John Smith Trophy 2021 winners
John Smith Trophy winners Mats Mattsson (left) and Steve Mason (right) flanking Club Captain Dave Morgan and Pen Hodges.

GOLF: Sweet victory for M&M as trophy played in memory of Nigel Hodges

STEVE Mason and Mats Mattsson were the winners of the blind pairs draw which decided the John Smith Trophy at Brean Golf Club on Saturday.

The duo combined to score a total of 78 points and secure the silverware which this year was played as a memorial to Nigel Hodges, a long time club member who died in May.

Director of Golf Andrew March said: “Nigel had an amazing ability to do well in these type of events, enjoying much success over the years, so it was felt to be a fitting tribute to remember him in this way.

“He was also known for his love of brightly-coloured clothing so the request on the day was that the players should dress that way too!”

Nigel’s widow, Pen, helped Club Captain Dave Morgan with the card draw to decide the winners and presented the victorious duo with the trophy.

Mason carded 41 points and when Mattsson’s total of 37 followed him out of the barrel it was to prove to be a score that wouldn’t be beaten.

Coming up one shy of them was the pairing of Gordy Wheelaghan (40) and Brian Read (37) with Adam Cox adding 40 points to Ian Rogers score of 36 to take third place.

Individually it was Jeff Read who returned the leading individual score of 43 points with CJ Organ close behind on 42 but as is often the case their drawn partners sadly weren’t able to take them higher up the leaderboard in the overall standings.

November Stableford

STEVE Hill recorded his second win in a fortnight as he won Sunday’s November Stableford playing in Division Two.

Hill handed in a superb return of 43 points which was the best of the day overall and also brought him the Sam Smalldon Memorial Trophy.

One of two players on 42 points was Mark Elvins who also had to settle for the runners-up spot in the same division. Mats Mattsson continued his good form with a third place finish on 40.

The other 42 point haul came in the Third Division and was recorded by Chris Baker. That gave him a sizeable four point advantage over Paul Bacon with Josh Holder placing third on 37.

In the top flight Barry Fellows was the sole 40 point scorer. The ever-consistent Fellows ended two clear of Tom Broom and Pete Barton with Broom taking the runners-up prize on a countback.


Fairchild Allen web

Winners Chris Fairchild (left) and Mike Allen 

Seniors league

THE third event of the Seniors Winter League series teed off on Tuesday morning with a Pairs Betterball Bogey being on the menu this time.

Leading the way at the end of the day was the pairing of Chris Fairchild and Mike Allen who beat the course by ten and the opposition by two as they claimed the victory.

The runners-up spot was a close-run affair with two pairs handing in +8 scores. Don Edmondson and Chris Stephens held a narrow back nine advantage over Barrie Tucker and Alan Evans when the cards were scrutinised and with it took second place on the day.

Seniors eclectic

TWO days later Allen followed up his Winter League success by recording another win.

This time he finished top of the leaderboard in the third round of the Seniors Eclectic after a superb nett 62.

This gave him a five stroke cushion over John Cranley who in turn was one clear of his playing partner for the day, Don Edmondson, who was placed third.

After the scores were collated it left Vincent Ford currently leading the way in the overall standings as he sits on a score of nett 56 ahead of Bob Toller on 57.






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