Burnham seniors reach the county cup semi-finals

Burnham seniors reached the semi-final of the Somerset Bowl after beating Isle of Wedmore.

BURNHAM seniors took on local rivals, Isle of Wedmore at Tall Pines in the third round of the seniors’ Somerset Bowl.

The weather was overcast, but dry and the course was in great condition, although it played longer than its 6,000 yards.

Despite most Burnham pairs being behind after the front nine holes, they eventually ran out comfortable winners with four matches won and one halved.

The winning pairs were Robin Griffiths and Graham Gregg, Brian Colome and Clive Johnstone, Gordon Mackay and Nick Agar, Peter Amos and Andy Holley. Alex Kidd and Steve Mercer recording the half.

This win puts Burnham into the semi-final of the Somerset Bowl. The venue and opponents are not yet known.

Burnham & Berrow member, Thomas Burley has won the 54-hole, strokeplay English Mid-Amateur Logan Trophy at Saunton after a sudden death play-off with Neill Williams of Walton Heath.

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Burley carded rounds of 74 and 75 before a sensational final round of 67 to get himself into a play-off. He beat reigning champion Williams on the second play-off hole.

Full details can be found at www.englishgolf.org

THE professionals’ weekend at Worlebury Golf Club got off to a bit of a non-start this year, with the singles competition falling foul of the continuing wet summer.

The pair’s competition however, on Sunday, was greeted with something approaching a summer day and the course sufficiently recovered for it to go ahead.

The format was fourball betterball Stableford, and a good field turned out. The winners on the day scoring an impressive 45 points were Jim Walton and Paul Spearing, four points ahead of the team of Ross Coyne and Rob Furlong in second. Third also on 41, was Mike Keen and Matt Blackman, as well as Tom Lennon and Malcolm Simpson in fourth, also on 41.

The Worlebury Avalon team played at Stockwood Vale and came away with a close 3-2 victory, giving them their second win of the season.

The Worlebury Golf Club summer ball is scheduled for this Saturday as the marquee goes up on the lawn in front of the clubhouse, with the course being slightly adjusted to compensate,

This black tie event has live music and full dining for the guests and will be one of the highlights of the year.

WORLEBURY ladies hosted the annual ladies’ open with the added bonus of a dry day.

The winning team scored 77 points and were all Worlebury members - Ginette Baker, Zandie Lennox and Isabella Swift.

Runners-up with a score of 71 points were Helen Clarke (Worlebury), Julie Jones and Jackie McDonald (both Mendip Springs). The nearest the pin prize on the second went to Worlebury member Janet Jamieson.

Worlebury lady captain Sylvia Cook, vice-captain Pam Burnell and lady president Jean Beat.

BREAN Golf Club’s professional duo of David Haines and Andrew March made sure that the name of Brean Golf Club featured prominently in the upper reaches of West Region PGA events last week.

Haines made the trip to Saunton in North Devon to represent Brean alongside club member Ian Adams in the regional final of the Virgin Atlantic National Pro-Am.

The prize awaiting the winners was an all expenses paid trip to the Grand Final in Mexico in December.

On a tough day for scoring on the links course, they ended two under par, which was three shots off top spot, but just a single stroke behind the runners-up in a tie for fourth place.

March was in action the previous day at Forest Hills in Gloucestershire in a Pro-Am event and ended the day as the winner.

The event was a shotgun start and March was drawn on the 11th tee. His day did not get off to the best of starts as he dropped shots at three of his first four holes, but from that point onwards his golf was of the highest quality.

He picked up two birdies with the help of some good putts along the way to sign for a one over par round of 73. This proved to be enough for a two-stroke victory on a day.

Barrie Tucker was glad to see his golf clubs had been returned to the pro shop after being repaired just in time for the seniors’ open as he carried off the top prize.

Again the wet weather almost spoiled the event, but the greenstaff worked wonders to ensure the competition could go ahead and the home players dominated the prizes.

Tucker accumulated 42 points thanks to a superb short game display and this gave him the coveted Bill Martin Trophy by a two point margin.

Second place overall went to Tony Groves with 40 points and he was awarded the Veterans Trophy for the best score by an over 70 year old. Third place went to Mike Allen on 38 points and the final piece of silverware on offer was claimed by Roger Blackwell. His score of 37 points gave him the Nicoll Trophy for the leading score in the 65-69 age bracket.

Club captain Stewart Garrett’s run of bad luck with the weather continued as he saw his captain’s day claimed by the rain.

Heavy and persistent overnight rain fell onto an already sodden golf course and it was no great surprise when the greenstaff had no option but to cancel. The day has now been re-arranged for October 6.

THE heavy rain did not stop a busy week of golf at Wedmore.

Rain reduced the field for the seniors’ Stableford, but there were some good scores in Division 1. Tony Biggs was third with 37 points, one behind John Russell and Tony Glover, with Russell winning on countback and progressing to the regional final of the Hall of Fame competition at Long Sutton.

Terry Stew (36), Brian Kidd (34)and Chris Donald (33) took the first three places in Division 2, with Phil Rogers (32), Michael Blandford (30) and Phillip Wren (29) taking the honours in Division 3.

Liz Hill cashed in on the good weather by winning for the second week running with 37 points. She was just one point ahead of Angela Crosby and Shirley Turner, who were followed by Jenny Brown (35), Cathy Olive (34) and Sarah Mathews (33).

Hill also led the way for the ladies’ Rogers Cup team on Sunday against Farrington. Despite her performance and fighting wins on extra holes for Alison Dodkin and Claire Biggs, the team went down to a narrow 4-3 defeat.

The club Stableford was the third of the week. John Wormald took Division 1 with an excellent 39 in soggy conditions. This was two clear of John Melwani with Ben Barwell third on 36.

Division 2 went to Jim Gray (36) on countback from Chris Norris with Rob Davis a point away in third. An incredible round of 48 points from S Miller won Division 3, with Simon Bayliss and Bill Wallace taking second and third with 36.

The B team stepped up their challenge in Division 5 of the Avalon League with a fine 5-0 win over Wheathill. This is vice-captain Tom Bennett’s last tilt at a trophy.

Following on from a 2.5-2.5 draw against Orchardleigh the week before, the team are now up to second place, although still with ground to make up on Windwhistle.

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