Greensomes victory for Brean pair

Roger and Jenny Vaughan taste victory in the open mixed greensomes event at Brean Golf Club.

ROGER and Jenny Vaughan battled their way through some wet and windy conditions at Brean to take the victory in the open mixed greensomes event.

Their score of 42 points was six points ahead of their nearest challengers, who were the visiting pairing of Martin and Debbie Bargery from Windwhistle. The Vaughans collected the appropriately-named Anniversary Bowl for the win in the same week when they celebrated their second wedding anniversary.

Another piece of silverware headed in their direction as they also secured the Jubilee Plate, which was contested by the all-Brean pairings in the field. Runners-up in this were Steve and Gail Mason on 35, one ahead of the Batemans on 34.

Tony Romeo handed in a card of 42 points in Sunday’s Super Series Stableford. Strangely enough, the runner-up in this event, just like the mixed competition, also scored 36. Tony Higgins was the man who took second spot after shading a countback with club champion Roy Baker.

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The previous day, Series leader Ian Adams again topped the scorecharts with 41 points, ahead of Barry Tucker on 38 and third-placed Nigel Hodges, who remains the closest challenger to Adams in the points table.

Brean took on Woodspring in the first-ever mixed match against them. Although Brean ran out convincing 5.5-1.5 winners, the match was played in a great spirit and enjoyed by all.

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The club team also tasted success in a similar style fixture with their Welsh counterparts from Caerleon. Holding a slender one point advantage from the home tie, they crossed the Severn Bridge for the deciding leg. They managed to hold their hosts to a tied game of 3.5 games each and retained the annual cup they play for.

Terry Sanders returned from a week on a cruise ship to sail away with the seniors’ Chairman’s Cup. He totalled an excellent 44 points on his way to success, ahead of good friend Charlie Doherty, who was second on 39. George Thomas rounded out the top three on 38.

In a busy spell of action for the Brean club, the monthly medal was also contested. A nett 68 was the best round of the day and this was the winning number in both Divisions 2 and 3.

Dave Lockwood was the leader of the second flight, whilst Vince Ford took Division 3 honours. The players in the top division struggled to match the scoring of the others as Mike Hurman managed to win with a 73 and Annie Williams won the ladies’ event.

? WORLEBURY Golf Club held the seniors’ Stableford singles open competition with a large field of almost 100 players.

David Gwynne Jones, a visiting player, took the spoils with a 39 point haul to take the title.

Results - David Gwynne Jones 39; Gerry Miles (Worlebury) 38; John Langdon (Worlebury) 37.

The final board competition of the season, the Bert Dunstan Memorial Cup, was played in some testing weather, depending on what time of day you went out.

The format was a pairs’ betterball medal and a good field entered the competition. The winners on an excellent score of 62 were Pete and Simon Gilpin. Richard Godwin and A Taylor were in second place.

Results: P Gilpin & S Gilpin 62; R Godwin & A Taylor 63; J Blackman & M Blackman 64; M Green & J Ratajczak 64.

Worlebury seniors played a fixture against Mendip Spring and recorded a good 5.5-1.5 victory, continuing their good season.

Monthly medal – Division 1: Dennis Thompson 67; Leighton Grant 67; Matt Blackman 67. Division 2: Jack Partridge 61; Chris Blackman 69; Darrell James 70. Division 3: Paul Fillingham 66; Andrew Scott 67; Lenny Thomas 67.

Well done to Jack Partridge on an excellent nine under par net score and also to John Jones and Lenny Thomas on a hole-in-one each, John on the 12th hole and Lenny on the 16th.

? WEDMORE Golf Club held the inaugural holding of the Alwyn Hill Trophy as a mixed greensome competition with a senior partnering a lady member in each pair.

Prizes went down as far as fifth place, but 40 points was still required to secure this, which was the score of Val and David Rosser. They were two points behind the fourth place pair who were club director Ken Abraham partnering his wife Mary.

They lost on countback to another husband and wife pair, Ange and Brian Webber, who also scored 42. In fact, the only pair to break the stranglehold of husband and wife pairs were the runners-up, June Smith and Terry Stew.

Their score of 43 was the more remarkable not only because they had not met before, but because Terry had been at A&E the previous afternoon having been struck on the head by a golf ball. Convincing winners though were past captains Judy and John Cutter, who finished two points clear of the rest of the field with a remarkable 45 points.

There were some high scores in the club medal. Ben Barwell scored an incredible net 64 (gross 70) to win Division 1 by four shots from Joe Olive, with Paul Plume slipping back into third place.

There was good scoring in Division 2 as well, with James Gray winning on 66 ahead of Martin Wilyman (68) and Tom Bennett (71). The higher handicappers in Division 3 struggled more, but D Craddock was level par to win from T Searle (71) and Ian Mann (75). Claire Biggs (74) was the best ladies’ score of the day.

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