Captains drive in the New Year

PUBLISHED: 09:25 20 January 2012

Weston Golf Club captains.

Weston Golf Club captains.

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Weston Golf Club captain kicked off the New Year with the traditional drive-in.

WESTON Golf Club captains attended their first official engagement on New Year’s Day with the traditional drive-in.

Many spectators and members cheered them on, putting enormous pressure on each of the captains to perform. A Texas scramble competition followed for all members.

Members guessed the length of the drives taken by each of the captains, with the monies charged on the day going to charity.

Mark Short became one of the first captains at the club who follows in his father’s footsteps, as his dad, Peter Short, was captain between 1984-86. Mark is a local businessman and will dedicate some fund raising efforts this year in aid of Children’s Hospice South West.

Carol Harris is delighted to be honoured with the title of ladies’ captain and has promised to raise as many funds as possible in aid of SHINE - a charitable organisation supporting people living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Seniors’ captain is John Poole, who also takes on the mantle of club president and his chosen charity is Weston Hospicecare.

Alex Fry has been voted in by his fellow junior members and is looking forward to promoting the junior golf team and being involved in the junior coaching programme.

■ STEVE Jones had a successful weekend at Brean Golf Club as he claimed wins on both days.

On Sunday he teamed up with Brian Read in the pairs aggregate medal and repeated his Stableford win the previous day as they combined for a level par score of 142.

Second place would have gone to Roger Phillips and Tony Romeo, but as Romeo forgot to sign his card his partners nett 67, the best of the day, was in vain as they were disqualified.

A countback was required to separate the next two pairs and decide who would be the runners-up. Steve’s brother Paul, partnering Roger Vaughan, prevailed over Trevor Pitt and Phil Aspinall, who also posted a sub-70 score.

The previous day the temporary greens were deployed for the first time this winter for the monthly Stableford.

With the larger holes in the greens scoring was expected to be good and the players did not disappoint. Jones again led the way with 44 points on his way to Division 1 success and the best score of the day.

The other two divisions were won with 43 points as Chris Stephens won Division 2 and Tony Groves took the third flight. Murray Parsons, Mark Elvins and Tony Romeo were the runners-up respectively in the first, second and third categories.

The seniors’ 2012 campaign got underway with the January medal last week. Keen runner Jim Wotton was quick out the blocks with a nett 68 to take the win ahead of George Thomas on 70 and Roger Blackwell in third on 72.

Andrew March bounced back from his disappointing finish the previous week to take second spot in the G&S PGA medal at Burnham and Berrow.

His level par score of 71 gave him second spot, one stroke behind Burnham amateur Ellis Cook. March did however take maximum points in the Total Triumph Order of Merit and moved back into a share of second place. David Haines also finished in the top 10 after a 75.

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