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Tony Higgins

In-form Higgins claims December double

TONY Higgins won the Seniors December Medal at Brean Golf Club with an excellent round of nett 64.

In somewhat calmer conditions than those of the previous few days, he survived a couple of stumbles on the two par fives to still hold a two stroke winning margin over Murray Parsons. Parsons in turn was one clear of the third placed Chris Fairchild.

Just four days after taking the Seniors version, Higgins was at it again as he added another December Medal to his collection. His superb nett 60 was the best of the day by some distance and secured him the top spot in the second flight.

Four strokes was his winning margin in the end over Jerry Brueford with chairman Trevor Pitt finishing third on 66.

Double double

Another ‘December double’ win was completed by Barry Fellows doing the double of the Medal and Stableford in Division One.

His nett 66 added the Medal to his Stableford success of last weekend but only after a countback with eventual runner up Leighton Jenkins. Captain Elect Pete Barton placed third with his nett 68.

Steve Martin took the honours in Division Three with a nett 67 which was 5 clear of Chris Baker with Dave Bradley taking third.

The Scramble format is always a popular one at Brean and the Christmas Scramble for the Grumpy Trophy on Saturday as no exception as it produced some superb golf.

The winning quartet of Dave Mann, Paul Bacon, Gail and Steve Mason were far from grumpy though as they broke the 50 barrier by a stroke to collect the silverware.

They defeated the long time clubhouse leading team of Neil Barker alongside Steve, Millie and Zak Jones who posted a nett score of 50 early in the day.

In third place just one further stroke behind was Dave Bradley, Nigel Ellis, Brian Read and Phil Barry foursome after their nett score of 51.

Turkey trot

Storm Barra arrived bringing with it strong winds and rain for the Seniors Winter League Turkey Trot Texas Scramble cutting the event down to only 15 holes.

Vincent Ford, Brian Reeves and Colin Roberts were the team who managed to get the better of Barra as well as the rest of the field returning an impressive nett 47 to take first place.

The runners-up spot was claimed by Chris Fairchild and Mike Allen who were the only other team to record a sub 50 round posting a score of 49.

A countback was needed to decide third place with two teams on 51, with Mark Elvins and Chris Stephens edging out Trevor Pitt, Alan Evans and Roger Phillips with their back nine score of 26.

The stormy weather also severely restricted the entries in the December Ladies Stableford but a few hardly souls braved the elements to complete the round. Points were hard to come by and the lower handicappers certainly coped the best with Millie Jones winning from Ladies Champion Lyn Bird in second.


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