Prestigious foursomes match held at Weston

Weston Golf Club.

Weston Golf Club. - Credit: Archant

Weston Golf Club played host to the annual foursomes match against the Senior Golfers’ Society.

The prestigious annual foursomes match played over 36 holes between Weston golf Club and the Senior Golfers’ Society was a great success.

The match was won by the visitors, but the big winner on the day was friendship. The highlight of the day was to see the president of English Golf, Marian Rae, playing for the visiting team. Marian is the first lady to ever hold the position of president of English Golf.

The men’s Avalon A lost 3-2 to a competitive Brean A side. Starting well, Mikey Brueford and Scott McKechnie won 4&3, while. Tony McEvoy took new player Kerry Kimitri under his wing, but succumbed to a 2&1 defeat.

Paul Burns snatched a win with an 8ft putt for his par on the 18th, but Matt Mitchell’s personal highlight was a superb 10ft eagle putt on 13. Ollie Finch and Gary Hutton lost their match, as did Pete Hardaway and Sean Frost, on his first outing for Avalon, going down 2&1.

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The B team keeps rolling on after a superb 5-0 home win against Long Sutton, keeping up their 100 per cent winning record so far.

Darren Henderson and Chris Homer won 5&4, with new pairing Gary Homer and Ian Goldsworthy winning 2&1.

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John Stokes backed up Paul O’Hara for a 3&2 win, while unbeaten pairing Steve Dowden and Steve Corrick had an easy 6&5 win, leaving the final pairing of Jack Radcliffe and Alan Harris to complete the rout.

The men’s first team played their second match in the B&D League with a convincing win over Chipping Sodbury 4.5 to 0.5.

Liam May and Chris Evans won 5&3, Ian Hudson and Dave Edwards 4&3, Glenn Taylor and Roy Turner one up, Jack Radcliffe and Rob Chalker 6&5, while Ashley Collis and Nigel Browne finished all square.

The ladies have completed two friendly matches, winning at home against Worlebury and a narrow defeat at Clevedon.

A special mention to Kaylee Davey, who is playing really well, winning both her matches, partnering Di Walker against Worlebury and Pat Murray at Clevedon.

The ladies’ Stableford brought in some high scores and handicap adjustments. Terry Blackhurst won with an impressive 41 points, Kaylee Davey was runner-up with 40 and Jean Cooper came in third also with 40. June Phillips won the Betty Butler Cup with the best three cards between October and March.

The ladies A team won their match at home to Thornbury, gaining eight valuable points in the league.

The seniors’ Derrick Wood Trophy attracted a large field of 61 on a dry but chilly morning. The winner with a nett 67 was Graeme Somerville. Eddie Langford claimed second place with a 69, with John Atherton and Roger Magor third and fourth respectively.

This weekend sees the clubs first two opens of the season with a chance to win a holiday for four to the Emerald Isle. On Sunday it is the Centenary Trophy, 36 holes of scratch, late entries will be accepted by calling the club 01934 626968. All other opens are available on line at

Three of Worlebury’s teams were in action with mixed fortunes.

The Somerset Bowl team, with a nucleus of the side who won the trophy two years ago, had a good win against Cricket St Thomas, at the neutral venue of Cannington.

Under the captaincy of Mark Otterburn and buoyed by the return of the two travellers, Josh Freeman and Alex Winn, the team won comfortably in the end.

Alex, partnered by Joe Dale, romped home 8&7 and Josh, with Simon Demsey, despite having to give seven shots to a strong pairing, gained a creditable half.

The captain played his part winning with John Wright. Regular partners, Keri Allchurch and Martin Green, also proved too strong for their opposition. The youthful pairing of Mattie Blackman and Josh Partridge narrowly lost out.

Otterburn’s talented team, with a good blend of youth and experience, go to their next match against Mendip Spring at Clevedon, with confidence.

The Avalon Royals, having been promoted from Division 7 last year at the first time of asking, lost 4-1 at Vivary Park, despite a spirited performance.

Vice-captain James Marshall, ably partnered by Tom Main, recovered well from being two down after three holes, to record the team’s solitary win, 5&4.

Mark Puddy and Ben Dolbear battled hard to come back from three down to all square after 17 holes, but lost out to a brilliant birdie on the last. Two of the other matches were close, with Vivary making local knowledge count.

Worlebury have entered a team in the newly-formed seniors section of the Avalon League. Under the captaincy of Tony Westren, they entertained Mendip Spring and won a close match 3-2.

The captain led from the front winning one up with Rob McMillen. Pete Cornish and Mick McManners also had a good win with Keri Allchurch/Gerry Miles and Pete Melhuish/Mike Holley securing vital halves.

The seniors’ social matches continue unabated and with the captain Ron Stevens, away, the team has been led by Barry Newson and John Yates, who have filled in admirably.

Bristol and Clifton and Enmore Park visited and both highly enjoyable matches ended four apiece.

The ladies held a monthly medal which saw Lynne Johnson play well to win the Division 2, her nett 69 the best score of the day. Ladies’ captain Michelle James, won Division 1 and Judith Nicol, third division.

Louise Goodrum won the weekend medal, pipping Angela Bagley and Eunice McAdams on countback.

There was a full turnout for the men’s April Stableford with Royals player James Marshall continuing his domination of Division 1, winning his third competition since the turn of the year.

His impressive haul of 42 points gave him a two-point winning margin over Paul Lawrence, who beat Ross Coyne on countback.

Jack Allen, after a winter lay-off, came back in style to win Division 2 with 38 points. Mark Puddy took second place on countback from John Jones, both scoring 36.

It was close in Division 3, with Frank Woolman’s 37 points winning on countback from Bob Saddler and Dave Brown third with 36.

The swinging sixties were celebrated at Worlebury with a full clubhouse rocking to the sound of Bristol band the Mystics. Many of the partygoers stepped back in time and dressed for the occasion.

The golfing week at Wedmore started with seniors’ captain Mike Tanswell and professional Nick Pope taking on all-comers in the captain/pro challenge.

They came in with a respectable 33 points which left them a good way behind the leaders. There was a close race for second place with three pairs all scoring 41 points. Countback over the back nine saw Jim Crick and Derek Moody in fourth place, behind Bob Cotgrove and Martin Blackmore, with David Russell and Philip Horn taking the runners-up spot.

Clear leaders by two points, however, were Tony Roe and Tony Biggs with 43 points, including a burst of 20 points on the first seven holes.

The ladies were also playing pairs, this time four-ball better-ball. Again there were some good scores and a close finish, although countback was not needed this time.

Third place went to Liz Hill and Rachel Lockley with 39 points, which put them one point behind runners-up Jenny Cornwell and Ronnie Follenfant. Winners with an excellent 41 points were Helen Tanswell and Sue McDonald.

The monthly medal saw a relatively small field and without any brilliant scoring, despite good course conditions. Best scores, as well as the closest finish, came in Division 3 with three players all on nett 68.

Countback put Don Sarjant in third despite a birdie on the last with Terry Simpson again in the places, this time second behind winner Keith Thomas.

Sixty-eight was also the winning score in Division 1, this time from Tom Smith finishing two shots ahead of runner-up Dom Smith. John Russell was third on 72.

Dom Channon’s 73 was good enough to win Division 2 ahead of Charles Woodard on 75 and Bobby Jones on 76. Pam Berry had the best score of the day among the ladies.

Brean Golf Club captain Andy Thomas led his team to victory in Andrew March’s annual pro’s day.

Playing alongside Steve Bateman and Thomas’ regular partners Stuart Wills and Paul McLanaghan, they romped home in the Las Vegas scramble. Their gross score of 58 was the best of the day and not surprisingly their nett score was too by almost three strokes.

Runners-up were Simon Baunton, Steve Eley, Dave Porter and Phil Hodgson, who are also specialists at the format. Shot of the day however came from the third-placed quartet as Scott Lismore aced the new par three 17th. It was Lismore’s first-ever hole in one. His sweetly struck hybrid tee shot into the breeze disappeared into the hole 176 yards away.

In total, five teams beat the eam of March, assistant Dan Keitch, Dan’s father Martin and Graeme Biggs’ score of 60, so they shared the prize pot between them.

The Avalon League Division 5 team ran out 3-2 winners away to Weston. Leading the way for Brean were Steve Jones and Byron Lismore with a 7&5 trouncing of their opponents.

It could have been an even better result as Weston salvaged one game on the final green but they couldn’t prevent 11 league points heading back to Brean on the day.

Back at Brean on St George’s Day, it was a Welshman who topped the scorecharts in the Super Series Stableford.

Leighton Jenkins handed in a superb card of 43 points, which moved him up into the qualifying positions with one event left. Runner-up was Ian Adams who scored 40 points.

Adams has been a long-time leader of the points table and all but secured top spot ahead of the final event next Sunday. In third place on 38 points was Neil Barker,who has made a welcome return after a troublesome injury.

The second midweek Stableford of the season was played over 15 holes and Tom Broom made it back-to-back wins for himself, beating Aaron Puddy on countback.

Broom, who topped the score charts in the previous monthly Stableford, scored 32 points, but had the better back six holes to beat Puddy. Third place went to Scott Lismore on 31.

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