TAUNTON & Pickeridge Golf Club’s champions team enjoyed a successful day in the club’s 125th anniversary pro-am.

They finished third in the team event, helped by Weston-super-Mare pro Dan Toogood, who was joined by county player Tom Sloman, Tom Buckley, and Fiona Lockyer.

The day was judged a resounding success, with quality golf from the elite PGA pros in the South West and Wales.

The Pure Protection team of Marcus Sharif, Robin Dowling and Graham Ford, led by Mark Wiggett, won with a 16-under-par 122, ahead of Jim Mardell and his Tolchards team of Mike Angell and Kevin McCarty, helping former PGA champion Scott Drummond into second on 123.

Paul Hendriksen (Ivybridge) claimed his fourth win in his last six starts in the individual pro event, sharing the victory on five-under-par 64 with Welshman Richard Dinsdale (Asbri Golf).

John Bickerton (Minehead & West Somerset) scored 68, George Ryall (Burnham & Berrow) 69, Michael Steadman (Swingrite Golf Centre, Taunton) 73, and Ron Macrow (Cannington) and Simon Stevenson (Taunton & Pickeridge) 74.

‘Nearest the Pin’ prizes went to Pete Whalley (2nd and 6th), Mike Robinson (8th and 10th), Marcus Sharif (14th), Kobe Adams (16th), Curtis Edwards (7th in two), Max Putnam (15th in two), Phil Barrett (18th in two), while the ‘Straightest/Longest Drive’ prize went to John Breading (5th) and the putting competition was topped by Shaun Richards.

Just as important as the golf is the fundraising, and over £5,000 will have been raised for The Alzheimer's Society.

OAKE Manor Golf Club’s Ladies held their Invitation Day on Tuesday, July 11, with 68 members and guests taking part on a wet and miserable day. 

Bev King and her guest Sue Hales, from Enmore Park, were the winners with 42 points. 

Shane Bordier and Cathy Oliver, from Burnham & Berrow, were second with 41 points, ahead of Janet How and Marlene Evens (Taunton & Pickeridge) on countback, while Pam Akers and Sue Downer (Torquay) were fourth with 40 points. 

Nearest the pin on the difficult sixth hole was Charlotte Bolton, and Maggie Tolchard was nearest the pin on the 16th hole.

In other competitions, Simon Molly won the Friday Stableford on Friday, July 7, scoring 43 points.

Andy Gent (42 points) was second and Martin Kelly (40 points) came third.

Kelly won the Kingfisher Trophy on Sunday, July 9, by scoring 44 points.
Second in Division 1 was Neil Hallett (42 points), pipping Richard Beesley (also 42 points). 

John Symonds was the Division 2 winner with 40 points, ahead of Hal White in second and Eddy Beirne in third (both 39 points).

Kathryn Loader won Division 1 of the Ladies Sunday Stableford played on the same day, by scoring 40 points.

Suzanne Reed was second, also on 40 points, with Natalie Lawrence third on 35 points. 

Ros Shepherd won Division 2 with 37 points, beating Karen Mackenzie (35 points) and Pat Snelling (34 points).

Alex Antill won the Seniors Roger Clark Trophy on Monday, July 10, winning Division 2 with 41 points.

Terry Burrow was second, also with 41 points, and third went to Peter Verge (39 points). 

Tony Snelling won Division 1 with 40 points, ahead of Colin Shepherd (also 40 points) and Glyn Pearce (39 points).