WINNER BEST GROSS
Category 2 Steve Dowden Weston Super Mare 83
Category 3 Lee Andrews Weston Super Mare 79
Category 4 Howard Simms Mendip Spring 106
Ctegory 2 Anthony Hill Mendip Spring 85
Category 3 Steven Stacey Mendip Spring 82
Category 4 Gordan Wheelanan Brean 108
Category 2 Nathan Walker Mendip Spring 77
Category 3 Martin Bastable Long Sutton 68
Category 4 Les Bryne Brean 83.
County President Geoff Ogden pictured with the 2019 Category Championship Winners from left to right; Steve Dowden Howard Simms and Lee Andrews
We returned to Worlebury for the playing of the 2018 Category 2, 3 & 4 Championships of 2018 and received a very warm welcome to this most hospitable Club that always roll out the red carpet for county events.
Entries again were a bit disappointing which is a shame as all those who played agreed that this is an event worth supporting and very enjoyable. We are grateful indeed for the support from all who competed, but particular mention must go to Ray Pope from Entry Hill GC and Roger Parfitt from Fosseway. They both organise the entry from their clubs and bring them along to enjoy a different course, make new friends and have the opportunity to beocome a County Champion.
We shall be looking for ways to boost the entries for 2019 , taking into account some of the suggestions that were made on the day.
lOn to the golf, and though the weather was not particularly kind with not much sunshine, it did stay dry for the most part. The Category 2 players were first out on the course with Neil Mossman from Oake Manor setting the early pace. His gross score of 80 remained at the top of the leaderboard all day for a much deserved win.
In Category 3, another regular competitor, Nick Clarke posted a very good total of 86, which included a 10 on the 14th! He had to make do though with 2nd place - and a healthy handicap reduction, as Orchardleigh's Lee Burnett came in with a total of 85.
Sadly, we could not attract more Category 4 players into the field, but this did not worry Peter Hanlon from Oake manor who succesfully defended his title.
So we now start planning for 2019, we shall be looking to find another quality venue to host the event and ways to increase the entry levels!
After the disappointment of being forced to cancel the 2016 competition, we were looking forward to better weather as we took the competition to the Isle of Wedmore Golf Club this year. Fortunately, the weather gods smiled upon us, and we were able to complete the day in sunshine! this year. We always receive a warm welcome from the members and management of this wonderful Club, and we are again indebted to them for their continuing support of Somerset Golf.
The numbers were down a little from previous years as there had been several Avalon League fixtures arranged for the day, but the competition was up to the normal standards.
Dave Wellington from Fosseway had been the leader in the Clubhouse for much of the day in Category 2, but he was denied at the death when Simon Addison from Orchardleigh pipped him by one shot. In Category 3, home player Brian Fry took the honours with a round of 84, 3 ahead of clubmate Robert Thompson. Category 4 had a very small entry, so we must find out what needs to be done to boost participation in 2018. In the event, Peter Hanlon took the trophy home back to Oake Manor.
Everyone who plays in this competition says that this is a great way to spend the day, play a new course, make new friends and with plenty of prizes on offer, the chance to win an SGU Trophy. Please keep an eye out for the details of next years competition!