BREAN Seniors, led by Trevor Pitt, progressed to the semi-finals of the Somerset Bowl with a home victory over Worlebury.
They won a close match, with the majority of the games going to the final hole, by 3 games to 2.
Brean’s winners were John Cranley/Sam Grosvenor, Matt Haskins/John Cullinan and Chris Fairchild/Leighton Jenkins. An away tie at Farrington now awaits them in the last four.
Bob Toller mastered windy conditions to secure the August Seniors Medal with an impressive nett 64 to take the Division Two honours. He finished one clear of John Ham who himself was two clear of Alan Eboe.
Ham’s 65 was matched by Mel Brown who topped the First Division scorechart. Brown showed a welcome return to top form as he headed home Mark Banczyk-Gee by two strokes. Seniors Club Champion Barrie Tucker took third on 70.
Millie’s handicap cut
Millie Jones won the Ladies August Stableford after posting a superb score of 42 points on the alternate day last weekend. Her success was built on a strong opening nine which she covered in just 35 strokes, accruing 24 stableford points along the way.
Coming home a couple of holes tripped her up but a strong finish brought her a comfortable seven point win as well as a reduction to her handicap index.
One Trophy young Jones couldn’t win though was the Grandmothers Trophy and this was secured by second placed Joan Maxwell with her score of 35 points with Lady Captain Elect Bev Cranley holding off Gail Mason for third on countback on 33.
The first event of the Open weekend double header was the Open Bowmaker. A total of 25 teams took part with a good number of visiting golfers taking part.
It was however Brean members which dominated the upper echelons of the leaderboard at the conclusion of play on Saturday.
Dave Glasby, Clive Goode and Phil Barry were the victors with a score of 114 over the 18 holes which gave them a single stroke victory ahead of Steve Barker, Mark Elvins and Mendip Spring member Steve Bawden.
Tim Amy joined forces with Marc Birt and Kevin Davies to take third on 116 with Trevor Pitt, Kevin Griffiths and Jez Clift rounding out the prizes on 117 in 4th.
The second Open of the weekend was the annual Mixed Pairs Open which was well supported on Sunday with over 20 pairs from all over the local area taking part.
Bowl’s a breeze
The customary Brean breeze blew and this made life difficult for a few participants but home members Eileen Parnell and Vincent Ford mastered it beautifully to compile a winning 46 points and take the Anniversary Bowl.
Chasing them hard were the Stockwood Vale duo of John and Bet Gazzard who were the leading visiting pair on the day with a 44 point return. This score was matched by another Brean duo in the shape of husband and wife duo Bill and Shirley Marlow but thy lost out on a countback to the visiting pair.
Next came the Cranley’s as John and Bev posted a 43 point score with Lyn Bird and Barry Fellows completing the prizes with their 41 point score to take the final prize.
Postmen Simon Copping and Dan West teamed up to deliver victory in the Pro Shop Betterball on Sunday which ran alongside the Mixed event. The duo posted a superb combined stableford score of 46 from the white tees and this was two clear of their nearest challengers.
Heading that chasing pack was Club Captain Dave Morgan and his partner Brian Read who produced one of the two 44 point cards on the day. The other 44 point return came from Tony Richards and Andy Chapple but the Morgan/Read partnership held the advantage on countback.