Captains' drive-in at Burnham & Berrow

PUBLISHED: 09:21 13 January 2012

Burnham and Berrow Golf Club captains.

Burnham and Berrow Golf Club captains.

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Burnham and Berrow Golf Club's new captains took part in a drive-in to start the new year.

THE new Burnham and Berrow Golf Club captains were introduced by club 
president Tony Hill and invited to 
‘drive-in’ in front of a large group of spectators.

Despite barracking from the assembled band of well-wishers enjoying the occasion and the sunshine, all the captains managed to make decent contact with the ball and send it well down the first fairway.

The event was followed by a fourball Stableford bowmaker competition with a shotgun start, with a total of 18 teams representing each section. Ironically, all four captains managed to find themselves in prize-winning places.

The overall winners with an impressive 103 points were a seniors’ team comprising Adrian Beaumont, Adrian Markwell, George King and Rod Gait.

A team of juniors were second with 100 points, led by Harry Longman, with Craig Wheelaghan, Tom Barker and Lewis Norton-Collins. Third place went to the ladies, captained by Sarah Champion with Elizabeth Sloman, Mandy Vickers and Pauline Thorogood.

The final prize went to Geoff Robinson’s team of Michael Blight, Martin Wilkins and club professional, Mark Crowther-Smith.

The club also held its annual red, white and blue flag competition. A non-qualifying individual medal, designed to be a bit of fun in the post Christmas period.

Players keep going until they use up their allotted shots, alternating playing off the white medal, ladies’ red and seniors’ blue tees. Peter Emery made the best of the cold and blusterly conditions and holed-out on the first (19th hole).

Three players also got beyond the 18th hole, with Phil Coggins 66 yards short of the first green, Robin Griffiths was just 14 yards further behind and Rob Baber 140 yards away. Two other players, namely John Reed and Steve Willoughby holed out on the 18th.

■ GOLFERS at Wedmore got down to the first serious golf of the new year with the monthly Stableford.

The course had recovered well from the previous week’s wind and rain and there were some remarkable scores. None more so than Mark Sweeting who scored 48 points to win Division 3.

This represents a round of 12 under par and saw his handicap cut by three. He covered the front nine in just two over gross in amassing 26 points before settling for a more prosaic 22 on the back nine.

Dave Skelton took the runners-up spot with a commendable 43 points with Mark Hughes third on 41. There were some good scores amongst the lower handicappers as well.

Russell Shaw won Division 1 with 42 points, one shot clear of Nigel Jones who was a further point clear of Rich Vowles. Forty-two was also good enough to win Division 2 for Andy Clifton who finished ahead of Simon Moore on 40 and James Gray on 36.

There was a close finish amongst the ladies with three players all coming in with the same score. This meant the places were settled by countback with Marlyn Jackson taking first place ahead of Cathy Olive and Judy Cutter.

■ THE first pieces of silverware of the New Year were on offer at Brean Golf Club as the January monthly medal has the added prizes of the New Year Trophy and the Deacon Trophy included with it.

The New Year Trophy is awarded for the best overall score on the day, while the Deacon Trophy goes to the leading player in Division 3. Paul McLanaghan collected both trophies after an excellent nett 64.

Pete Dunn could feel slightly unlucky as his nett 65 brought him runners-up spots in the two trophies behind McLanaghan. Club champion Roy Baker carried on where he left off in 2011 as he won Division 1 from Stuart Wills.

Both players had nett 67s, but after a countback Wills had to settle for second spot. Mike Chaloner took the Division 2 medal with a nett 69, one shot ahead of Ben Kingston on 70.

Sunday’s event was the Percy Underwood Trophy which sees the highest handicap player drawn with the lowest in a foursomes Stableford format.

Favourites after the draw was made were Roy Baker and Phil Hodgson and they certainly lived up to that billing on the course as took the victory after carding 38 points. Runners-up were club captain Dave Bradley and Tony Higgins on 36.

Despite finishing inside the top 10, Andrew March was left to rue a poor finish to his round in the first G&S PGA medal of 2012 at Minchinhampton Old course.

Three closing bogies dropped him down the leaderboard and with it also two places down to fourth in the Total Triumph Order of Merit.

This week both he and fellow Brean pro David Haines will be hoping for better luck in their medal at Burnham and Berrow, a venue they both know well.

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