Pro-Am success for Brean team

GLOUCESTER and Somerset PGA chairman David Haines (Brean) and Daryl Kelley (Filton) tied for top spot in the final G and S Pro Am of 2009 at Long Sutton.

GLOUCESTER and Somerset PGA chairman David Haines (Brean) and Daryl Kelley (Filton) tied for top spot in the final G and S Pro Am of 2009 at Long Sutton.

They were the only two players to beat the par of 71 as 20 teams contested the longest running Pro Am on the G and S schedule.

Haines, who also runs Burnham Golf Range, started from the 10th tee and after nine holes stood at two over par as three bogies and a solitary birdie showed on his card. Over the front nine holes it was a different story, as he took advantage of the birdie chances that the front nine affords.

Birdies at the third, fifth, sixth and eighth joined five pars to enable him to break 70 and put him in pole position in the clubhouse for much of the day.

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Haines also managed to lead home the winning team in what proved to be a successful day for the Brean contingent playing. A couple of late replacements were drafted in to complete the quartet but they dovetailed perfectly on the day to record a 14 under total of 128.

Brean members Mike Porter, Tony Roper and Bob Champion were the men in form and they were accompanied by David's six-year-old son, Ben, on the way round who acted as the team caddy to good effect.

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WESTON Senior Section enjoyed a fine and sunny morning for a Four-ball Better Ball competition, being an enjoyable change from the usual singles Stableford.

Colin and David romped home with an outrageous 46 points, closely followed by two veterans John and Maurice with 44 points.

Results: C V Dixon and D Andow46 points; J Banfield and M Waren 44; D Bates and D Scarrott 43; R Harris and J Atherton 42; M Sweeney and P Lund 42.

Medal, Division 1: Richard Carter 73 (9) 64; G Osman 73 (8) 65; D Broom 75 (10) 65; M Forman 77 (12) 65; M Evans 66 (0) 66 (lowest gross); R Higgins 76 (10) 66; L Bliss 76 (9) 67; P Denison 74 (7) 67; P Fryer 72 (5) 67; S J Wyllie 70 (2) 68;J Cornish 77 (9) 68; D Andow 77 (9) 68; N Walker 80 (11) 69; S Corrick 82 (12) 70; J Lane 75 (5) 70; I Freeman 76 (6) 70; I Lock 79 (9) 70.

Division 2: N Palmer 81 (18) 63; G Mitchell 77 913) 64 (lowest gross); P Matthews 82 (18) 64; K Aplin 80 (15) 65; W Chase 83 (16) 67; N Napier 82 (15) 67; F Syrett 84 (16) 68; P Porter 87 (19) 68; D Frost 97 (28) 68; M Vann 83 (14) 69; P Hardaway 85 (16) 69; D L Bates 83 (13) 70; D Cook 88 (18) 70; E K Davie 83 (13) 70; S Ham 87 (17) 70; G Tozer 83 (13) 70.

WEDMORE teams have done well lately in their various local leagues, with pride of place going to the Ladies in the Bristol and District Ladies Golf Alliance.

This is a tough league as all matches are played off scratch, with no allowances for handicap, so results really reflect playing ability. Throughout the season, Wedmore had been in a good position but could never pull clear from rivals Farrington and Clevedon. In the end an unbeaten home record enabled them to stay just ahead and finish divisional champions just two points clear of Thornbury, who finished strongly, and a further two ahead of Farrington.

Wedmore's 8-4 victory over Farrington in the final match of the season being crucial to the final league positions. Next year the team will face tough local opposition from Weston, Burnham and Wells in Division 2.

The Men's teams in the Avalon League at least avoided relegation, the A team in Division 2 and the B in Division 7. The A team might have done better but for some unfortunate uncompleted matches. The juniors had another good season, finishing second to Enmore in their division of the County Junior League. Results included a satisfying home win against the strong Enmore team.

The Seniors play no league matches but play close to 40 friendly matches which this year ended in them winning exactly the same number as they lost.

The Seniors' Medal was far more competitive with 14 players coming in with scores under the par of 70. Best result of the day was from John Sanderson who recorded a gross 73 (nett 64) to win Division 1.

His nett score was equalled by Peter Hathaway to win Division 2 with a gross 87. Second and third in Division 1 were Peter Rowntree (66) and Jim Sims (67). Only count-back separated second and third in Division 2 with J Roberts finishing just ahead of John Taylor, both with nett 67.

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