New captains take charge at Brean

Brean Golf Club.

Brean Golf Club. - Credit: Archant

The new captains at Brean Golf Club took charge after the club’s annual meeting.

THE annual meeting each year at Brean Golf Club always marks the changing of the guard as the new captain’s take office.

Brian Read passed the club captaincy onto Paul Jones and wished him good luck in the year ahead of him. The new ladies’ captain is Annie Williams, who takes over from Sheila Rouse. With seniors’ captain Allen Fellingham already in charge of his section, the trio will lead Brean into in the new season.

At the end of the meeting, Jones explained the choice of captains’ charity for the year. They are supporting two causes in 2014, with the first one being to fund a defibrillator to be sited at the golf club.

It is part of the Bernard Gallacher campaign after the former European Ryder Cup captain’s life was saved last year by one after suffering a cardiac arrest while making a public appearance in Scotland.

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The second charity is CLAPA, the Cleft Lip and Palate Association which supports children and families affected by the condition. Club professional Andrew March’s son was born with this condition in November last year and director of golf David Haines’s oldest daughter was also affected by it, so the charity has special relevance to the members of Brean.

In a change to the usual format of foursomes, Dave Bradley, Alec Bateman and Steve Mason combined to win the pre-AGM competition. They enjoyed the pleasant winter sunshine which made a welcome appearance for the large field that took part.

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As well as having the best score of the day, the trio also scored the only two at the 15th to top up their winnings. Runners-up just 0.2 of a shot behind were Phil Aspinall, David Hunter and Steve Foy.

Right to left: Brian Read handing over to Paul Jones and Annie Williams accepting the congratulations from Sheila Rouse.

AT a presentation ceremony at the Worlebury Golf Club, outgoing seniors’ captain Gerry Miles handed over a cheque for £1,357 to Sue Potepa, co-ordinator of the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

The money was raised from raffles during last year by the generous senior members of the club.

The Legion is holding its 10th annual golf day at Worlebury on May 9. Anyone interested in entering a team, should contact Sue Potepa at the Royal British Legion on 07768 794939 or email

Sue Potepa receiving the cheque from Worlebury seniors’ captain Gerry Miles.

A COUPLE of events survived the wind and rain at the Isle of Wedmore, although both were restricted to just 15 holes.

The seniors kicked things off with a three-man bowmaker which produced a tight finish. Vice-captain Jim Crick was out early with Bob Dainty and Bob Jackson and set the pace with 64 points.

As the day wore it was clear that this was going to be difficult to beat and nobody did, although two teams came close. These were the teams of David Dams, Ian Holland and John Bennett whose 63 points was tied by Bernard Abbott John Vowles and Brian Kidd.

This brought in countback to settle the issue with Dams, Holland and Bennett just claiming second place on the back six.

The weekend event was a qualifier for the Daily Mail Foursomes. With the remnants of the previous night’s gale still blowing, this testing format was not going to be easy.

In the end, club captain Brad Ruddick with partner and past captain Ian Robson made light of the conditions to finish with 34 points and win by three points from Rich and James Vowles.

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