order of Merit. Fellow Brean pro David Haines was four shots further back on 72, but still inside the top 10.

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