Healthy scores at Mendip Spring
PUBLISHED: 14:26 15 June 2011
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Open weekend at Mendip Spring Golf Club.
OVER 160 members and visitors took part in the ladies’ and gent’s four-ball betterball Stableford on the first day of the open weekend at Mendip Spring Golf Club.
Difficult, gusty winds made for a testing challenge, particularly for the ladies, but despite the conditions the winners posted healthy scores.
The gent’s pairs winners were Mendip Spring members Greg Kemp and Chris Parker with an impressive 43 points, pipping Jim Shrubshole and Phil Binning, also from Mendip Spring, by one point. In third place on countback were John Leech and Nigel North.
Pennard Golf Club provided the ladies’ winners with J Cleverly and J Wills returning 42 points. Mendip Spring members Heather Kerr-Wilbur and R Gush were close behind on 41, with Long Sutton members J Padfield and G Clarke in third place with 37.
Despite the early starters beginning their rounds in heavy morning rain, the Sunday mixed betterball Stableford was generally played in good conditions and this was reflected in the scores.
A combination of Mendip Spring and Pennard Golf Club members took the honours with Neil Holbrook and J Cleverley posting 42 points, narrowly beating John Webb and Heather Kerr-Wilbur on countback. Nigel Bridgeman and Lyn Withey took third place with 37.
The prize-giving took place in the clubhouse at the end of each day’s competitions.
n Sam Day continued his good form at the South Western Counties Amateur Championships played at Trevose Golf Club.
Rounds of 71 and 75 saw him take third place, just three shots behind the winner Ben Stow of Rushmore Golf Club and second placed Rhys Enoch of Truro. In the county match against Devon, Day narrowly beat Sam Edwards of Bigbury by one hole.
Mendip Spring ladies open day bowmaker proved to be a difficult day for all players with the continuing strong winds making conditions extremely testing. With two scores to count from each three ball team, it was the ladies of Enmore Park, Marilyn Turnell, Janet Hambley and Gwen Cavell, who came out on top overall with 67 points.
Best visitors’ prize went to Weston members Wendy Homer, Sue Andon and June Phillips with 66 points. In the mixed home team competition, the combination of Heather Kerr-Wilbur, Pauline Cornish and Lyn Lavender from Knowle prevailed with 66 points.
The Bristol & District team’s home match with Tall Pines ended all square, but the Stragglers were more successful, beating Henbury 5-0.
John Manson topped the leader board in the seniors’ Hall of Fame Stableford and now goes on to the regional qualifier, to be played at Tiverton Golf Club. Manson narrowly beat Malcolm Callaghan on count back on 39 points.
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