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Mendip Golf Club PRESS REPORT - 14/05/18

A very sunny Bank Holiday Monday saw Mendip Golf Club run another very successful Open Day with many Adult and Junior visitors, experienced and new to the game being given the opportunity to see the Club facilities and  have a look at the Course. Professional Stuart Disney and Assistant Josh Hirst were on hand to offer free coaching sessions and they were supported by a host of Members deployed to assist with Reception, Chipping and Putting events and guided tours around part of the Course. Also James was on hand in the Pro Shop so that visitors could try out the Golf Simulator. The welcoming atmosphere was completed with Tom and his Team running an excellent BBQ on the terrace. Several new Members were welcomed into the Club with others signing up for the Beginners Get Into Golf scheme and the Junior Academy.

Activity has increased yet again for the Pro Shop Nearest the Pin Challenge. The last three weeks winners were, Ladies, Ellen Reakes, Marian Speed and Liz Rose. Mens 0-12, Tom Small, John Ellis and P Leadbeater and Mens13+ A Wells, Paul Smith and Rob Earney.

The Jock Callaghan Cup attracted an entry of 93 competitors and saw some excellent golf played. Division 1 resulted in a 3 way tie on net 68,which after count back saw a win for Wayne Srawley with Ben Cox 2nd and Matt Lambert 3rd. Division 2 went to Stephen Davis with 69 and he was followed by Tony Taylor 70 with Paul Merrett 71, 3rd after count back. Division 3 was won by a resurgent Terry Carter with 68 with Keith Beasley 2nd on 72 after a 4 way count back, leaving John Brooksbank in 3rd place. However no one could match Phil Butcher’s 67 and he wins the Jock Callaghan Trophy for 2018.

The May Mid Week Tankard saw 42 entrants with a win in Division 1 for 2 handicapper Tom Lowe with 37, Henry Treasure was 2nd with 35 after count back from Adrian Payne. Division 2 was won by the man in form Terry Carter with 36, with Stuart McKee 2nd with 35 after count back from Gareth Collier. Division 3 went to Paul Smith with Abe Fukuyama 2nd with 34 and Derek Bellew 3rd with 33.

The Ladies Alliance A Team competing in Division 2 of the Bristol & District League have had a difficult start to their campaign, not helped by the absence of key players, with away fixtures to Wedmore which resulted in a 0-7 defeat and Bristol & Clifton 1-6 with halves being gained by Fran Davies and Edwina Willis. However a home fixture against Clevedon saw a very creditable halved match with wins for Vi Hayes and Jean Padfield and halves for Marian Speed, Fran Davies and Lynn Cox.

The Ladies Friendly Team played Bath and just went down 2½-3½. Mendip’s points came from Alison Letts/Team Captain Allison Rumming, Wendy Norman/Caroline Laws with Sue Needham/Mary Ainsworth gaining a half.

The Mendip Qualifier for the Somerset County Barlow Cup event, for players in the Bronze Division, is Carol Mosley.  Mendip’s 3 handicapper Aimee Sawyer has been well traveled of late gaining experience in events in Scotland and Ireland. She has also qualified for the National Final of the Bridgestone Chase Your Dreams Trophy event after finishing runner up in the Regional Final. And finally Aimee finished an excellent runner up in the Somerset Ladies County Championships held at Weston. Leading after 15 holes against the very experienced Hannah Woodley (nee Grant and Past Winner on several occasions) Aimee finally lost 2 and 1. She has now been selected to represent Somerset in the South West County Week.

The Seniors held their annual running of the Bill Smith Cup with 79 entrants. Excellent playing conditions led to some strong scoring. Doug Thompson secured 4th position, on count back, with 38 points but only after a 5 way tie. In 3rd place was Chris Bennett with 39 and in 2nd place Alan O’Leary with an excellent 41 points. However the Winner with a splendid 42 points was 24 handicapper Martin Osborne whose round included a remarkable 26 points on the front 9!!

Mendip are holding their Junior Open event on Thursday 31st May, entry fee £5. To secure your place contact the Secretaries Office 01749 840570 or the Professional Team on 01749 840793 or by visiting the Mendip website. For the first time the event will be followed by a mini event for those Juniors not quite ready for a 18 hole experience. This is open to all local Juniors and will be held over 9 holes and over a much shortened course. Entry for this event is FREE. Again if you wish to enter contact as for the main event.

Photo 1:  Mendip Open Day, Juniors enjoying the chipping competition

Photo 2: Mendip's Professionals welcoming visitors to the Open Day

Tony Williams