GOLF: Bacon sizzles in the sun at Brean

A TOTAL of 70 players entered the April Stableford at Brean Golf Club but not one of them managed to reach 40 points as the stiff breeze ruined many a scorecard.

The best score of the day came from Paul Bacon who claimed Division Three top spot with a score of 39. His winning score was made on the back nine and his closing nett eagle proved decisive. This left him one clear of runner up Nigel Ellis and two clear of third placed Tony Aimson.

In the Second Division 38 points was good enough to secure victory  with both Mats Mattsson and Roy Fletcher returning scorecards showing that number of points. The back nine countback fell in favour of Fletcher with his two consistent halves of 19 points apiece over Mattsson with Steve Mason taking third on 37.

Club champion Dan Broom was the winner of the First Division and like Bacon recovered from a poorer front nine to race home to victory. Twenty one of his 37 points came on the homeward half despite failing to score anything at all at the difficult 12th hole.

Runner up with 35 points was the in form Jerry Brueford with Dave Porter just failing to complete the top flight Medal and Stableford double in April as he ended third on 34.

Paul Bacon recorded his second victory of the weekend as he followed up Saturday’s Monthly Stableford win with another one 24 hours later in the Pro Shop Stableford. Playing from the yellow tees this time he racked up 43 points to win by 3 from Neil Barker. The leading duo were again the only players over the 40 point mark as the cool breeze make life difficult.

Third place went to John Ham who returned 39 points with Bob Pelzer claiming fourth spot by virtue of winning a 3 way back nine countback on 38.

The annual Family Greensomes title remained in the possession of the Jones family for another year as Millie teamed up with uncle Paul to secure the top spot. They scored an impressive 42 stableford points to win by four from Brian and Jeff Read and it saw Millie retain the trophy as she also won it in its last staging in 2019 with her grandfather Dave. Graham Foy and Mike Carter were third on 34.

Seniors Captain-elect John Cranley went one better than his runners-up spot of last week when he claimed the Young Pape Bogey Trophy on Thursday.  He beat the course by four and his nearest challenger Mike Allen on a back nine countback to claim the silverware.

Another countback was required for third between four players who ended on +3. Brian Reeves was the best of the quartet to take third along with scoring the only two of the day. Sam Grosvenor was placed fourht ahead of Brian Read and last week’s winner John Procter continued his good form but had to settle for sixth spot.

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