Mendip’s April Tankard is also a qualifying event for the Virgin Atlantic Competition and attracted a high turnout of 129 competitors. Lovely playing conditions led to some good scoring. Division 3 was won by James Pitchell with 39 points followed by Shaun Anders with 36 and Clive Down, obviously inspired by his recent trip to the Masters, with 35. Division 2 saw the best score of the day with an excellent 40 points from Will Waddington, with Eric Jordan 2nd with 39 and Ken Langridge 3rd with 36. Division 1 saw a win for young Matt Rawlings with 38 points, just ahead of his father Steve Rawlings with 37 and Ben Cox with 35.
The previous week’s Texas Scramble Medal was won by A Goh/N Cox/S Golledge/T Scott with a net 57.5. In 2nd place with 58.3 was M Jones/T Chivers/Selwyn Rees/Shaun Rich and in 3rd spot Neil Bath/S Morris/Ian Perkins/S Davis with 59.1
The Ladies held a qualifying Medal event which attracted a good field. Winning Division 1 with a CSS beating net 75 was Vi Hayes and she was followed by Gill Brown 77 and Marian Speed 78. Division 2 saw a win for Sandie Roper with 78, with Andrea Williams in 2nd place with 82 and Margaret Hawker 3rd with 83. Division 3 was won by Anne Collins with 79, Wendy Norman was 2nd with 85 and Elaine Richardson 3rd with 87.
In a 9 hole qualifying stableford for the higher handicap players, Dee Garnsworthy won with 15 points with Gina Howard in 2nd place. In County events, Jean Padfield and Jenny Merrett are through to the 2nd round of the handicap foursomes having beaten Tracey Park on the 20th hole. In the Daily Mail Foursomes Marian Speed and Fran Davies were just beaten, after a good fight, by Orchardleigh.
The Ladies Alliance B Team came up against a strong Saltford A Team, already containing a scratch player and because of school holidays they were boosted by the inclusion of 2 County Juniors. The opposition proved too strong and Mendip went down to a heavy defeat. The Ladies Friendly Team entertained Farrington and a close match resulted in a 3-2 win for Mendip.
144 Past Captains played in the annual 6 Counties event this year held at Saunton. Somerset’s Team, including Mendip Members Nigel Cheshire and Steve Rawlings retained the Trophy.
Mendip’s Open Day on Monday 1st May hopes to attract some local Junior players and those new to the game. The new Professional Stuart Disney is very keen to get Mendip’s Junior Academy up and running and he will be commencing Junior lessons on Saturdays with effect from 6th May, 0930-1030 at a modest cost of £4 per lesson.
Photo: Somerset’s Past Captains Captain Jim Scott of Mendip, on the right, receiving the 6 Counties Trophy from the Captain of Saunton.