ANDREW Smallwood produced the best score of the Captains Day Medal on Saturday and was awarded the Captains Cup for his efforts.
It was the last card to be returned in the morning competition that luckily evaded any disruption from the forecast thunder and lightning which didn’t materialise.
He posted a nett 63 which saw him take top spot in the Third Division, two ahead of his playing partner Andrew Pound.
Pound edged out Jason Cracroft for that second spot after a back nine countback after both carded nett 65s.
Gail Mason continued her good form of late as she successfully defended the Lady Captains Cup.
She overcame a disastrous ninth hole to post a superb nett 67 to win the Ladies competition by three and repeat her victory of 2020 in the same event.
The runners-up spot was decided by a countback as Millie Jones and Lyn Bird had to be separated after both handing in nett 70s.
Jones got the verdict ahead of Bird with Captain Elect Bev Cranley ending up fourth on 71 after a day of good scoring from the Ladies.
Broom sweeps up
Back in the Men’s event another of the later finishers Dan Broom also tasted success in the top flight.
The five handicapper matched the course par of 69 and his subsequent nett 64 saw him victorious.
His superb gross score was the leading one on the day and gathered him that prize as well.
Runner-up was another Broom as Tom made a very welcome return to form with a superb nett 65 which was only bettered by his cousin Dan. Steve Jones took third with a net 66.
Nett 66 was the winning number in Division Two as Head Greenkeeper Max Smith took the victory. He finished a single stroke ahead of a trio of nett 67s.
Mark Banczyk-Gee prevailed in the countback to take second ahead of Clive Goode with the recently married Steve Hill having to settle for fourth.
Cross Country Scramble
For Smith it wasn’t his only win of the day as he featured in the winning team in the traditional Captains Day Cross Country Scramble which made a welcome return after a few years absence for various reasons.
The nine hole layout devised by PGA Pro Andrew March tested the players course management skills but it was enjoyed by all.
Smith joined forces with Ron Edmondson and Brian Read to post a nett score of 26.5. Matching the winners’ gross score of 30 but with fewer shots was Steve Eley, CJ Organ and Scott Lismore who took second and the Dave Glasby, Clive Goode and Nigel Ellis trio ended in third place.
Team Jones enjoyed the taste of victory in Sunday’s Open Scramble competition as brothers Steve and Paul were joined by father David to return a score of 53 and take the win.
Steve produced the shot of the day though as he scored a hole in one at the fourth as his six iron tee shot disappeared into the hole for an ace.
With a log-jam of teams scoring 54 it proved to be a crucial blow and one that ultimately saw them finish top of the leaderboard.
A multiple countback was needed to decide the remaining prizes though with 5 trios all posting 54.
Stewart Garrett, Tony Groves and Jason Kidley were deemed the best of them taking second in front of Brean’s Steve Barker who was joined by Chris and Paul Vowles from Mendip Spring.
The final two prizes were taken by Brean trio’s with Ryan Mogg, Simon Eydes and Nick Aspey combining for fourth and Dave Mann, Paul Bacon and Jake Taylor-Price securing fifth ahead of the Corbett/Hunt and Jackson trio.
Chris Stephens produced a 47 point return to win the July Seniors Stableford and with it the Over 65s Shield that was also up for grabs last Thursday.
Courtesy of that excellent score he headed home Vincent Ford by three in Division Two with Jeff Harvey taking third on 42.
That score would have been good enough to win in the top flight but as it turned out Mats Mattsson took the win. The Swede enjoyed a two point cushion over three players on 39 with a countback required to separate the trio.
Ron Edmondson was placed second ahead of Roger Blackwell and Mike Allen having to settle for fourth.
Two days earlier it was Barrie Tucker who collected the Phil Fudge Shield for the leading score in the Seniors July Medal. His nett 63 was three ahead of Pete Dunn and Alan Eboe.
Dunn claimed second on the countback from Eboe with the superior back nine nett score.