Weston seniors scramble in the rain

Weston Golf Club winners.

Weston Golf Club winners. - Credit: Archant

Weston seniors were greeted with rain for their Texas scramble pairs competition.

HEAVY rain greeted 25 teams for the Weston senior pairs Texas scramble.

Despite the rather miserable conditions, the course was not heavy underfoot and the greens still fast and true, a credit to the green staff.

The unusual format made for interesting golf and the final result was extremely close. The win went to Nigel Jillings and Tony Barry with 63.2, with Alan Melhuish and David Rowland in second place on 63.5, followed by Mike Dyer and Gerald Taylor, a shot behind with 64.5 in third place.

In contrast, the following day the ladies’ grab a gent competition was played in late Autumn sunshine.

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The favourable conditions reflected the high scores with the winning team coming in with 42 points. Club chairman Gordon Robert and ladies’ captain Tessa Williams were the victors, followed closely by David Cummins and Reine O’Reilly with 41.

Matthew Brosnan and Mel Rossi came in third, also on 41 points.

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The midweek club Stableford was won by Alex Larkin with 40 points. Alexander Winn came in second with 38 and Sam Fernley third with 37.

THE switch to winter tees and benign conditions with placing, led to outstanding scoring at Wedmore.

The seniors got first crack in their monthly medal and Tony Glover had the distinction of playing under his age, his gross 71 giving him a net 62 to win Division 1 by four shots from Brian Webber and Dave Clements, with Webber taking second place on countback.

Best score of the day though came from Peter Spinks who won Division 2 with a nett 61, four better than Chris Donald on 65 with Tony Ireland third on 67.

There were more reasonable scores in Division 3, but a tight finish with Bob Dainty just beating Dave Bees on countback after both recorded net 70. Chris Adams was two shots further back in third.

The ladies played a bowmaker with some more good scoring particularly from Liz Hill, Joan Peck and Rachel Lockley, who amassed 79 points. This was four better than the second placed team of Cathy Olive, Alison Dodkin and Claire Biggs, who in turn had a three-point margin over third placed Sue Tarry, Shirley Gooding and Saybria Sims.

The really spectacular scoring came at the weekend in the club medal. Nick Parker had a brilliant round going round in 69, one under gross, but his nett score of 62 was beaten by Tony Ribi who won Division 1 with a nett 61. Ben Barwell was third having played to par for a nett 65.

All these scores though were bettered by Andrew Charter who won Division 2 with an incredible nett 59. This put him four shots clear of Robert Cornish in second, with Charlie Woodard, a shot further back, beating Graham Clifford on countback. Division 3 kept up the high standard of the day with George Cox winning on 63, with Ian Bunn just a shot behind and Chris Donald two further back in third. In all, 35 players came in below par. Chris Simpson was the leading lady on 74.

IT WAS the turn of the two-ball betterball bogey as the format for the Brean seniors’ Winter League.

On a bright morning, a large entry turned out and the draw was made for partners. Over the 15 holes the seniors play their Winter League over, the winners were George Thomas and John Sherwood with a +6 score.

They held a one-hole advantage over Tony Roper and Dai Wood, who shaded a countback, with Barrie Tucker and Ian Welch as second and third spots were decided.

Tony Romeo won the main club Winter League round with a 42-point score. He edged out Phil Hodgson by one point on a day when a few temporary greens had to be deployed after heavy overnight rain. Third place went to Dave Bradley on 39.

Roger Vaughan was the clear winner of the second Winter League round of the weekend as he carded 41 points. He held a five-point winning margin over Barrie Tucker and Ian Adams on 36, with Tucker wining the countback for the runners-up sweep money on the back nine.

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