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Lyn Bird and Eileen Parnell

GOLF: Brean duo through to the sixth round of national foursomes

THE Ladies duo of Lyn Bird and Eileen Parnell have kept the Brean flag flying high into the sixth round of the Daily Mail Foursomes, writes Andrew March.

They faced a duo from Ilfracombe last week in round five and enjoyed another positive result.

The Brean pair were afforded home advantage against their North Devon based opponents in the draw and managed to close out a tight game in their favour on the final green. They now wait to see who they will face in the next round of the national competition.

The Ladies July Medal was won by Gail Mason after her superb round of nett 67. Mason mastered the tricky weather conditions far better than the rest to record a convincing nine-stroke advantage over runner-up Lyn Bird. Shirley Marlow was placed third.

The Bowmaker Trophy was the competition of the day on Saturday and as always the scoring was excellent on a relatively clam day at Brean.

John Cranley and Don Edmondson are past winners of this event as they formed two thirds of the winning trio back in 2019. This time around they were joined by Sam Grosvenor to return the winning score of 112.

This left them three clear of the runners up Murray Parsons, Ian Adams and Tony Richards who in turn were two clear of three teams who posted 117 totals. It was Trevor Pitt, Neil Barker and Tim Amy took the bronze position after a back nine countback

Lee Roberts-Neale returned a best of the day score of 43 points to win the July Stableford on Sunday. Roberts-Neale raced to the turn in a superb 25 points and came home in 18 to secure a four point victory in Division Three over Neil Williams. Williams won a back nine countback ahead of Steve Martin and Andy Chapple who finished third and fourth respectively.

Next best on the day and the only other player to top the 40 point mark was the Division Two winner Barrie Tucker. Tucker, who is he reigning Seniors Club Champion, posted a score of 41 ending three clear of a quartet on 38.

A complex countback was required to split them with Murray Parsons eventually being placed as runner-up ahead of Head Greenkeeper Max Smith. The two who missed out on ‘podium finishes’ were Kevin Griffiths and Tony Richards.

In Division One Dan Broom repeated his success of the previous month in securing top spot in the top flight. 38 points gave Broom the win ahead of Leighton Jenkins and Dave Porter as yet again second place required a countback to decide the final positioning. Jenkins had the better back nine to edge out Porter for the prize money.

In the past week the Brean Seniors have entertained two clubs on their own turf.

On Tuesday Fosseway came visiting in the first leg of the FosseBrean Trophy and two days later Vivary Park were the opponents. Both games saw the home team win by a convincing margin with a whitewash 6-0 victory on Tuesday being followed up by a 4-2 win against Vivary.

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