Zac triumphs at Worlebury

Worlebury Golf Club winners.

Worlebury Golf Club winners. - Credit: Archant

Worlebury Golf Club member Zac Shelford on the monthly Stableford with an excellent 44 points.

A PLEASANT autumn’s day saw over 130 players take part in the monthly Stableford at Worlebury, with some very good scores being recorded.

Top scorer was five-handicapper Zac Shelford, with an excellent 44 points to win Division 1. Steve Baker was runner-up with 42 and Josh Freeman third, scoring a fine 41 points off his two handicap.

Division 2 was won by Mark Cooke with 41 points, with the next four players each scoring 38. Steve Ham and Mark Puddy’s better back nine saw them take second and third places respectively.

Countback was also required in Division 3, with John Yates beating Lee Jones, both scoring 41 points. A clutch of six players all had 38 points, with Julian Claydon coming top of the pile to take third place.

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The seniors, by comparison, had a cooler, showery day for their Christmas bottles competition and this was reflected in the scoring. Bucking the trend was Tony Evans in Division 2, his 41 points ensuring he will have some Christmas cheer this year.

Clive Rides came second with 35 points and Colin Hicks third with 33. Division 1 was a close-run affair with countback deciding the positions, each prizewinner scoring 37 points. Dave Treleaven won it, pipping Malcolm Simpson and Mike Parfitt.

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The seniors and Stragglers held their annual end of season encounter which was, as usual, keenly contested with the Stragglers edging it 3.5 to 2.5.

SIXTY-THREE pairs took to the course at Weston for the seniors mixed open competition.

The poor forecast did not materialise and the early players completed their round in relatively mild conditions. The wind and rain picked up in the afternoon, but did not deter the competitors and some fine scores were recorded.

In first place were visitors David and Ruth Stock with 44 points. Weston’s Joan and Trevor Jenkinson followed close behind in second place with 43. In third position were Cheryl and Paul Stickler with 41 and fourth were Diney and Peter Costeloe with 37.

Diney Costeloe won the Weston ladies’ final medal spoon competition. With a fantastic four under par 68 nett, she secured the Silver Division award. Wendy Homer came in second place with 73, Sue Andow third with 74 and Tessa Pitt fourth place with 76. Reine O’Reilly took the Bronze Division spoon with a nett 77.

Heavy rain and a tricky breeze tested the seniors’ Alan Holt Qualifier. Twenty-one players braved the conditions with Mike Dyer taking first place with a nett 71. Eddie Langford and Nick Bohin took second and third place respectively scoring 72.

Weston member Carol Harris hosted a fund-raising fashion show evening in the clubhouse. Eighty ladies enjoyed the show and supper and presented a cheque at the end of the evening to MIND for £700.

BREAN Golf Club champion Steve Bateman added another win as he added the Tom Childs Memorial Flag competition to his list of successes.

This event sees each player get 70 shots plus their handicap to try and propel their golf ball as far as possible around the course. If they still have shots left at the end of the 18th hole then they continue back down the first again until they run out.

Despite being the lowest handicapper in the field, Bateman had five shots in hand after 18 holes and made a par four at the first before ending near to the par three second green with his final stroke.

This was clear of the runner-up Nigel Hodges, who matched Bateman’s nett 65 and used his fifth shot to find the hole on the first green. Third was a close run thing with Jason Kidley taking it after ending inches closer to the first hole than Brian Read. The ladies’ event was won by Suzanne Hatfield.

Phil Barry was the winner of the Bogey Trophy as he defeated a large field by ending the day on +4. He held a two-hole advantage over one of the later starters in Steve Payne.

Payne’s score of +2 was matched by Steven Eley, but with the better back nine Payne took the runners-up spot. Dan Broom won another countback for fourth spot on +1, as he relegated Stuart Wills to fifth on the back nine.

Barrie Tucker shrugged off the steady rain that fell during the fourth round of the seniors’ eclectic to post a stunning nett 62, one shot ahead of Barry Fisher. These two held a sizable five-stroke advantage over the third placed player Dai Wood on 68.

Roger Phillips was the winner of the Ward Tankard. He relegated the winner and runner-up from two days earlier into second and third this time as he returned a card of 42 points.

This was even more impressive as a rule of the competition meant only two clubs and a putter could be used. Barrie Tucker was second on 36 ahead of Barry Fisher on 35.

Brean professional Andrew March lost the top spot in the Total Triumph Order of Merit as he could only finish eighth after a one over par 69 in the latest G&S PGA medal contested at Stinchcombe Hill.

His nearest challenger Giuseppe Licata won the event with a 64 and leaped ahead of March in the standings.

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