Dan finishes second in latest PGA event

PUBLISHED: 09:37 20 January 2017

Weston Golf Club assistant professional Dan Toogood came second in the latest round of the G&S PGA event held at Burnham & Berrow.

Weston Golf Club assistant professional Dan Toogood had to settle for the runners-up prize in the latest round of the G&S PGA event held at Burnham & Berrow.

Long-time leader Toogood, was pipped for the top prize by Broadway’s Russ Berry by just one shot, who went round in two over par 73.

Toogood was five over par on the front nine, but came home in 33 with two birdies to gain second spot.

Third place went to George Ryall, of the host venue, who ground out another top three finish with his 75, including four birdies.

Burnham Golf Range pro Shane Kaye, a former Burnham assistant, made an impressive return to the playing scene as he took fourth in his first event for some time with his 76. Paul Barrington scrambled his way to fifth position with a 77.

Brenda Whybrow started her year off with a resounding win in the Weston ladies qualifying competition, resulting in a handicap reduction of two shots.

Thirty-nine points was the score to beat with Sue Stilwell a close contender in second place with 38. Cathy Preston was third with 37 and Wendy Thomas, Jean Cooper and Jo Blackett were fourth, fifth and sixth respectively, all scoring 36 points.

Roger Marshall saw a return to form after a lay-off due to a knee operation to win Division 1 of the Stableford at Burnham & Berrow Golf Club.

His 35-point total was good enough to win by two points on a cold and windy day on the tough links course. There was a three-way tie for second place on 33 points with Marino Griffiths edging out Stuart Wills and Jared Poole on a countback.

Division 2 went to Mark Palmer who scored a best of the day 36 points. This was good enough for a three-point margin of victory over Steve Willoughby in second place who scored 33.

Sue Vowles swept victory in the ladies’ Stableford with 39 points. Once again a stiff breeze made for difficult scoring conditions. Her 39 points was good enough to win by five points over Jess Haines in second place with 34.

John Pelling and Robin Herbert combined to win the second round of the Winter League scoring 40 points in the four-ball better-ball format.

After knocking out head professional David Haines and his playing partner Andy Fisher by 2&1 in the last round of The West of England Winter Foursomes, the local pairing of Rick Metcalfe and Jon White take on another Burnham pair Neil Folland and Dave Gummer in the quarter-finals next Sunday for a place in the semi-finals.

It was rain rather than the forecast snow which dampened the spirits of the seniors and ladies’ competitions at Wedmore.

The seniors were trying a new format to add to their problems. This was a quota competition with three-man teams all playing to scratch and then adding on handicaps at the end.

It made for both a quick round and a close finish. Clear winners though were Brian Webber, Peter Searle and Dave Hollingdale, whose score of 114 points equated to six under handicap.

This was two points better than runners-up David Taylor, Bob Dainty and Roy Peck, who in turn finished two better than third-placed Jim Crick, Ken Lohmann and Clive Williams.

With prizes stretching down to a generous fifth place, the final places went to Peter Bennett, Nick Bennett and Reevley Stephens on 109 and Frank Denniston, John Hurdman and David Adams on 108.

The ladies had only ever set out to play a nine-hole competition, but even this proved too much for some entrants arriving to find damp conditions. This was not true for Marion Warren-Smith, who completed the front nine three under handicap for 21 points and a three-point win.

Second spot went to Chris Simpson, who beat Ann Dixon on countback after both scored 18 points. Countback also settled fouth and fifth places, with Linda Roberts just beating Trish Phelps after both scored 17.

Adam Cox and CJ Organ were the winners of the pairs aggregate Stableford at Brean.

Organ led the way with an impressive 42-point score and he was ably assisted and backed up by Cox, who added a tidy 38 points to their winning score of 80.

For much of the day they held a 12-point lead until a couple of the later finishers halved their winning margin.

Mark Elvins and Steve Bawden returned a 74-point total to take second spot, with Bawden matching Organ with a best of the day 42. Elvins made the only two of the day at the fourth, so he topped up the duo’s winnings nicely as they shared the £40 pot.

Father and Son Steve and Alec Bateman came close to winning their respective divisions in the January Stableford. Club champion Steve returned the best score of the day as he tasted success in the top division with a superb 41 points.

He ended one point ahead of two players on 40 with Adam Cox getting the nod over Murray Parsons for second. In Division 2, the younger Bateman was relegated to second by Martyn Cahill. Cahill completed the January medal and Stableford double with a 39-point card one better than Bateman.

A countback was required in Division 3 as Jeff Read and Vic Burnell tied on 38. Burnell edged out Read on the back nine though to secure first position.

Pete Douglas won the first seniors’ Stableford of the year with a 36-point score. He was the only player to match his handicap with two players vying for second on 35. After a countback, Barrie Yearsley was awarded second spot ahead of Chris Stephens.

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