Jason battles his way to cup success at Worlebury

Weston Ladies Golf Club winners.

Weston Ladies Golf Club winners. - Credit: Archant

Jason Dean won the Battle of Britain Cup at Worlebury Golf Club by just one shot.

h place out of a field of 89, averaging just 10 over par per round for a gross score of 246.

There are some slightly older ladies at Wedmore and they were taking part in a club qualifier for the Ping fourball betterball competition.

There were some very good scores, but none better than Wendy Lucas and Janis Lawrence, who won on 40 points. Just one behind was the low handicap pairing of Dawn Chadwick and Shirley Gooding while May-Lou Denny and Carol Horsley were a further shot behind in third place.

FOR YEARS, many Brean members have made the annual trip in early August to Bristol & Clifton Golf Club for the Bristol Tankards pairs’ event.


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Until 2014, success had been almost non-existent, but now they have enjoyed back-to-back victories as Graham Foy and Mike Carter followed up clubmates Steve Bateman’s and Dan Broom’s win 12 months previous.

The father and son pairing of Foy and Carter carded an impressive 45 points and also shared the workload equally as each player contributed nine times. Success was built on the on a superb outward half including a birdie two at the sixth hole.

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Coming home, they added 21 more to the total and in the final calculations it proved to be better than all the other pairs in the large field could manage.

Back at Brean, early riser Phil Barry made the most of the excellent conditions to post a 41-point score. This gave him top spot although it was matched by Andy Chapple, who made a welcome return to form.

Barry shaded the back nine countback after Chapple dropped a couple of shots late on. Mike Chaloner was another countback winner as he took third on 39 ahead of three others.

Sunday’s August medal saw a glut of low scoring in all three divisions with two out of the three contests being won with nett 62s, eight under the card.

First in with a 62 was Craig Higgins after his gross 78 had his 16 shots deducted from it. This gave him the win in the middle division by four strokes from Phil Barry. Jeff Read produced the other low round of the day in Division 3. The big-hitting former footballer overcame a final hole wobble to hold a three-shot winning advantage over Dave Stacey, who signed for an excellent 65.

The final winner of the day was Steven Eley, who claimed his first medal win at Brean with a nett 66 in Division 1 to relegate Mark Hatfield’s 68 to the runners-up position.

Rarely is a countback needed to separate teams in a Texas scramble, but on this occasion the final six holes decided the outcome with the trio of Roger Phillips, Ray Byatt and Barry Fisher just prevailing.

Their net score of 60.4 was matched by Bob Toller, Barrie Yearsley and Charlie Hastie, but Phillips, Byatt and Fisher had the slightly better closing holes which gave them victory. Third place went to Chris Stephens, Tony Tissington and Allen Fellingham on 61.2.

Matt Haskins repeated last week’s victory as he took top spot in the midweek Stableford. His 40-point return left him one clear of runner-up Pete Barton and three clear of third-placed Leighton Jenkins.

Both of Brean professionals are in action in National PGA events this week. First up is director of golf Andrew March, as he tees up alongside club captain Stuart Wills in the Golfplan captain pro regional qualifier at Bowood.

The following day, March’s assistant Dan Keitch travels to the Midlands to prepare for the National PGA assistants final, which takes place over 54 holes at Coventry Golf Club.

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