Winter league is Dunn and dusted

PETER Dunn emerged the winner in the long battle for the inaugural Winter League title at Brean Golf Club.

PETER Dunn emerged the winner in the long battle for the inaugural Winter League title at Brean Golf Club.

Having finished the qualifying period in third spot he had the advantage of having three extra points added to his finals day score. He responded by producing a best of the day card of 39 points to give him a clear winning margin of five points over Roy Baker. Baker has led the points table for much of the winter, but couldn’t quite complete the job in the final and carded 32 points.

He was able to add the five bonus qualifying points he earned to that so ended on 37 for the day. Roger Phillips took third on 35, whilst captain-elect Stewart Garrett rounded out the top four on 34. The consolation event for the non qualifiers was won by Steve Bateman with 41 points.

Jim Longford’s seniors got off to a winning start in their first inter-club match of the season. They welcomed Vivary Park to Brean and after a morning of persistent rain it stopped just before the scheduled tee off time.

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The final result saw the hosts manage 3.5 points to the visitors 2.5 and so recorded Longford’s first success as captain after losing out to the main club team recently.

Brean director of golf David Haines took second place in a G&S PGA medal at Filton last week. Some excellent short game play over the closing holes saw him match the par of 70 and finish just one shot behind the winner.

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This result helped him move back up the Order of Merit as the race enters its final month. Fellow Brean professional Andrew March was also in the top 10 at Filton after his 75.

? WORLEBURY’S first team and the Avalon team played in a season warm up fixture, a better ball and foursomes combined event.

The match was close with the first team coming out victorious by just a point.

Seniors’ Texas Scramble: M Simpson, R Rogers, F Wollman (54.8); B Mathewes, F Lewis, T R Brown (57.6); T Coleman, C Nelson, G Nute (58.2).

What should have been the first of two Pro Trophy qualifiers was replaced by a medal Stableford non qualifier event, this was due to the greens not being available

Results – Division 1: Terry Bradley 41 pts; Mark Otterburn 39; Phillipe Vibert 37.

Division 2: Richard Gorton 44; Andy Taylor 44; Jeff Snook 43. Division 3: Paul McAdams 41; Brodie Taylor 39; Martin Morgan 36.

The Pro Trophy qualifiying event will now take place on Saturday when the full greens will be back in play. This will be swiftly followed by the Punchday Greensomes on Sunday.

The new bunker and large turfed mound on the eighth hole is almost complete and should be in play soon. This is now a nicely shaped and much improved par four hole.

? A SURE sign that spring is coming was the first charity event of the year at Wedmore Golf Club.

This was the Childline Trophy which took place in spring-like weather. The format is a mixed greensomes, mainly combining seniors and ladies and this always encourages a relaxed, sociable attitude to the day.

It was again organised by Sue Tarry who had worked tirelessly to match up men and women as well as organising the raffle. The result was well worthwhile with over �750 being raised for the charity.

There were no outlandish scores on the course, but an excellent 42 points secured second place for Di Midgley and Ivor Monelle, but an even better score of 43 saw Jenny Cornwell and Chris Donald take the trophy.

There were two bites of the cherry this week for the ladies who held their Stableford. Blustery winds made scoring difficult, but Sue Tarry following her efforts on Monday still had energy left to win the silver division with 31 points.

There was a log jam for second place with four players all on 29 points. Jan Jenkins took second on countback from Cathy Olive. Scores were higher in bronze division with June Smith winning with 34 points. Again countback was needed to settle the places with Ange Webber just beating Jenny Brown, both scoring 33.

Conditions were still blustery on Saturday for the monthly medal. With a number of players away for the weekend and the A team involved in a match, there was a lower than average field and higher than average scores.

Division 1 was won by Colin Boorman with a net 71, a shot ahead of John Russell and Terry Edwards who were second and third respectively. There was an identical score in Division 2 with Tony Biggs (71) finishing just ahead of Charlie Woodard and Paul Sloman.

Division 3 went to David Stacey with a net 72, winning on countback from Francis Rabbits, both a shot ahead of Simon Bayliss. The day therefore finished with no-one beating par.

Left: Photo shows Childline Trophy winners Jenny Cornwell and Chris Donald receiving the Trophy from captains Jane Hewitt and Tony Biggs.

? WESTON seniors’ Derick Wood Trophy results: Tim Latchem 79 (14) 65; John Poole 83 (18) 65; Nigel Jillings 80 (14) 66; Tony Barry 79 (11) 68; Dave Rowland 74 (6) 68; Vic Bush 84 (15) 69; David Andow 79 (10) 69; Ray Chambers 85 (15) 70.

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