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Andy Chapple (left) and the prolific Ian Adams

GOLF: Adams on a hot streak at Brean

IAN Adams enjoyed a winning week at Brean as he claimed victory no less than three times.

He started off with a countback win in the Seniors Captains Cup and then followed it up with an impressive weekend win double.

In recent years the Seniors Captains Cup has been known for producing some low scoring.  The opening round of the 2021 edition was no exception with a countback required to decide the winner on the day.

Both Adams and Chris Stephens handed in nett 63s but Adams was declared the winner with the better back nine. Third place was filled by Barry Fellows with his nett 65, ahead of Mel Brown and Graham Exton who completed the top 6 with nett 66s.

Saturday’s competition was the qualifying round for the Upton and Scott Trophy. The leading four pairs on the day from the Greensomes event progressed to play in the semi-finals and then hopefully the final over the summer months.

As it happened four of the 35 pairs all returned scores of 44 points and therefore that quartet of duos will now compete for the silverware. The countback rules decided the finishing positions and therefore the draw for the semi-finals as well.

In the end it was the back six holes that separated the first two places with Adams and Andy Chapple taking the victory. Runners-up were Nigel Ellis and Phil Barry and they must now face third place finishers Murray Parsons and Tony Richards for a place in the final.

Completing the last four line up are Chris Fairchild and Gordy Wheelaghan who had the lowest number of points on the homeward run and therefore will face Adams and Chapple in the knockout stages.

Weekend double

Adams completed the weekend double as he secured victory in Sunday’s Super Series Stableford. He racked up 43 points from the white tees and defeated fellow 43 point poster Jason Cracroft on a countback over the back three holes. Since deciding to change his irons soon after lockdown, Adams has produced some prize winning form and they new weapons performed well again as he claimed the ten points on offer in the Super Series Order of Merit.

Cracroft produced a tidy bogey free card on his way to the runners-up prize and finished one clear of Murray Parsons in third. Just like the top two, the third and fourth places were decided by countback and this time Parsons edged out junior Zak Jones over the back nine. Fifth place went to Mark Ashley on 41.

Brean got their quest for the Somerset Bowl underway as they faced up to the current holders of the Trophy, Clevedon, on home turf on Sunday afternoon. With the event cancelled in 2020 due to Covid, this tie was actually drawn out of the hat over 18 months ago and was due to be played at a neutral venue. The decision was made by the county to change this plan to ease scheduling difficulties and home advantage was decided by the toss of a coin.

Brean won this and also won the match with an impressive showing at the top of the order. Club champion Dan Broom and Captain-elect and former Clevedon member Barry Fellows led the way with an emphatic 7&5 win in the top match. Former club champions Dave Porter and Phil Hodgson teamed up to secure point number two in the second match as they concluded their game on the 16th green in favour of the homesters.

Match three looked to heading the same way with leading left-hander John Cullinan and Pro Shop Assistant Josh Heseltine-Smith sitting three up with as many holes left to play. The Clevedon players fought back though to win both the 16th and 17th before a lengthy birdie putt by Cullinan at the home hole settled the tie and paved Brean’s way to progress to the second round of the competition that they last won ten years ago.

The final two games both went the way of the visiting team to make the final score 3-2 but it is Brean who now wait to find out if they will face either Bleadon Hill or Stockwood Vale next.

April Stableford

Lady Captain-elect Bev Cranley was the winner of the April Stableford after a superb round of 43 points. Her winning score was built on a fast start to her round as she collected an impressive 13 points in her first four holes.

After a slight mid-round wobble she recovered well and a nett eagle at the 17th secured her the win. She headed home Sue Wright by three and her runner up finish will see her handicap index reduced ahead of her next round. Three points further back in third was Lyn Bird.

The Seniors Captain-elect John Cranley won for the second consecutive Thursday as he added the April Seniors Medal to his victory list. He posted a nett 67 to give himself a stroke advantage over his nearest Division One challengers in Mike Hurman and Neil Barker with Hurman taking the runners up prize after the countback rules were applied.

The name Cranley is appearing at the top of a leaderboard at the moment – John’s two Seniors wins sandwiched his wife Bev’s win in Tuesday’s Ladies Stableford.

David Morris claimed Division Two with a nett 69 and like Cranley one was one clear of the runner-up. Graham Exton was that second place finisher on 70 and Chris Stephens took third on 71.

Dave Glasby won the April Midweek Stableford with a score of 44 points ahead of Jeff Milton on 42. San Grosvenor took third on countback from Tim Amy after both players posted 41 points.

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