Weston triumph in county team event

A team from Weston Golf Club won the county Trounson Trophy for the first time since 1964.

TWENTY-nine teams entered the Somerset Golf Union Trounson Trophy event played at Weston.

The team of Andy Balcombe, Steve Corrick, Sam Fernley and Chris Homer combined to win the trophy for Weston for the first time since 1964.

A strong breeze all day made it a tough test and Chris Homer’s net 70, which won him an individual prize for the second best score in a field of 116 players, was a particularly fine achievement.

There was much praise from competitors for the condition of the golf course.

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Weston Golf Club hosted the bring-a-friend event in conjunction with the Somerset Golf Partnership and was delighted by the response.

This was the last of a series of events across the county - Taunton Vale, Isle of Wedmore, Mendip Spring and Weston, with the biggest turnout at Weston.

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WITH mixed weather conditions, Weston ladies played their latest competitions.

Cathy Preston and Ann Meakin were winners of the summer foursomes high/low draw knockout competition with Wendy Thomas and Rosie Hull as runners-up.

Preston added another award to her summer golfing season by winning the Bacon Trophy at Mendip Spring in the Somerset senior ladies competition.

Other results this month at Weston are - Lillington Bowl: Gay Long 35pts; Alison Whitewood 31; Beryl Robert 30.

Sanders Bowl: Alison Whitewood 67; Jade Cope 69; Sue Garrett 71; Alysia Rees 74.

Auchterarder Quaich: Pat Murray 38pts; Jade Cope 36; Melanie Rossi 35; Sue Andow 34.

August medal: Di Walker 71; Sue Andow 72; Kaylee Davey 73.

Ladies fourball betterball: June Phillips and Wendy Homer 42pts; Jade Cope and Sue Andow 40; Joan Jenkinson and Sally Brosnan 36.

Summer Foursomes knockout winners Ann Meakin and Cathy Preston.

FOR the second year running, Sue Hares was the winner of the Mendip Spring Golf Club Grandmothers’ Cup.

She carded 31 points in this Stableford competition. Di Yates was second with 28 and lady captain Lyn Withey was third with 27.

Sue, a keen golfer for over six years, is a well-known member of the club from working part time in the Pro Shop.

Other ladies’ competition results - Centenary Plate Foursomes: Lyn Withey’s team 30 pts; Janet Fear’s team 29; Di Yates’ team 28.

Grandmother’s Cup winner Sue Hares (right) receiving her prize from Mendip Spring lady captain Lyn Withey.

MURRAY Parsons is in a fine run of form in recent weeks which has seen his handicap fall and him feature in the upper reaches of leaderboards.

In the D&C Open he topped the charts after his excellent nett 65. Runner-up was Bob Masterman. He possibly surprised himself with his score of 66, but happily took second spot ahead of Clive Goode on countback.

Tony Romeo and Vince Ford took fourth and fifth positions on 67. With competitors only able to win one prize, the best gross score went to Jason Kidley on 78, ahead of Barrie Tucker (79).

Barrie Tucker led the way in the seniors’ Stableford with 39 points from Tony Tissington on 36, but the result would have been different if seniors’ captain Tony Roper hadn’t suffered a disqualification due to a scorecard error.

Roger Philips also suffered the same fate as Roper in the Stableford, but he put this behind him to win the eclectic round. He scored a nett 65 beating Pete Douglas by two and Tucker by three.

The Super Series was won by David Bidgood with a score of 41 points. His nearest challenger was Martyn Cahill on 36.

Both Brean professionals ended down the field in the Race to Woodbury Park event at the Devon venue.

Early starter on the first day Andrew March posted a level par opening round on 72, which was matched a couple of hours later by his Brean colleague David Haines.

The second day didn’t go to plan for either player and they both fell away down the leaderboard.

With just a few more Pro Am’s left in the season, they will start to turn their attention to the Gloucester and Somerset PGA winter season which opens with the Wormald & Partners Matchplay Championship at Henbury towards the end of the month.

LAST week saw the 24th running of the annual Weston Week, a golf tournament jointly run by Worlebury and Weston Golf Clubs.

The six days of competitions were blessed by glorious weather and in excess of 300 rounds have been played by visitors to both clubs. This in turn has brought in revenue to the town and local hotels, guest houses and restaurants.

Special thanks should go to the organisers from the two clubs and they were admirably supported by their excellent greenstaff who presented the courses in pristine condition.

Thanks also go to PGA professionals Gary Marks at Worlebury and Ben Lock and Mike LaBand at Weston. The Clubs also acknowledge support and help from committee members and volunteers, without which these events could not proceed.

The organising committee are also appreciative of sponsorship received from Stephen & Co, Beachlands Hotel, Timbertop Apartments, Ben Shaws drinks and Media Edge printers of Bridgwater.

Results - Monday at Weston - Ladies’ individual for the Midland Cup: H Cox (Worlebury) 30 pts. Men’s (Stephen & Co Cup): E Langford (Weston) 40 pts.

Tuesday at Worlebury - ladies’ individual (Grand Pier Trophy): P Burnell (Worlebury) 38 pts. Mens (Thatched Cottage Cup): K Osmond (Worlebury) 42 pts.

Wednesday at Weston – four-man bowmaker (Timbertop Bowl): P Allen, H Bladon, M Short, A Royle (Weston) 84 pts. Ladies (Commodore Cup): K Farrant, M Guy (Weston), Z Lennox, C Bayliss (Worlebury) 79 pts.

Thursday at Worlebury - three-man bowmaker (Media Edge Cup): J Greaves, K Simpson, A Harris (Weston) 78 pts. Ladies (Media Edge Jug): Z Lennox, G Baker, J Hartree (Worlebury) 66 pts.

Friday at Weston – fourball betterball Stableford: S Clifford (Weston), N Croad (Puckrup Hall) 44 pts.

Saturday at Worlebury - fourball betterball Stableford: D Hilley, D McMahon (Robin Hood) 44 pts.

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