LYN Bird and Eileen Parnell of Brean ladies have finally been knocked out of the Daily Mail Foursomes in the seventh round.
The duo continued their adventure into the unknown as they travelled to South Wales last Thursday after being drawn away at Cardiff Golf Club.
The result was not decided until the final putt on the final green but sadly the tie went the way of the Welsh club who admitted afterwards that the game was far tougher than they had ever expected it to be.
However it was better news for the Brean Seniors Somerset Bowl team who have made it through to their first-ever final in the county competition.
They achieved this in emphatic fashion by winning their semi-final tie at Farrington Park last Wednesday afternoon by a 5-0 scoreline.
The team, led by Trevor Pitt, played some superb golf on foreign soil, watched by Seniors Captain Mike Short and other supporters. They now await news of their final opponents and the venue.
Don Edmondson and Sam Grosvenor of the home club combined to win the penultimate Open competition of 2021 at Brean.
The duo posted a nett score of 60 in the two man Scramble event that is the Seniors Pairs Open but had to survive a back nine countback before the top spot was confirmed.
Fellow Brean members Matt Haskins and Leighton Jenkins handed in the same score but lost out on the aforementioned back nine countback.
Local players dominated the prizes with third place going to Chris Stephens and Mel Brown after another countback situation had been resolved with Chris Fairchild and Barry Fellows, who were the unlucky ones to miss out.
John Leech (Worlebury) and Steve Paraskeva (Saltford) joined forces to take home the leading visiting pair prize after their nett 62 return.
The common theme of a countback being needed to decide a winner continued when the coveted D&C Open trophy was contested on Saturday.
A large field took to the course in fairly benign conditions and scoring was expected to be low. That was certainly the case for some but a level par return still secured a top ten finish.
The two leading scores were nett 62s with first Brian Read and then Lee Roberts-Neale seeing that score going against their name. Unfortunately for Roberts-Neale a stumble on the homeward nine saw Read claim the Trophy as he carefully navigated his way around the course with some excellent course management being duly rewarded.
In third place was John Cullinan who rued a couple of errors early in his round as his nett 63 came up one shy in the end. He did however take the prize for the best gross score on the day again with his 76 winning via a countback with Ryan Flowers from Pontnewyyd Golf Club.
Taking fourth place but third in the nett event was Rob Perry with his round of 65 ahead of Roger Broom on 66. Simon Baunton was the early clubhouse leader but he was overhauled and ended the day in 5th with Stewart Garrett collecting the final prize in sixth after a nett 68.
Barry Fellows was placed third in the gross section on 78 one clear of Leighton Jenkins who took fourth.
Brean Down Trophy
The first of the summer knockout finals – the Brean Down Trophy – was completed on Saturday and it took extra time to decide the winners.
Jerry Brueford and Roy Fletcher faced Tim Amy and Mark Banczyk-Gee to decide the 2021 winners of one of the oldest trophies in the club.
After navigating many rounds over the course of the summer it was still all square after 18 holes so it went to sudden death with Brueford and Fletcher securing the victory at the first extra hole.
After a cancellation in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic, more than 30 former captains of Brean Golf Club joined together for the Past Captains Day event.
Not all played golf but they all enjoyed seeing each other once again and enjoying a meal in the Country Club afterwards.
The leading two scores on the golf course came from past Lady Captains with Annie Williams and Debbie Windmill needing a countback to separate them after they had both scored 40 points on a very hot afternoon on the golf course. Williams was placed first with a better back nine.
Dave Bradley, club captain in 2011, returned the leading men’s score with 38 closely followed by Chris Fairchild on 37 and Dave Porter another point behind in third.
Armed with just two clubs and a putter the Brean Ladies section set off to contest the Lady Secretary Shanker over 18 holes.
Two players made light of the restriction of clubs to both beat their handicap by one and record 37 points apiece, meaning a countback as required to decide the winner.
Enjoying the better back nine and taking the winners prize was Liz Blackwell who just edged out Carole Short on the homeward run. Third place was taken by Millie Jones on 34.
Another round of the Super Series completed a busy week at Brean as a Stableford competition was played from the white tees.
Just three points separated the leading ten players and Andy Chapple celebrated victory courtesy of his 43 point return.
He ended one clear of Martin Kennelly who in turn was one clear of a trio of players on 41. The countback rules were deployed once again with Sid Smith getting the nod for third on the back nine ahead of Dave Mann and Andrew Pound.