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Prizes the answer to Popes' prayers

By Wells Journal  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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The husband and wife team of Nick and Carole Pope are celebrating their success after the annual Pro Shop Europe Awards were presented at the Wentworth Golf Club.

The Isle of Wedmore Golf Performance Centre pairing were shortlisted in three categories and picked up third spot in the Pro Shop of the Year honours, having been runners- up in 2011.

Nick was thrilled to also finish third in the Junior Coach of the Year category after a successful season in which six youth members were selected for the Somerset Junior Coaching Academy.

The icing on the cake came when Carole, who has just completed the three-year PGA training programme, scooped the runner-up spot in the PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year award.

"It was a fantastic night for us and the Golf Performance Centre at the Isle of Wedmore Golf Club," said Nick.

"We were thrilled to pick up three of these prestigious awards and were the only centre to be shortlisted in three categories."

Carole added: "These awards mean such a lot to us as we have been nominated by golfers who use our shop and the awards are judged by an independent panel.

"It is a great feeling that all the effort we put into providing a first-class golf professional shop is recognised and appreciated by our customers.

"We won't be resting on our laurels either – we've got lots of exciting things in the pipeline to push the shop on through next year, where hopefully we'll be picking up more Pro Shop Europe Awards!"

Wedmore Golf Performance Centre is open seven days a week to members and the public from 8am-4.30pm. It is part of Foremost, the largest group of golf professionals in Europe, and offers a state-of-the-art indoor teaching studio.

Nick or Carole can be contacted on 01934 712452 or nick. pope@foremostgolf.com.

Meanwhile, the only competition to survive the rain at Wedmore was the seniors' medal. Even so, conditions were wet and windy which prevented any really low scoring.

There was a very close finish in Division 1, with four players all recording nett 69s. The places were therefore decided over the back nine, with Calvon Poulton-Sadler claiming first place by keeping bad scores off his card.

John Bennett was second, fighting back after taking eight on the tenth. Mike Munns was third, his bad hole being a nine on the 13th. Captain-elect Tom Bennett, making only a second start in a seniors' event, was the player to miss out on a place after a poor final four holes.

The best score of the day came in Division 2, where David Russell carded a nett 67. That was just one shot clear of the ever-consistent Chris McGowan, with Barrie Gardiner a further shot behind in third.

The higher handicappers in Division 3 were affected more by conditions but Phil Incledon recorded a very satisfactory 71 to win by one shot from John Taylor. Jim Sims took third place on countback from Mac Hargraves after both scored 74.

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