October 30 2017
The 33rd Annual Challenge Salver Match between Wells and Worlebury golf clubs was held this year at Worlebury on. The format for the competition was 4 ball better ball. Wells arrived to defend their victory in last year's match.
A strong wind made playing conditions challenging. The competition got underway with Stuart Mann (Wells Club Captain) and Geoff Dyer leading up until the 15th when Worlebury fought back to earn a half. Erica Klim and Bob Lench followed up with a 3&2 win to put Wells into the lead. This was a short lived lead for Wells with defeats for Colin Mantle and 11 year old Freddie Lovell in match 3 and Alan Elkins and John Moxon in match 4.
The Wells pairing of Pete Walker and Terry Pearce proved too strong for their opponents and achieved a 4&3 win to bring the match back to all square. Eric Loxton and Jon Mackness then lost 3&2 to give Worlebury a slender lead. This lead didn't last long as the strong Wells pairing of Ken Mitchell and George Davis proved too much for their opponents with a 3&2 win.
All square going into the final match but unfortunately the Worlebury pair proved too much for the Wells duo of Mike Bailey and Steve Rowse who lost 4&3. In the end a very close and well contested match was won by Worlebury.
Wells Club Captain, Stuart Mann presents the Challenge Salver to Andy Collard the Worlebury Club Captain
The Club Past Captains were victorious in this year’s annual match against the Ladies’ Past Captains. Although a close contest the ladies felt the club captains should have the honours this year and were gracious in defeat. Philip Slater said, ‘We always enjoy this fixture and it means a lot to us to win this year in such a close finish.
Philip Slater wrestles the trophy from Jill Bocquet after a close match.