Roger brushed aside by Roy’s round

ROY Fletcher produced a stunning round last Saturday to lift the Charles Cooke March Hare Stableford competition.

ROY Fletcher produced a stunning round last Saturday to lift the Charles Cooke March Hare Stableford competition.

His score of 49 points came late in the day, but moved him to the top of the leaderboard, edging out the long time leader Roger Broom who had returned 47 points including two of the staggering 17 two’s recorded on the day.

Another Broom in the form of Roger’s brother Richard was involved in a countback for third spot with Mike Parfitt and Neil Barker. Barker had the best back nine of the trio to take third ahead of Broom with the unlucky Parfitt settling for fifth on the day.

On Monday morning, 32 Brean golfers flew out to Spain to contest their annual European Tour Shield challenge match. On the previous day, many of those travelling players warmed up nicely with good rounds in the monthly Stableford and provided each Division’s winner.

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Brian Read was the only player to reach the 40 point mark as he took Division 2 and with it saw his handicap reduced. Steve Bateman needed a countback to secure Division 1 success ahead of Roger Vaughan after they both had carded 37 points.

Mike Sutton continued his consistent run of form of late as he entered the winner’s enclosure in Division 3. His return of 34 points was three better than runner-up Tony Romeo.

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The ladies’ result had a familiar look to it as Shelia Rouse maintained her current dominance of ladies golf at Brean. She accumulated 33 points and headed home Tina Bateman and the rest of the field by three points.

More Brean success was tasted overseas as director of golf David Haines was a joint winner of the Pro Am at Emporda in Spain.

He opened the three round event with a slightly disappointing round of 79 in wet and windy conditions, but roared back into contention with the best round of the tournament on day two.

A six birdie haul in a four under par round of 68 moved him to within a shot of the lead with 18 holes to play. A final day 73 over the tough Spanish course was enough for him to share the spoils in top spot and record his first win of 2011.

? AFTER winning their first round match of the Mail on Sunday knockout 4-1 at home to Worlebury, the second round saw Weston ladies playing a strong side from the Isle of Wedmore, eventually losing 3.5-1.5.

In club matches, the winter foursomes knockout final was won by the strong pairing of Sue Andow and Wendy Homer, who beat the spirited challenge of Allison Whitewood and Rene O’Reilly. The 2010 EWGA medal was won by Beryl Robert.

? ONE thing all the golfers at Wedmore were agreed on this week – it was cold.

This did not stop a large field of 87 players competing in the seniors’ Stableford. The blustery north wind also made playing conditions tough, but there were the usual crop of good scores despite this.

Top score of the day came, as it often does, in Division 3. This went to Paul Blackiston whose 42 points put him two points clear of the consistent Derek Osborn, with David Adams a further two points back in third.

Best gross score of the day went to Tony Glover who recorded 41 points to win Division 1 which equates to a gross 73. John Russell took second place with 38 points, one point ahead of third placed Tony Biggs.

There was a close finish in Division 2 where two stalwarts of the club, Chris Donald and Richard Kellaway tied on 38 points, Donald just edging ahead on countback over the back nine. They were both then just overtaken by Jim Crick who scored 39 points to win by a point.

It was still cold on Sunday for the final internal mixed friendly of the winter season. With several ladies away enjoying the New Forest, the usual greensomes format was changed to a yellow ball Bowmaker with most teams comprising two men and a woman.

This was more than several teams could cope with, but after much changing of the scorecards Winnie Burkhill, Brian Webber and John Cutter were declared the winners.

? THE RNLI Shield was the main competition of the weekend at Worlebury.

Results: Andy Nicholls 42 pts; Jim Skinner 42; Frank Hopkinson 41.

The March monthly medal followed on Sunday. Also a Stableford event, but split into three divisions. Results were – Division 1: Malcolm Simpson 41; Frank Hopkinson 41; Malcolm Summers 39. Division 2: Dave Brundsden 42; Paul Gardiner 42; Peter Lawton 41. Division 3: Robert Field 40; Frank Woolman 38; Donald Sutherland 35.

The course continues to take shape on the groundworks under construction on the course. The landscaping on the 16th hole has now been completed with the mound in front having been turfed, whilst the bunker on the eighth hole is taking shape.

The ninth green and 10th tee areas also continue to come together with landscaping underway, the greens themselves show good signs of growth and some sun this week will assist this.

Greens work is scheduled for the next two weeks on the course, with the greens themselves planned to be back in operation starting on the weekend of March 19/20.

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