Weston remain unbeaten

Weston Golf Club’s Avalon B team have got off to a great start to the league season.

WESTON Golf Club’s Avalon B team entertained Frome B on a cold and blustery day.

Opening pair Steve Blackaller and Dan Hewlett secured a 4&3 win and father and son Dave and Jack Radcliffe going down 2&1. Captain Steve Corrick and Gary Homer maintained their 100 per cent start to the season with a 2&1 win over Frome’s lowest handicappers.

John Whitewood and Andy Smith won their match again 2&1. Finally, Bob Hurrell and Alan Harris had a tough match against Frome’s captain and went down 2&1. With three games played, the team is in a strong position to challenge for promotion.

The Avalon B team travelled to Stockwood Vale for their second fixture of the season.

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In a match interrupted by a hailstorm, first pair out Steve Blackaller and Dan Hewlett lost on the last hole. Chris Homer and Andy Smith lost narrowly 2&1, while Jack Radcliffe and John Greaves lost 6&5.

However, Gary Homer and Steve Corrick won 4&2 with debutant Bob Hurrell partnering Alan Harris bringing home an impressive 4&3 victory. After two away matches, the team find themselves top of the league.

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The seniors’ St George Trophy was postponed due to the weather conditions.

Weston ladies Stableford 2nd Millennium qualifier - Silver Division: Wendy Thomas 38 pts; Sally Irlam 37. Bronze Division: Sue Garrett 40; Sally Brosnan 38; Ann Tancock 36; Jill Walker 36.

In the ladies v seniors annual competition, the ladies were on form with a close 4-3 victory.

Barstow Shield high and low partner draw: Reine O’Reilly and Di Walker 73.50; Wendy Homer and Cathy Preston 74.00; Linda Towens and Alison Whitewood 75.50.

Seventeen-year-old Jade Cope, who has only been playing golf for two years and playing off a nine handicap, secured the Betty Butler Cup, by achieving the best three accumulative nett scores in the ladies’ section from October 2011 to March 2012 with a total of 208, with runner-up being Wendy Thomas with 212.

Closed meeting - Jenny Carter Toast Rack - best nett Silver: Jade Cope 69. Margaret Buckley Cup: best nett Bronze: Moira Parish 75. Best gross: Jade Cope 78.

EWGA medal: Alysia Rees 69; Wendy Thomas 70; Kath Farrant 77; Sue Osman 89 nett.

Over 40 ladies attended invitation day, with Diney Costeloe and guest Jo Sunnucks winning with 39 points. Runners-up were Di Brown and Liz Bligh with 38 and third were Joan Cumming and Jane Cooper, also 38. In fourth place, again on countback, were club secretary Karen Drake and her partner Julie Knight with 37.

Nearest the pin (silver): June Phillips; (bronze): Carol Harris. Longest drive (silver) Glenda Latham; (bronze): Jill Walker.

The day ended with a presentation of prizes by lady captain Carol Harris, followed by a buffet tea in the clubhouse.

Weston ladies friendly team started the season with their first match against Worlebury. Team captain Melanie Rossi was delighted with a first match win by 4-1. The ladies went on their annual trip to Trevose recently. Chris Read, Sue Andow and Julie Ward won the Friday team competition, with Saturday winners being June Phillips, Wendy Homer and Julie Ward.

The Club Award, aptly named the Rose of Trevose, went to Sue Andow for best individual overall weekend score. Many thanks to Sue Radcliffe for organising the popular trip.

The attached photos are:

Barstow Shield winners Reine O’Reilly and Di Walker with ladies’ captain Carol Harris.

Margaret Buckley Cup winner Moira Parish with Carol Harris.

Invitation Day (left to right): Club professional Mike La Band, Diney Costeloe, Carol Harris and guest Jo Sunnucks.

Winter Foursomes: Sally Brosnan and Vicky Brewin with Carol Harris in the middle.

WORLEBURY Golf Club captain Pete Nuttall, supported by both the ladies’ and seniors’ captains, held the captain’s charity day in aid of Weston Hospicecare.

There were nearest the pin prizes on the short holes as well as a two shot competition on the par four seventh hole. Anyone straying into certain bunkers with buckets in, found themselves adding to the charity.

Results: Simon Dempsey, Ross Coyne, Ryan Jones and Joe Joyce 90 pts; Martin Green, Nevil Horne, Steve Rowlands and Keri Allchurch 89. Ladies: Lynne Johnson, Ginette Baker, Angela Bagley and Julie Knight 70.

Nearest the pin winners- 2nd: Andy Morgan; 6th: Maxine Gardner; 7th: Dave Mellor; 12th: John Wright; 16th: Martin Morgan.

The total raised on the day was over �550.

Monthly medal – Division 1: Joe Dale 79 (73); Alex Winn 82 (76); Graham Dougherty 89 (78). Division 3: David Blackhurst 102 (79); Matt Macey 108 (89); Stuart Brown 125 (97).

The seniors played their monthly medal with the event also doubling up as the Bill Eynon Cup. Results: Alan Hartree 75 (71); Frank Hopkinson 78 (71); Ken Lohmann 93 (72).

For more details on Worlebury Golf club see www.worleburygc.co.uk

THE White Hart at Cheddar hosted its first charity golf day in aid of Weston Hospicecare.

The event was held at Wedmore Golf Club, with 36 golfers split between two teams. There were nine holes played in the morning and a 18 in the afternoon after a well-deserved bacon roll.

The golf was followed by a two-course meal at the White Hart and concluded with an awards ceremony and raffle. The day was organised by Mathew Berry and Keith Irwin and raised �1,596.

Longest putt: Matt Berry; closest to the pin: John Thompson; the two teams drew and the best dress and worst trousers prize was won by Graeme Thomas.

Thanks go to all who supported the event and landlady Tracy Chidzey for her support.

A DIFFICULT week weather-wise started on a wet and windy Monday morning for the Isle of Wedmore seniors’ medal.

Best score was a 71 in Division 3 for Eric Wallace who finished one shot ahead of Clive Williams with Bernard Abbott a shot back in third. Division 1 went to John Viney with a steady 72, which put him ahead of Graham Clifford (73) and Colin Boorman (74).

There was a similarly close finish in Division 2 where Terry Stew kept up his run of good form, his 72 just getting him home ahead of John Hogan and Brian Kidd, both scoring 73.

The following day, the seniors were in action again, taking on Frome in the first round of the seniors’ Somerset Bowl at Farrington.

Ray Dodkin and John Viney saw Wedmore off to a good start, winning 5&4. Colin Boorman and Ian Robson took the second match by the same score, with Tony Biggs and Steve Lawrence sealing the match on the 16th green.

Keith Thomas and Tony Glover won on the 17th, but Tim Harris and John Sanderson found nine shots just too many to give in the final game, to leave Wedmore 4-1 winners.

Despite a miserable forecast, the ladies played their better-ball competition in the dry. Rachel Lockley and Sue Hughes took full advantage, racking up 38 points. This put them four points ahead of runners-up, Gina Falcon and Claire Biggs with Cathy Olive and Angela Webber third on 33.

PETAL – The Christine Woodberry Memorial Trust is the chosen charity for the year for Brean Golf Club.

This local charity which provides assistance direct to the families of cancer sufferers was selected by Stewart Garrett and his lady counterpart Gail Mason and they gave the fund a hefty boost with a successful staging of the annual charity day last week.

The winning quartet were the team sponsored by Burnham Portable Toilets consisting of Steve and Jackie Richards, Andy Towens and Martin Preddy, who racked up an impressive 84 points, including 47 on the back nine.

This gave them a one point winning margin over 2011 winners the Jones Boys. Brothers Paul and Steve were joined by father David and uncle Eric as they almost repeated the win of 12 months earlier.

Third place went to the Brean seniors+1 team as Roger Blackwell, Mike Allen and Barrie Yearsley were joined by club professional Andrew March on their way to 81 points.

Petal’s Flowers, a team from the benefitting charity made up of Richard Tye, Paul Plume, Mark Coombs and Brian Warner, ended in fourth spot on 80. Following an excellent meal and prize giving plus a successful auction in the Tavern, it was announced that the estimated figure raised solely on the day was around the �2,000 mark.

Elsewhere at Brean, the Avalon League Division 2 side racked up another big home win as Taunton Vale were the latest team to suffer defeat at the hands of the Brean team.

The visitors avoided the whitewash, but still ended on the wrong end of a 4-1 scoreline, a result which sends Brean clear at top of the table after barely a month of the season.

Team captain Steve Bateman’s decision to play so many matches early in the campaign seems to be paying dividends.

The seniors’ matched the achievements of the main club as they moved comfortably into the next round of the Somerset Bowl as their Minehead counterparts were dispatched by a 4-1 scoreline.

The wet weather and a subsequent buggy ban at Woodspring left the seniors’ short-handed and not surprisingly they suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of their hosts.

Brean’s professional’s also suffered with the weather as their planned trip to the Forest of Dean for the Forest Hills Pro-Am was called off.

They return to G&S PGA medal action with the last event of the season taking place at Isle of Wedmore. Andrew March will be looking to get himself within striking distance of the title, going into the final event the Total Triumph sponsored 36 hole championship at Clevedon.

Worlebury junior medal winners Jack Partridge, Mike Nichols and Ryan Thrupp with club captain Pete Nuttall.

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