Annual golf week at Brean

The annual Brean Golf Club open week saw a range of competitions being contested over the past seven days.

THE annual Brean Golf Club open week saw a range of competitions being contested over the past seven days.

The first event was an individual Stableford event and this was won by a visitor, Geraint Davies from South Wales. He notched 39 points and relegated Brean’s club champion, Roy Baker, to the runners-up spot after he had returned 37 points.

The second event was again an individual one, but this time the scoring was medal. A countback was needed to separate Martyn Cahill and Steve Jones, who both had nett 72s, but Jones had a better back nine.

A small number of players took part in the threeball scramble and none that did could keep up with the Jones’s. Steve again found himself in the winner’s enclosure and was accompanied by brother Paul and Uncle Eric in a comfortable success.

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Saturday’s bowmaker format saw Steve Mason, Nigel Hodges and Matt Haskins shine as they romped to a five shot victory after a superb score of 123. Taking second spot on the day were the trio of Mike Porter, John Mardon and Roger Phillips.

The monthly Stableford for May ended with Craig Wheelaghan handing in the best score of the day. His card of 41 points won him the Division 3 award ahead of Dai Wood on 36.

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Steve Bateman’s 38 points was victorious in the top division, while Mike Parfitt edged out Steve Mason on countback for top spot in Division 2 after both had 38 points.

In the ladies’ event, Debbie Windmill faltered slightly towards the end of her round, but still posted an excellent 38 point score.

Brean seniors’ maintained their good run of form in their inter-club matches. Cannington were the latest visitors, but they suffered the same fate as the others before them and returned home on the wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline.

ISLE of Wedmore celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and last week was something of a landmark when Tim Harris became the first member to claim a county championship.

This was at the seniors’ county championship held at Mendip Spring. His 78 was good enough to secure a tie for the lead, with the title then decided by a four-hole play-off which he convincingly won by four shots.

He was also in the running for the King Alfred Cup, a scratch medal competition at Wedmore. He again scored 78, but this only secured fourth place behind Bill Lander (77) in third with Keith Thomas (76) as runner-up

Youth came to the fore this time though, with Rich Vowles taking top spot with an excellent 74. Rob Davis took the net prize with a net 65.

In the ladies’ competition for the Queen Elizabeth Cup, first place went to Sue Tarry with a gross 82, just holding off the challenge of Cathy Olive (83), with Alison Dodkin in third place. The net prize went to Saybria Sims with a net 75.

Earlier in the week, the seniors had held their open tournament, with 51 visitors from 22 clubs taking part. Top prize went to home player John Russell, who recorded 37 points. Just losing out on countback was Mike Munns, who had the consolation of winning Division 2.

Visitors took all three places in Division 1, won by G Hill from Taunton Vale ahead of J Downes and M Burt. The other places in Division 2 went to Brian Kidd and R Fox. Division 3 was a clean sweep for the home players, with Phillip Wren on 36, finishing three points clear of Paul Burkhill and Jim Sims.

County seniors champion Tim Harris with his trophy.

THE Saturday Stableford at Burnham & Berrow was played in good conditions and this was reflected in the scoring.

A good number of competitors came in with better than par scores, but the winner was Stephen Seymour with 40 points. Stephen beat Colin Allsopp on countback and, as a result, won the Bradbeer Cup.

This cup was first presented in 1996 by the widow of Fred Bradbeer, who had been a professional at Burnham. It is awarded to the best Division 2 player in the 18 holes Stableford competition. In Division 1, the best scores were recorded by Gareth Rees and Roger Pople who both had 39 points, Gareth coming out ahead on countback.

PHILLIPE Vibert took the honours in Division 1 of Worlebury Golf Club’s monthly medal

His score of nett 63 was two better than Terry Bradley, with promising junior Jack Partridge in third place with 67. The second division was won by Clive Wilson also scoring a 63, with Tim Bardon on 66 and Pete Wyatt on 67 taking second and third.

Card of the day probably belonged to Terry Santo in Division 3 with an excellent 60, with Kenny Yam and Dave Collard taking the other positions with 65 each.

The first team entertained Knowle and recorded a 3-2 victory. Paul Simmonds and Pete Gilpin were the pick of the pairs, winning their match by five and four, including an ace at the second hole by Simmonds.

A side led by club captain Pete Nuttall went to Mendip Golf Club to play the annual centenary match. They were well beaten on the day by seven points and will have to wait until the home fixture next year to try to get the trophy back.

The seniors held a medal with Ron Jamieson carding the best round on the day, scoring a net 71 to win. Geoff King and Nick Extence took second and third with 72 each.

WESTON Golf Club seniors’ Dennes Cup results: Alan Harris 36 pts; Graham Tripp 35; John Atherton 35; Jim Blackhurst 34; Eddie Morris 32; Dave Southern 32; Tony Hynam 32; John Greaves 32.

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