A MOMENT of magic by Simon Baunton at the 17th hole proved to be the pivotal moment in deciding the winners of Saturday’s Christmas Ransome at Brean Golf Club.
The multi format event finishes with six holes of foursomes golf and the alternate shot format is often felt to be the toughest variation of the game.
Baunton took things into his own hands at the par three 17th as he holed his pitching wedge tee shot for an ace so his partner Dave Porter’s only requirement for this hole was the task of capturing the moment on camera.
Porter more than played his part in the rest of the round though as the duo impressively matched the course par of 69 after six holes stints of Scramble, Greensomes and Foursomes gave them a winning nett score of 61.7.
This was two strokes clear of Adam Cox and Scott Lismore who took 70 strokes to cover the course but had one less shot allowance than Baunton and Porter. Third place went to Bob Pelzer and Barry Roe on 64.3.
Winter league Stableford
Captain-elect Pete Barton won Sunday’s Winter League Stableford round. He scored 39 points which was the best effort on a much colder day than many had expected after the recent mild spell.
Barton won by a single point from Steve Jones who also finished a single point ahead of a quartet of 37 point returns.
Early starter Jerry Brueford had the best of those back nines to take third ahead of Simon Copping who was placed fourth. Brian Read and Ian Adams were the unlucky pair to miss out on the prizes in fifth and sixth spots respectively.
Lady Captain-elect Bev Cranley scored 37 points on Tuesday morning to win the Ladies November Stableford and make it a good week for the Captain-elects. Her score bettered that of runner-up Lyn Bird by two points and left her five clear of third-placed Eileen Parnell.
The pairing of Colin Roberts and Jeff Milton led the way in the Seniors Christmas Ransome which acts as the fourth round of their Winter League competition.
The Ransome combines the three formats of Scramble, Greensomes and Foursomes over the 18 holes and the winning duo carded a nett 65.7 to win by 1.6 strokes from their nearest challengers.
A countback was required to decide split the identical scores of gross 82, nett 67.3 which were returned by Don Edmondson and Ken Ponter as well as Trevor Pitt and Alan Evans. Over the back nine it was the Edmondson/Ponter partnership who enjoyed the better fortunes to take second ahead of Pitt/Evans.