Weather disrupts competitions at Brean

The poor weather disrupted competitions at Brean Golf Club.

BOTH the monthly medal and the monthly Stableford suffered the same fate at Brean Golf Club, as they were washed out by the dreadful weather.

The medal was stopped by a freakish and localised hailstorm which made the course almost instantly unplayable. The heavy overnight rain then scuppered any slim chances for the Stableford the following day.

The annual veterans’ pitch and putt championship took place over the short course at Brean Leisure Park. The competitors were probably glad of the shorter format as the weather made things tricky.

The result was close and was decided on countback with Bill Griffin beating seniors’ chairman Wally Pape on the back nine after they both had scored 53 for the 18 holes. Taking third place on 56 was John Heath.

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Brean PGA professional Andrew March finished in a four-way tie for second in the Gloucester and Somerset PGA medal at Bristol and Clifton.

He carded a three over par 73 on a tough day for scoring, ending two shots behind winner Mark Luckett (Wheathill). March finished alongside European Tour player Chris Wood, home club assistant Luke Fraser and the Total Triumph Order of Merit leader Rod Hibbitt (Cotswold Edge).

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After four events of the season, March now sits in second place in the Order of Merit. Brean’s director of golf David Haines managed to complete his first round in over a month, but his troublesome trapped nerve in his back curtailed his scoring ability as he ended with 81, the same score as Graeme Biggs (Burnham Golf Range).

Assistant pro Roy Baker also played at Bristol & Clifton and finished one shot further back on 82 as he continues his progress in the professional game.

THE going is getting distinctly heavy at Wedmore Golf Club, but the seniors and ladies still managed to complete their competitions.

To protect the course, teeing up was required through the green and this led to a scoring bonanza for the seniors, 24 players coming in under par. Leading the way in Division 3 was Phil Rogers, who carded a net 62.

Despite this, he finished only a shot ahead of Keith Simon with David Adams two shots further back in third.

Ken Creed took Division 2 with a net 63, which gave him a clear lead over Brian Kidd and John Cutter. Both of these scored net 66, with Kidd edging ahead on countback.

There was a similar story in Division 1, which was won by Calvon Poulton-Sadler with a net 64. Frank Denniston continued his impressive run of form in second place with 66. This just beat Ivor Monelle, who took third place on countback.

It was colder and windier for the ladies for their monthly medal, which also incorporated the James Jug, a trophy for higher handicap players. Winner of this was Maggie Dommett, who bravely completed the course with a net 83 to claim the trophy.

The medal itself was won by Nan Watt, who put in a sterling performance to finish just one over par with 73. This was three shots clear of Eunice Bond who claimed runners-up position on countback from Sue Hughes.

Wendy Lucas came in fourth one shot further back on 77, with Sue Tarry (78) fifth and Shirley Turner (79) in sixth position.

STEADY Eddie Morris was the clear winner of the October seniors’ Stableford at Weston.

In mixed conditions for the competitors, Eddie won with 39 points from Mike Hill (36) and Morris Sweeney (34).

Results: E Morris 39 pts; M Hill 36; M Sweeney 34; M Hughes 33; I Woodfine 33; M Latham 33; A Wyatt 32; T Whybrow 32.

Weston juniors played their Picton Davis Trophy in windy, but dry conditions. Harry Turner won the trophy for the second time in two years. This was followed by a putting competition won by Tommy Holyday.

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