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HE Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance have been named as the chosen charity of Brean Golf Club for the coming year and the fundraising campaign got off to a flying start with the annual Captains Charity Day.

THE Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance has been named as the chosen charity of Brean Golf Club for the coming year and the fund-raising campaign got off to a flying start with the annual Captains Charity Day.

Club captain Dave Bradley along with his ladies’ counterpart Jenny Vaughan and the seniors’ leader Jim Longford were delighted as over �2,500 headed into the fund following a successful day.

The winning team including some of the form golfers at Brean in recent months as the Jones team headed the field. Dave and Eric Jones were joined by Paul and Steve to combine to record 83 points and win by some distance.

Runners-up were the ‘Fockers’ consisting of Steve Bateman, John Mardon, Tony Higgins and Brian Read on 78.

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? WORLEBURY Ladies Golf Club March results - individual Stableford: L Griffiths 46; J Jamieson 42; J Hartree 39.

Greensome Stableford: M James and L Griffiths 47; J Simms and T Smith 42; H Clarke and J Jamieson 40.

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Friendly mixed Greensomes: D and M James 46; B and C Saunders 45; K Etchells and H Cox 44.

? WESTON Golf Club seniors Greensomes: Tony Cookesly & Mike Hill 41 pts; Tony Barry & Robin Webb 40; Brian Whiddett & Dave Farmer 40; Keith Hood & Vic Bush 40; Tim Latchem & Alan Tucker 39; Pete Parish & Peter Alcock 39; Steve Bennett & Pete Hardaway 39; David Andow & David Bates 39.

? THE seniors’ kicked off the week at the Isle of Wedmore with their monthly Stableford.

There was just enough breeze to keep scores in check, the best score of the day being 38 points. This was achieved by three players in Division 1, first place went to David Coggan followed by Graham Clifford and Ray Dodkin respectively.

Tony Ireland (37) was the winner in Division 2. George Smith (36) secured second place from Richard Sanders on countback. Division 3 went to Philip Wren with 38 points, just one point ahead of Colin Pinks, who was four points clear of Geoff Bliss.

On Thursday the seniors’ started their Somerset Bowl campaign against Weston at Tall Pines. Ray Dodkin and John Viney got the team off to a convincing start and although Tony Glover and Keith Thomas were giving too many shots, the remaining pairs of Ian Robson and Graham Clifford, John Russell and Tony Biggs and John Sanderson and Stephen Lawrence all won to carry the team into the second round.

On the same day as the seniors’ were enjoying the sunshine, the ladies found conditions cold and windy at Wedmore. Jenny Brown in bronze division had the best nett score of the day and her 74 was three shots clear of Janis Lawrence and Vera Ireland. Aileen Robertson won the silver division with a nett 77, just one shot ahead of Jane Midgley and Cathy Olive.

On Saturday conditions were fine for the club Stableford. Matt Berry made the most of the weather to score 43 points putting him two ahead of Martin Stephens and six ahead of Paul Plume.

There was a clear winner in Division 2 as well. Tony Rymell scored 41 to finish four ahead of Harry Edwards, who was a shot ahead of Russell Peck. There was a closer finish in Division 3, but no great scores. Steve Kidd won with 36 points just one ahead of Bill Wallace and Greg Cox.

? THE April medal at Brean was played in glorious sunshine last Sunday and Chris Fairchild played some golf that matched the weather.

His nett 66 was easily the best of the day and brought him success in Division 2 by seven shots from Pete Dunn.

The Brean Masters title was also up for grabs and this was contested by all the medal winners of the previous year plus any previous Brean Masters winners. The winner for 2011 was Murray Parsons as he collected the award in addition to his Division 1 win.

His nett 69 needed a countback for it to oust Jason Kidley from top spot. Division 3 was won by Ian Adams with a nett 74 ahead of Martyn Cahill.

The ladies’ were also competing for their Masters title and this went to Shelia Rouse. She didn’t manage to win the medal though as that honour went to ladies’ captain Jenny Vaughan after her excellent nett 70.

The previous day no-one topped the 40 point mark in the Pro Shop Stableford. Both Division winners scored 39 apiece as Stuart Wills took Division 1 and Mike Chaloner Division 2.

The seniors’ held their monthly Stableford last Tuesday in damp and drizzly conditions. Charlie Doherty led the way with a card of 40 points and with it took the Millennium Trophy. Roger Blackwell had to settle for third after Barrie Yearsley edged him out on the back nine.

Both Brean professionals finished high up in the latest G&S PGA Medal at the Mendip Golf Club. David Haines recovered from a poor opening eight holes to end up level par for his round with a storming back nine score and shared second spot.

Andrew March carded a disappointing bogey at the closing hole to end in fourth place, one behind Haines and two behind the winner with a one over par 72. Both players maintain positions inside the top 10 of the Order of Merit with just three events remaining in the season.

? WESTON second team started their season in Division 7 of the Bristol & District League with a home fixture against Saltford.

The Weston opening pair of Ian Freeman and Ian Hudson won a spirited match. The match was especially pleasing for Ian Hudson, who on his Bristol & District League debut, hit a superb season opening tee-shot and then closed the match out with a four foot putt on the last green.

Next up were Andy Balcombe and Graham Hicken, who fell behind when their opponents chipped in for birdie at the first, and Weston never got back in the game, going down 5&4. Nigel Browne and Rob Brenchley were well beaten by two scratch county players, who recorded four threes in a row from the 10th to win 6&5.

The experienced Weston pairing of Tim Rees and Dave Rowland got off to a fast start, with early birdies putting them in control. They eased to victory by 4&3.

It all came down to the final match, in which the Weston pairing of Luke Bliss and Roger Magor were always behind. A birdie at the 17th brought them in touch with the opponents and all to play for at the last. Unfortunately for Weston, the Saltford pair recorded a match winning birdie.

? WITH the grand re-opening of the main greens at Worlebury and some fantastic weather, a large field was out for their first go on the full course for some months. Club professional Gay Marks hit a gross 71 which was the mark to beat in the Pro Trophy qualifier. Only 12 players managed to beat this score, but there will be a second chance to qualify when the other previously cancelled second qualifying day is re-scheduled

Results: Chris Nelson 64; Lee Grant 66; Richard Godwin 68.

The Punchday Greensomes on Sunday was played with double points available on selected holes, hidden Easter eggs to find on the course.

Scores: Andy Hurne and Kelvin Betts 45 pts; Roger Shellard and Bill Stow 44; Steve and Harry Rowlands 44.

Worlebury seniors’ Stableford - Division 1: M Amesbury 42; R Webber 41; J Williams 40. Division 2: C Goddard 44; N Rowden 41; R Still 41.

? WESTON Ladies Golf Club results - Betty Butler Cup 2011 (best three medal scores from October 2010 to March 2011): B Robert (216).

Second Millennium qualifier: J Walker (38); V Brewin (38); G Latham (36).

The Weston Ladies A team beat Saltford 10-4 at home, while the B team 10-4 against the Bristol Golf Club, also at home.

Lady captain Jacqui Hall-Scott is inviting female golfers of all ages and abilities to take part in a ladies’ open golf competition on May 5.

For further information and entry form go to or contact ladies’ secretary on 01934 626968.

? THE winter competitions at Mendip Spring Golf Club have been completed and with the onset of spring, Vernon Hunt, head greenkeeper and his staff are hard at work preparing the nine and 18-hole courses for the summer.

Relaying of three of the tee boxes on the 18-hole Brinsea Course has been completed, together with the annual spring treatment of the greens, which will provide high quality putting surfaces for members and visitors.

Together with many other improvements carried out to the clubhouse and courses over the winter, Mendip Spring is aiming to maintain its reputation as one of the ‘must play’ courses in the South West of England.

Winter competition results – men’s singles winner: Q Byrom, runner-up - G Kemp; Plate: P Hatton, L Andrews; pairs: G Fear and T Elliot, P Lazenby and S Emler.

Ladies singles: Lyn Withey, Heather Kerr-Wilbur; pairs: Heather Kerr-Wilbur and Gill Prophet, Sue and Katherine Sokol.

Mens qualifier Stableford – Division 1: R Slocombe 40 pts; T Baker 39; N Linham 39. Division 2: J Manson 40; L Felstead 36; R Bryant 35.

Ladies qualifier Stableford: L Withey 41; H Kerr-Wilbur 35; P Cornish 31.

Men’s qualifier Stableford: G Willcock 40; C Greenwood 40; R Cooke 39.

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