Burnham & Berrow are county champions

BURNHAM and Berrow recently became the champion club of Somerset in a nail-biting championship at Taunton and Pickeridge.

BURNHAM and Berrow recently became the champion club of Somerset in a nail-biting championship at Taunton and Pickeridge.

The scratch trio of David Gregory, Ellis Cook and Justin Lane had to withstand a determined effort by a Saltford team who came up short by a single shot.

Gregory had a superb day, shooting a 69 both morning and afternoon. Lane shot 68, 72 with Ellis Cook continuing the form that saw him take the county junior title a few weeks ago with a morning 74 and afternoon 70.

David Gregory and Justin Lane were both rewarded with selection for the county squad at South West week, the premier event in the South West County Calendar and Cook selected for the Tuesday Championship.

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The Burnham and Berrow trio will represent Somerset in the national finals at North Hants (the course where Justin Rose made his name) on September 12 and 13.

THE Great British Mobility Group, based at Hewish, has revealed that its Charity Golf Day, held at Mendip Spring earlier this month, raised a magnificent total of �8,025 for local good causes.

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This is just one event of a year-long programme of events raising funds for local charities, and the Great British Mobility group team has set an ambitious fundraising target of �20,000. Beneficiaries will include the Friends of St Andrew's Church in Congresbury, local schools and the elderly.

The local community was out in force to raise money for deserving local causes and teams took part from Thatchers Cider, Westlake Solicitors, Barneys Communications plus The Old Inn in Congresbury.

Many more companies from across the region showed their support by donating raffle and auction prizes, including sporting equipment, drinks and crystal glasses.

First prize went to John Hill's team, Hammy Hornets; Westlake Solicitors took second with their team, the CJ All Stars; in third place was Darcy Summers' team, Three Engineers and Wang Chung and fourth place went to a Great British Mobility Group team from the South West who called themselves Bandits at 2 o'clock.

Heavy downpours and extremely windy conditions, which caused a gazebo to take to the skies, did not dampen anyone's enthusiasm. Although a fascinating statistic from the day was that a total of 343 balls were lost, working out at an average of more than four per player.

WESTON Midweek Stableford, Division 1: M Evans 38 points; J Searle 37; K Aplin 36; P McKechan 35; A Royle 34; P R Trego 33; A Disney 32; J King 32; A Northern 32; C Hall 31; T Keight 30; S Acton 30.

WORLEBURY Ladies' Mixed Gertrude Johnson Cup: P Lawton and I Swift 69 nett; N Carter and E Limer 70.

Desert Springs Salver: J Phillips and L Johnson 35 points; J Jamieson and J Webb 34 (back nine).

JACK Partridge, aged 9, from Locking had a double golfing success in the space of three days this half term.

He won the CommsPlus Junior Stableford at Worlebury with a nett of 64 and then followed it on with first in the Under-10s section of the Junior Open at Farrington where he finished with a nett 50. Jack came a respectable third overall on the day.

Jack is a member at Worlebury and Mendip Springs, and his current goal is to earn himself a place in the junior team at Worlebury.

Credit also goes to Robert Moss, PGA coach at Mendip Springs, for the excellent tuition and coaching given to Jack over the last few years.

ISLE of Wedmore held the first charity event of the year in aid of the NSPCC.

Along with sun, it was also good to see vice-captain Russell Shaw back on the course, albeit only as starter, following his argument with a brick wall in Bleadney.

The good weather and perfect condition of the course meant that scores were inevitably going to be good and so it proved with the leading three pairs all recording 44 points.

It was therefore left to the scores on the back nine to determine the winners. These turned out to be Russell's son Matt Shaw with the almost invincible Fiona Beattie. The unlucky pairs in second and third place were Steve Lockley and Bill Wallace and Louise Allen and Mike Mosier.

The other winner was the NSPCC with over �300 being donated to the charity.

On Friday evening the inaugural Professional-Director Challenge took place. In this club professional Nick Pope and one of the three directors take on all comers before enjoying a meal in the clubhouse.

Fiona Beattie and Matt Shaw must have been disappointed only to come second this time behind Keith and Marlyn Jackson with Nick Pope and director Geoff Abraham in a creditable third place. Nick also won two sleeves of balls by having the only two of the evening. Members should look out for future events during the summer.

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