Weekend knockout competition held at Weston

Claude Lalonde winners.

Claude Lalonde winners. - Credit: Archant

A busy weekend at Weston Golf Club saw the Claude Lalonde quarter-finals, semis and final played over the weekend.

A BUSY weekend at Weston saw the Claude Lalonde quarter-finals, semis and final played over the weekend.

In the semi’s, Sue Andow and David Snowdon knocked out Kath and Nick Farrant and Pat and David Rowland defeated Andy and Linda Towens. It was a close final in the afternoon, with Pat and David winning the trophy on the 18th beating Sue and David.

Twenty-four pairs qualified for the Walker Plate with Colin and Kim Beauchamp from Lyme Regis taking the trophy with an impressive 41 points. Tony and Di Walker followed closely with 40, Jamie and Sian Webb (Southerndown) 38 and Mel Rossi and Steve Corrick 38.

At the presentation ceremony, Jan Bishop and David Snowdon were awarded the Baldwin Stevens Trophy, having beaten Kaylee Davey and Jack Radcliffe in the final.

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The ladies Autumn Berry bowmaker was played in perfect weather for golf. First and second placed teams both achieved 83 points, but the team of Sarah Martin (Clevedon), Sue Garrett and Reine O’Reilly took the top spot by virtue of countback.

Runners-up were Sue Andow, Wendy Homer and Angela Cook and in third place with 80 points were Glenda Latham, June Phillips and Fiona Lovell (Taunton & Pickeridge). Fourthth place went to Marcia Collett (Okehampton), Kath Farrant and Zena Balcombe also on 80.

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Sixty-two pairs competed in the seniors’s mixed open and the top four teams all came in with 39 points. Winning on countback were Tony Williams and Mary Ware, runners-up were Di and Jim Brown. Lynne Pope and Chris Slocombe were third and Julie Ward and Nigel Long fourth.

A large field of 53 seniors turned out for the Monday Stableford. The weather was stunning as were the greens and a credit to the greenstaff.

The winner with 40 points was Mike Tobin, followed closely by Neil Horsfield on 39. Third was a multiple countback affair, with no less than six scoring level par 36 with Steve Strange coming off best.

ALTHOUGH the season is beginning to draw to a close, there was still plenty of activity happening on and off the course at Worlebury.

The summer competitions have been completed and, having won the Petty Cup, Tony Hines made it a double when he prevailed in the Founders Trophy, beating Kevin Holbrook in the 36-hole final. Alan Street won the Tolladine Cup for the higher handicappers, beating Paul McAdams in the final.

The October Stableford was well supported and produced some excellent scores, none more so than 11 handicapper Kevin Holbrook, who won Division 1 with 43 points. Josh Freeman, playing off two, had the round of the day however, posting a brilliant gross 66 to take second place with 42 points. David Mellor was third on countback in a fine round which included four birdies.

Division 2 was a close-run affair with the top four each scoring 41 points. Julian Winn pipping Adie Marshman, Nick Extence and Tom Main on countback.

The scores were not so good in Division 3, with Richard Exon winning it with 39 and Simon Cowgill edging out Dave Brown on countback, both having 36 points.

Captain Peter Phillips and professional, Gary Marks came unstuck in their latest encounter in the captain/pro challenge. Their fine run came to an end against the experienced duo of Steve Rowlands and Steve Taylor, who won with a couple of holes to spare.

Seniors’ vice-captain Ron Stevens and his vice-captain elect Barry Newson, started to prepare for next season when they represented the club at the South West seniors’ annual conference, which was hosted this year by Bristol & Clifton.

The conference was attended by two delegates from each of 26 golf clubs from around the SW region. The day started with a nine-hole, betterball Stableford competition for the prestigious Henderson Trophy, which Barry and Ron won on countback with 23 points.

The ladies held a weekend Stableford which was won by Sam Hewlett, closely followed by Kate Chambers and Angela Bagley.

The ladies also held a medal with Division 1 particularly closely contested. Ladies’ club champion Claire Bayliss, won it on countback from Ginette Bright and Julie Stafford.

Hazel Cox won Division 2 followed by Janet Keight and Jane Wakerely. Lorna Macivor had the best score of the day to win Division 3, with Cheryl Saunders second and Carol Miles taking third place on countback from Judith Nicol.

One hundred guests and members attended the annual dinner dance in the clubhouse. They were treated to an excellent meal provided by chef, Andy Purdy and his staff, well watered by steward Ginette Bright and her staff and wonderfully entertained by Koheesion, a five-piece band from Gloucester.

Captain Peter Phillips thanked the staff, his vice-captain Paul Lintern and the social committee for their hard work in making the evening such a great success.

WILL Crandon won the club championship at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club for the first time.

It is the first time that Will, aged 24, who learned to play golf as a junior at Burnham & Berrow, has appeared in the final. Three handicapper Will beat this year’s club captain Adrian Deakins 7&6 in the 36-hole final playing some of his best golf ever.

In the morning round, holes were readily exchanged and he found himself one down after Deakins had made birdie at the 11th. Crandon turned things around over the closing seven holes, playing them in one under par.

In the afternoon, despite some good shots from Deakins, he could not peg back Crandon who played imperious golf racing to the turn in three under par, extending his lead to seven holes.

Following three more successive pars from Crandon, the pair shook hands on the 12th green. Although it is the first time Will has won the club championship, it will be the fourth time a Crandons name will be engraved onto the trophy as his father Troy, has won the title on three previous occasions in 1985, 2000 and 2001.

Last year’s club captain Neil Darby also saw a welcome return to form, winning Division 1 of the club Stableford with 40 points. Despite a bogey at the last hole, his gross score of 73 for 40 points gave him a one-shot victory over the newly crowned club champion Will Crandon. Division 2 was won by Paul Bamsey with 38 points.

This weekend sees the start of the West of England Winter Foursomes competition.

LAST weekend saw the climax of knockout competitions at Wedmore, with six finals played.

Two finals had already been played the previous weekend when Wendy Lucas took an early stranglehold on the Macarthur Bronze singles and beat Janis Lawrence. The Pinks Plate ladies’ singles was much closer, but Mary-Lou Denny triumphed over Jill McDonald on the 17th hole. The seniors’ plate saw Peter Rowntree get the better of David Taylor by 4&3.

The Frank Edwards men’s singles is played over 36 holes and after the morning round, Ben Barwell had built up a three-hole lead which he maintained. Mistakes off the tee on 15 and 17 though, allowed Rob Davis back in and he took advantage to clinch the match one up after 36 holes.

The ladies Macarthur singles was just as close with neither Rachael Lockley nor Shirley Turner able to gain the edge over 18 holes. An extra hole was required before Lockley won on the 19th.

The Crandon Cup ladies’ pairs was just as tight and Alison Dodkin and Ange Webber had chances to win on 16 and 17, before Shirley Gooding and Claire Biggs held their nerve to win three holes in a row to win on the 19th.

Alison Dodkin had better luck in the morning, partnering Bill Lander in the Guys and Gals Trophy. Their opponents, Jim Crick and Trish Phelps, pushed them all the way, holding the lead at halfway before they won on the 18th.

John Russell was another player involved in two finals, both the seniors’ singles and pairs. In the morning singles, he played sub-par golf to see off Tony Biggs easily. In the pairs though, playing with Gordon Summers against Geoff Brooks and David Taylor, he was five down after six holes before turning the match around to win 2&1.

RON Vine was the victor in the Bogey Trophy at Brean with a score of +5.

This was two better than anyone else could manage in the event. Three players returned scores of +3. Phil Aspinall won the countback and took the runners-up prize ahead of Rich Lambert and Graham Exton.

The seniors’ Ward Tankard is an 18-hole Stableford, but each player can only take two clubs and a putter into battle with them. Roger Phillips beat his handicap by four and recorded an excellent 40 points.

This afforded him a healthy advantage over runner-up Charlie Hastie on 34, with Tony Roper one behind him taking third on 33.

With a large number of players away for the end of season Avalon League team weekend, Sunday’s event was changed to a Winter League Stableford.

The opening event of the season saw some good scoring with 40 points being the winning score. Steve Martin had a storming back nine for his 40 points and this was enough to edge out his playing partner Simon Baunton for the win on countback.

Two more players also posted 39 points, with Kevin Davies edging out Ian Adams.

Brean professional Andrew March shared top spot in the Weston ProAm. He covered the North Somerset course in 68 strokes which set the pace early in the day.

He was joined, but not beaten by five other players with that same score, so had to share the spoils on offer for the professionals.

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