Weston pair win golfing holiday to Ireland

Worlebury Coronation Cup winner.

Worlebury Coronation Cup winner. - Credit: Archant

A golfing holiday for four was the first prize at Weston Golf Club’s first open competition of the season.

A cool breezy day greeted more than 100 golfers for the first open competition of the season at Weston.

The course was presented in great condition after a cold snap and a holiday for four was up for grabs from Club Choice Ireland Golf Holidays.

The eventual winners with 75 points were Neil Urch and Darren Henderson. In second place was the father and son partnership of Nigel and James Browne with 73 points, followed by Nick Bohin and Derek Cook on 72.

In fourth place were Gary Langdale and Jane Wakerly winning on the back three from Trevor Jenkinson and Graham Somerville. The best mixed pair were Jack Radcliffe and Kaylee Davey on 68 and the all-ladies team of Wendy Thomas and Pam Hudson on 65 points.

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Sunday brought the Centenary Trophy, a 36-hole scratch event with 36 entrants from as far as London and the homes counties and well represented by local clubs as well.

The overall winner was Weston member James Browne, who continued his good form with a 144 total - four over par, an excellent score considering the conditions.

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In second place was Ben Josham, also on 144, losing on the back 18 holes. Third was Weston member Alex Winn on 146, followed by Callum Keogh from Burnham Beeches Golf Club on 147.

Another highlight of the day was a hole-in-one on the 14th hole by Scott Bellinger of Enmore Park, who used a nine iron.

Fifty Weston seniors took part in the annual St George’s Trophy with the course in immaculate condition, but with a brisk and variable breeze making scoring tricky.

Playing partners Michael Latham and John Dixon headed the field with nett 67s, with Michael pipping John to the trophy on the 18th green. John was particularly unfortunate, driving out of bounds on the 17th costing him two shots and therefore the win. Third was Pete Hardaway on 68, followed by Steve Thomas on 69 and Tony Wyatt on 70.

The ladies’ Coronation Foursomes match began in relatively fine weather, but finished in a hailstorm. The greens were a white carpet making putting rather tricky, but all teams completed their round with some good results.

In third place with 34 points were Wendy Homer and Sally Irlam. Runners-up were Carol Harris and Melanie Rossi with 35, but the winners, also on 35 points were Jean Cooper and Julie Ward.

Weston B team continue their good form with another success at home against Worlebury, winning 8-6.

It was a good week for Marnie Sweet at Worlebury with a double win in the mixed open and the ladies’ Coronation Foursomes.

The mixed open had a good field with a number of visitors from neighbouring golf clubs taking part. Marnie, partnered by Nick Extence, bagged 42 points which gave them a comfortable win and the Delhorn Cup for their efforts.

It was a close call for the runners-up position with Graham and Lisa Griffiths taking it on countback from Julie Knight/Steve Taylor and Karen and Philip Bowers from the Kendleshire, each scoring 39.

Mike Blake and Karen Rix from Bristol and Clifton won the gross prize with 28 points and the best visitors’ prize, outside the top four, was won by Dave and Kathy McLaughlin from Meon Valley with 37.

Nearest the pin prizes were won by Debbie Bargery of Windwhistle for the ladies on the 12th and Extence for the men on the sixth.

The weather, despite a gloomy forecast, was not as bad as first feared and the course played very well. A halfway house served an array of delicious home-made cakes and biscuits to the golfers. Lady captain Michelle James, in her speech, paid tribute to all those who contributed to make the day such a great success.

In the Coronation Foursomes, Marnie, partnered by her daughter Emma Bourton, recorded another comfortable win, their 37 points seeing off the opposition. Jan Keight and Sue Kinch came second and Hazel Cox and Jan Simms third.

The Coronation Cup is a board competition for the men and, as always, attracted a large field. It produced a photo finish with countback needing to separate the top three, each scoring a nett 67s.

It was an Avalon, one, two, three, with Royals player Jamie Crandon taking the honours, squeezing out current Avalon captain Graham Hewlett and seasoned veteran Jim Skinner.

Shot of the day was a beautifully struck seven iron by Dick Gorton on the second for a hole-in-one, his third in more than 20 years of being a Worlebury member

It was a less successful day for Hewlett when he skippered the Avalon team away to Oake Manor. He did lead the way partnering Tony Westren to a 4&3 win, and, although two of the other games were close, their success was the only one in a heavy defeat for the team.

The seniors had a busy few days, the highlight, a comfortable win in knocking out Bleadon at the neutral venue of Cannington in the opening round of the Somerset Bowl.

The seniors also had social matches against Enmore Park and The Bristol. After a four-each draw at home the week before against Enmore, it was pleasing to come away with a 5.5-2.5 win. With captain Ron Stevens back in the fold against The Bristol, this was followed by a good 5-2 home win.

Finally, they held the Bill Eynon Cup, which produced a close finish, the top three scoring nett 69s. Bob Saddler’s better back nine won the day with Tony Foster and Paul McAdams just losing out.

Weston’s domination of the derbies with Worlebury continues with the Stragglers, ladies’ social and Alliance teams all visiting the links and while enjoying much fun and friendship, each came away empty handed.

Bleadon Hill Golf Club were victorious over Saltford and in doing so created club history, progressing for the first time into round two of the Somerset Bowl.

Played in perfect conditions at Tall Pines, captain Chris Leaman methodically selected his match pairings as Bleadon set about their task against strong opposition.

In what transpired into a thrilling match, with the lead exchanging hands on numerous occasions, the result hinged on the final pairing going into the 18th hole.

Bleadon’s Francis and Clarke needed to halve the hole for victory and Francis duly complied by sinking an eight foot putt to send Bleadon through 3-2.

It was a superb team effort from the Bleadon team, consisting of Leaman, Childs, Bartlett, Huskisson, Shaw, Rees, Wilmot, Glanville, Clarke and Francis.

Travel was the feature of the week at Wedmore, with a group of more than 60 golfers spending the weekend at Donnington Valley near Newbury, whiet the seniors held their spring away day at Cumberwell Park in Wiltshire.

The Donnington Valley course proved a testing one, but as usual some players managed to record impressive scores. Friday was an individual Stableford with next year’s captain Steve Smith on 34 points in second place behind last year’s captain Mike Garbutt with 37 points. Mary-Lou Denny with 31 points won the ladies ahead of Ange Webber.

The next day was a four-ball better-ball and a particularly impressive performance from Trish Phelps and Tom Smith saw off all the opposition with 41 points.

Being one of the younger members on the trip may have been significant in achieving another win for Smith in the Sunday bowmaker, this time in partnership with Ann Search and Tony Phelps and the hidden support of father Steve Smith. Ange and Brian Webber claimed the coveted putting trophy.

The seniors played another tricky course at Cumberwell. Tony Roe’s 36 points was enough to win the Over-70s prize and the same score won Division 2 for John Hogan, albeit on countback from Ian Hollands with Frank Denniston third on 33.

Martin Easton needed 37 points to win Division 1, again just winning out on countback from John Russell with David Taylor two shots back in third.

The overall trophy, the newly re-engineered Crick Tanswell Trophy, went to Martin Peakman with an outstanding score of 39 points.

The ladies stayed at Wedmore for their competition, a Stableford. Enjoying the spring sunshine was Carol Jackson, accumulating 38 points to finish one better than second-placed Val Webber.

Maggie Morris took third place with 35 points which was one better than both Sue Hughes and Liz Sweeney, with countback giving fourth place to Hughes.

Brean seniors overcame their opponents from Fosseway as well as a heavy hailstorm to take a 4-2 lead into the second leg.

Fosseway currently hold the shield, so the Brean team will need to be on top form in the return leg at the mid-Somerset course later in the season if want to regain the shield.

Just 24 hours later they were playing in the seniors’ Somerset Bowl at Wells against Bath in their first round match. Bath ended up as 4-1 winners, but the scoreline does not reflect how close the games actually were.

The Brean ladies team played their first match of the year as they took on their counterparts from Cannington Golf Centre. Despite it being almost May, it was a bitterly cold morning for the match which was played as a Stableford format, with the home team winning by four points.

The qualifying round for the matchplay stages of the Upton & Scott greensomes saw Jim McLauchlan on top form around the greens and ably assisted by his partner Mike Porter they topped the scorecharts with 41 points.

Second place on 40 points was Kevin Davies and Phil Aspinall, who will now take on Steven Eley and Simon Baunton who finished third on 38 for a place in the final. Welsh duo of Jason Kidley and Leighton Jenkins were the fourth place finishers also with 38, but losing out on countback to Eley and Baunton and will now face McLauchlan and Porter in the other semi-final.

John Cullinan won the final qualifying round of the Super Series event with a 41-point haul. He led the way by one from Chris Payne, while third place went to Tony Romeo with 39, beating both Stewart Garrett and Martyn Cahill on countback.

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