Temporary greens for the seniors

THIRTY-EIGHT Weston Golf Club seniors played a Bowmaker competition in the coldest conditions of the year so far.

THIRTY-EIGHT Weston Golf Club seniors played a Bowmaker competition in the coldest conditions of the year so far.

Unusually, all 18 holes had temporary greens. Nonetheless, the team of John Poole, Jim Brown and Niz Hasham returned a creditable 89 points to win by four points from Derek Heslington, Roy Schubert and George Leigh.

Other scores: Keith Britton, Mike Heath, Roy Hodgin 84; Chris Kelly, Brian Whiddett 83; Dick Skelley, Gary Homer 83; Robin Webb, Nigel Jillings, David Bates 83; Dave Farmer, Ken Matthews, Jim Ness 82; Tony Barry, Peter Alcock, Tony Willis 79.

The following Friday, the seniors gathered for their annual Christmas lunch and trophy presentation.

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Seventy-nine members sat down to a three-course lunch hosted by the new seniors’ captain, Roy Schubert who, in his speech thanked everyone for their hard work over the past year and looked forward to continued support.

He confirmed that his charity for the year was Children’s Hospice South West and that the raffle held at the lunch had already raised more than �300.

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Replying for the guests, club captain elect, Pete Allen, thanked the seniors for the valuable support they gave to the club and he looked forward to working with them over the forthcoming year.

The speeches were followed by the presentation of trophies, the most prestigious of which, the seniors’ championship, went to Dave Rowland.

Other winners - Derick Wood Trophy: John Humphrey; Foursome Plate: Paul Lund and Dave Rowland; Workman Trophy: John Morgan; St George Trophy: Ray Chambers; Dennes Cup: Tim Latchem; Salmon Cup: Ray Harris; Vets Cup: Peter Owen; Padre Cup: Robert Yeomans; Lawley Cup: Tim Latchem; Eric Benn Trophy: Robert Yeomans and Peter Hardaway; Senior Open: L Winter (Kingsdown); Hutton Cup: Terry Cross; Alan Holt Trophy: Tony Wyatt; Match Play Cup: Mark Biddle; Seniors Captain’s Trophy: Dave Reynolds.

? WESTON Golf Club Trophy Winners 2010 - Richardson Trophy: R Wilkinson; Pentagon Trophy: D Harding; Bob Riddell Bowl: M Davie and K Davie; Club Championship: M Evans 69+74=143; Handicap Plate: H Thomas 73+66=139; Grand Atlantic Trophy: G Langdale 67+67=134; Centenary Trophy: M Evans 70+69=139; Excelsior Cup: P Eastman; Bristol Trophy: J Lane; Mallen Cup: R Davidson; Fourball Cup: N Browne and J Browne; Paterson Salver: K Aplin and S Roberts; Don Rowlands Trophy: R P Turner; Hood-Wright Trophies: G Tripp and M Jenkinson; Champion Cup: D Morris; Burden Trophy: A Melhuish and D Rowland; Lowell Baldwin Trophy: A Skinner and G Robert; Purchasers Cup: P Fryer; Winter League: S Roberts; Millennium Cup: SJ Wyllie, R Giles, M Pearson (67) (best gross medal score 2010); Scull Bowl: M Evans; Blackheath Trophy: N Browne; Quarterly Cup: R Davidson; Scratch Cup: A Sloan; Order of Merit: R Davidson.

? MIKE Sutton produced a blistering back nine holes of golf to secure victory in the monthly Stableford at Brean at the weekend.

As usual, when the temporary greens are in use, scoring was low with the oversize holes encouraging the players.

Sutton, benefiting from his recent eye operations, amassed a massive 48 points on the temporary greens and the 25 points he scored on the inward half was enough to pip his playing partner Gordon Wheelaghan on countback.

Wheelaghan must feel slightly unlucky as in any other division, 48 points would have easily taken the top spot. Also unlucky was Kevin Davies with 46.

Forty-six points was the leading score in the second division as captain elect Dave Bradley handed in that amount. He was three clear of Pete Dunn in second on 43, who in turn relegated Mike Parfitt to third after a countback.

Eamonn Wynne was the victor of the top division with 45 points and had the biggest winning margin of the day. He finished four points clear of club captain Steve Bateman on 41.

The previous day saw the unusual format of the Christmas Ransome played. Each pair plays six holes in each of the scramble, greensomes and foursomes formats to decide the winners. Not surprisingly two of the lower handicaps led the way in, Steve Peates and Roy Baker. Their winning score was built upon an excellent opening nine holes of just 30 strokes and eventually they prevailed by four shots from the rest of the competitors.

Runners-up were the pair of Mark Fountain and Chris Stephens, who needed a countback with their playing partners Mark Elvins and Don Blackwell to decide the placings.

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