Tommy captures junior championship after seven-hole play-off

Junior champion Tommy Holyday.

Junior champion Tommy Holyday. - Credit: Archant

Tommy Holyday won the Weston Junior Championship after a seven-hole play-off against George Worthington.

THE Weston Junior Championship was won by Tommy Holyday after a gruelling seven-hole play off against George Worthington.

Following a level 18 holes they halved a further four holes, requiring a sudden death to decide the match. Tommy birdied the third taking the victory. Harry Turner took third place and Toby Booth won the nett trophy with 72.

Hurricane Bertha was not enough to put off the 20 husband and wife teams competing for the Irlam Trophy. Heavy showers caught out the early starters with the wind increasing in strength throughout the afternoon, enough to blow over trolleys and make putting challenging.

Surprisingly, everyone enjoyed the day and all marriages remain intact. In first place and entering for the first time were Terry and Brenda Whybrow, runners-up were Andy and Zena Balcombe and third place went to president Gary and Wendy Homer.

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Sally Irlam was thanked for organising the day and continuing the legacy left by her late husband George.

The ladies’ Brockenshaw Bowl was won by Caroline Poole with 72 points. In second place was Di Walker with 73 and third Sue Andow 75. The Grass Roots Trophy was won by Tessa Williams.

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Pauline Lancaster was runner-up in the Somerset County Bronze meeting at Wedmore with 37 points.

The Avalon B team produced a clean sweep win away to Long Sutton C. The team are top of the league with a 10 point lead with two games to play this season.

The Mallen Cup and Scull Bowl was won by Richard Harris with a nett 63. In second place was Richard Disney (64), followed by Mark Davie (67).

THE busy season continued unabated at Worlebury, with a range of competitions and societies taking to the course and, on the whole, enjoying pleasant playing conditions.

One exception was the Centenary Trophy, which heard the klaxon being sounded for the first time this season due to the presence of thunder and lightning, leading to play being suspended.

This was unfortunate as a field of 120 had entered for a competition first played in the club’s centenary year in 2008. The weather conditions, which also included heavy downpours, led to a sprinkling of non returns but most players saw the competition through, with some excellent scores being recorded.

The winner was John Wright with a fine score of 64 nett, closely followed by Tony Westren with 65. Jim Walton took third place on countback from Stuart Lock and Steve Taylor, who all played well to record 66s.

The following day saw 80-plus players entering the monthly medal. Division 1 was keenly contested with countback needed to separate the top three. Malcolm Summers continued his rich vein of form, pipping Terry Bradley and Stuart Lock to take first place.

Countback was also required in Division 2 with Declan Dorrington winning again, beating Andy Hurne into second place, both scoring nett 66s. Terry Santo was third with a 68.

Former club captain, Derek Mogg turned back the years, notching a comfortable win in Division 3 with a nett 66. Countback was required once more and saw Malcolm Ham finish runner-up, easing out Terry Bright and Kenny Yam.

The seniors held the Bernard Oldfield Salver in breezy conditions with the odd squally shower. Five-handicapper Alan Hartree took the honours, his nett 71 winning on countback from captain, Brian Book.

Tony Evans came third also on countback, with seven players reflecting on what might have been, all scoring 72s.

The juniors held a 36-hole Stableford. Young Owen Denyer won with 80 points, scoring a remarkable 45 points in his afternoon round. Alix Kew came second with 78 and Davina Xanh third with 75, beating Alex Chandler on countback.

Butcombe Breweries, one of the club’s sponsors who have a long business association with Worlebury, were welcome visitors to the club, to hold their inaugural inter-pub competition for the Prince of Wales Putter.

Ten teams of four from six local Butcombe pubs entered. The Woolpack B team from Worle, captained by Worlebury member, Steve Beasley, won comfortably with 146 points.

The Prince of Wales B, from Westbury-on-Trym, were runners up scoring 139, pipping the Ring o’ Bells, (Hinton Blewett) by a single point. The other pubs taking part were The Fox and Hounds (Charlton Adam); The Mill (Rode) and The Queens Arms (Bleadon).

Kevin Pearson (Woolpack A) top scored with 39 points. Nearest the pins prizes: Paul Smith, Ben Main, Rich Ellis and Steve Beasley. Jeff Fuge from the Prince of Wales won the longest drive prize.

Jon Jenssen, operations manager at Butcombe thanked all the players, Worlebury for its hospitality, the club’s managing secretary, Andy Horsburgh, for his assistance in organising the day and made favourable comments about the quality of the course.

CHARLOTTE Humphries has become the new ladies club champion at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club.

It is the first time that four-handicapper Charlotte, who also represents Somerset at county level, has won the trophy. Rounds of 77 and 81 were good enough to take the title over the tough Somerset championship links course by four shots from Alice Robinson, who plays off five in second place, who scored two rounds of 81.

Third place went to another of the pre-tournament favourites and previous winner Donna O’Connell, who plays off three handicap and started the final round three shots behind Charlotte after a closing with a triple bogey eight at the last hole the day before.

Playing together in the final round, Donna managed to pull back the deficit after a solid start including a birdie three at the third hole and was tied with Charlotte after five holes of the second round.

But following double bogeys at the sixth and eighth holes and a birdie by Charlotte at the seventh, Donna was left once again trying to play catch up and Charlotte closed out the victory with a solid back nine, including a birdie at the last hole. Jane Powell finished fourth and Kate Charles was fifth.

The best gross score and winner of the Daily Telegraph qualifier in the junior open went to Tom Law from Broome Manor Golf Club with a level par round of 71, beating home player Tom Barker by three shots. The best nett score of the day went to up-and-coming Isle of Wedmore Golf Club member Harriet Lockley with a nett 64. Harriet, who is just nine-years-old and playing off 24 handicap, went round the championship course in a gross 88, nett 64 for a five-shot victory.

Andy Fisher won Division 1 of the August Stableford, despite not scoring at the last hole, on countback over junior captain Charlie Huggins, after the pair had tied with 38 points.

Ex-club chairman Tony Mason pipped another up-and-coming junior Miles Richardson to third, also after a countback, with both players scoring 37 points.

Division 2 was also won with 38 points by Stephen Reading, giving him a two-point winning margin over Richard Lane and Paul Richardson (36 points), who took second and third places respectively.

DESPITE failing to score on one hole, Mike Chaloner spread the field with a stunning round of 46 points in the Super Series Stableford at Brean.

His card was littered with nett birdies and eagles as he won by four points from Neil Barker. Third place was decided by countback after both Stewart Garrett and John Mardon posted 41 point scores. Garrett just got the nod with a better back nine.

Saturday was a busy day at Brean with two other events happening as well. Ladies’ captain Annie Williams and Tony Roper retained the Jubilee Plate greensomes for the second year running.

Countback was required for them to see off Gail and Steve Mason this time around. Despite neither pair scoring any points on the final hole of their 35 point cards, it was the Williams/Roper duo had the better inward half to take first position. Third place on 32 points was Roger and Jenny Vaughan.

The final event saw the Division 2 Avalon League team face Vivary Park at home in their penultimate home game of the campaign. Young guns Phil Hodgson and Tom Broom secured the biggest winning margin of the day as Brean prevailed by 3.5 games to 1.5.

The weather on Sunday morning was better than expected and, despite a couple of heavy squalls of rain and the strengthening wind, a good sized field contested the Margaret Copp Chalice, in memory of the popular former member.

Scoring was pretty good also with three quartets breaking the 60 barrier. The winners on nett 57.5 consisted of Simon Baunton, Tom Marshfield, Phil Hodgson and Dave Bradley, some of whom are fast becoming scramble experts.

Runners-up on 58.4 was Eamonn Wynne, Stewart Garrett, Dan and Tom Broom, ahead of Murray Parsons, Tony Richards, Russell Shaw and Andy Chapple in third on 58.9.

The seniors thoroughly enjoyed their annual away day at Mendip Spring Golf Club, with George Thomas taking the top prize in the individual competition with 37 points, beating Tony Roper on countback.

Roper gained revenge though in the team event, as his quartet of Mike Allen, Jim McLauchlan and Ian Raymond, beat Thomas’s foursome in to second place. Thomas was joined by Bill Griffin, Jeremy Savill and Alan Marshall.

Tony Higgins was the winner of the midweek Stableford with a 36-point card. He beat Leighton Jenkins into second spot by a point, with Jason Kidley another point further back in third.

THERE were two Stablefords at Wedmore with the ladies’ competition also including the Grannies Cup.

There was a very close finish with one shot covering the first seven places. Jenny Brown, Deidre Wheadon, Maggs Willetts and Janis Lawrence all scored 33 to miss out on the places by a shot.

This left three players all scoring 34 points with the places decided on countback. Carol Lewis had made a fast start but then fell off over the back nine to take third place. Sue Painter played steadily, but again tailed off on the back nine. This left Ann Search as both winner of the Stableford and the Grannies Cup, her third big win of the summer.

The club Stableford brought a glut of good scores. Leading the way was Jim Dobbs who scored 43 points, topped off with a birdie at the last. This put him four clear of James Vowles in Division 1, with David Eley a further shot away in third.

Dobbs’ score was matched by David Coggan to win Division 3 by five points from Brian Fry with Daniel Milford third on 37.

There was a tighter finish to Division 2 with Steve Sweeting scoring 40 to win a by single point from Glen Vearncombe, with Derek Moody third on 36.

The ladies also scored well with Saybria Sims winning on 37, with Harriet Lockley just beating mother Rachel for second place. Janis Lawrence won Division 2 with 35 points.

There was disappointment for the ladies in the Rogers Cup, losing out in the semi-final by 5-2 to Lansdown with three games being lost on the 18th.

There was revenge at the weekend when the Wedmore pair of Cathy Olive and Ann Adams won through 2&1 against Lansdown to reach the final of the Centenary Plate. The men, however, were unable to repeat their success in the Somerset Bowl last year, this time going out in the semi-final to Oake Manor 3.5-1.5 after each match went to the final hole.

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