Successful captain’s day held at Weston

Worlebury Golf Club captain and wife.

Worlebury Golf Club captain and wife. - Credit: Archant

A team Stableford event was held to support captain’s day at Weston Golf Club.

ONE hundred and twenty five players celebrated Weston Golf Club’s captain’s day with a team Stableford event.

The winners were Andy Skinner, Chris Evans, Wally Bingham and Dave Twigg with 91 points. In second place was junior captain Harry Turner, together with dad Roy and Gerald and Glenn Taylor.

In the evening, members and guests enjoyed a MASH night with great food and some imaginative fancy dress outfits. Captain Roy Schubert thanked all members, guests and the team of helpers that made the event such a success.

On another glorious day, the ladies played for the Miss Apps Salver. Gay Long took the trophy for the second year running with 41 points. In second place with 40 points on countback was Joan Jenkinson, followed in third by Susan Osman.

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Weston ladies B team remain top of their division following a home match against Saltford. The result was a half, but gained the team seven valuable league points.

Twenty one teams competed in the seniors ask a lady competition. The winning team was Zena Balcombe and David Rainey with 40 points, with Moira Parish and Ian Freeman a close second on countback. In third place with 39 were Caroline Poole and Nick Palmer.

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THE Worlebury summer ball first became a feature of the club’s social calendar in the centenary year in 2008 and such was its success, a decision was made that it should be a biennial event.

The initial one was put together by the centenary committee, but the three since then have been organised by a team ably led by club member, Paul Lintern. The club are indebted to Paul for his efforts and with him standing down this year, he was presented with a gesture of thanks for all his hard work.

This year’s event was a glittering occasion held in a beautifully decorated marquee on the first fairway. Almost 300 attendees enjoyed superb fare provided by club chef, Andy Purdy and his team and were kept refreshed by bar manager, Ginette Baker and her staff.

The entertainment, which lasted into the early hours, was rich and varied. It was started off by the excellent Winscombe Community Choir and followed by talented local performer, Gavin Cox, of the Orphans and Eastertown fame.

The floor was then taken by eight-piece Bristol band, Kick the Cat, who rounded off a memorable evening with a first class set.

Club captain, Paul Gardiner, thanked the many members and staff who contributed to the great success of the evening with a special mention for the social committee, Paul Lintern, Lynn Pope and Amanda Cook who went the extra mile.

He also expressed his thanks to everyone who contributed to the raffle, which raised £1,500 for his charity, Cystic Fibrosis.

It has been a good week for captain, Paul Gardiner. His charity, Cystic Fibrosis, was given a massive boost with major contributions from club professional, Gary Marks and monies raised at the club’s summer ball.

Gary held his annual sponsorship, this year completing six rounds of golf in the same day, to raise over £1,300. Starting in the early morning gloom, it took Gary over 10 hours to complete his marathon. His best round was an amazing 66, which is four under gross.

The seniors have also been fund raising with their captain Brian Book’s chosen charity, the Western Active Stroke Group, the intended recipient.

The club, formed in 2003, holds weekly meetings at Worlebury. They aim to encourage both physical and mental stimulation through light exercise and social interaction.

Last year they won national recognition from the Stroke Society as the best run stroke club in the UK. After a recent charity event, which raised £250, the seniors have accumulated £1,023 for this most worthy cause.

On the golfing front it has not been such a good week for the teams. The ladies did well and managed a creditable draw against Lansdown.

The seniors’ scratch team have performed particularly well this season to reach the semi-finals of the Somerset Bowl, but they came up against a strong Bath side and went down 4-1.

The first team also went down by 3.5 to 1.5 at The Bristol. Jeff Banfield and Andy Ball had a good win and captain, Harry Rowlands and Chris Davidson fought hard for a draw.

Harry’s team have two vital home games coming up and if he can field his strongest side, he is confident the team will get the results required to help them avoid relegation.

On a happier note, 10-handicapper Will Denyer, playing with Harry Rowlands, had a hole-in-one in the pro’s pairs event. With the pin on the lower level of the 12th green, he used his 52 degree lob wedge to hole out.

Alan Hartree was also in a celebratory mood when he eased out Gerry Miles to win the seniors’ club championship after a play-off. Gerry could not repeat the fireworks of his first round and Alan won comfortably in the end.

Worlebury club captain Paul Gardiner with his wife, lady vice-captain, Maxine.

SEVEN days golf and six days sunshine meant it was open week at Wedmore Golf club.

Sunday’s four-ball betterball saw Steve Lockley and daughter Harriett score an excellent 44, only to have victory snatched away by visitors Leslie Regan and Alistair McLeod from Hillingdon with 46.

Monday’s individual Stableford went to James Vowles on 42 points, with Liz Miller taking the ladies prize with 38. Divisional wins went to Nick Parker, Mike Tanswell, who lost the overall trophy on countback. Aileen Robertson and June Smith took the divisional honours for the ladies.

Tuesday was a bowmaker and a clear win for ladies’ captain Ange Webber with husband Brian and Cathy and Martin Olive with 46 points, four better than runners-up Edward Robinson, Gina Falcon, Jim Vearncombe and Tim Blood.

The greensomes competition was next and club captain Brad Ruddick and club champion Ben Barwell scored an incredible 47 points, equivalent to a gross 65 to pip father and son David and Steve Young by a point.

Thursday’s medal went to the week’s youngest winner Will MacArthur with a nett 67, with Ann Search winning the ladies’ trophy with a level par 72. Divisional prizes went to Steve Seymour and Calvon Poulton-Sadler, with Cathy Olive and Deidre Wheadon taking the equivalent prizes for the ladies.

Friday is a Texas scramble day with the biggest field, lowest scores and toughest pin positions of the week. It was a win for Nigel, Kevin and Adrian Jones with Morian Cooke, their nett 56.4 beating Carol Lewis, Claire Biggs, Tony Ireland and Kevin Osman by just half a shot.

Saturday is the final four-ball betterball, with thunder rolling round all day, but no stoppages and a win for Steve Burt and Mark McKenna from Vivary on 43 points, one better than the local pairing of Rob Davis and Tom Smith.

Yet again, nobody won the golf holiday on offer for a hole-in-one. Mention must also be made of Tim Harris, who scored a two under par 68 in the club medal preceding the open competitions.

Winners of the Brent House open bowmaker at Wedmore, Cathy and Martin Olive and Ange and Brian Webber, together with other prize winners receiving their prizes from the sponsors.

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