WITH Brean deciding not to play their Avalon League matches in 2021 due to the pandemic the two teams have created a five match ‘Avalon Series’ against each other to be played over the summer all on home turf, writes Andrew March.
Saturday saw the first of these contested and Dan Broom’s A team ‘squared up’ to Pete Barton’s B team.
Honours were shared at 2½ games apiece and the match was played in the usual jovial Brean spirit. It also served as a fitting tribute to remember Nigel Hodges who had passed away in the early hours of the day after succumbing to his battle with acute myeloid leukaemia.
The second match in the Series is scheduled for early June.
Men v Ladies
After being cancelled due to the fixture congestion following the Lockdown in the Spring of last year the annual Bone of Contention fixture, Men vs Ladies, was played on Sunday.
In the cold and damp conditions of late May it was Captain Dave Morgan’s team which prevailed over the Ladies ably led by their Captain Linda Edmondson. As always the match was a closely contested affair with the final score being 3½ to the Men and 1½ to the Ladies.
Away from the team golf Bob Pelzer enjoyed a successful weekend. He armed himself with a new Callaway Epic Max driver on Saturday and promptly used it to great effect to win the Super Series Stableford.
Countback win for Pelzer
Pelzer scored 39 points on a tricky day with the standard Brean breeze strengthening as the day progressed. He was matched by fellow early starter Keith Sargeant but just shaded the countback to take top spot.
Dave Keirle ended the day one behind on 38 and with it claimed third spot. Four players posted 37 points so again the countback system was deployed to decide the fourth and final prize.
Martin Kennelly filled that position with a better back nine ahead of John Ham, Kevin Davies and Ian Adams. Only one two was recorded on the day so Tony Osborne’s birdie on the 14th saw him scoop a return of just over £40.
Aaron Puddy beat the course by six and the rest of the field by two as he won Sunday’s Super Series Bogey competition.
The tall left hander built his winning score on the back of a very impressive front nine score which saw him race to the turn in a score of +5. Coming home the birdie run wasn’t quite as fruitful but he still improved his score to reach his winning number of +6.
Puddy’s success also prevented Bob Pelzer from completing the weekend double as he followed up Saturday’s win with a second place finish but only after winning a countback.
Neill Williams continued to threaten to record his maiden Brean win, matching Pelzer’s +4 score, but lost out the countback and had to settle for the third place. Another in-form player in the shape of Dave Porter took fourth spot on +3.
Double for Millie
Millie Jones collected a May double as she added the Monthly Stableford to her earlier Medal win. She recorded 33 points on the Alternate Day to win by a single point from Lady Captain Linda Edmondson. Third place went to Lyn Bird after a countback with Debbie Windmill.
Barry Fellows and Tim Amy defied the stormy conditions to be the only players to beat their handicaps in the second round of the Seniors Captains Cup.
On what was a very breezy and often wet Thursday morning Fellows scored a very impressive gross 77, giving him a winning nett 66 and a one stroke victory over Tim Amy.
Amy took the runners-up spot with an equally impressive return considering the tough conditions, with John Procter taking third on nett 71. The final round is scheduled for June to decide the overall winner.