Weather gods stay on Wedmore’s side

FOR once, the weather gods were almost universally kind for the golfers at Wedmore with good weather even extending to Thursday for the ladies.

FOR once, the weather gods were almost universally kind for the golfers at Wedmore with good weather even extending to Thursday for the ladies.

Whilst senior teams were losing to Burnham and Berrow and Tiverton on Monday and Tuesday respectively, the remaining seniors enjoyed a Texas Scramble in the spring weather.

The scoring was as good as ever in this format and the places fiercely contested. Indeed, second and third places were decided on countback with the team of Ivor Monelle, Tony Roe and Ray Fisher just edging out Peter Rowntree, Brian Kidd and Eddie Parlour, both scoring 63.83.

The winners, Martin Easton, Peter Spinks and Richard Kellaway won by one shot with a net 62.83.

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The sunny conditions on Thursday clearly suited Alison Dodkin, newly returned from sunny Spain, as partnered with Margaret Rogers, she won the ladies’ four-ball better ball with 38 Stableford points. This was two better than Maggs Willetts and Cathy Olive, runners-up with 36 points. Gina Falcon and Carol Jackson took third place with 35 points.

The league teams warmed up for the coming season with the traditional match between the A team, B team and captain’s team.

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The role of the captain’s team is largely to encourage the league teams and this was duly achieved. The A team took the honours, winning four matches, just one match ahead of the B team, with the captain’s maintaining respectability by claiming two of the nine matches.

On Sunday, the mixed matches got under way at Farrington. This year was no less difficult than usual and after holding their own in the early matches the side went down 8.5-3.5.

? WESTON seniors’ had the start of the third Alan Holt qualifier delayed by frost.

However, the delay was short and the competition was completed in quite pleasant weather. John Poole won the event on countback from Mike Hill.

Scores: John Poole 84 (19) 65; Mike Hill 84 (19) 65; Don Evans 88 (21) 67; Roy Schubert 79 (11) 68; Mo Sweeney 85 (17) 68; Terry Waite 79 (10) 69; John Hurcombe 83 (13) 70; Ken Matthews 86 (16) 70.

? ROY Baker tasted success in yet another Brean competition as he amassed 45 points in the National Pro Am qualifier.

This result earns Baker a place in the regional final of the competition where he will partner professional David Haines for a chance to reach the national final played in warmer climes later in the year. Second place went to Barry Tucker on 41, who edged out Phil Aspinall into third on a countback.

The annual match for the ‘Bone of Contention’ between the men and ladies’ ended in a comfortable victory for the men.

The penultimate round of the Winter League took place on Saturday with Richard Broom having the round of the day. He carded 43 points to easily win Division 2 by four points from Neil Barker and move himself into contention for a top 20 slot for the final to be played in early April.

John Mardon was the victor in the top flight with 40 points. Four players scored 38 points and a countback was required to separate them for the prize positions. Pete Barton took second ahead of Eamonn Wynne, whilst Barry Tucker and Mark Elvins just dipped out of the money.

Brean professional Andrew March came close to winning his second G&S PGA event of 2011 in the latest medal at Shirehampton.

He failed to get up and down from a greenside bunker at the par three last hole and his closing bogey meant his round of 66 was one more than the winner and his playing partner for the day John Goymer from The Mendip Golf Club.

? BURNHAM and Berrow Golf Club ladies’ are holding a taster day on April 17 from 2-5pm.

This session is for ladies of all ages. A family session is also being held on the April 14 from 12noon-2pm. For more information, telephone Judy on 01278 792504.

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