The Wells Golf Club 2017 Seniors` Championships took place last week over two days. There was an excellent field of nearly 60 who were faced on day one with a fiery, dry course which was playing very short because of the run on the fairways. This was ameliorated by benign weather conditions with virtually no wind and a pleasant temperature. The first day saw many people score very well in the relatively easy conditions and both the gross competition and the nett were wide open.
The weather changed after round one dramatically and it rained steadily for more than 24 hours.This meant that second day conditions were completely different with receptive greens and much less run on the fairways and wetter, thicker lies in the rough. The greens remained excellent and fairly quick throughout the two days however and the whole course was very well presented. After many swings and changes the best nett scores over 36 holes were determined. Stephen Payne, Mike McKay and Nick Carter all had very creditable 141`s. Steve Rowse and Bob Davies both had 140, Mike Magrath had 138 and Jack Baillie 137. The runner-up was Terry Searle who shot a consistent and excellent 67 and 67 for a total of 134. The winner of the Dalby Cup however was Trev Jones who followed up a first round 67 with a magnificent 66 in the second and a total of 133.
The gross competition boiled down to a four horse race... Tim Harris (4) was probably a little disappointed with 79 and 78 for a 157. The final group battled all the way to the last hole with the lead changing regularly. Mike Metcalfe (5) shot 75 and 80 for a total of 155 and third place. Steve Rowse (7) had a difficult putt on the final green to force a play-off, but just missed and his 72 and 82 earned him second place. The winner of the Cole Cup for 2017 was Jack Baillie (8) who played very consistent golf and shot 75 and 78 for a total of 153.
The success of the Championships was down to a number of factors but it would not have been possible without the help of volunteer starters, spotters and the people behind the scenes including caterers, greens staff, professional shop staff and office staff. Thanks to all, especially the players, for making it an excellent event.
Pictures first is Jack Ballie holing the winning putt, to then be congratulated by playing partners Steve Rowse and Mike Metcalfe. Also pictured is Jack Baillie being presented with his trophy.
4BBB Open - Saturday, 1 July
The 4BBB Open was played in near perfect conditions with the sun shining and everyone in high spirits. Players from as far as Dorset travelled to Wells to compete in this great event. The course was in superb conditions with the greens showing a fast improvement after the dry humid conditions which dried out the course leaving some areas bare. However the scores reflected the pleasant golf course with 49 points winning the event, well done to Steve Heath and Adam Holiday for an outstanding score.
Click here for a list of the full results.
Avalon Team News
After a successful run of home games the Avalon Team now have a string of four away games. Hopefully the away game at Worlebury is not a sign of what is to come, with most of the Wells players finding the windy conditions not to their liking we succumbed to a 4-1 loss. Results were as follows:
- Simon Jackson and Pete Walker lost 4&3.
- Mike Metcalfe and Malcom Terry lost 3&2.
- Glen Crocker and Jamie Marklew lost 3&2.
- Jason Huck and James Rutt lost 5&3.
Last out and the teams only win was Ian Burr and Bob Lench with Ian keeping them in the game until the 13th when Bob went on a run of 4 pars in a row winning the game 2&1. Hopefully our Wells tam can put a better performance this Sunday away at Stockwood, but it will be a test with four regulars away on Bristol and District duty.
Stragglers vs. Sherbourne
On Sunday the Stragglers played at Sherborne under the guidance of our Captain for the day; Bernhard Young. The course was in great condition, the sun shone and there was very little wind and the company as usual was very friendly and welcoming. The first pair was Steve Heath and Adam Holiday. After their exceptional win the day before, they found the opposition a bit of a handful and escaped with a creditable half. Second out was Bill McCollom and Steve Porter who found it equally difficult losing 4&3, Captain Bernhard and his trusty partner Terry Searle put up a brave fight, but eventually lost 2&1. On one hole Bernhard parked his buggy to the side of one of the greens and one of the opposition badly shanked his approach shot which hit the buggy and rebounded onto the green. No doubt a talking point for some time to come.
The penultimate pairing of John Hockey and Bill Levell battled hard and despite having several shots to play with, lost one down. I was asked to point out that at one stage they were three down and did well to fight back to all square after 17... shame they were three down really! The final pairing of John Baker and Craig McConnell had a very tight game with never more than one in it for most of the round. The turning point was the challenging and excellent par three 15th. With both the opposition on the green and both Wells players in the front bunker, all seemed lost. But an excellent bunker shot from John to 18" was surpassed by a tremendous bunker shot from Craig to 12". John and Craig eventually winning 2Up.
So a loss of 3.5 - 1.5 on the day added to a 3 - 2 home defeat meaning that overall Wells lost 6.5 - 3.5. Never mind... there's always next year!
Our Junior Roll-ups are starting from Thursday, 20 July and will run for eight weeks. The event will be played over 12 holes with an Order Of Merit running across the eight weeks (Four best scores to count). First tee off will be at 5:00pm so please meet at the club at 4:30pm. Entry will cost £6 per junior and will include a meal in the clubhouse and prizes.
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It's that time of year once again where we have a small selection of ex-demo clubs from PING and also a few items on sale, this is a great opportunity for you to grab yourself a bargain. We have the following clubs available:
These prices are while stocks last on a first come first served basis. Don't miss this opportunity to grab a bargain, this clubs have been used for club fittings over the last 24 months but have had protective tape applied to them and are still in new condition.
New in store - Motocaddy S5 Connect
The most technologically advanced product in the Motocaddy range and a world 'first' in the trolley sector. The new S5 Connect can be linked to the fully-featured Motocaddy GPS App via a Bluetooth connection on any compatible smartphone; allowing the trolley's digital display to be used in place of a conventional GPS, offering front, middle and back distances to the green along with par of the hole, plus a clock and round timer. Offering the ultimate in on-course connectivity, the S5 Connect can also receive notifications alerting the golfer of a missed call, text, email or range of app alerts, including WhatsApp and Facebook. The mobile phone can remain connected even when securely placed in the pocket of a golf bag or being charged by the trolley's patented USB charging port.
In addition to the innovative 'smart' technology, the S5 Connect includes the modern look and features found on the latest S-Series models, including a soft-touch ergonomic handle; streamlined battery tray; adjustable distance control (up to 45m) and the exclusive super-fast qickfold mechanism. The Motocaddy app is FREE to download from the Apple App Store and on Google Play. Available from £549.99 ask in store for a demonstration and more information.
The Shirt Amnesty is back
Once again the popular Shirt Amnesty is back, this is a fantastic initiative in which all you have to do is raid the wardrobe a find an old shirt that you no longer want, bring it in store and receive £10 OFF a new shirt in store! We have a great selection of Under Armour and PING Shirts available for you to choose from starting at just £29.99 - with £10 OFF you can get a brand new shirt for as little as £19.99. Terms and conditions apply.