The 2019 Wetton & Dickson Club 36 hole Championships took place over two weekends in what turned out to be a thrilling championship played over a new and innovative format.
The Dickson Championship was played over two weekends and saw a huge field of over 90 competitors take to the course for the first round. The scores in week 1 were hard fought as the course showed signs of firming up after heavy midweek rain and this was reflected with the leading score after round 1 being nett 70. This was achieved by Freddie Broad, and after the first round Freddie had a week to sleep on a two shot lead held over Ryan Phillips and Dave Lewis. Played over a course at full length and with moderate run on the fairways it seemed as though the course was real test for all of the competitors but all remained certain it was a good test and befitting the club championships.
Round two saw a blistering hot day with temperatures soaring to over 32 degrees. The leaders had to sit on their lead for the morning so step up Jonathan Guest. Playing in the second group of the Wetton Championship Jonathan posted a nett 69 (the best of the day) to post a clubhouse score of 142 that was not to be beaten. Congratulations to you Jonathan on a great second round score and your title of Dickson Handicap Club Champion of 2019. Congratulations to Ryan Phillips in second with 143, Dan Taylor in third with 144 on countback and Freddie Broad in fourth with 144.
The Wetton Championship in comparison was played over 36 holes on the same day. Two rounds in sweltering heat would prove a severe test for the best golfers in the club. The morning round sprang into action at 07.50 with the first group of Pearson, Cowell and Taylor who were all serious contenders, however rounds of 79, 77 and 81 respectively saw them with an uphill task for the second round but certainly not out of contention. Steve Fitzpatrick kicked of his defence with an opening round of 79 which gave him much to do in the afternoon if he was to retain his title.
The first round leader going into the afternoon was George Wall. A superb 74 gave him a two shot lead over Tom Alford and further back were Adam Legge (77), Gavin Chandler and Phillip Cowell. An opening round of 78 saw underdog Matt Bethell 4 shots back off the lead and if nothing else just trying to remain awake in the afternoon after completing a night shift on the Friday night and surely fatigue would play a part in Matt’s afternoon in the blistering heat.
How wrong could we have been! A superb afternoon round of 75 in soaring temperatures saw Matt Bethell post a clubhouse score of 153 and set the score for the rest to shoot down. Tom Alford posted 78 for a total of 154 and George Wall an 81 for a 155 total. Our new Bridgnorth Golf Club Wetton Champion was crowned and Matt Bethell is our champion golfer for the year. Well done Mathew on your superb performance on the day and we wish you a fantastic year ahead as Bridgnorth Golf Clubs 2019 Champion.
Bridgnorth Golf Club wishes to thank the following sponsors for supporting the Championship event: Kelvin Jones from Transland Group, Richard Pearson from Fairway Wheels, Trevor Allsopp from Allton-Tech Systems, Phillip Taylor from Eagles Plumbing Merchants, Glyn Mckenna from Nock Deighton Estate Agents, Jonathan Guest from Jelf Insurance Brokers, Gavin Barrett from RG74 and last but not least Jez Wilson from Simmonds Transport.
The evening closed with a full patio and many tales of woe washed down with a few beers. Thank you to all the players who entered and let’s look forward to doing it all again next year.
Wetton (Scratch) Trophy :
Pos Name Scores Total
1 Matthew Bethell 78 + 75 = 153
2 Thomas Alford 76 + 78 = 154
3 George Wall (R) 74 + 81 = 155
4 Bryn Fellows 79 + 77 = 156
5 Stephen Fitzpatrick 79 + 78 = 157
6 Richard Pearson 79 + 78 = 157
Dickson (Handicap) Trophy :
Pos Name Hcp Scores Total
1 Jonathan Guest 12 73 + 69 = 142
2 Ryan Phillips 8 72 + 71 = 143
3 Dan Taylor 8 73 + 71 = 144
4 Freddie Broad 12 70 + 74 = 144
5 George Wall 3 74 + 71 = 142
6 Harry Broad 12 75 + 71 = 146