Somerset Golf Union

Category Championships 2019

On a very windy day following a period of heavy rain Mendip Spring hosted the 2019 Category Championships and credit given to the green staff  for getting the course ready. The weather caused  mayhem especially on the back 9 and some big numbers were returned. There was only one score under 80 all day and other than a handful of players the majority saw their handicaps go up. Regardless of the conditions almost everyone returned their cards and the atmosphere in the clubhouse at presentation suggested most enjoyed the experience if not the scoring. Not all found the examination impossible and a truly great score in Category 3 saw the best gross of the day 79 nett  66 returned by Lee Andrews from Weston-Super-Mare GC. In Category 2 the winning score came from another Weston-Super-Mare member Steve Dowden with a gross score of 83. And the trophy winners  were completed as Howard Simms, Mendip Spring  GC came home in 106 to claim the Category 4 title.


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

Best Nett

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

2019 Results            !AsYODcbq8RZJgYVl0bIyUE1qLuUgEA?e=EgW56n

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!

2017 Competition

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!

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