LEIGHTON Jenkins clinched the 2021 Seniors club championship at Brean – but only just after surviving a couple of struggles on the homeward run, writes Andrew March.
An eight at the treacherous 12th and a double bogey at the 17th were luckily offset by a very steady front nine which had extended Jenkins’ halfway lead before he eventually signed for a 78 and a single stroke victory over Barry Fellows.
Fellows returned a 77 to end up one shy of a play-off but collected the trophy for the best nett score over the two rounds with his 133 total.
With each player only able to collect one prize, it was Pete Barton who took the second gross prize ahead of John Cranley. Ian Adams was the runner-up in the nett part of the event on 138 with Jeff Milton taking third after matching the total but losing out on a second round countback.
Club captain Dave Morgan, supported by his Lady captain Linda Edmondson and the Seniors captain Mike Short, hosted the 2021 Captain’s Charity Day at Brean on Saturday.
Sadly for a few reasons numbers playing were lower than had been hoped for but those who did play certainly enjoyed their day and with it helped to boost the coffers of the captain’s charity – which is supporting St Margaret’s Hospice and PETAL – by over £2,000.
A back nine countback was required to decide the winners and it was the back six holes that eventually decided the outcome. Tony Groves, Paul Bacon, Dave Mann and Jake Taylor-Price were the successful quartet leading home Dan and Roger Broom alongside Chris Fairchild and Gordy Wheelaghan.
Third place, one point behind, was secured by ‘Team Jones’ with a blend of youth and experience with Millie and Zak being joined by Dave and Eric. Another blended team, this time of Welsh and English comprised of Clive Goode, Jason Kidley, Phil Barry and Dave Glasby, finished fourth on 90.
Following an excellent two course lunch in the country club and the presentation of the prizes an auction took place and some entertaining bidding for the various lots saw a few hundred pounds also making their way to the charity fund. Thank you to all the hole sponsors who kindly supported the event plus the volunteers who helped the day run smoothly.
Hole in one as wind gets up
Tony McCann was only one of three players to top 40 points as the wind reappeared at Brean for the first time in a couple of weeks on Sunday.
His 42 points was one clear of Simon Copping and Max Smith. McCann and Copping took the top two places in Division Two with Head Greenkeeper Smith being the unlucky one to miss out as in either of the other two divisions he would have been a winner.
Shot of the day came from the Division One winner Mike Hurman who recorded his first ever hole in one on his way to victory with 38 points. His tee shot at the fourth with a Hybrid disappeared into the hole for his first ace in over 30 years of playing the game.
A delighted Mike Hurman
Runner up to Hurman was Jez Clift on 34 with John Cullinan claiming third on a countback with 33.
In Division Three it was also a winning of 38 which brought Jeff Read the win. He was two clear of a trio on 36 with Bob Pelzer declared as runner up after a countback. Derrick Dunning took third while Brian Waite had to settle for fourth spot.
Lyn Bird won the Ladies’ September Stableford after a countback over the back nine with Liz Blackwell. The duo both scored 39 points but a birdie two at the 17th proved crucial for Bird in two ways.
Firstly it helped her back nine total gain her victory and it also scooped the rolled-over twos pot as well. Bev Cranley was third on 37.
Earlier in the week Shirley Marlow’s day didn’t start too well when she discovered she had forgotten the battery to her electric trolley but it certainly got better when she got out on the course.
With a replacement set of wheels from the Pro Shop swiftly sorted she compiled a superb nett 65 to win the September Medal by two from Lady Captain Linda Edmondson. Eileen Parnell was placed third after matching the par of the course with her nett 70.
Ian Adams and Andy Chapple won the final of the Upton & Scott Greensomes Trophy on Friday but only after an extra hole was required to decide the outcome over Nigel Ellis and Phil Barry.
The two evenly matched pairs played out a closely fought match and when Chapple’s putt on the home green stayed above ground they proceeded back to the first hole again to find out the winner. Chapple made no mistake though on the first green when the chance arose again to secure the trophy for himself and Adams.
Seniors Club Champion Leighton Jenkins
and Mike Hurman with his hole in one golf ball.