Worlebury ladies enjoy busy month

WORLEBURY Ladies have enjoyed a busy start to October.

The Vets and Grandmothers’ Cup was won by Hazel Cox with a nett 72 and the runner-up was Suzy Coates with 74.

The Lady President’s Day Bowmaker was played in sunshine and the winning teams were: Julie Stafford, Sylvia Cook and Jill Hobbs 84 pts; Jan Simms, Lynn Pope and Sheila Robinson 82; Janet Jamieson, Sue Kinch and Jean Abbott 82. Lynn Pope won the prize for nearest the pin.

The EWGA Medal and LGU Brooch were won by Hazel Cox with a nett 72.

The Qualifying Medal winner - Silver Division: Hazel Cox 72; Suzy Coates 74. Bronze: Maxine Gardiner 72; Lynn Johnson 74. Copper: Carol Miles 78; Maureen Williams 89.

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October LGU Medal: Hazel Cox 70; Maxine Gardiner 70. Bronze: Lisa Griffiths 74; Michelle James 74. Copper: Maureen Williams 79; Carol Miles 80.

Weekend Medal Silver Division: Helen Clarke 74. Bronze: Maxine Gardiner 70.

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? WEDMORE Ladies gave up their regular Thursday this week for a charity Bowmaker in which teams of four had to include one man and one woman.

It was noticeable that only one of the top four teams had more than one man. This was the team of Deidre Wheadon, Di Cornelius, David Adams and Mike Atkins, who managed third place with 93 points, beating Ronnie Follenfant, Gina Falcon, Jenny Thomas and Alan Hill on countback.

Runners-up, just one point ahead of these two teams with 94 points, were Jane Hewitt, Liz Hill, Liz Miller and Tony Biggs. The winning team finishing a comfortable two points clear were Carole Lewis, Trish Phelps, Val Webber and their star man, released for the day from behind the bar, Ben Barwell.

As usual, the main winner for the day was the charity, the West of England MS Therapy Centre for whom over �800 was raised.

There was a further Bowmaker on Saturday when the two club professionals, husband and wife Nick and Carole Pope together with club captains Andrew Midgley and Claire Biggs took on all-comers in the captain/pro challenge.

The team acquitted itself well, finishing in the middle of the field with 78 points. This was well behind the winners, N Litton, T Wilde, K Young and M Roberts with 86 points. Second and third teams both scored 84 points with R Davis, S Kidd, B Cotgrove and M Blackmore just beating third placed P Rodwell, S Lockley, M Atkins and P Incledon on countback.

The seniors found scoring difficult in their Stableford on Monday, except for Bob Dainty who won Division 2 with 40 points ahead of Bob Jepps (38) and Phil Rogers (37). Keith Thomas was the only player to beat his handicap in Division 1, finishing on 37 points, one ahead of Stephen Lawrence and Graham Clifford.

? THE annual Turkey Trot competition held at Worlebury Golf Club was won by the trio of Nick Carter, Andy Nicholls and Leighton Grant with 90 points.

Runners-up were D John, H Rowlands and S Rowlands 80pts, followed by K Hanson, R Berry and W Coles 80; P Simmonds, P Gilpin and D Mellor 79; J Spence, F O’Dell and R Shellard 77.

October Monthly Medal – Division 1: J Blackman 63; S Dempsey 65; B Coles 67. Division 2: S Partridge 68; N Pickering 69; A Hurne 69. Division 3: C Nelson 69; R Jones 69; D Bovingdon 70.

? DAVE Gummer wasted no time in making his mark at Brean Golf Club after joining the club for the winter months.

In his first event, the October Stableford, the Enmore Park member showed a clean pair of heels with a haul of 43 points to take the top spot in Division 1. Runner-up was Gummer’s playing partner Jordan Harris who carded 38 points.

Graham Exton was another player who reached 40 points as he was successful in Division 2. He managed to hold off a late challenge from Jerry Brueford, who returned 39 points. Division 3 victor was Kevin Phelan with 35 points, ahead of Roger Broom in second.

The ladies event was won by Joan Lawrence, who compiled an excellent card of 35 points. Sheila Rouse shrugged off a poor start to take second position three points behind her.

Entries were slightly down for the Stableford as a dozen members were at Tall Pines trying to bring the Quad Cup back to Brean. They almost managed it with the result hanging in the balance right up until the final game, but in the end they were just pipped by the Weston team.

Brean finished level with Isle of Wedmore, but were awarded second place thanks to winning more holes as a team. Next year they will have their turn to host the event so hope to go one better then.

On the previous day, the Bowmaker Trophy was decided by the rule book. The scoring system meant varying numbers of players were required to score at each hole depending on its stroke index.

This caught out a few sides including one who would have won if they had counted another score at their final hole. As it was, the winners were club captain Steve Bateman, treasurer Dave Barthram and members’ secretary Tony Roper on 131, who were two clear of their nearest challengers Julian Stephens, Mark Fountain and Jordan Blackwell.

The seniors have played two more events in their busy calendar in the last week. The first was their Stableford and it served up a close result. Roger Phillips and Pete Lock both recorded 35 points, Phillips winning on countback.

The second event was the Ward Tankard and this competition only allowed each competitor to use two clubs and a putter. Dave Benjafield showed that carrying 14 clubs around was a waste of effort as he totalled an impressive 40 points. Runner-up was Wally Pape on 38, ahead of Mike Allen on 37 in third.

Both David Haines and Andrew March came up short in their attempt to win the Gloucester and Somerset PGA matchplay title last week.

The eventual winner, Giuseppe Licata from Hambrook in Bristol, was the man who accounted for both Brean players as he defeated March by 2&1 in the quarter-final and Haines by a similar margin in the semi.

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