Burnham and Berrow contest 400th anniversary

BURNHAM and Berrow were invited by The Royal Blackheath, the oldest golf club in the world, to help mark its 400th anniversary.

BURNHAM and Berrow were invited by The Royal Blackheath, the oldest golf club in the world, to help mark its 400th anniversary.

Twenty-two teams were invited to contest the inaugural Bollinger Invitation Foursomes Competition. The format was a 36-hole aggregate medal for a scratch pair and a handicap pair.

Burnham and Berrow, represented by Robin Griffiths and Justin Lane (scratch) with Neil Darby and Mark Woods (handicap), played against teams from across the UK, including eight Royal clubs, The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Prestwick and Bruntsfield Links.

Burnham and Berrow were in the morning round and the scratch pair shot a 71 with a nett 74 from the handicap pair. A 78 and nett 71 was posted in the afternoon. The team felt they had all left shots out there but that was quickly forgotten when it transpired that so had the other teams and that Burnham and Berrow's total of 294 was four clear of the runners-up, The Oxford and Cambridge Golfing Society and third placed Royal St Georges.

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The juniors enjoyed an excellent weekend by reaching the final of the Knockout Cup and

followed it by clinching the Central League title.

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Burnham hosted Mendip Spring in the Knockout semi-final, having beaten them by 3.5 to 0.5 in the league the previous weekend.

James Holl was first out, playing against Tim Elliott and was giving eight shots. The game was all square at the turn, but James handled the windy conditions better on the back nine and crept ahead, eventually winning by 3 and 2.

Callum Taylor went out in the second game against Mendip Spring's four-handicapper Will Poole. Will completed the front nine in two under par on his way to a lead of six-up after 11 holes. Callum fought back well, winning three in a row, to reduce the deficit before eventually losing by a respectable 3 and 2.

This meant the match would be decided by Charlie Powell's game against 10-handicapper Dan Pearce. Charlie was one up at the turn and then began to turn the screw and went on to win by 4 and 3.

Burnham now meet Windwhistle in the Knockout final on Sunday at Taunton Vale.

Burnham played their final league match of the season against Worlebury, needing 2.5 points to make certain of the Central League title.

James Holl and Callum Taylor went out in the opening game against Zak Shelford, off six, and Jeremy Blackman, off 11. Despite James' two under par front nine 34, the Burnham pair were one down. Worlebury went on to take the first point 2 and 1.

Skipper Roy Baker partnered Will Crandon in the second game. The Burnham pairing were too good for 10-handicapper Liam Flood and 15-handicapper Ryan Jones and won comfortably 6 and 5.

Emma and Charlie Powell played together again in game three against Josh Freeman, off 18, and Alex Wynn, off 17. The Powells went into the game with a 100 per cent record and maintained it in style with 6 and 4 victory to take the second point.

Burnham and Berrow now required half a point to win the league. It was left to Harry Longman, now off 17, and Alex Charalambous who took the deciding game with an emphatic 7 and 5 win over Matthew Blackman, off 15, and Dario Flood, off 18, to complete the 3-1 overall win.

Burnham go forward to the league play-off finals against Farrington who won the Northern league and the winners of the Southern league which is yet to be decided.

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