Back to normal at Brean

BREAN is getting back to normal after the lengthy disruption caused by the snow.

BREAN is getting back to normal after the lengthy disruption caused by the snow.

The course re-opened for play over the weekend and many golfers got the chance to return to their normal weekend routine. The course has drained exceptionally well considering the amount of snow which took up residence on it for over a week.

The first team silverware of the year was contested on Sunday in the form of the Percy Underwood Trophy. This is a foursomes (alternate shot) competition, which is considered by many to be the toughest format in golf. A draw for partners was made with the lowest handicapper being drawn to play with the highest and so on.

Steve Mason and, the soon to be senior's captain, Dai Wood, combined well to claim top spot. The winning pair handed in a card showing 39 points and also included two twos, one of which was a crucial eagle at the 14th.

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The chasing pack was led by two pairs on 38 and a count-back was required to determine the runners-up prize. Club captain Roger Vaughan and his partner Steve Moore just shaded it with a better back nine than Mike Carter and Dave Barthram.

It has also been a frustrating time for the Brean professionals lately, as David Haines and Andrew March have seen their last two Gloucester and Somerset PGA Medals fall to the snow. Hopefully they will have better luck at Minchinhampton near Stroud this week.

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One venue that did survive the weather was Burnham Golf Range which was good news for the many golfers trying to get their fix. It managed to remain open throughout the period of wintry weather but the snow on the ground certainly made the task of picking up the white golf balls tricky.

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