Burnham seniors romp home

BURNHAM and Berrow seniors entertained Minehead and the result suggests it was a bit of a cakewalk for the home side, but this was not the case as all the games were closely contested and half of them were decided on the last green.

BURNHAM and Berrow seniors entertained Minehead and the result suggests it was a bit of a cakewalk for the home side, but this was not the case as all the games were closely contested and half of them were decided on the last green.

Leading the charge for Burnham were Trevor Jenkins and Roy Shakespeare who were struggling to find their touch around the greens and found themselves three down after 11 holes, but managed to reduce the arrears on the 12th and 13th when Roy won both. After missing putts on the next few holes they were dormie two down, three down, but again Roy saved the game by winning both the 17th and 18th with pars to gain a well earned halve.

George Davies and Tony Williams outplayed their opponents by claiming birdies on the fourth, fifth and 10th holes and running out 3 and 2 winners to put the home team up on the match.

Captain Alan Cook and Frank Matthews were also involved in a tough tussle, but finally were pleased to come off with a half in a game that was described by the visiting captain as dreadful.

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Adrian Markwell and Frank Ryan managed to get the better of their opposition with a two-up result to put Burnham Seniors 3-1 ahead.

Adrian Beaumont and Geoff Sloman had a similar two-up winning margin to put the match result beyond doubt. It was noted that Geoff laid up to the rabbit fence on the 13th as the green was still occupied by Frank and Adrian.

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David Phillips and Gordon Bareham rounded off a good day for the home team when they took the lead on the 14th and held on for a one-up winning margin.

The final result was a thumping 5 games to 1 win for Burnham and Berrow Seniors. The return match will be played at Minehead on Wednesday, June 9.

WESTON Foursome Plate saw an excellent round by the lowest handicapped pair of Paul Lund (6) and Dave Rowland (5) of 78 gross produced the winning score - 72.5 nett.

Dave Reynolds (15) and Ray Chambers (17) just missing out by half a shot. This week only two twos were recorded, the first by D Andow and J Blackhurst and the second by N Bohin and D Evans both at the difficult 11th hole.

Results: P Lund, D Rowland78-5.5=72.5 (Foursome Plate winners); D Reynolds, R Chambers 89-16=73; A Barry, R Webb 84-10.5=73.5; N Bohin, D Evans 92-17.5=74.5; D Andow, J Blackhurst 89-14.5=74.5; F Burns, R Schubert 89-14=75.

Four-ball Cup: N and J Browne nett 59; D Snowdon and D Cook 63 (back nine); S Collier and R Peacock 63 (back six); R Thompson and P Blunden 63 (back nine); K and J Lane 63; P Sandry and M Dyer 64 (back one); N Cook and D Broom 64 (back six); P Sedley-Jones and K Hooper 64 (back nine); R Orr and A Morgan 64; G Robert and A Balcombe 64.

WESTON brothers Philip and Jon Treen both made hole in one putts within hours of each other on opposite sides of the world.

Philip (46), a former Broadoak School pupil and former international tennis player, now resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he is a professional poker player. He hit his ace with an eight iron on the 11th hole at the Eldorado Course at Boulder Creek, Las Vegas, from 158 yards.

Jon has been playing golf since a teenager and I took up the sport in his 20s.

"I contacted my parents the day after to tell them the story of my hole in one and before I could tell them, they told me that my brother had some exciting news to tell me that happened on the golf course."

"I couldn't believe we had hit a hole in one just hours apart on two different continents".

His brother Jonathan (39), who now lives in Bristol, made his with an eight iron at the 13th hole from 168 yards at the Tall Pines course just south of Bristol.

This was Jon's first and Philip's second hole in one.

BREAN captains, Steve Bateman and Sandra Parsons, have chosen the Children's Hospice South West as their nominated charity for the year and the fund-raising got off to an excellent start with the annual Captains Charity Day on Friday.

Just less than 80 golfers took part in the four-man team event over the Brean course and many found it tough going in the cool breeze. The winning team were all Brean members, Dave Barthram, Mike Hurman, Tony Grimes and Roger Williams. They combined to score 79 points and Williams 50-yard chip in at the 18th hole for a birdie proved to be crucial as they finished just one point clear of the field.

Runners-up were Mo Sanders, Dai Wood, Andy Martin and Pete Dunn and collecting third spot another point behind were Brean's professionals David Haines and Andrew March alongside Mike Porter and Bob Champion.

The leading ladies team, Jackie Richards, Linda Towens, Linda Packworth and Jan Truscott, came in with 73 points.

All the players then enjoyed an excellent meal afterwards in the Tavern before the charity auction of golfing memorabilia added over �1000 to the amount raised. All in all, the total for the day is expected to be close to �2,500 when everything is added up which is an superb start to the fund.

Brean's pro Celebrity Am is fast approaching in mid-May when celebrities from various sports and TV enjoy a day at Brean in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. The last week has seen all the sections of the club compete to finalise their teams for this event. First up were the seniors and the top three in their Medal all qualified. They should prove to be a formidable side in the event as Pete Douglas, Barrie Yearsley and Tony Anderson will join their captain Dai Wood after returning the lowest three scores.

Two days later Taunton Vale seniors were on the receiving end of a heavy defeat from the Brean seniors as they won by 5.5 matches to 0.5 on a day much improved weatherwise from their previous home match.

Ian Adams was the star man in the April Monthly Stableford. He scored a best of the day 40 points to win Division 3 by a massive six points from Mike Sutton. Mike Carter's recent scores have seen him move into Division 2, but the change has not stopped him winning as he added more glassware to his growing collection. His 39 points meant yet another handicap reduction was in order.

Second place two back was Tony Groves. In top Division 1, Steve Mason has made Monthly Stablefords his speciality as he claimed his third victory in four months despite only managing 32 points.

Barry Tucker just missed out on count-back after also having 32 points. In the Ladies' event Shelia Rouse recorded her first ever Stableford win. Her card of 37 points was five better than Tina Bateman and was also enough to see her handicap reduced by a shot.

The Avalon first team continued their recent run of matches when they travelled to Mendip Spring. As they did last week the tie ended 2.5-2.5 but as they were the away side they picked up more league points in the process.

Two events were on the calendar for Sunday. The Open Mixed Fourball was the main event but unfortunately it only attracted a small entry. Scoring was good throughout the field and a count-back was required to separate the top two.

A slightly better back nine was good enough for Steve Peates and his partner Lesley Moore to edge out Roger and Jenny Vaughan after they both totalled 41 points. Peates also claimed the golf balls on offer for the twos as he made the only ones of the event.

For those not contested the mixed event it was a chance to collect more Super Series points. Junior Jordan Harris did just that as he secured maximum points after scoring 40. One of the later starters Mark Fountain handed in 37 points to ensure victory was his in the Division 2. Eamonn Wynne and Wayne Barrett took the runners-up positions in their respective divisions. Twos were in short supply again but Trevor Pitt was complaining as he scored the only one and collected �36 as his reward.

WEDMORE Ladies Spring Meeting was greeted with spring-like sunshine but a cold blustery wind made scoring difficult.

This year two trophies were being competed for as Annie Fry has generously donated a new cup for the bronze division. The Midgley Cup is now competed for exclusively by the silver division.

First winner of the new trophy was Deidre Wheadon who scored 38 points, narrowly putting her ahead of Judy Brooking-Clark and Linda Roberts who both scored 37 points and were only divided on count-back.

Count-back was also required to split the first and second places in the silver division. Sue Chambers took the Midgley Cup, just beating Jan Jenkins after both had scored 38 points. Appropriately Jane Midgley took third place with 35 points.

The serious business of the day was followed by a second attempt at "Speed Golf" although this time the challenge was to see how many strokes were taken. Perhaps over confident after the success of their first attempt last year things did not go quite so smoothly and 110 shots were taken. Caroline Patterson was lucky enough to have chosen this number.

The cold wind had completely gone for the Monthly Stableford on Saturday although now that play is back on the proper tees, scoring was more restrained than over the winter.

Graham Sugg still managed 42 points in Division 1 ahead of Nick Parker (39) and Jim Dobbs (38). Division 2 players scored less well with the exception of Steve Ferris whose 40 points was five better than his closest rivals Richard Tye and Jeff Bulcock.

As is often the case, the best results were in Division 3, won by Mark Gibbs with 43 points ahead of Steve Kidd (41) and Pete Beavan (41).

The seniors had a disappointing week, going out in the first round of the Somerset Bowl against Cannington, albeit in a tight finish with the match being decided on the final green with Wedmore going down 3-2.

WORLEBURY ladies' section captain's charity day 4BBB Stableford in aid of the Diamond Trust Appeal was well supported with a field of 30 players enjoying a day of long awaited sunshine.

The winners with 42 points were Amanda Cook and Emma Limer. Runners-up were Jane Wakerley and Lynn Johnson with 40 points. Weekend Stableford winners were Silver Division Janet Jamieson 36 points. and Bronze Division Maxine Gardiner 38 points.

WORLEBURY'S opening fixtures in the Bristol and District League this season were blessed with good weather.

The first team entertained Filton, while the Avalon 2nds played Tall Pines also at home. The first team were beaten 4 points to 1 while the Avalon recorded an excellent victory over Tall Pines by a margin of 4.5 to .5.

Worlebury entered a team into the Somerset Bowl on Sunday, at Clevedon, but lost 3 and 2 to Stockwood Vale.

The April Medal was played on Sunday, again in perfect conditions, which is reflected in the excellent scores posted.

Division 1: R Carlier 70 (7) 73; M Pearson 69 (4) 65; P Vibert 77 (11) 66. Division 2: T Wren 77 (14) 63; T Lennon 79 (15) 64; P Wyatt 77 913) 64. Division 3: T Barden 86 (20) 66; F Spearing 90 (24) 66; G Williams 86 (19) 67.

TWENTY-four Weston lady golfers enjoyed a three-day break at the Trevose Golf and Country Club in Cornwall, organised by lady captain Sue Radcliffe.

A two-day competition on this magnificent championship course with beautiful sunny weather conditions resulted in an overall accumulative winning stableford score for Carol Harris.

The best team result in the competition was won by Sue Radcliffe, Katrina Thomas, Alysia Rees and Sue Mardell. The longest drive was won by June Phillips and nearest the pin winner was Joan Jenkinson. The prize giving presentation was held in the clubhouse by captain Sue Radcliffe which was followed by a meal to celebrate some great golf over the weekend.

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