I would like to update you on the golfing events during August & September and future ones.
In early August the Juniors were in action: Wedmore held its Junior Open. Although the weather was not at its best the Juniors enjoyed their visit to Wedmore. The following week saw Wedmore host the Girls Inter Counties Tournament. Including practice rounds, the tournament ran for 4 days. Despite Somerset getting off to a slow start, they finished tied first place. However, after count-back they claimed a creditable 3rd.
In late August the King Alfred & Queen Elizabeth Cup Competitions were held. The winner of the King Alfred cup was Tim Harris with a fantastic 73, just beating Josh Barwell who returned a 74, followed by Richard Mac Arthur scoring a 77. The Queen Elizabeth Cup was won by Shirley Gooding with 87, narrowly beating Dawn Chadwick by one shot with an 88, third place went to Cathy Olive who returned a 91. Well done to everyone who competed and congratulations to the winners.
During September we saw the conclusion of the Monday night Skittlers Golf League, with Wedmore B claiming the title by finishing 3.5 points ahead of Latcham, who were in turn 10 points ahead of Stoughton. This is a fantastic competition that runs from March to September, with up to 12 teams playing most Monday evenings. There are a variety of formats, all followed by a meal with the eagerly awaited announcement of that evening’s results.
The Captains Home Weekend was also in September. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported the Captains Home Weekend. I also appreciate the massive amount of organising & planning that Clive (Seniors Captain), Ann (Ladies Captain) and Malc (Vice Captain) did in my absence, to make the Weekend such a great success. As you know, many of our fundraising events have been affected this year, which makes the £517.61 raised over the Captains Home Weekend even more special. This was despite the function on Saturday night having to be cancelled. So, thank you for your generosity. Congratulations to all the prize winners over the Weekend.
Forthcoming Golfing events at the Club include:
Looking forward to October, we have Finals Day on Saturday 2nd. This is when the Finals of all the Knockout Competitions that have been running throughout the year are held. Spectators are allowed, so if you aren’t playing, why not come and support those who are? Match Tee times will soon be available, so you will be able to follow a particular match.
Also, I have news that Wedmore have reached the final of the Somerset Bowl. They will be playing Fosseway at The Mendip on Sunday 3rd October with first tee at 1:45 pm. All support would be welcome.
Available to book now on HDID or Club v1 is the Yonex Open, on the 17th October. Also, towards the end of October, on Saturday 23rd, we have the Captain v Vice Captain Shotgun competition. Because I unfortunately missed the Captain/Pro challenge, due to my recovery, I especially hope to be playing in this very popular event in the golfing calendar.
I hope to return to duties at the club next week. I look forward to seeing you all then.
It’s been a very busy Summer for the Ladies Section, with lots of golf being played.
There have been Alliance A and B, Inter League and Friendly matches all taking place. I’m pleased to say the Friendly Matches have now been completed, with some great results, just like the Inter League matches, where this year we finished 2nd in Division 1, a brilliant result. Our Alliance A and B teams are in for the long haul though, as their matches are continuing into October, so we’re hoping the weather is kind to us.
Along with these matches, we play in the Centenary Plate, this year Wendy Lucas, the Vice Captain has been playing in this alongside Annie Patten. Another competition is the Rogers Cup, this time 7 Ladies are chosen to play, it hasn’t always been the same group as not everyone is available on the dates chosen. I’m very pleased to say we have got into the semi-finals of both competitions, which is awesome, and we wish them well when they play these matches in October.
Alongside this we are still playing competitions every Thursday, which we sign up for on HowDidiDo. Every month there is an 18 and 9 hole Stableford and Medal, in between which we play 18 and 9 hole fun/team competitions. It’s been great to see some of our new Lady members getting involved and playing each week.
August saw us host the Inter County Junior Girls Championship, it was a delight to watch the very impressive play of these girls, we soon found out when ball spotting, they could hit the ball much further than we had anticipated.
The Committee also did a bit of fundraising for our section when we held a coffee afternoon after playing on the Thursday. We had books, puzzles, jams and marmalades, home-made cakes, plants, bric-a-bac and a raffle, which raised an amazing £600, I was very proud of the support of the Ladies.
We also held a very successful Ladies Open, a 4 Ball Bowmaker, at the end of August, with 146 Ladies taking part and the majority were visitors, such is the reputation of our club and course.
In September I held my Ladies Away Day at Thornbury Golf Club. We experienced our usual Thursday weather, it rained, but it did nothing to dampen our spirits and I think it’s fair to say everyone enjoyed the day. We all sat together to eat and make the presentations to the winners on the day.
We held our Autumn Meeting the following week, this is an opportunity to win some trophies and once again we were able to meet in the evening for the presentations and a meal. It’s lovely to know after 18 months we can now hold these celebrations again, while adhering to the CoVid rules.
Now we’re heading into October, which begins with the finals of the knockouts we’ve been playing over the past months. There are singles matches for the MacArthur Silver and Bronze Divisions and the Sisters Plate, then a pairs competition for the Crandon Cup and also involving the Ladies, a Guys ‘n’ Gals competition, so it’s a very busy day, with spectators allowed, if you’d like to join us.
The 5th of October will see the return of Tuesday golf, run by June James. Each week different 9 hole formats of competitions are played, it’s a great way to start, meet and talk with other Ladies over a cup of coffee, when you’ve finished your round. It’s how I started playing at Wedmore, I can’t praise June and the groups of Ladies I played with enough, it’s so enjoyable.
Our Thursdays will continue throughout October and then on the 4th of November the Ladies Section will hold their AGM, which for me will end my year of Captaincy and my Vice Captain, Wendy Lucas, will take over the reins and so we will start another year.
It’s been a wonderful year, even with the challenges of CoVid and I look forward to meeting you on the course or at the bar in the near future.
Ann Dixon - Ladies Captain
We are coming towards the end of a season that started with lockdowns, but has progressed to a largely complete programme.
Sadly, we lost the winter league, and a number of Mondays due to the lockdown, but since the easing of restrictions, we’ve had 28 Friendly matches (Won 13, lost 8, drawn 7), 7 Avalon league matches (currently 3rd with games in hand), 2 team competitions, 2 away days, the Seniors Championships, Singles and Doubles knockouts, several trophy competitions, and an eclectic.
In additions, we’ve had a full programme of Monday morning competitions, with Stablefords and Medals monthly, and a range of fun competitions.
We shortly arrive at finals day, which sees the completion of the knockouts, and will soon be finalising the results of the eclectic and the Order of Merit.
Also coming shortly is Senior Captain’s Day, with a Stableford competition (shotgun start) for the Barron Bowl. We’re delighted to say that Ron Barron, our very first Seniors Captain, will be joining us to present his trophy.
After that, a few remaining matches, and then we look forward to the traditional Captain v Vice-Captain match and the seniors AGM, on 1st November, when the captain hands over to his successor, to start the new round of golf fixtures, winter league, “Turkey Trot” etc.
Christmas and the New Year!!