Worlebury receive Somerset Bowl from SGU president

Worlebury Golf Club winners.

Worlebury Golf Club winners. - Credit: Archant

Worlebury’s Somerset Bowl captain Mick Keen received the trophy from club member and county president Brian Evans.

SOMERSET Golf Union president, Brian Evans, visited Worlebury for a photo shoot and to present the Somerset Bowl to victorious captain, Mick Keen.

The presentation took place during the traditional Sunday lunchtime get together before a packed and appreciative clubhouse.

Brian made a short speech recollecting when the club last won the trophy in 1988 and his sense of joy and pride last week at the final at Long Sutton when he presented it to his home club in this, his final year as SGU president.

Mick then delivered a humorous speech highlighting the qualities of each of his players and the crucial part played by his vice-captain, Terry Bradley, in winning the trophy.

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He thanked those who played in the first round but who did not feature thereafter and the members for their support and interest as the team progressed through each stage of the competition.

Despite Worlebury’s monthly medal being played during greens week with the putting surfaces having a major overhaul, a good field turned out and some excellent scores were recorded, particularly in the top two divisions.

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Fittingly or perhaps ironically, the best gross score of the day at one under was returned by head greenkeeper, Tim Needham, in Division 1, giving him a nett 64. This score was trumped by Phil Stone with a nett 63. The experienced Steve Gray came third with a fine nett 65, pipping Nevil Horne on countback.

Division 2 was also keenly contested with excellent scoring. David Grant got the verdict over Dean Nute with countback being required to separate them, both scoring 64s. Mike Ham played well to come third with a 65.

Apart from the leaders, the Division 3 players found it more of a struggle, but newcomer Jamie Crandon showed his potential by winning with a nett 65, beating another recent member, Ron Ganfield, by two shots. Terry Bright finished a further shot adrift to take third.

The seniors held an open competition which was well supported by members and visitors alike. Home players dominated the leader board with Dave Green’s 40 points taking the honours, edging out Bob Saddler on countback.

Countback was also required to separate the next five places, each player scoring 38 points. Visitor, Ralph Stabb from Filton, finished top of the pile followed by Dave Rowland from Burnham & Berrow, then members, John Briggs, seniors’ captain Brian Book and John Sokol. A further point behind was Frank Lewis who finished eighth, beating Colin Hicks on countback

WESTON ladies A team had a resounding win at home to Farrington, gaining nine points to five.

The ladies’ friendly team won 3-2 at home against a friendly team from Enmore Park. The senior ladies played away against Wheathill in beautiful weather and halved the match.

A beautiful late summer’s day welcomed 50 seniors to their Autumn Stableford competition. The scores were high with a host of players on 36/38 points, but the podium places were clearly secured by Phil Eastman with 42 points, followed by club captain Roy Schubert with 40 and Pete Hardaway, also with 40.

The seniors’ Texas Scramble was won by captain Brian Whiddett and his team comprising of Matthew Duffin, Dave Farmer and Tim Latchem. They were just ahead of Eddie Langford, Jim Blackhurst, Dave Reynolds and Clive Pearce. Third place went to Maurice Warren, Graham Tripp, John Banfield and Dave Snowdon.

The men’s nine-hole Stableford was won by Michael Singfield with 41 points. In second place was Bryon Davies with 34 and Ron Owen in third also with 34 points.

The men’s monthly Stableford brought in a fantastic score of 45 points from Glenn Taylor. John Davidson came second with 43, Joe Neary (41) and Jack Radcliffe in fourth place with 40 points.

Weston juniors ended the year on a high beating neighbour’s Worlebury in the President’s Trophy. The match, played on a home and away basis, was played in great spirit, with both teams playing some great golf.

THE culmination of another busy week at Wedmore was the final open of the year for the Yonex Trophy, and what a finish it was for Paul Sloman.

He went round in two over gross, which off 14 amassed 48 Stableford points, a record for an individual round. He finished seven shots clear of Tim Harris who won Division 1 with 41 points, which equates to level par gross, with Nigel Jones a point back in third and Rob Cornish a further point back in third.

Nick Sarjant was another player cutting his handicap, 44 points winning Division 2 by three points from Peter Rudge from Knowle, with Mike Munns a shot back in third.

There were good scores in the ladies too, with Shirley Turner taking the overall trophy with an excellent 38 points.

Youth led the way elsewhere with Harriet Lockley winning Division 1 with 36 points and Hannah Abraham taking Division 2 with 37. Runners-up were Chris Simpson in Division 1 and visitor Tina McGrow.

Earlier, the seniors held their monthly medal with more spectacular scoring, notably from Chris Norris who won Division 1 with a nett 63, with Peter Laney pushing him close on 65 and Martin Easton third on 67.

Division 2 went to Brian Kidd with 66, two better than Gordon Macarthur with Peter Bendell a shot back in third. Fred Linham, who recently celebrated his 83rd birthday, showed age is no barrier, winning Division 3 with 67, five shots clear of both John Sim and Mac Hargraves.

It was windier for the ladies’ medal, with June Simmonds beating Janis Lawrence on countback , both scoring level par 72, with Louise Allen and Rachel Lockley third and fourth on 75 and Ronnie Follenfant a shot back in fifth.

The first KO Cup of the summer went to Cathy Olive and Joan Peck, who beat Alison Dodkin and Deidre Wheadon 5&3. Congratulations also to Jane Hewitt and Bob Jones, who won the Somerset past captains mixed competition with 39 points at a windy Mendip Spring.

MEMBERS’ secretary Mike Carter and his predecessor Graham Exton teamed up to win the captains charity open at Brean.

They amassed 45 points in the betterball format to win by two from Murray Parsons and Russell Shaw. Shaw contributed two nett eagles on the homeward nine which helped them beat captain-elect Stuart Wills and Martyn Cahill on countback.

Cousins Dan and Tom Broom almost took everything that was on offer in the Treasurers Trophy greensomes competition. They won the event by two points with a 45 point total and, until late on, were taking the whole of the twos pot as well, before

Tony Richards and Alan Marshall notched a two at the 17th.

Runners-up in the competition were Dave Bradley and Pete Barton with 43 points, including a superb back nine.

Dai Wood made light of some tricky conditions to win the September seniors’ medal. Fog delayed the start of the round, but Wood had no trouble, his winning nett 66 beat Pete Douglas and George Stratford by a single stroke. Douglas was awarded second spot after a countback between the pair.

John Sherwood won a three-way countback to take the seniors’ Chairman’s Cup. His 41-point card was matched by Tony Tissington and captain Allen Fellingham, but Sherwood had the better back nine to take home the silverware.

Trevor Pitt and Phil Aspinall staged a successful fightback to win the Upton and Scott Trophy. The summer knockout played in the greensomes format saw their opponents Graham Foy and Nigel Hodges hold a three-hole lead early on in the final.

That lead was still two with just two holes remaining, but both the 17th and 18th were won by Pitt and Aspinall to extend the match to extra holes. Pitt and Aspinall secured victory at the 19th hole when Foy and Hodges ball found a watery grave in front of the green.

Club PGA professional and director of golf, Andrew March, got his winter season off to a winning start as he claimed the opening G&S PGA Medal at Knowle.

His four under par 66 consisting of five birdies and just the one bogey left him one clear of Giuseppe Licata and Tom Hiscock.

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