Persistent rain for West of England Open Winter Foursomes competitors
PUBLISHED: 14:12 24 January 2018 | UPDATED: 14:12 24 January 2018
Competitors in the West of England Open Winter Foursomes held at Burnham & Berrow were greeted with persistent rain.
The weather forecasters were spot on predicting a wet day for competitors in the West of England Open Winter Foursomes at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club last Sunday.
This year sees the introduction of slight change in the format with the early stages comprising 16 pools of four pairs playing three matches in a round robin format. With the leading pair from each pool progressing to the last 16 and the knockout stage of the prestigious tournament which started in 1950s.
The pairings can be any combination of male or female, amateur or professional and previous winners include famous names such as Ryder Cup stars and golf commentators Peter Alliss and Brian Barnes.
Last Sunday saw the second round of pool matches played in atrocious weather with persistent rain from start to finish creating testing conditions for the 128 competitors.
Defending champions Jonny Daniel and Nick Scholey from Henbury Golf Club collected their second win to lead their pool and look set to progress through to the knockout stages.
There is plenty of local interest with five home club pairings with maximum points after two rounds poised to progress through to the last 16. These include club steward and scratch handicapper Jack Palmer and his playing partner Jon Adams.
Club professional David Haines, who playing with his up-and-coming daughter Jess, scored their second 4&2 victory, putting them in a commanding position at the top of their pool.
As is Gareth Rees and Andy Fisher, Justin Phillips and Phil Strange and Martin Candy and Ricky Shackell. Other pairings will be relying on the result of matches outside of their power to progress to the last 16.
Saturday’s Stableford saw Dan Solomon demolish the rest of the field with an impressive 43 points to win Division 2 by three points ahead of Mike Jinks (40) and five ahead of Mike Dodd in third spot.
Rob Jackson had a grandstand finish making a birdie at the tough 18th hole for four points to snatch Division one with 39 points, one ahead of a Chris Audin, Glyn Petrie and Phil Coggins, with Audin taking second spot by virtue of a better back nine.
Stableford results – Division 1: R Jackson 39 pts; C Audin 38; G Petrie 38; P Coggins 38; K Dodd 37; S Haines 36; T Crandon 36.
Division 2: D Solomon 43 pts; M Jinks 40; M Dodd 35; W Lemon 35; K Lyne 35; T Edwards 35; A Turrell 35.