The Mendip GC 8 April 2012
Low cloud delayed the start of the championship by 15 minutes but the weather quickly cleared. A good quality field of 46 pairs, with particulaarly good support from the host club, were looking forward to the tough but fair challenge that the course always provides. The early leaders were the experienced Mendip pairing of Ian Perkins and Richard Streeter with 77 closely followed by their playing partners the youthful George Hobbs and Tom Maggs from Farrington. Another Farrington pairing, Stuart Ponfield and Andy Bryant moved narrowly into the lead with 76 but with the County pairings at the rear of the field, they did not expect their lead to survive. Jeremy Larcombe and Jon Grace edged in front with 75 but it was County Captain Phil White and his partner jamie Clare who made a decisive move with an excellent 1 under par 70.
The conditions for the afternoon round appeared more difficult with the wind incresing. However, the first pairing of George Abbott and Will Hobbs from Farrington achieved a 6 shot improvement from the first round with a 74 which also put them in good shape for the nett prize with that score being level par 142. Reports from the course indicated that Sam Day and Max Brittan were making a move and were 2 under at the turn. However, although returning a best of the round 72 they were unable to catch the morning leaders and a 75 for White and Clare was good enough to win by 3 shots.
Somerset Golf Union President Stephen Butterfield with the winners of the County Foursomes
Phil White (Wells) and Jamie Clare (Burnham & Berrow)
Gross 1st Phil White (Wells) / Jamie Clare (Burnham & Berrow) 145
2nd Sam Day (Mendip Spring) / Max Brittan (Saltford} 148
3rd Jeremy Larcombe (Burnham & Berrow) / Jon Grace (Saltford) 151
Nett 1st George Abbott (Farrington) / Will Hobbs (Farrington) 142
2nd Dave Cox (The Mendip) / Duncan Offer (The Mendip) 147
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