Brilliant Bird bags Somerset Ladies 50+ Championship at Brean

Brean's Lyn Bird celebrates winning the Somerset Ladies 50+ Championship on her home course

Brean's Lyn Bird celebrates winning the Somerset Ladies 50+ Championship on her home course - Credit: Andrew March/Brean GC

Brean’s Lyn Bird won the Margaret Webber Trophy which for best nett score in the Somerset County Ladies 50+ Championships at Brean.

Bird used her local knowledge to good effect as the only player in the 24-strong field to better her handicap. Amanda Mayne from Burnham & Berrow had the best gross score of 76.

Both the club team and Seniors enjoyed the benefit of home advantage in the Somerset Bowl to secure wins.

The Seniors set things rolling with a 4-1 win under the leadership of Trevor Pitt against a strong Taunton & Pickeridge side.

Then on Sunday in the sweltering heat captain Morgan’s men matched that scoreline against Stockwood Vale to move into the quarter-finals of the men’s event.

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After a 6-0 victory in the home leg the previous week the Seniors team led by Mike Short headed to Fosseway for the return.

And although they lost 3.5-2.5 their aggregate win saw the FosseBrean Shield return to Brean for the next 12 months.

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Gail Mason and Linda Edmondson produced excellent scores of 43 points in the July Ladies Stableford, with captain Edmondson declared winner on countback, denying Mason a July Medal and Stableford double.

Third place went to Ladies Club Champion Bird with 37.

Two pairs enjoyed superb days in the sunshine on Saturday as the Silver Jubilee Cup was up for grabs.

The Pairs Aggregate Medal requires both players to be 'on their games' and the pairings of Adam Cox/Jack Shepherd and Mark Bancyzk-Gee/Tim Amy certainly fell into that category.

Both pairs posted superb 127 totals and were 10 strokes clear of the third placed pairing, with the back nine countback revealing Cox and Shepherd to have the lower combined total on the inward half to secure the silverware.

In a somewhat distant third place were Barry Brindley and Barry Fellows, with John Cullinan and Dave Bradley one shot further back in fourth.

Captain-elect Barry Fellows was the defending champion in The Open Championship Pairs on Sunday having won when it was last staged in 2019.

And he enjoyed a successful defence as he produced a superb nett 63 to which Frenchman's Benjamin Hebert added a 67 at Royal St George's to give the duo a winning total of 130.

Fellows also saw his handicap index move back into single digits which probably pleased him just as much as the victory.

Second place went to John Ham (68), who drew American Brooks Koepka (65), and third place was claimed by Mike Hurman, who had an excellent nett 65 alongside Max Homa's 69. 

The final prize went to Paul Bacon, who had to thank Xander Schauffele's 65 after he carded a nett 71.

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