Wheeler dealer helps raise cash for Lansdown showers
Alan Wheeler, whose year as Lansdown Golf Club captain ends at next month's AGM, has set himself a project this year to raise money for the refurbishment of the showers.
He persuaded the competition and handicap committee to put in an extra bowmaker competition this year and provided the prizes himself, thus allowing the entrance fees to go towards the project.
The event took place last Saturday and was typically well supported with over 150 members taking part. The scoring was very tight and the result could only be decided on countback as the top three teams all scored 83 points.
The winners were Grant Whitehead, John Mountain, Jason Revill and Jane Belsten. The latter was delighted to push husband Phil into second place, with his playing partners of Chris Sparkes, Paul Jones and Rich Crowley.
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In third place was the team of Bryan Lindsey with Jason Witt, Martin Longford and Rob Braund. This competition will always be remembered by Barry Green who recorded a hole-in-one at the fifth with a well-struck eight iron.
This year Wheeler is also raising funds for the National Autistic Society and is holding a quiz and auction at the club tomorrow. Pip Vyvyan has secured many excellent lots from local and national companies and the auction is expected to raise well into four figures. The auctioneer will be ex-club captain, Clive Godfrey.
Each year, members who have joined Lansdown within the previous 12 months are invited to play for the Seddon Bowl. It is a great opportunity to meet other new members and, of course, members only get the one chance to win this trophy.
It went this year to James Weaver with 37 points, while Whitehead completed an excellent weekend as he came in second with 35 points.
In the Westmorland Cup, the pairing of Graham Morrice and David Howarth are becoming the giant killers in this year’s competition. Having beaten Bryan Lindsey and Jason Witt in the first round, they sprung another surprise to take out Chris Davies and Ian Cornwell on the final hole to seal their place in the semi-finals.
They will now meet Ross Jenkins and Dan Nicholas, who beat Martin Coggins and John Court in a very close match which finished in semi darkness.
In the top half of the draw, Troy Love and John Evans beat Anthony Caddick and Malcolm Kempster 3&2. There was never more than one hole separating the teams until the younger pairing surged through to victory winning the last two holes.
They now await the winners of the last quarter-final, in which Ian Carter and Byron Williams take on their friends, Steve Pearce and Paul Bowker.