With the season now in full swing it has been another busy week that has been full of success for Teams and plays from all sections of the Golf Club
Having won the Somerset Bowl for two successive years, for the team’s first match Captain, Mark Otterburn was faced with a selection dilemma because of a late withdrawal, but cometh the hour cometh to man, so up stepped seasoned Somerset Bowl player Mike Keen for the against Wells was at Tall Pines. GC.
In game one Mike Keen, and his faithful friend Simon Dempsey were teamed together, and despite giving eight shots to their opponents they eased to a 3&1 victory to put the first point on the board. This win was followed by debutant Gareth Hawkes and his partner James Marshall who clinched a 2&1 victory with a birdie on the 17th hole, second point on the board. However in game five Captain Mark and Keri Allchurch were unable to make it three out of three going down 2&1, despite also birdieing the 17th.
This left two games alive, both of which needed extra holes to decide the outcome. The youthful pairing of Matt Blackman and Mikey Nichols had to give their opponents seven shots, but sealed their win on the 21st holes, which meant that Matt, having played the Roll-Up Stableford in the morning had completed 39 holes that day! (Oh to be that young and fit again) In final game four Ryan Jones and Lewys Charles, who were giving six shots to their opponents, had to wait until the 22nd hole before they were able close out another victory for the team and seal the match 4 and 1. – Keri Allchurch
On Sunday the second round of the Somerset Junior league was held at Wheathill GC in glorious sunny conditions and a team of five headed down to try and get some points on the board for Team Worlebury. Tyler Reeves and Troy Young both had fantastic rounds in the 2nd division with Tyler scoring 43 points, he was clearly on a roll towards the end of the round as he scored 16 points on the last 4 holes. Troy Young continues to chip away at this handicap with a healthy 38 points. Well played everyone and roll on the the next event is at Burnham and Berrow on 26th May. – Craig Young
Tyler Reeves and Troy Young show off they medals after their rounds, looking resplendent in their Worlebury shirts, sponsored by our President Dougie Woods
Worlebury have one hand on the prestigious “John Wood” trophy after the Minehead Warreners came visiting and had to face the return journey musing the 5 – 1 score line they have recover for the return match, but the Warreners should take heart as they made the Worlebury team fight all the way for every score on the board.
There were comfortable wins for the pairings of Club Captain, Paul McAdams and his Vice, Graham Hewlett; Stragglers stalwart, Martin Morgan partnered with Clive Rides and Chairman, Phil Stone with Mike Knight. The other three rubbers were tight affairs and could have gone either way. President, Dougie Woods and his co-organiser, Barry Newson facing Warreners Captain, Eddie Gosling and his partner, the impressive Brian Young, were never behind and on the day combined just that little bit better than their doughty opponents to record a narrow win 2&1.
Peter Phillips experienced the unorthodox but effective game of his partner, Julian Brown, for the first time and in an enjoyable encounter the pair fought hard for a 2&1 win. The Stragglers pairing of Jon Dyer/Danny Saunderson played well but were beaten by a strong pairing from Minehead to leave the two legged match firmly in Worlebury’s favour.
Nearest the Pin prizes, generously provided by the President (the finest wine money can buy!) were won by Clive Rides on the second and Warreners’ Geoff Fewing, on the 12th.
Captain Paul McAdams, in a short speech, welcomed the visitors before handing over to the team captain on the day, Dougie Woods. Dougie thanked the Worlebury boys for not only rallying around to keep this longstanding traditional fixture alive (first played in 1984) but also their exemplary response both on and off the course. This helped make it such an enjoyable afternoon/early evening, cementing the bond between the two clubs.
This sentiment was shared by Warreners Captain, Eddie Gosling, who was full of praise for the standard of the course, the quality of the meal and the excellent hospitality his team had experienced. Eddie promised his side would take heart from the fightbacks by Liverpool and Spurs this week and is looking for a “Miracle at Medinah" in the return fixture at Minehead on 10th July. – Dougie Woods
In the first match of the week the Seniors welcomed members from The Bristol GC for a social match, that was played in un-seasonal weather and clearly the Worlebury players were more adaptable to the conditions, running away with the win 5 – 0.
On the Thursday Senior’s Captain, Mike Usher-Clark took his team to The Mendip and in this match they were challenged all the way by the home team.
There had been a lot of rain on the Mendips days before the match, and the forecast was not good, however apart from the briefest of showers, the weather held good, probably because the clouds were kept moving by a stiff breeze.
Some matches have a great atmosphere going and this match was no exception, with both teams very satisfied with the result being a balanced draw, two wins, two losses and two halves for each team and no match for either team being a run-away victory.
Like Worlebury, The Mendip were formed in 1908 and this affinity means the two clubs are, and will always be great friends, with both teams are looking forward to next time. – Mike Usher-Clark
The Ladies Alliance Team, Captained by Claire Bayliss had a another great result on Sunday when Thornbury ‘B’ visited Worlebury on Sunday in glorious sunshine for their latest Alliance match.
This latest win takes the number of consecutive wins the Alliance team have notched up to 23, yes you read that correctly TWENTY THREE matches unbeaten, what an achievement ladies!! The team of Sue Sokol, Katherine Sokol, Emma Bourton, Helen Clarke, Maxine Gardiner, Janet Fear and Captain Claire Bayliss all played their part in the win but a proud Captain Claire named Helen Clark as her Player of the day, winning her match in style 8&6, well done to all who played a great team effort. – Clair Bayliss
On Saturday Rich Godwin admirably stood in as Captain of the Allstars whilst Andy Taylor was on a family holiday and inspired the team to a hard fought half against a strong Oak Manor team at Worlebury GC to remain unbeaten this season.
There were wins for Ross Coyne and Jack Butterfield, who beat a 5 and 8 handicap pairing, and John Leach and Paul Lawrence, beating a pair of 6 handicappers, well done guys! Also, by battling hard the “Dream Team” of Keri Allchurch and Steve Taylor scored that all important half for the draw..
The pairings of Jim Skinner/Fred Hopper and team Captain Rich Godwin/Andy Judkins also battled hard but on the day were beaten by better opponents.
I took countback to separate to top three places in the Ladies Coronation Foursomes, and thanks to a birdie on the 12th and 4 pars on the back nine, the pairing of Helen Clark and Janet Fear took the win with 35 points, from Sam Hewlett and Jane Wakerley in second place and Jillian Hobbs & Pauline Smith in third place.