It gives me great pleasure to introduce Mendip’s new Lady Captain Aimee Sawyer. Aimee joined Mendip in 2016 and reached a lowest handicap of Plus 3.4.
She is the lowest handicap Ladies Captain of Mendip and at 28 years old, as far I can see from the records, the youngest. However, more importantly as some of you will know, Aimee was involved in a terrible accident in August 2020 resulting in many months in hospital and rehabilitation units. During this period she showed great courage and determination to get back to golf and is currently playing off scratch despite still needing further operations.
Aimee has chosen The Katie Piper Foundation as her charity who support adult survivors of burns and anyone with scars from traumatic incidents by preparing tailor made plans for their mental well being and physical health as they start on the long road to recovery. Aimee has been supported by them since leaving the hospital rehabilitation programme. I know all members will wish Aimee well in her captaincy year and give her and her charity full support.
Fifty two pairs competed in the Hodder Cup event with the top thirty two pairs progressing to the knock-out stages. Best score on the day came from Jack Hayes/Julian Redpath with a net 63 with Chis White/Baden Wilkinson, second on countback with 64, Jack Harrington/Alan Padfield were third with 65.
The mid week Stableford saw a win for Daniel Owen in Division One with 32 points after countback from Baden Wilkinson. Spencer Pocock won Division Two with 36 with Patrick Wiseman second with 35 and Division Three went to Andy Frampton with 34 with Phil Brock second with 33.
Thirty one ladies played in the 18 hole qualifier with Lynn Cox winning Division One with 31 with Jean Padfield second with 30. Division Second went to Ann Padley with 34 and Penny Oliver was second with 33. Division Three saw by far the best score of the day with an outstanding 42 points from Annette Jobbins with Debbie Godwin second with 33. The 9 hole event was won by Elaine Richardson with 16 points.
The Ladies Alliance A Team playing in Division Three of the Bristol and District League had a fine 4-1 win over Lansdown with wins from Aimee Sawyer, Ellen Reakes, Fran Davies, Jenny Merrett and Jan Fukuyama. Unfortunately the Rogers Cup Team playing in the County event off handicap narrowly lost 3-4 to Worlebury with their wins coming from Marian Speed, Anita Butcher and Allison Rumming
Nearest the Pin went to Jack Hayes with James Pitchell second.
Mendip held a US Kids Tour event and Mendip Junior Alexander Leonard playing off 16 won the U11 category with a net 74 and in fact was second in the event overall.
Allison Rumming the immediate Past Ladies Captain visited her charity, NOVA, and presented them with a cheque for £1,700 which will be used to buy additional equipment to help children with special needs to participate in a variety of different sports.
The Seniors Rosebowl saw a strong Mendip Team record a 4-1 victory over Wincanton with wins coming from John Ellis/David Baithwaite, Ian Perkins/Steve Davis, Chris Lindley/Gary Quin and Bryan Lewis/Chris White.
The Seniors entertained Cumberwell and an excellent match finished all square. Dave Jackson was making his debut for the Seniors. Wins came from Simon Brand/Tony Scott, Steve Davis/Rod Dyson, John Ellis/Andy Frampton and Robert Miller/Bryan Lewis gained the all important half.