Weston juniors claims county title

Weston Golf Club juniors defeat Minehead in the final of the Somerset Junior Knockout Cup.

WESTON Golf Club’s junior season closed with a hectic eight days of golf when the juniors played three times culminating in superb success in both league and Somerset Knockout Cup.

A visit to Long Sutton knowing a win would seal victory in the league. The team did not disappoint with a 2.5-1.5 point victory, Alex Fry in the singles and the pairs of Susan Tate/James Holt plus Tommy Holiday/Toby Booth all bagging points.

Long Sutton were again the opponents this time in the cup and Weston closed a close 2-1 victory in a tense semi-final.

The crammed fixture schedule meant Weston needed to play the final the following day against Minehead on a neutral course at Taunton and Pickeridge.

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Careful thought regarding player rotation was needed and team manager Andy Fernley decided on Sam Fernley, Jade Cope and Harry Turner as best to represent the club.

They did not disappoint with a handsome 3-0 victory; 5& 4, 7&5 and 5&4 respectively, Weston winning the trophy for the first time in many years.

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The organisers at Weston would like to congratulate all juniors who took part in the matches this year, including Alex Fry, Susan Tate, Tommy Holiday, Toby Booth, James Holt, Jack Roberts, Dan Lomax, Jake Coleman, Sam Fernley, Jade Cope and Harry Turner.

Next year the older players move out of the junior section and will be replaced by the younger players who have been coached by a strong band of volunteers, without them the success in the league would not be possible.

Harry Turner, Jade Cope and Sam Fernley with Somerset Junior Knockout Trophy.

CAPTAIN’S weekend at Wedmore saw a fun competition followed by the more serious Captains’ Cup.

The fun competition was a diminishing club Bowmaker over nine holes leaving players calculating which club they needed to hit the ninth green. The team which guessed best was Nesta and Peter Hathaway and Vera and Tony Ireland, who came in with 47 points to hold off Mike Conroy, Judy and Adrian Brooking Clark and Tony Biggs.

The Captains Cup has men and ladies each playing in two divisions and although there were good scores the finishes were all tight.

This was particularly true in men’s Division 1 where Tony Glover won on countback from Don Edmondson who bogeyed the last four holes to let the trophy slip. Both scored 41 points, two more than Graham Sugg who took third on countback.

Young Sean Gray was a popular winner of Division 2, again with 41 points, two more than John Cutter with Russell Peck who finished on the same score.

The ladies were restricted to just two prize winners. Division 1 went to last year’s captain Jane Hewitt, whose 37 points was four points better than runner-up Chris Simpson.

Division 2 was a tighter affair. Marie Wurttemburg was the winner with 37 points, just one better than runner-up Nina Dillamore.

In sunny weather earlier in the week, the seniors had enjoyed their away day to Cumberwell Park. David Adams won Division 2 with 38 points, one ahead of Richard Sanders who was a further point clear of Philip Wren.

John Hurdman had an excellent 39 points to win Division 1, which was three ahead of Peter Rowntree and four ahead of John Russell.

Well ahead of the rest of the field and claiming the Smith-Sims Cup as overall winner was Chris Scott. His 43 points scored on an unfamiliar course made him a deserving winner.

Wwinners of the Captains Cups at Wedmore - Marie Wurtemburg, Sean Gray and Jane Hewitt receiving their trophies from captains Ian Robson and Cathy Olive.

PHIL Hodgson, Mark and Suzanne Hatfield all enjoyed the winner’s spoils over the weekend at Brean Golf Club.

Hodgson was the clear winner of the Super Series round with a 43 point haul before the husband and wife team of Mark and Suzanne clinched the open mixed greensomes a day later.

The Hatfield’s racked up an impressive total of 46 Stableford points as they collected the Anniversary Bowl along with the top prize on offer. They ended the day two clear of Jan Warner-Booth and M Donohue from Windwhistle on 44.

A countback was needed on 41 points to determine the third place finishers as Ken and Shelia Rouse just edged out Chris Stephens and Jan Simms on the back three holes.

The previous day, Hodgson handed in his first ever gross competition round of less than 80, which equated to 43 Stableford points. This was good enough for a two point win over last year’s club captain Dave Bradley with Mike Porter taking third on 40.

The previous weekend, over 20 of Brean Golf Club’s past captains gathered for their annual competition. Winners of the Stableford event were Annie Williams for the ladies and Steve Bateman for the men.

Williams posted an excellent 40 points to end up one ahead of Gill Berryman, while Bateman’s back nine total edged out Dave Bradley and Chris Fairchild after they all scored 37 points.

The seniors suffered another home defeat as their season draws to a close. They went down by 4.5 points to 1.5 at home to a Farrington side which completed the double over their Brean counterparts.

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