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Lyn Bird with her trophy.

GOLF: County win for Bird

BREAN’S Lyn Bird won the Margaret Webber Trophy awarded for the leading nett score in the Somerset County Ladies 50+ Championships which were held at her home club.

Bird used her local knowledge to good effect as she was the only player in the 24 strong field to better her handicap on the day. Amanda Mayne from Burnham & Berrow had the leading gross score of 76.

Both the Brean Club team and the Seniors enjoyed the benefit of home advantage in the Somerset Bowl last week to secure wins.

The Seniors set things rolling with a 4-1 win under the leadership of Trevor Pitt against a strong Taunton & Pickeridge side.

Then on Sunday in the sweltering heat Captain Morgan’s men matched that same scoreline against Stockwood Vale to move into the quarter- finals of the Men’s event.

After the 6-0 victory in the home leg the previous week, the Seniors, led by Mike Short headed to Fosseway for the deciding second leg. They lost by 3.5 to 2.5 on the day but this was enough to record the aggregate win over the two games and return the FosseBrean Shield to Brean for the next 12 months.

 Both Gail Mason and Linda Edmondson produced excellent scores of 43 points in the July Ladies Stableford. When the back nine scores were scrutinised it was the Lady Captain Edmondson who was declared the winner thus denying Mason a July Medal and Stableford double. Third place went to Ladies Club Champion Lyn Bird with 37.

 Two pairs enjoyed superb days in the sunshine on Saturday as the Silver Jubilee Cup was up for grabs. The Pairs Aggregate Medal for the Silver Jubilee Cup requires both players to be ‘on their games’ and the Adam Cox/Jack Shepherd and Mark Bancyzk-Gee/Tim Amy duo’s certainly fell into that category.

Both pairs posted superb 127 totals and they were both a remarkable ten strokes clear of the third placed pairing. In the end it had to be the back nine countback to decide the outcome of the silverware and Cox and Shepherd had the lower combined total on the inward half to secure the victory.

In a somewhat distant third place were the two Barrys of Brindley and Fellows while John Cullinan and Dave Bradley took fourth, one stroke further back.

Captain Elect Barry Fellows was the defending Champion in The Open Championship Pairs competition on Sunday, having won it back when it was last staged in 2019.

He enjoyed a successful defence too as he produced a superb nett 63 to which Frenchman’s Benjamin Hebert added a 67 at Royal St George’s to give the duo a winning total of 130. Fellows score also sees his handicap index move back into single digits which probably pleased him just as much as the victory.

Second place went to John Ham who drew Brooks Koepka and the American contributed a 65 to add to Ham’s 68.

Third place was claimed by Mike Hurman who had an excellent nett 65 alongside Max Homa’s 69.  The final prize went to Paul Bacon but he must thank Xander Schauffele who’s 65 helped Bacon’s nett 71 move up into the prizes.

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