Last year 84 Seniors pitched up at Burnham and Berrow for the 36 hole West of England Open amateur stroke play event with World raking points on offer. By the end of the second day the weather had closed with players and ball spotters near to freezing.
This year the Championship would have been blessed in beautiful sunshine and near perfect scoring conditions! Guaranteed a full entry all fee’s paid have now been refunded, my thanks to every one who had entered for their total understanding and patience with PayPal refunds clearing!
The SGU would also like to thank Burnham, members and staff who had put much time and effort in to staging 2020’s Championship this year. We all hope and look to the future as social distancing remains the order of the day and our courses and clubs remain closed!
The West of England Open Amateur Scratch Seniors event due to be held at Burnham and Berrow GC 21st-22nd April 2020 is a casualty of COVID-19.
With uncertainty over the remainder of this years calendar the SGU have cancelled the West of England Open Scratch Seniors Championship.. It may be possible to run the Championship later in the year but such decisions will need to be put off until a time when individuals, Club and County can move forward without the need for social distancing.
All entrants will be fully refunded.
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.