In a period of change, Worlebury saw the new professional team taking up office and the Ladies and Seniors captains appointed for 2017/2018, following their respective AGM’s.
Welcome Lorna and Eunice:
Lady Captain, Lorna Macivor, will bring her own brand of leadership and experience to the Ladies section. A retired PE teacher from Bolton, Lorna moved to Weston for family reasons 10 years ago, taking up golf just before the move. Lorna is eagerly looking forward to the year ahead and aims to put a smile on every golfer’s face, have fun, encourage the higher handicappers to improve their game and raise funds for her chosen charity, the Freewheelers. With Eunice McAdams they will form a great partnership.
Our picture shows Lorna flanked by the outgoing Lady Captain, Sue Kinch on the left and Lady President, Janet Jamieson, on the right.
Welcome Mike and John
Mike Strang took over as Seniors Captain for the second time. Mike, who needs no introduction, is a popular choice and whilst Barry Newson will be a hard act to follow, with his experience and having John Yates as his right hand man, the future for the Seniors Section is bright.
Scott Thompson has taken over as the Head Professional at the club. Scott is part of a Worlebury golfing dynasty that goes back several decades when his grandfather, John Devoto , became a member. John was a well loved and highly respected Worlebury character and is one of Scott’s golfing heroes. Scott’s Dad, Roger, is a long standing Worlebury member and his cousin, Pete Blunden, was a prominent junior, who captained the section in 2004.
With John’s encouragement Scott joined the Junior Section in 1990. He started with a handicap of 40 which quickly tumbled as he worked hard and showed a natural aptitude for the game. By the age of 14 he was down to single figures and won his first Board competition, the WD Payne Flag Cup. As a junior he won the Nett Junior Championship and represented the club’s second and third teams in the Bristol and District League.
At the age of 17 Scott was invited to join the professional team at Weston and shortly after this started his professional training. He went on to gain experience at The Players Club, Bleadon and Mendip Spring, where he still has an attachment. As well as developing the commercial and coaching side of the game, Scott has continued to play tour golf and has had a very good record over the years playing in the South West Pro Circuit.
Scott is taking over at Worlebury from Gary Marks whom he counts as another one of his golfing heroes.
The next generation is on its way with Scott’s 9 year old son, Jacob, showing an interest and early promise in the game.
Scott’s assistant is 26 year old, Roy Baker, who started playing golf as a junior at Burnham and Berrow after a serious leg injury put his rugby playing on hold. His successful time in the juniors had many highs. It helped develop his passion for golf, saw him getting down to scratch, being Junior Captain and representing the county.
Roy decided to move his interest in sport up to another level and went to the University of the West of England (Hartpury College site) to study Sports Exercise Science and Psychology. Whilst there, Roy captained the University Golf team. During this time he was a member at Brean winning their Club Championship in 2011 and being part of their Somerset Bowl winning team that year. At one stage Roy played off plus 2.
Roy made a decision to turn pro in 2013 and took up his first position as an assistant at Brean. He started playing on the SW circuit and won his first pro event shortly after turning pro. He qualified as PGA Professional in 2016. Whilst at Brean he was approached by Nick and Carole Pope at Isle of Wedmore to become their assistant, working there before joining Scott at Mendip Spring.
Roy will be the “front of house” at Worlebury and is relishing the opportunity to further develop his career. He aims to work with the members in providing a quality service and through lessons improve the physical and mental side of their game. Roy, like Scott, has an interest and commitment to junior golf.
Roy lives in Cheddar and has a budding golfer in his 3 year old son, Hugo.
The team is completed by seasoned professional George Ryall, one of the most prominent competitive professionals in the region. George has over 30 years experience as a PGA professional and had many notable successes in that time. He continues to play in the European Senior Tour and the South West circuit.
Our picture shows Scott on the left and Roy on the right.
Bye Bye Brilliant Barry:
Barry Newson’s final event was to host the traditional Senior’s Christmas competition and lunch. The golf had a full field and was won by the in-form, John Ratajczak, partnered by John Taylor with an amazing 49 points. Frank Barlow and Mike Strang came second on countback edging out, Andy Francis and Steve Zanelli, both pairs scoring 47 points.
The Men’s December Stableford also drew a big field. The ever improving Mark Terry top scored with 42 points to win the Second Division. Kevin Marshall, who has been playing well as of late, was runner up with 41 and Rich Exon, third with 39.
Another man who has had a good season, John Melwani, won the First Division with an excellent, 39 points. Countback was required to determine the rest of the prizes with Ken Hanson pipping Jim Walton and Tony Westren, each scoring 38 points.
A relative newcomer, Ricky Bennett, won the Third Division with a very good 41 points. Adrian Heeney, who has also had a good season, was runner up with 39 and Chris Taylor third with 38. If this trio pick up in the new season where they left off this year, then elevation to the Second Division is a certainty.
The majority of prize winners were further rewarded with a stroke coming off their respective handicaps.
Worlebury Open Pairs:
The Open pairs saw a photo finish with countback needed to separate the top three. Roger Thompson and Keiron Osmond took the honours, pipping Andy Nicholls/ Lee Grant and Keri Allchurch/Steve Taylor, each pair notching 43 points.
Just Ace Michelle:
Former Lady Captain, Michelle James, had her first hole in one playing in the Winter Knockout when partnering Maxine Gardiner . It came on the 6th. Michelle launched a beautifully flighted 5-wood that pitched just short and right of the green, rolled down the bank and nestled against the flag. This helped the pair win the tie and progress to the next round.
A delighted Michelle is pictured holding the flag before allowing the ball to drop in to the hole.
Worlebury Welcomes the Pro’s:
27 professionals came to Worlebury to take part in the Gloucester and Somerset PGA Medal. Conditions were difficult which may explain only two players shooting under par. Clevedon Assistant, Ashley Mansell and Brickhampton’s Ross Langdon, shared top spot, both shooting 68’s. Tall Pine’s, Luke Collins, had a roller coaster round which included 7 excellent birdies but could only finish third with a one over par round of 71. The highlight of the day was Chipping Sodbury’s, Robin Goodey’s hole in one on the 2nd.