ON a breezy and sometimes damp early October afternoon at Mendip Spring a group of Seniors from Brean created a slice of history for their club, writes Andrew March.
Already in uncharted territory, ever since they reached the semi-finals stage, they teed off against Weston-Super-Mare Seniors in the final of the Seniors Somerset Bowl.
Seniors Captain Mike Short entrusted the leadership of the team to Trevor Pitt – and Pitt and his chosen players duly delivered the first ever Brean success in the event with a 3-2 victory.
Barry Fellows and Seniors Captain-elect John Cranley had the honour of playing the first match and they did their job in superb fashion as well. With Fellows’ flawless driving, and Cranley’s wizardry on the greens, the duo closed out the game on the 16th to secure the opening point for the team.
Behind them Weston were in control of the second game all the way as Pete Barton and Brian Read succumbed on the 15th green to level the match. Despite the loss Barton was responsible for a contender of shot of the day as he holed out his eight iron approach for a winning eagle two at the ninth hole.
The third match saw Seniors club champion Leighton Jenkins represent Brean along with Chris Fairchild and again they were in control as they ventured up the 16th fairway three holes to the good.
Behind them Matt Haskins and Pete Dunn were clinging on to their opponents but seemingly running out of holes to prevent a Weston win.
The next point on the board was in Brean’s favour as the anchor pair of Neil Barker and Kevin White played some excellent foursomes golf to secure a 4&3 win which put them within sight of victory. White holed the decisive winning putt on the 15th green after yet another superb approach from Barker.
Up ahead Fairchild and Jenkins found some tree trouble at the long 16th which saw them lose the hole and move to the penultimate hole with a two hole advantage. As they did Haskins and Dunn shook hands in a 3&2 defeat so everything rested on this game.
Down to the last pair
The Weston player found the left hand trees from the tee ahead of Fairchild flirting with the out of bounds down the other flank. It stayed in bounds, just, and after a drop from a cart path Jenkins moved it down just short and right of the putting surface.
Weston could only advance their ball a few yards out of the thick rough and then came up short of the green with their third.
Showing a deft touch and nerves of steel, with both sets of players and supporters looking on, Fairchild chipped the ball over the bunker to within four feet of the hole.
As soon as the Weston chip shot failed to find the hole a concession followed and the celebrations could begin for the players as well the large number of Brean members who had travelled to support their team.
A total of 18 members represented the club throughout the competition.
After an absence from the calendar in 2020 due to the pandemic the Quad Cup was contested once again at Wedmore on Sunday.
Brean, having won it on home turf in 2019, were defending the Trophy and the 12 man team travelled to Isle of Wedmore for the quadrangular event played in the memory of Terry Murray who had significant connections with the four clubs who take part.
They enjoyed a successful defence as they accrued an excellent 4.5 points out of a possible six.
Simon Copping and Mark Penfold enjoyed the biggest win of the day with a 4&3 triumph while the Dave Morgan/Andrew March, Pete Barton/Tony Richards and Brian Read/John Cranley partnerships also tasting victory.
Dan and Tom Broom got a fighting half in their game to ensure the Quad Cup returned back to Brean for another 12 months. Wedmore finished second overall with Weston in third and Tall Pines bringing up the rear.
Next year they will all reconvene at Weston Super Mare GC in early October when the Brean team will be gunning for a hat-trick of wins.
Jones’s win again
Another week and it sees another win for one of the Jones family. Steve Jones was the successful family member this time around as he prevailed in a three-way countback for the Bogey Trophy.
Jones, Andrew Pound and Kevin Davies all scored +4 on a benign October day and the computer was called into action to decide the result. Jones had the better back nine with Pound settling for second ahead of Davies in third. Mats Mattson ended on +3 to take fourth.
The opening Tuesday of October saw the Brean Ladies entertain Cricket St Thomas on home soil. In some difficult windy conditions the home team ended the day as the victors by a 4-1 scoreline.
Shirley Marlow’s score of 42 points secured her victory in the Ladies October Stableford. She won by four points from Captain-elect Bev Cranley with Millie Jones (33) taking third.