Business as usual at Worlebury:
With Weston Golf Week over it was business as usual at Worlebury with a number of competitions and events on the go.
Brilliant Men’s Away Day:
One of the highlights of the week was the Mens Club Away Day which was held at Chipping Sodbury. It was wonderfully organised by Club Captain, Steve Taylor and his Vice, Paul McAdams and demonstrated that one does not have to travel a great distance to have a memorable day out.
It was held on Club Professional, Scott Thompson’s birthday, but it was the pairing of Andy Collard and Kieron Osmond who had most cause to celebrate, taking home the Away Day Shield with a winning score of 44 points. Adi Marshman and Josh Talbot were runners up with 43. Countback was required to separate third and fourth places with Graham Hewlett and Paul Marsh getting the verdict over Dale Rendall and Lee O’Dea, both pairs scoring 42 points.
Nearest the Pin prizes were won by John Horobin, Dave Collard and John Jones.
82 balls were lost on the day giving a little windfall to Keith Wharton and Andy Taylor who were closest in their predictions. An alternative prediction competition prize was shared by Roy Baker and Keri Allchurch.
Pictured from left to right are Steve, Kieron, Andy and Paul.
This successful event was followed by two others: The Centenary Challenge against The Mendip and the Seniors Open Stableford.
Centenary match vs The Mendip:
The annual match against The Mendip commemorates both clubs sharing their respective Centenaries in 2008. The outcome tends to go with home advantage and this year was of no exception, The Mendip winning by 7.5 to 4.5. As always, the event and the camaraderie, was more important than the result.
Eunice McAdams and Terry Bradley won Nearest the Pin prizes.
Our picture shows Worlebury Captain, Steve Taylor, congratulating Mendip’s, John Shakesby, on his team’s success and presenting him with the Centenary Trophy.
Avalon Seniors win West Section of Avalon League:
The Seniors held their final group stage match in the Avalon League, going down 3-2 away to Stockwood Vale. Worlebury’s only win was recorded by the pairing of Steve Taylor/Steve Rowlands although good halves were gained by Rob McMillen/Danny O'Connor and Paul McAdams /Andy Judkins.
The team had already sealed their place in the semi finals by winning the section and the result was, in many ways, academic. The points gained took Worlebury’s total for the season to 83, seven more than Enmore Park who finished as runners-up. Winning the mini league has given the team home advantage in the semi final which is against Long Sutton.
Highly successful Seniors Open:
The Seniors held a highly successful Open Stableford. Played in two divisions, the high entry ensured there were prizes galore. The big winner was Worlebury member, Dave Green, who took home the Bernard Oldfield Cup for the best score of the day, an excellent 45 points. It was a close finish, however, with fellow club member, Tony Evans just missing out with 44 points. Bob Spence was third with 38 and Tim Liddeatt edged out Philip Cook of Taunton and Pickeridge to take fourth place.
The Second Division, which was for the over 70’s, needed countback to decide the top three positions. Frank Woolman won the day pipping Bob Webber and Ron Jamieson, each scoring 38 points. Glyn Ager was a point adrift in beating Brian Maidment on countback to come fourth.
Visitors prize (not featured in winners rostrum above): Robert Price (Taunton and Pickeridge). Nearest the Pin Prizes: Phil Morris (Chipping Sodbury) and Glyn Ager.
Murphy Cup and Mike Tilke Putter:
The winners of the Mens Monthly Medals for the previous 12 months took to the course to contest the Murphy Cup (nett winners) and the Mike Tilke Putter (gross). Ken Hanson, with four birdies in his round, strolled to victory in the Mike Tilke Putter competition with a gross 71. Ian Tunold, having only qualified a week before, continued his successful return to the club by winning the Murphy Cup with a nett 69. David Mellor was runner up with 71 and Gareth Hawkes pipped Craig Conway to come third, both scoring 72.
Amanda and Lynne to fly the flag:
The Ladies had a 9 Hole Stableford; the winners qualifying for a championship which will be held Burnham and Berrow’s Channel Course. Amanda Cook with 20 points and Lynne Johnson, with 17, won the right to represent the club at the finals.
Sadly Stragglers Still Struggle:
The Stragglers, in their final inter-club match, once more tasted defeat when they entertained a strong Wells team. They have one more competitive match when they play the Seniors and with Jon Dyer being elevated to captaincy, there is an air of optimism they will finally break their duck.
Seniors draw at Cannington:
The Seniors warmed up for the encounter with the Stragglers with an enjoyable way match at Cannington which ended three apiece. The pairings of Dave Pope/Brian Maidment and Malcolm Timmis/Peter Douel both won their ties with Brian Matthews/Ron Stevens and Steve Corcoran/Nick Ryan getting vital halves to bring the teams level.