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Barker shows plenty of bite at Brean

THE annual Christmas Open running Stableford at Brean Golf Club concluded on the final day of 2021 with victory going to Neil Barker.

Barker’s 43 points was the leading return over the two weeks of competition which he compiled on the opening day’s play.

Nigel Ellis posted 42 points the following day to take second place while a couple of final day 41 pointers earned the third and fourth spots with Dave Jolly edging out Tony Richards on countback.

The remaining six main event prizes all went to 40 point scores with the computer countback working overtime to separate them over the back nine, six and three holes as required of each card.

Steve Martin took fifth with the best of those cards ahead of former member Steve Bawden (Isle of Wedmore) in sixth. Bawden took advantage of the opportunity of a game over the festive period when his own course was waterlogged.

Brian Read posted two 40 point scores over the course of the event and finished in both seventh and tenth positions. Adam Cox and Pete Barton were the filling in the ‘Read’ sandwich, placing eighth and ninth respectively.

Close affair

Sunday’s Winter League Stableford launched the 2022 competition programme at Brean and the outcome was a close run affair after two players handed in very respectable 42 point returns in the damp conditions.

It was Dan Reason who tasted the first victory of the New Year after winning a countback with Steve Jones courtesy of the better of the two back nine points totals.

Tim Amy claimed third with a steady 40 point scorecard and was one better than a quartet of 39 point scores. Pete Hackett took the fourth and final prize defeating Steve Eley, Ian Adams and Jack Shepherd after another countback was made.


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