Frosty start for Brean members

BREAN'S visit to Oake Manor was a successful one despite the overnight frost making conditions tricky for the early starters.

BREAN'S visit to Oake Manor was a successful one despite the overnight frost making conditions tricky for the early starters.

The Rally Trophy was won by Roger Vaughan and Chris Payne after their cards were drawn together following the completion of play. Vaughan had 31 points while Payne had the best return of the day with 39 points and their total of 70 was just good enough on count-back to relegate Graham Exton and Simon Williams who carded 32 and 38 respectively to second spot. A good day was had by all and thanks go to Dave Lockwood for his efforts in organising the trip.

It is now the time of year at Brean when the new captains take over in office and both the seniors' and ladies' sections have already made the changeover. Dai Wood takes over from Tony Roper in the senior section and for the ladies, Sandra Parsons takes the reins from Chris Bowden. We wish them the best of luck for a successful year in charge.

The February Stableford took place as things returned to normal after the Car Rally. The leading score on the day was from Division One player Stuart Wills. He scored a superb 43 points and with it reduced his handicap to single figures. Keith Porter took the runners-up spot with 37 points.


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Division Two was a close affair with three players all handing in cards of 35 points. With the better back nine Dave Bailey was the victor with Brian Read in second and Trevor Pitt being the unlucky one who had to settle for third. Gordon Wheelaghan was victorious in the Third Division with 39 points, one ahead of Kevin Davies.

For the first time in a while, a full and undisrupted weekend of competition took place and the second round of the Super Series was the offering for Sunday. Tony Westren made light of his recent handicap cuts to lead the way with 39 points and with it claimed both the Second Division win and the overall prize meaning 12 points headed his way.

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Stewart Garrett was one behind him on 38 in the higher scoring division of the day. Graham Exton headed the Division One scorecharts with 36 points just ahead of Mats Mattsson on 35

Both David Haines and Andrew March are wondering whether any more Gloucester and Somerset PGA Medals will take place as for the fourth time since Christmas the weather won the day. This time it was the Forest of Dean which was hit by an unexpected snowfall on Tuesday night and the Forest Hills course was deemed unplayable first thing on the Wednesday morning meaning another blank week for them.

WORLEBURY held its first monthly medal competition of 2010 on the final Saturday of January.

Despite the continuing cold weather there was a welcome return to 16 of the 18 full greens on the day for the competition.

Division 1: S Gray 39 points; S Taylor 38, A E Woolford 38. Division 2: T Bradley 42; M Chambers 41; N Extence 38. Division 3: R Godwin 42; R Harris 40; A Taylor 39.

In other events, an England v rest of the world match was also held with 10 four-ball better ball games played, the match was evenly contested and eventually halved. �150 was raised from the event for the captains' charity, the Weston Hospital scanner appeal.

Two members of Worlebury, Brian Evans and John Keight have been appointed to the Somerset Golf Union. For information visit www.somersetgolfunion.co.uk

WESTON Seniors' Bowmaker was held in a bitterly cold north-easterly wind.

The drawn team of Graham Tripp, Jim Blackhurst and Keith Britton led the field easily with a great score of 80 points. The team of Ray Harris, Tony Cooksley and David Dennison just pipping the team of David Andow, Ian Freeman and Roy Hodgin on 76 points, with a better back nine.

G Tripp, J Blackhurst, K Britton 80 points; R Harris, A Cooksley, D Dennison 76; D Andow, I Freeman, R Hodgin 76; P Lund, R Schubert, J Ness 75; G Wilson, K Matthews, J Poole 75; T Knott, N Bohin, R Yeomans.

ISLE of Wedmore had pairs golf as the order of the day this week.

The seniors kicked off on Monday with a Greensomes competition. Despite flurries of snow, scores were generally good. This was certainly so for Peter Laney and John Sim who took first prize with 43 stableford points. They were well clear of Geoff Brooks and Peter Rutter, runners-up with 40 points with Richard Banks and Alf Turner a further point back third.

The Ladies, anticipating miserable weather, played a nine-hole four ball better ball but followed this up with a golf quiz in the warmth of the club house. Playing this format with full handicap led to high scores. The 26 points from Angela Thorp and Shirley Restorick was still excellent, but only won on count-back from Deidre Wheadon and Margaret Rogers. Alison Buckton and Sue Chambers must have expected more than third place with their 25 points. Special mention must go to Ann Adams, recently returned from injury, and playing without a partner, she still managed 19 points.

In the rules quiz that followed, last year's captain Judy Cutter upset the odds by winning with Linda Roberts, but only a tie break separated them from Carol Pinks and Joan Peck with Cathy Olive and Vera Ireland coming third.

Sunday, being Valentine's Day, seemed ideal for a mixed pairs but perversely this was the only singles event of the week. It was a family affair with Keith Rabbitts winning Division 2 with 40 points, while brother Francis scored a remarkable 45 points to clinch Division 3.

Other places in these divisions went to James Vowles, from another family achieving success recently, and Stuart Norton-Collins in Division 2 and Pete Beavan and Robert Davis in Division 3. Scores in Division 1 were good. Brian Warner (43) took first place ahead of Stephen Dobbs (42) and Richard Goad (41).

In the ladies' divisions, captain Claire Biggs continued her run of form with 37 points ahead of Saybria Sims (32) and Jan Jenkins (32) while Vera Ireland took Division 2 with 34 points.

THE seventh annual Vision North Somerset charity golf tournament will be held at Worlebury Golf Club on May 7.

The entry fee for a team of four players is �150 and includes 18 holes of golf, refreshments on arrival and a superb two-course carvery.

The best two scores count for team prizes and there are also individual prizes to be won.

For an entry form or details of how to sponsor this popular event please contact Sue Potepa at Vision North Somerset on 01934 419393 or e-mail sue.potepa@visionns.org.uk

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