JACK Shepherd profited from a last-minute change of heart as he ran away with the President’s Putter at Brean with a net 57, writes Andrew March.
After heavy rain that fell overnight and into the early daylight hours of Saturday, quite a few of the early starters made the decision to give their round of golf a miss.
Shepherd was one of those players initially, but luckily he changed his mind and rushed to make the 8.20am tee time alongside Adam Cox.
The duo certainly made the right call as they both claimed their respective Divisional wins. For Shepherd it was to be his best competitive round at Brean to date as well.
He navigated the course in just 83 strokes giving him a stunning net 57. This was by far the best of the day which therefore saw him secure the Presidents Putter as well. Shepherd won Division Three by no less than ten strokes with Ian Rogers taking second on 67, one clear of Paul Bacon in third. Not surprisingly Shepherd’s handicap index saw a dramatic reduction overnight!
Runner-up overall in the Putter was Pete Dunn who defied the tough windy conditions to shoot an impressive nett 64. He was three better than the rest of the field and must feel himself a tad unlucky that Shepherd denied him the main award.
Dunn had to settle for the Division Two Medal ahead of Don Edmondson who shot a nett 67 with Jeff Read scoring 69.
Cox claimed Division One success with his nett 70 as well as enjoying the best seat in the house to watch Shepherd’s heroics. Cox won by one from Pro-shop assistant Josh Heseltine-Smith who produced the lowest gross of the day with 73 for his nett 71. Club Champion Dan Broom had to settle for third as he lost out on a countback for the runners-up position to Heseltine-Smith.
Ian Adams notched his second consecutive Super Series win as he teamed up with Murray Parsons to land top spot in Sunday’s Betterball Medal. The duo combined to return a nett 59 and secured a one stroke victory over two pairs who carded 60.
Hot on the heels of their Saturday successes Adam Cox and Jack Shepherd produced the first of those scores and later they were joined by new Brean members Neil Williams and David Steel on that figure. The countback saw Cox and Shepherd awarded second place over the closing stretch of holes.
The Husband and Wife Greensomes Stableford made a welcome return to the Brean calendar after a ‘fallow year’ in 2020 with the COVID pandemic seeing it postponed. Seniors Captain Mike Short and his ‘better half’ Carole ended as the victors in a closely fought contested.
With only ten stableford points covering the whole field at the end it was the Shorts who recorded their first success in the event after posting 37 points. Ron and Linda Edmondson and John and Bev Cranley tied for second with 35 points apiece but the Edmondson’s were placed second after a countback.
Brean duo of Eileen Parnell and Lyn Bird enjoyed another victory in the Daily Mail Foursomes event as they defeated opponents from near-neighbours Burnham & Berrow on home turf last Thursday.
The Brean pair lost the first hole to their more experienced rivals but then immediately bounced back to square the match on the 2nd. They then proceeded to use their home course knowledge to good effect and steadily claim holes in their favour as they turned for home. The win was secured for Brean on the 14th green and they now await to hear who their opponents are in the fourth round.
Mike Allen overcame the apparent restriction of being permitted to use just two clubs and a putter to record 39 points in the Seniors Ward Tankard competition on Thursday.
He held a comfortable four stroke advantage over the rest of the field as he was the only player to beat his handicap. A countback was required to decide second place with the ever consistent Pete Dunn edging out Mark Banczyk-Gee on the back nine after both scored a very respectable 35.