Competitions in full swing at Wenvoe Castle | News

Sunday, 11 August 2019

– Golf

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The end of July and early August has continued to enjoy excellent weather for golf and the occasional shower has been welcomed to keep the championship course at Wenvoe Castle in superb condition.

Members have enjoyed a wealth of opportunity with the long summer evenings extending the time available to get out and enjoy playing competitive golf or simply social golf. The competitions continue to come thick and fast both during the week and at the busier weekends.

On Sunday, Ben Crews picked up the top prize in the stableford with 39 points, outscoring Ian Pearcey and Alex Finlay with 37 and 36 points respectively.

The Seniors section held their regular Wednesday Stableford and Alan McCracken won a close affair with Jeff Hudd, and countback had to be used to separate them.

Saturday always attracts the highest number of entries and a high score is essential to get anywhere near the prize money. With well over 100 entries it was Roger Canty who duly obliged with an excellent score of 40 points, two ahead of Steve Bartlett and Wayne Curtis with the former holding on to second place on count back.

Sunday was the day for trying to get the winner’s name on the honours boards. On offer was the Captains Shield for player up to 17 handicap and the Palmer Cup for 18 and over with both competitions medals.

Craig Balchin turned in another great performance to win the Captains Shield with an excellent gross 74 net 68 to win by two strokes. A stunning round included 4 birdies and 9 pars with three of the birdies on the opening three holes. Jim Hegarty and Dennis Davies also played exceptionally well to post sub-par net scores of 70 with Jim having the consolation of second place on count back.

David Vaughan won the Palmer Cup with a significant improvement on the back nine and his net 70 got him home by a single stroke from Mike Brown and Steve Stickler both with net 71. Mike also improved on the back nine and took the runner up prize on count back.

The Ladies Section were very busy, completing the knockout stages of their club competitions to be completed for the Finals Day in early September. On Saturday there was an opportunity to play in a Stableford competition and Nicola Manning continued her good form, winning her second competition in a couple of weeks.

Nicola scored well with 38 points to pip the consistent Jane Lott who finished just one point behind and ahead of Mags Lewis on 35 points.

The busy programme continues throughout August and September and the Captain’s Charity Open Day on September 7 provides a great opportunity for members and visitors to enjoy a great round of golf and a meal helping to raise funds for the Captain’s nominated charity, Parkinson’s UK. The day is open to both gentlemen and ladies, including mixed teams of four players. Full details are on the club website or contact the club secretary on 02920 594371, who would be delighted to book a tee time.


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