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Somerset Golf Union

West Of England Senior Open

23rd and 24th April 2019

Richard Norton is the 2019 Champion

Competitors arriving for the competition were pleasantly surprised to find that the weather conditions at Burnham and Berrow were remarkably benign - no rain, hail and only a gentle breeze! Taking full advantage were Richard Norton from Beverley and East Riding GC and Gareth Bramley from Bramhall GC. Both returned 2 under par totals of 69 to hold a 1 stroke lead over Morlais Castle's Michael Gwyther and Rob Godley from Hillside GC.

Defending Champion Trevor Foster was in the group who shot 74 for a tie for 12th place, along with Somerset's Jamie Ward.

Rain was forecast for the second day, but we were given some hope that the worst of the weather would pass by. After the first groups went out on to the course, the skies darkened and the rain began to fall, growing heavier as the day wore on. Burnham & Berrow bared its teeth and competitors returned to the clubhouse cold, wet and thankful to be back. A welcome complementary hot meal revived spirits, but some peoples thoughts were with the marshalls and referees  who stayed out all day in horrible conditions. Not surprisingly, scoring was muvch tougher with the CSS going up 2 shots to 76.

Despite the conditions, Richard Jones from Royal Porthcawl led the way with an excellent 71, closely followed by Brian Rigby from the Glamorganshire with a round of 72. These were  2 of a very select group of players who improved upon their Round 1 scores.

With the leaders going out last, the leaderboard was changing throughout the day, and the Championship would not be decided until the last group were in. From the overnight leaders, Richard Norton managed to hold off the challenge from Gareth Bradley. His score of 75 was 2 shots better than Gareth, and the trophy crossed the Pennines to Yorkshire with a very worthy winner.

Thank you to everyone who took part, and we hope to see you back in 2020.





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