Tour pros up for auction at Burnham

BURNHAM and Berrow captain's charity day in support of local charity Help the Child will be supported by two local European Tour professionals.

BURNHAM and Berrow captain's charity day in support of local charity Help the Child will be supported by two local European Tour professionals.

Both Bridgwater's David Dixon and Bristol's Chris Wood have agreed to be auctioned and each will team up with their respective high bidders to play fourballs over on the Burnham Links in the autumn.

Dixon is already a tour winner while Wood came third in the Italian Open only last week. Both are regular visitors to Burnham and what a thrill it will be to play with them or watch them take on the challenge that the Brabazon Trophy and British Boys competitors will face next year.

They will be hoping to take the Open Championship at St Andrew's this year which starts the day after the Burnham charity day which is on July 14. There are still a few places available to play this superb links, support a worthwhile local charity and compete for an extensive prize fund. A phone call to the club or visit to the website is all that is required.

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For those unable to attend in person, the club will also accept sealed bids for the fourball with either David, Chris or both. Bidders simply need to confirm their high bid and confirm that active handicaps are held.

WESTON had over 100 competitors taking part in the 16th annual Charity Day, raising funds for Weston Hospicecare.

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In his prize presentation speech, club captain Aussie Denison reflected on the excellent work carried out by the Hospice charity, caring for anyone with a life-threatening illness, and providing a high standard of skilled medical and nursing care, both in the hospice and at home.

A significant sum of money was raised beforehand and on the day from generous supporters entering the competition and various raffles, auctions, donations given and on course competitions.

Beat the Pro on seventh hole was extremely popular, with Mike LaBand giving away Pro V 1s to those reaching the green. There were nearly two hole in ones on the day from Carl Hall and Graham Hicken, both hitting the pin and landing within an inch from the hole.

The course, again was presented to the highest of standards, which reflected in the excellent scores returned in unusually still conditions. Lady members of the club waited on players at the 18th hole, providing them with champagne and strawberry refreshments.

Special thanks to Peter Harvey for co-ordinating the whole event, to all those taking part, to the volunteer helpers and particularly to club members for giving up the course for the day in aid of such a worthy cause.

Results: Stand Better Ltd (Rich Carter, Andy Northern, Pete Fryer, Lee Walsh) 91 points; The Woolpack (John Greaves, Andy Horsburgh, Steve Breasley, Phil Matthews) 90; Lampier (Ben Riddell, Nick Turpin, Terry Parsons, John Colwill) 88.

Third hole nearest the pin: David Mellor. Tenth hole nearest the pin in two: Matt Evans. Eleventh hole nearest the pin: Les O'Reilly. Fourteenth hole nearest the pin: Ben Riddell. Sixteenth hole nearest the pin: Jerry Parrott.

Weston's Avalon B team win at home 4-1 against Stockwood Vale.

Unfortunately Roger Thompson and newcomer Pete Blunden lost in the first match out 3 and 2, even after four birdies and an eagle.

The next match pairing of Gary Homer and Steve Corrick won 3&2 with Gary's great match-winning birdie on the 16th hole.

The following experienced combination of Andy Fernley and Gavin Somers won with a superb 6&4, mainly because of the seven birdies they achieved.

Team captain Andy Balcombe and Graham Hicken managed to shut down their opponents halving the last hole to stay one up after a closely contested match.

Last out Kenton Simpson and Alan Harris won their match easily 4&3,

Chris Rimmer lost 4&3 in the reserve match but having to take on his opponents single handed.

Congratulations go to Tim Latchem who won the Weston seniors' Dennes Cup with a fine 39 points.

Over 60 players took part on another Monday morning with the wind blowing coldly from the north east. Ron Owen and Nick Bohin were closely behind him with creditable scores of 38 points, followed by Jonathan Latham and Paul Lund with 37 points each.

Results: T Latchem (16) 39 points; R Owen (26) 38; N. Bohin (16) 38; J. Latham (8) 7; P Lund (7) 37; D Dodgson (19) 36; N Long (9) 36; R Mal (24) 36.

BREAN held its annual Open week as a varied selection of competitions was staged, following on from the successful Pro Celebrity Am,

Brean players made the most of their home course knowledge as they collected most of the honours over the days of competition.

The first format to be tackled was an individual Stableford and Stuart Wills ended the victor after his card of 37 points. Matt Haskins just edged out Graham Exton for second on count-back after they both had 36 points.

Thursday saw that man Wills back in the prizes again but this time had to settle for third spot behind his playing partner Martyn Cahill, who handed in a superb nett 66 which was two shots clear of the chasing pack. Splitting Cahill and Wills was Les Clutterbuck with a nett 68.

Texas Scrambles are always a popular format at Brean and the trio of Steve and Tina Bateman along with Dave Bradley were the clear winners after their gross 65 was lowered by 8.5 shots once the handicap allowance had been deducted.

Runners-up were the previous two days winners in Stuart Wills and Martyn Cahill, who were joined by Paul Young to post a nett 59.

The Bowmaker event on the Saturday is often the best supported event of the week and this year proved to be no exception.

John Cullinan, Clive Goode and Jordan Harris combined excellently to hand in a score of 132. This enabled them to secure a comfortable victory over the rest with their nearest challengers being three shots behind.

On that score of 135 were Chris Stephens, Mike Pollard and Mark Fountain and they took the runners-up prize. A count-back was required to separate the next two teams who had finished on 137. Nigel Ellis, Stewart Garrett and Keith Porter returned the better back nine total and relegated Mike Parfitt, Wally Pape and Alan Marshall into fourth.

The team representing Jones Bros were the winners of the annual Pro Celebrity Am for the second successive year after heading home a large field in the popular event.

Thirty-three teams, which is believed to be a record number, took to the course at Brean. Each three player team was accompanied by either a celebrity, a local golf professional or a National Hunt jockey or trainer and the aim of the day was to raise money for three charities.

The charities which will benefit from money raised on the day are the Injured Jockeys Fund, St Margaret's Hospice of Taunton and the Alzheimers Society.

Playing alongside the National Hunt jockey Nathan Horrocks, were Brean members Dave and Eric Jones and Wayne Barrett and they set a blistering pace with an excellent score of 85 points.

The team that came closest to beating them were representing Watermark Financial Services led by Mark Woods. His team of fellow Burnham and Berrow members, Robin Griffiths, Richard Turner and Richard Catton fell just one point short as they were left to rue a poor final hole which cost them the chance of victory. Like the winners they also matched their finishing position of 2009.

Brean Golf Club teams took the next two spots in the prizes. Club captain Steve Bateman led Steve Mason, Mike Carter and Tony Groves to third spot after their storming back nine holes edged out the Brean seniors team after they had both accumulated 82 points.

Seniors captain Dai Wood was joined by Tony Anderson, Peter Douglas and Barrie Yearsley as they gave a good account of themselves to secure fourth spot.

Rounding out the prizewinners in fifth was the David Haines-led Burnham Golf Range team made up of Mike Porter and regular range users Brian Warner and Chris Payne who put their practice to good effect to card 81 points.

Butterworth Jones Ladies team were the top female team on 74 and comprised Beryl Robert, Joan Jenkinson, Sue Mardell and Jan Bishop.

Thanks must go to Deidre Wheadon for her sterling efforts in putting the large field together and to the House family and their staff at the Leisure Park for looking after the competitors so well on the day.

A mention must also be made to head greenkeeper Robin Williams and his staff, who after a difficult winter and now an extended dry cold spell, presented the course in splendid condition.

WORLEBURY Ladies' Section Daily Mail Foursomes winners with a creditable score of 71.5 were Helen Clarke and Lisa Griffiths.

Coronation Foursomes qualifiers were mother and daughter duo Janet Jamieson and Michelle James with 35 Stableford points.

The ladies medal and EWGA medal was won by Maxine Gardiner with a nett score of 71. The Dickinson Cup Silver Division qualifier was Janet Jamieson with a nett score of 71.

The Barlow Cup Bronze Division qualifier was Lisa Griffiths who returned an excellent medal score of 67 which resulted in a longed for handicap reduction and the capture of the EWGA Medal.

Last but certainly not least came the mixed open which turned out to be a most enjoyable and successful day with 22 clubs participating. The winners were all Worlebury unless stated:

Gross winners: Mr C and Mrs S Stillwell (Farrington) 33 points. First Stableford: Mr B and Mrs C Saunders 45 points on back nine; Pam Burnell and S Lock 45; Dave and Lynn Pope 44; John and Shirley Horobin 40 (on back nine); Helen Clarke and Kerri Allchurch. Nearest the pin, lady, Jane Crump (Stover); nearest the pin gent, Peter Phillips Congratulations to the organiser for a well run event.

ISLE of Wedmore Invitation Day is when members invite guests to join them in competition and, in the case of returning guests, see how the course is continuing to develop.

Obviously it has developed to the liking of many as there were some good scores. Top of the pile were Nick Parker and his guest from Woodspring, Barry March. They collected 43 points which was one point better than Jason Hann and John Clayton from Burnham and Berrow.

Greg Cox, playing with Stuart Cleaves from Wheathill, just took third place with 40 points which was enough to push Steve Whitcombe and Richard Tatton, again from Burnham and Berrow, into fourth place on count-back.

Earlier in the week the conditions had been bright but breezy for the seniors' Stableford. This had some impact on scoring in Division 1 where the best score of the day was 39 points from Alan Caines while level handicap scores of 36 points were good enough for second and third places from John Hurdman and Bill Griffin respectively.

Scores were higher in Division 2 with the familiar name of Malcolm Timmis taking first place with 41 points. In second place was seniors' captain David Russell whose 40 points was also good enough to win the Committee Trophy which is competed for by all past and current committee members. Third place went to Bob Jackson with 38 points.

The ladies also played a Stableford this week. Familiar names headed the Silver Division with Liz Hill winning with 38 points, one point ahead of Carol Jackson who was a further point ahead of Aileen Robertson.

In the Bronze Division, Ann Adams showed she is fast recovering from injury, winning with 38 points. Hazel Gough was second with 37 points while Joan Joy was in the prizes for the first time with a hard earned 36 points. There were only two twos this week which meant a healthy pay-out for Ann Adams and Jane Hewitt.

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