Double celebration for veteran Tony

TONY Roper had double reason to celebrate this week as he finished top of the pile in two events at Brean Golf Club.

TONY Roper had double reason to celebrate this week as he finished top of the pile in two events at Brean Golf Club.

Firstly he won the seniors’ Stableford with a haul of 47 points compiled on temporary greens following an overnight frost and then he combined with the outgoing club captain, Steve Bateman, to win the AGM Foursomes on Sunday.

Roper overcame a foggy morning as he amassed his winning Stableford score which was helped by a run of four consecutive threes through the tough stretch of holes seven to 10 which gave him 15 points towards his total.

Runner-up was George Stratford after his round saw him return 44 points. Most popular man in the bar afterwards was Allen Fellingham, who had a hole in one at the par three 10th during the event. Due to the misty conditions he did not see the ball disappear into the hole.


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Roper returned to the winners circle as he teamed up with Bateman to post a score of 34 points in the foursomes event. Poor weather restricted the entry and also made scoring difficult as Chris Fairchild and Gordon Wheelaghan took the runners-up spot with 32 points.

Sandwiched between these two competitions was a round of the Winter League. Jared Poole repeated his feat of last weekend as he won Division 1 with a similar score to his previous one. Division 2 honours went to Mark Elvins with a best of the day 47 points which saw his handicap reduced as a result.

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The two second place finishers both had 43 points with Dave Bailey taking second in the top division and the fast improving John Doughty assuming that position in the second tier.

During the past week there have been changes off the course with new captains taking up office for 2011. At the AGM, Steve Bateman handed over the captaincy reins to Dave Bradley and Jenny Vaughan took up the ladies’ role. Jim Longford takes over from Dai Wood as the leader of the seniors’ section for the 2011 season.

Earlier in the week, the seniors’ held their popular presentation lunch where Roger Phillips was the major collector of prizes after a successful year.

The captains this year have chosen the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance to be their designated charity and the members will do their best to make it a successful year for them.

? THERE was a full week of golf with the usual mixed bag of weather this week at Wedmore.

Wind was the main problem on Monday for the seniors’ Stableford and this kept the scores low until late in the day when Terry Stew came in with 42 points to win Division 3 by seven shots from John Sim and David Summers-Cooke.

There was an incredibly tight finish to Division 1 with five players all recording 37 points. Winner by virtue of having the worst front nine was Tony Biggs, followed by Keith Thomas and Tony Glover. David Coggan and Ivor Monelle were the unlucky two who missed out.

Brian Kodd won Division 2 easily enough, his 38 points was two ahead of Peter Rutter, who was a further point ahead of John Taylor.

As usual, the ladies got the worst of the weather with rain and wind on Thursday and therefore low scores for their Bowmaker.

Clear winners were Liz Hill, Cathy Olive and Eunice Bond, whose 62 points put them eight ahead of second team Aileen Robertson and Margaret Rogers, who were a further point ahead of Jane Hewitt and Claire Biggs, both these teams being short of one player.

By Saturday the sun was shining for the club Stableford and some excellent scores were recorded. Best score of the day was Mike Snelgrove with 44 points winning Division 1 ahead of Dominic Smith and Martin Dunton on 40 points.

A close finish in Division 2 saw Paul White just beating Chris Norris on countback. Their 42 points put them one ahead of Brian Webber in third place. Nick Smith (42) had a clear two point win in Division 3 ahead of George Smith and T Searle.

Another sign of the better weather was a few more ladies playing at the weekend. Best score of the day was 32 for Val Webber in bronze division, just one ahead of Trish Phelps. Marlyn Jackson won silver division with 28 points.

? WESTON seniors’ Bowmaker: John Poole, Gary Homer, Peter Harvey 75 pts; John Morgan, Colin Dixon, Jim Blackhurst 73; Dave Snowden, Peter Sedley-Jones, Frank Burns 70; John Hurcombe, David Andow, Nigel Jillings 68; Denis Longden, Trevor Knott, John Kane 67; George Leigh, Terry Holden, Rob Yeomans 67.

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