Somerset Bowl victory for Burnham seniors

Burnham & Berrow Golf Club seniors beat Cannington in the Somerset Bowl at Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club.

BURNHAM & Berrow Golf Club seniors played against Cannington at Taunton & Pickeridge Golf Club in the second round of the senior’s Somerset Bowl.

The conditions were perfect, with fine sunny weather and lively greens, a sharp contrast to the first round played in wind and rain.

The Burnham team adjusted to the conditions better than their opponents and, despite having to give shots in most matches, emerged winners by 5-0. The winning team pairings were Robin Griffiths and Gordon Mackay, Brian Colome and Harvey Sampson, Peter Amos and Andy Holley, John Pascall and Clive Johnstone and finally, Alex Kidd and Nick Agar.

THE Coronation Foursomes held at Worlebury Golf Club was won by mother and daughter Marnie Sweet and Emma Limer with a score of 37 points.

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Runners-up were Helen Clarke and Michelle James with 33.

The weekend Stableford was won by Angela Bagley with a score of 39 points, with Maxine Gardiner second with 36. The Daisy Payne Flag was won by Zandie Lennox with a outstanding score of 65. Runner-up was Helen Clarke with 70.

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Coronation Foursomes winners Marnie Sweet and Emma Limer.

FORMER club champion Steve Bateman returned to top form with a couple of victories in the past week at Brean.

Firstly a monthly medal headed in his direction as he won Division 1 with a nett 71, three strokes in front of current club champion Roy Baker.

Seven days later he was back in the winner’s circle again as he won the Super Series round with a card amassing 41 pts. This round also served to reduce his handicap back down to four as he relegated Tony Groves into second spot on 40.

Both of the other two divisions of the medal were won with nett scores of 70. Matt Haskins was the victor in Division 2 ahead of Barrie Tucker, while senior Pat Mullholland recorded his first win since recovering from a recent operation in Division 3. Annie Williams was the winner of the ladies’ medal.

David Morris also posted a win in last Sunday’s Super Series event as he carded a total of 40 points. He did however, have to survive a countback as junior Charlie Huggins matched his score overall, but could not beat Morris over the closing nine holes. Tony Richards took third on 38.

Brean seniors have moved into the quarter-finals of the Somerset Bowl for the first time in many years. They defeated reigning champions Wells 3-2 at Stockwood Vale and now face Vivary in the next round.

David Haines continued his steady start to the West Region PGA Order of Merit with another top 15 finish at the Bournemouth Festival. His first round of 70 at Broadstone left him just two shots off the pace, but he was unable to move forward on day two at Dudsbury and slipped back a few spots with a three over par 74.

ONCE a year, the past captains of Wedmore Golf Club are invited to compete for the Past Captains Trophy in memory of former ladies’ captain Chris Hoskings.

Youth came to the fore in the ladies with last year’s captain, Jane Hewit,t just holding of the challenge of the current captain, Cathy Olive, to win with 35 points.

Experience was more successful in the men’s section with Ray Dodkin putting together an excellent score of 39 points to claim the trophy ahead of Chris Donald. Captains’ spouses also competed with the best score this year coming from Vera Ireland.

Earlier in the week, the seniors team competed against Weston for the right to face Burnham & Berrow in the quarter-finals of the Somerset Bowl.

Tony Biggs and John Sanderson subsided fairly quickly in their match, but Wedmore looked safe in the other matches. However, Weston turned around the match against Tim Harris and Steve Lawrence to claim a second victory.

Wedmore equalised this with wins from Tony Glover and Keith Thomas and Peter Rowntree and Ian Robson, leaving the opening match going down the 18th to settle the match. A par from John Viney and Ray Dodkin clinched the match for Wedmore to take them through.

The men’s B team in the Avalon League faced Windwhistle in a top of table clash. An eagle from Russell Shaw was the highlight for Wedmore, helping himself and Perry Snelgrove to a 3&1 victory.

This was the only success for the visitors, however. All the other pairings went down 4&3, allowing Windwhistle to stretch their lead at the top of the division to 14 points.

Photo shows Chis Hoskings Trophy winners Jane Hewitt and Ray Dodkin flanked by Tony Hoskings and competition organiser Tony Biggs.

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